Graduation is an emotional time for all involved. It’s a time when we want to say the right thing and we’re not sure if we are up to it. Why not use some of these famous graduation quotes to share your thoughts. Some great people have contributed to this list. I’m sure they would be happy to share their thoughts with your graduate.

famous graduation quotes: Hope and Advice
These graduation quotes offer hope and advice. Necessary ingredients to a great commencement.

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future. - Plato

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. - William Arthur Ward

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. - Epictectus

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. - Beverly Sills

You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom. - Proverb

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

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. - Albert Einstein

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. - Les Brown

Nothing happens unless first a dream. - Carl Sandburg

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. - Judy Garland

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. - Wendy Wasserstein

All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney

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Take a Chance
Many famous graduation quotes suggest that people take some risks if they want to be successful and happy. I agree!

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. - Maya Angelou

Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings. - Ralph Blum

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. - Wayne Dyer

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke

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

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. - David Lloyd George

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funny grad quotes: Share a Smile
On a pressure filled day it’s not a bad idea to grab a funny graduation quote to break the tension.

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

Study hard; and you might grow up to be President. But let's face it: Even then, you'll never make as much money as your dog. - George Bush

A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep. - W. H. Auden

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors! - Louisa May Alcott

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught. - Oscar Wilde

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success. - Robert Orben

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

The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate. - Doug Larson

It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realized I'd become an actor. - James D'arcy

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated. - Garry Trudeau

One thing about the school of experience is that it will repeat the lesson if you flunk the first time. - Anonymous

I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at 4:00 in the afternoon, I'd be a college graduate today. - George Foreman

If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you. - Robert Goheen

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught. - Oscar Wilde

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. - Ambrose Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary
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