Resources › For Students and Parents Top 15 Inspirational Quotes for Student Speeches If you're searching for some wisdom, these pithy sayings may help Share Flipboard Email Print Hill Street Studios / Getty Images For Students and Parents Homework Help Homework Tips Learning Styles & Skills Study Methods Time Management Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Melissa Kelly Education Expert M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida B.A., History, University of Florida Melissa Kelly, M.Ed., is a secondary school teacher, instructional designer, and the author of "The Everything New Teacher Book: A Survival Guide for the First Year and Beyond." our editorial process Melissa Kelly Updated September 17, 2019 Most high school students will get to experience giving speeches in front of their fellow students. Typically, a speech component is included in at least one of the English classes that students are required to take. Many students will also make speeches outside of class. They might be running for a leadership position on the student council or a school club, or they might need to give a speech as part of an extracurricular activity or to try and win a scholarship. The lucky few will stand in front of their own graduating class and deliver a speech meant to inspire and motivate their friends and classmates for the future. These quotes are meant to inspire you and those around you to achieve to the highest degree. Hopefully, these quotes can form an excellent basis for graduation and other speeches. Inspirational Quotes Thomas Edison: "If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Hitch your wagon to a star." Michelangelo: "If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius." Mother Teresa: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." Walt Disney: "All our dreams can come true—if we have the courage to pursue them." Dr. Seuss: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Winston Churchill: "Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts." Henry David Thoreau: "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." Eleanor Roosevelt: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." Oliver Wendell Holmes: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Eddie Rickenbacker: "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." Albert Einstein: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." David Zucker: "Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there." Thomas Edison: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."