Quotes About Graduation

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Janet Fitch
“I imagined the lies the valedictorian was telling them right now. About the exciting future that lies ahead. I wish she'd tell them the truth: Half of you have gone as far in life as you're ever going to. Look around. It's all downhill from here. The rest of us will go a bit further, a steady job, a trip to Hawaii, or a move to Phoenix, Arizona, but out of fifteen hundred how many will do anything truly worthwhile, write a play, paint a painting that will hang in a gallery, find a cure for herpes? Two of us, maybe three? And how many will find true love? About the same. And enlightenment? Maybe one. The rest of us will make compromises, find excuses, someone or something to blame, and hold that over our hearts like a pendant on a chain.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Stephenie Meyer
“When we were five, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Our answers were thing like astronaut, president, or in my case… princess.

When we were ten, they asked again and we answered - rock star, cowboy, or in my case, gold medalist. But now that we've grown up, they want a serious answer. Well, how 'bout this: who the hell knows?!

This isn't the time to make hard and fast decisions, its time to make mistakes. Take the wrong train and get stuck somewhere chill. Fall in love - a lot. Major in philosophy 'cause there's no way to make a career out of that. Change your mind. Then change it again, because nothing is permanent.

So make as many mistakes as you can. That way, someday, when they ask again what we want to be… we won't have to guess. We'll know.

[from the movie]”
Stephenie Meyer, Eclipse

Robert Orben
“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

Sherman Alexie
“Coach said. "the quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor".”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Tim Tharp
“We’re not the Faster-than-the-Speed-of-Light Generation anymore. We’re not even the Next-New-Thing Generation. We’re the Soon-to-Be-Obsolete Kids, and we’ve crowded in here to hide from the future and the past. We know what’s up – the future looms straight ahead like a black wrought-iron gate and the past is charging after us like a badass Doberman, only this one doesn’t have any letup in him.”
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

John Green
“pg. 231-232: They'd given me a minivan. They could have picked any car and they picked a minivan. A minivan. O God of the Vehicular Justice, why dost thou mock me? Minivan, you albatross around my neck! You mark of Cain! You wretched beast high ceilings and few horsepower!”
John Green, Paper Towns

Jim Carrey
“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don't let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”
Jim Carrey

Richard Halliburton
“Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.”
Richard Halliburton

“Congratulations!
Today is your day
You're off to great places
You're off and away

You've got brains in your head
You've got feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any
Direction you choose

You're on your own
And you know what you know
And you are the guy
Who'll decide where you go

Out there things can happen
And frequently do
To people as brainy
And footsy as you

And will you succeed?
Yes you will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)

You're off to great places
Today is your day
Your mountain is waiting
Go, get on your way!”
Dr. Suess

Israelmore Ayivor
“The best university in the world is neither Oxford nor Harvard. The best university is "youniversity". YOU got the lecture halls of thoughts in YOU! You got everything you need to graduate with first class accomplishments put in you! YOU can do it!”
Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

“Develop and protect a moral sensibility and demonstrate the character to apply it. Dream big. Work hard. Think for yourself. Love everything you love, everyone you love, with all your might. And do so, please, with a sense of urgency, for every tick of the clock subtracts from fewer and fewer.”
David McCullough Jr.

“Just because you don't know what you want yet, it doesn't mean that there's nothing to want.”
Emily Henry, The Love That Split the World

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“And even though we may be involved with the most important affairs, achieve distinction or fall into some great misfortune- all the same, let us never forget how good we all once felt here, all together, united by such good and kind feelings as made us, too,...perhaps better than we actually are.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Amit Kalantri
“On the first day of a college you will worry about how will you do inside the college? and at the last day of a college you will wonder what will you do outside the college?”
Amit Kalantri

Rachel Kapelke-Dale
“You won’t be able to do this ten years from now—just leave everything behind and go.”
Rachel Kapelke-Dale, Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Shannon L. Alder
“The world is waiting for us to graduate from ourselves.”
Shannon L. Alder

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Stand tall on the summit after a tedious climb. Take in the remarkable scenery and the exhilaration of accomplishment. But don't pause for long; there are greater mountains to climb while you still possess the drive and capacity to do so.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

Alexis Bass
“We’re supposed to be reckless and careless and wild. And none of it is supposed to hurt. If we’ve kissed too many people, smoked too many cigarettes, had too much to drink, laughed too hard, offended too many people—we've done it right. We haven’t wasted any time. And Nathan and I have a lot of catching up to do.”
Alexis Bass, Love and Other Theories

“Even if you think you are thinking and acting globally, there is always more to learn and know!”
Auliq Ice

“Diplomas are ill-purposed. What should be celebrated is not the culmination of twelve years sitting in a school desk; what an 18-year-old should be recognized for is making it through young adulthood without getting herself killed.”
Kari Martindale

Rachel Kapelke-Dale
“How do we deal with all the people we’ve been? What happens when we have to confront them?”
Rachel Kapelke-Dale, Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Natalie Bina
“This is your last day at Eastwood.”
“I know,” she said sadly.
“Are you going to miss it?”
“Of course!” Marisol turned to face me in shock. “What type of question is that?”
A bad one, I decided, and resolved to keep my mouth shut the rest of the day and just enjoy the bitter sweetness of it all.”
Natalie Bina, World of Chances

“The prize won is only a token; the absolute prize is the positive change your work has made in the communities and across borders.”
Wayne Chirisa

“The road may be rough, the journey may be tough and the experience may be bitter, but they are stepping stones to our future thrones.”
Bamigboye Olurotimi

“Pumpkins. That's what we resemble--
pumpkins, in our orange graduation robes.
'This color makes me look so fat,'
Angie says, straightening her cap.
'Why can't our school have decent colors?'

'You're not fat,' Michael says, dressed in shirt and tie.
You're glowing. Like a nuclear pumpkin.
Very attractive, really.”
Kelly Bingham, Formerly Shark Girl

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The memory of sacred moment is unforgettable.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Mary Karr
“A university is a city of ideas, and we're grateful you became citizens of our city.”
Mary Karr

Mary Karr
“Bad things are gonna' happen to you, because they happen to us all. And worrying won't stave the really bad things off. Don't make the mistake of comparing your twisted-up insides to other people's blow-dried outsides. Even the most privileged person in this stadium suffers the torments of the damned just going about the business of being human.”
Mary Karr, Now Go Out There:

Mary Karr
“Being smart and rich are lucky, but being curious and compassionate will save your ass. Being curious and compassionate can take you out of your ego and edge your soul towards wonder.”
Mary Karr, Now Go Out There:

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