Inspirational Graduation Quotes

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Do you need to make a graduation speech? Whether you're the valedictorian, class speaker, or the featured guest speaker at the graduation ceremony, you don't want to put the audience to sleep. The crowd is already dressed in black, so you probably want to brighten the gathering with wit and wisdom. While it's a formal occasion, you can show a little of your fun side at the ceremony. Here are cute quotes to sprinkle into your graduation speech.

These quotes may also be appropriate if you're making a custom graduation card, writing a note to the grad, or posting them a message. After all, you don't want them to think that they are the only ones with the talent and brains to compose a cute but uplifting missive, right?

  • "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way." -Dr. Seuss
  • "You have to be odd to be number one." -Dr. Seuss
  • "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." -Dr. Seuss
  • "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." -Les Brown
  • "Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars." -Richard Haliburton
  • "Go for it now. The future is promised to no one." -Wayne Dyer
  • "The young graduate is discovering that among the necessaries of life, the most important is living." -Anonymous
  • "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!" -Andy McIntyre
  • "Hitch your wagon to a star." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself." -Mark A. Cooper
  • "Minds are like parachutes—they only function when open." -Thomas Dewar
  • "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." -Milton Berle
  • "Life has a very simple plot: first you're here and then you're not." -Eric Idle
  • "Here's the thing: the world is not going to issue you an engraved invitation to this life." -Sarah Heidt
  • "Whenever I'd complain or be upset about something, my mother had the same advice: 'Darling, change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don't replay the bad, scary movie.'" -Arianna Huffington
  • "Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different." -C.S. Lewis
  • "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." -C.S. Lewis
  • "The difference between school and life is that in school you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." -Tom Bodett
  • "You will never have more energy or enthusiasm, hair, or brain cells than you have today." -Tom and Ray Magliozzi