50 Quotes for Graduation

50+ Graduation quotes

A well-chosen quote lingers. The words unfurl into life wisdom expressed with beauty, creativity, even wit. Add substance to your graduation best wishes with a favorite author’s take on life, advice from an historic figure, or deep thoughts from Dr. Suess! Enough search engine results to make your head spin have been condensed into this varied collection of a manageable fifty quotes appropriate for graduates, arranged alphabetically by author. Short, funny, inspirational – your bases are covered. Pair your favorite quote with a congratulations text, ready and waiting in our graduation messages & wishes article.

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.”
Joseph Addison
“Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.”
Robert Anthony
“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”
Jennifer Aniston
“You can’t control how smart you are, how funny you are, how good-looking you are. The one thing you can control in your life is how hard you work.”
Ian Brennan
“The Beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
B.B King
“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”
Les Brown
We don't stop going to school when we graduate. -Carol Burnett.
“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.”
Carol Burnett
“Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing.”
Madeleine Albright​
“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”
Kyle Chandler
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill
“As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.”
Michael dell
“Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. “
Patch adams
For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right. - Tim cook
“For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right.”
Tim Cook
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
E.E. Cummings
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas Edison
“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.”
Edward Koch
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
John F. Kennedy
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Albert Einstein
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
Albert Einstein
What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.”
Nora Ephron
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
Ayn rand
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Gandhi
You cannot authentically live anyone's life but your own. That is the deal life offers us. - Gabrielle Giffords.
“You cannot authentically live anyone’s life but your own. That is the deal life offers us.”
Gabrielle Giffords
“Be bold, be courageous, be your best.”
Gabrielle Giffords
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“You’ll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. Never.”
Woody Hayes
“Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.”
Steve Jobs
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Steve Jobs
“Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.”
Michael Josephson
“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. - C.S. Lewis
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
C.S. Lewis
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
Abraham Lincoln
“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”
Art Linkletter
“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap, but if you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
Larry Lucchino
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Nelson Mandela
“Live in that sweet spot. Be present.”
Wynton Marsalis
“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
John Maxwell
The great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. - David McCullough, Jr.
“The great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.”
David McCullough, Jr.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.”
Pele
“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.”
Anna Quindlen
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.”
Betty Reese
“The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”
Neil Gaiman
“Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.”
Frederick W. Robertson
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default. - J.K. Rowling
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
J.K. Rowling
“Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
Robert Collier