30 Inspirational Graduation Quotes

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

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Ann Cutting

They've turned in their last exams, written their last essays, and turned in their final projects. Now this year's graduates are ready to move on to the next chapter—whether it's the exciting adventures that await them at college or embarking on a new path at a job. This is the time when they can use all those lessons they've learned—both from life and school.

Before the next phase begins, it's time to celebrate their achievements, whether with a great graduation party, a carefully chosen college graduation gift or high school graduation gift, and a card complete with both a heart-felt sentiment and a funny graduation quote. Having trouble coming up with just the right inspirational quote? These wise graduation-themed sayings should do the trick!

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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."

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

"My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives."

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Tom Brokaw

“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”

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Alfred Mercier

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”

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Louisa May Alcott

“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!”

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Benjamin Franklin

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

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Nora Ephron

“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.”

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B.B. King

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

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Tory Burch

“We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit the path to success.”

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Michelle Obama

“It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.”

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Malcolm X

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

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Ellen DeGeneres

“The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.”

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Arthur Ashe

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

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C.S. Lewis

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

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Kerry Washington

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

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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Jennifer Aniston

“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”

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Dr. Seuss

“Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

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Albert Einstein

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

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Steve Jobs

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

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Henry David Thoreau

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

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Thomas Jefferson

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

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Maya Angelou

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

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Mother Teresa

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

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Babe Ruth

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

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Dick Costolo

“There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.”

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William Shakespeare

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

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Oprah Winfrey

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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