Graduation quotes and sayings

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney J. Harris

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

The morning after my high-school graduation found me up early job hunting. The dream of college I put on the back burner.
Martha Reeves

Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.
A. Lawrence Lowell

The young graduate is discovering that among the necessaries of life, the most important is living.
Anonymous

I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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

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

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon

A college education is not a quantitative body of memorized knowledge salted away in a card file. It is a taste for knowledge, a taste for philosophy, if you will; a capacity to explore, to question to perceive relationships, between fields of knowledge and experience.
A. Whitney Griswold

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.
Eleanor Powell

Do not ask if a man has been through college; ask if a college has been through him; if he is a walking university.
Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money.
William Lyon Phelps

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

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

I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
Anonymous

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

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

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!
Andy McIntyre

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle

I thought I should go to New York because it was the place to go to study. I went and tried to get an application from the Juilliard School but they wouldn’t even give me one because I didn’t have my high school graduation.
Maureen Forrester

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France

At the end of four years’ time, at graduation, we were down to 12. At our reunion that we had several years ago, only 1 out of the 52 actually made it to ordination and priesthood. So there you go, there’s your numbers.
Peter Jurasik

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
Roger Babson

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

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

Behind every success is endeavour…Behind endeavour, ability…Behind ability, knowledge…Behind knowledge, a seeker.
Anonymous

The function of the university is not simply to teach bread winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilisation.
W. E B. Du Bois

The fruit of liberal education is not learning, but the capacity and desire to learn; not knowledge, but power.
Charles W. Eliot

At my graduation, I thought we had to marry what we wished to become. Now you are becoming the men you once would have wished to marry.
Gloria Steinem

One of the most difficult speeches to prepare is an address to a graduation class, which is why I don’t often do them.
Jerry Moran

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Earl of Beaconsfield

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
Ralph W. Sockman

Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.
Sarah Caldwell

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
G. K. Chesterton

Education is the best provision for old age.
Aristotle

There are all kinds of ways to forestall graduation. Taking a term off, getting suspended, not completing courses, all of these are valid.
Zonker Harris

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

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

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.
Dr. Seuss

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
Anatole France

You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.
Henry Ford

The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things — the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.
Samuel Johnson

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

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

Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn’t always have to be their top priority.
William Arthur Ward

My father always told me, “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
Jim Fox

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
Brian Tracy

The difference between school and life? 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

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

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

From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools, and I know that they are a key to being sure that every child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world.
Dick Cheney

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

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

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
Carl Sandburg

I have learned this at least by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dream, and endeavours to live the life which he had imagines, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

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