Graduating From High School Quotes by Famous People.

Here is a list of high school graduation quotes that were made by some pretty famous people. Is there anyone on this list that you don't recognize?
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Starting your life on your own is a big step, and it’s natural to feel a little anxious about what the future holds. But don’t worry – you’re not alone. A lot of people have gone through this before you, and they’ve come out the other side just fine.

So take a deep breath, put on your brave face, and check out some of these graduation quotes to inspire you.

Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Leonardo da Vinci

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

David Bowie

Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.

Arthur Ashe

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

John Dewey

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

C.S. Lewis

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Anatole France

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.”

Kerry Washington

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

Grace Helbig

“The only thing you can do in this life is to pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers, and never stop following your fear.”

Dr. Seuss

  1. “Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
  2. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Albert Einstein

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”

H Jackson Brown Jr.

“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”


Graduation can be a new beginning for your grad. It can be a time when they are very motivated to do well and start their life. Here are some graduation quotes to inspire the adventure ahead.

Sir Peter Medawar

True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.

Sandra Day O’Connor

“Now the first suggestion is to aim high, but be aware that even before you have reached your ultimate professional destination, if you always strive for excellence, you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live.”

Winston Churchill

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Jim Carrey

“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

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.”

Ellen DeGeneres

  1. “The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give in to peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.”
  2. “When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”
  3. “Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”

Oprah Winfrey

“So, I say to you, forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you.”

Henry David Thoreau (Henry David Thoreau)

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Arnold Palmer

“The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”


“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

Neil Gaiman

“Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.”

Ed Koch

“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.”

Vincent Van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

Thomas Jefferson

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

Sandra Bullock

“You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day, because it changes the way you walk.”

Will Rogers

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”


Here are some inspiring quotes that remind students as they fail forward that these are just lessons along the way and this is only the beginning.

You must accept responsibility if you want to have a good life. Finding your own purpose allows you to find your own success. This character-defining moment will allow you to step forward and find the goal of true education.

Here are some more graduation quotes to inspire your life ahead.

Anna Quindlen

“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.”

Maya Angelou

“I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.”

Charles Swindoll

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

John Wooden

“Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

“In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”

—Mother Teresa

“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”

—Art Linkletter

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”

—Bob Marley

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

—Oscar Wilde

Thomas Edison

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”

—Kyle Chandler

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

—Dr. Seuss

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stephen King

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

—Babe Ruth

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”

—Anthony Robbins


Both successful and unsuccessful people will forever realize that they have all the power to become either. Your future belongs to you. Tomorrow belongs to you.

Inspirational graduation quotes don’t always have to be so serious.

“My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. The stories you are about to live are the ones you will be telling your children, and grandchildren, and therapists.”

—Lin-Manuel Miranda

“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.”

—Sarah Brown

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

—Mark Twain

“Your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.”

—Gary Bolding

“To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.”

—George W. Bush

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing; that’s why we recommend it daily.”

—Zig Ziglar

“Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.”

—Oscar Wilde

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

—Thomas Edison

“The road to success is always under construction.”

—Lily Tomlin

“There may be days when you’ll say to yourself, ‘I can’t. I literally can’t even.’ But you can! You

can even!”

—Katie Couric

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”

—Charles Schulz

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’”

—Audrey Hepburn


Martin Luther King jr once said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Your graduating class is ready to meet life’s expectations.

The world rewards you with the work you put in. But remember you don’t have to be the hardest working person to be successful, instead be the smartest working person.

“There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.”

—Conan O’Brien

“But 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

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

—Henry Ford

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

—Alexander Graham Bell

“Knowledge is not power. The implementation of knowledge is power.”

—Larry Winget

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”

—Leonardo da Vinci

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”


“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”


“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

— Jim Rohn

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”


“Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along.”

—Stephen Colbert

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”

—Vince Lombardi

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.”

—Harold Geneen


Graduation quotes from famous people who had children of their own. I can only imagine giving graduation quotes at my own child’s graduation.

“Nothing is going to be handed to you. You have to make things happen.”

—Florence Griffith-Joyner

“Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After 22 years of child-raising, they are unemployed.”

—Erma Bombeck

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”

—Harry S. Truman

“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

—Anne Frank

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt

“You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you, and you already have.”

—Meryl Streep

“A person soon learns how little he knows when a child begins to ask questions.”

—Richard L. Evans

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

—Judy Garland

“You must continue to dream the wild dream that you dreamed when you were young.”

—Mike Tomlin

“It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”

—George Burns


As your graduate embarks on their spiritual journey, give them the gift of faith.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship.”

—David Foster Wallace

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.”

—Psalm 119:105-106

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

—Jeremiah 29:11

“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

—Proverbs 31:25

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

—Philippians 4:13

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

—Timothy 4:12

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

—Proverbs 16:3

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

—Deuteronomy 31:8

“An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate.”

—Rev. Charles Stanley

“The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be alone with the sky, nature and God. For only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature’s beauty and simplicity.”

—Anne Frank

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

—Dalai Lama


Here are some graduation quotes for your son on his graduation day.

“Do not pray for easier lives, pray to be stronger men.”

—John F. Kennedy

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

—Albert Einstein

“Men are what their mothers made them.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.”

—Maya Angelou

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

—Bob Dylan

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

—Abraham Lincoln

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

—E. E. Cummings

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

—Thomas Jefferson


These graduation quotes are perfect for your daughter on her graduation day.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

—Audrey Hepburn

“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”

—Princess Diaries

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”

—Emma Stone

“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.”

—Nora Ephron

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”


“You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.”

—Tyra Banks

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

—Michelle Obama

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”

—Melinda Gates

“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.”


“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.”

—Ayn Rand

Graduation Quotes To Dream Big

The goal of true education is to get students to dream big. Whatever career path they choose, they must act boldly and meet life’s situations head-on. The future for tomorrow belongs to those who can dream it up in their hearts and minds.

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

—Helen Keller

“The horizon leans forward, Offering you space to place new steps of change.”

—Maya Angelou

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

—Malcolm S. Forbes

“Nobody likes to fail, but failure is an essential part of life and of learning. If your uniform isn’t dirty, you haven’t been in the game.”

—Ben Bernanke

“Follow your arrow, wherever it points.”

—Kacey Musgraves

“Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.”

—Oprah Winfrey

“If you’re willing to stand for what you believe in . . . you won’t need advice from me, because you will be able to handle whatever comes.”

—Whoopi Goldberg

“Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

—Steve Jobs

“From my point of view, which is that of a storyteller, I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.”

—Toni Morrison

“Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.”

—Ed Helms


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