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70 Graduation Quotes On Success, Dreams and Your Future

Our latest collection of motivational graduation quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

As the school year comes to an end many students and graduates face a time of reflection, celebration, and even confusion.

“What’s next?”

“What should I do?”

“Where do I go from here?”

We hope these 30 motivational graduation quotes will help you become more confident about your dreams and goals, at such an important time in your life!

Graduation Quotes about the next chapter in your life

1.) “Success doesn’t rush. The greatest reward is the journey!” Jeff Moore

2.) “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

3.) “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” –Nora Roberts

4.) “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” –C.S. Lewis

5.) “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” –Steve Jobs

6.) “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” –H. Jackson Brown Jr.

7.) “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” Les Brown

8.) “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget

graduation quotes about success

9.) “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Gandhi

 

10.) “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

Graduation quotes to make you wiser

11.) “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers

12.) “All our dreams can come true… if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

13.) “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – JK Rowling

 

14.) “My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times in your life when you’re going to have to stick your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them.” –Ruth Westheimer

15.) “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.” – Ella Fitzgerald

16.) “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”John Maxwell

17.) “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”George Washington Carver

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18.) “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”Albert Schweitzer

19.) “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”–Winston Churchill

20.) “Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vintage point.” – Harold B Melchart

Graduation quotes to inspire success

21.) “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

22.) “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali

23.) “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.” – Unknown

24.) Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. –Robert Louis Stevenson

25.) If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau

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26.) Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam

27.) So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. Christopher Reeve

28.) “Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.” —Frederick W. Robertson

29.) “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

30.) “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Graduation quotes to inspire you as you enter the real world

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

32.) “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”– Henry David Thoreau

33.) “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.”– Michelle Obama

34.) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”– Nelson Mandela

35.) “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”– Milton Berle

Graduation Quotes about the next chapter in your life

36.) “The highest result of education is tolerance.” —Helen Keller

37.) “Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.” —H Jackson Brown Jr.

38.) “Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.” – Barack Obama

39.) “Not only can you not plan the impact you’re going to have, you often won’t recognize it when you’re having it.” – Dick Costolo

40.) “It doesn’t matter that your dream came true if you spent your whole life sleeping.”- Jerry Zucker

Graduation quotes to inspire hope for the future

41.) “Sucess is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it… Err in the direction of kindness.” – GEORGE SAUNDERS

42.) “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

43.) “Kid, you’ll move mountains. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”— Dr. Seuss

44.) “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”— Senator Orrin Hatch

Graduation quotes to inspire you as you enter the real world

45.) “This is your time and it feels normal to you but really there is no normal. There’s only change, and resistance to it and then more change.” – MERYL STREEP

46.) “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.” – Pele

47.) “Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.” —Steve Jobs

48.) “Don’t make excuses, don’t blame the past. The rest of your life can be the best of your life!” – Joel Osteen

49.) “The world rewards those who take responsibility for their own success.” – Curt Gerrish

50.) “Share your sparkle wherever you are.” – Dodinsky

Graduation quotes to inspire and teach

51.) “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” —Henry Peter Brougham

52.) “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” —Dr. Seuss

53.) “Knowledge is not power. The implementation of knowledge is power.” —Larry Winget

54.) “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”– Albert Einstein

55.) “There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.” —Jennifer Aniston

Graduation quotes to inspire hope for the future

56.) “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”– E.E. Cummings

57.) “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” —Thomas Edison

58.) “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

59.) “Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.”- Oprah Winfrey

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

Other inspirational graduation quotes to read

61.) “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” —Malcolm X

62.) “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”– Jim Carrey

63.) “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

64.) “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.”– Helen Keller

65.) “When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.” —Adlai E. Stevenson

Graduation quotes to inspire and teach

66.) “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” —Dr. Seuss

67.) “Live all of your life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it. And have fun.”
Joss Whedon

68.) “Be bold, be courageous, be your best.” – Gabrielle Giffords

69.) “You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship.” – David Foster Wallace

70.) “Not only can you not plan the impact you’re going to have, you often won’t recognize it when you’re having it.” – Dick Costolo

Which graduation quotes were your favorite?

Graduation is such an important time in life. Whether you’re finishing up elementary, middle, high school, or college, graduation is an important milestone in your learning journey.

Hopefully, these quotes have given you the courage to believe and fight for your dreams and goals.

Did you enjoy these graduation quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share with your friends and followers.

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