Senior Graduation Quotes

Contemplating Graduate

A lot of people like to give advice to seniors graduating from high school or college. Many choose to do so by quoting others. The following includes some of the popular senior quotes and additional resources to find the type of quote that's right for you, whether it's for your commencement speech or to write in a card to your son or daughter.

Quotes on Education

  • The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. - Aristotle
  • An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin
  • Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference. - Arie Pencovici
  • Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. - Nora Ephron
  • When you leave here, don't forget why you came. - Adlai Stevenson
  • If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn't need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. - Jim Rohn
  • A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated. - Horace Mann

Quotes to Inspire

  • The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse. - Edward Koch
  • Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. - Steve Jobs
  • Fortune does favor the bold, and I promise that you will never know what you're capable of unless you try. - Sheryl Sandberg
  • To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. - Anatole France
  • I found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. - Denzel Washington
  • Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. - Albert Einstein
  • Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill

Quotes on Looking Ahead

  • Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning. - Orrin Hatch
  • Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what's going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along. - Stephen Colbert
  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F. Kennedy
  • You cannot but learn more of the world's heft, as you take it now into your hands. - John Updike
  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. - Mark Twain
  • Doors will slam in your face. You must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and knock again; it's the only way to achieve your goals in life. - Michael Uslan

Humorous Quotes

  • 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
  • You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. - Dr. Seuss
  • I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back. - Fred Allen
  • 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

Additional Sources

Not seeing the quote you're looking for? Try some others sources for inspiration, such as movies, song lyrics, or even advertisements. You could also try writing your own message from the heart. Also, check out Time's list of top 10 commencement speeches. Just be sure to credit the authors of the speeches if you decide to use any of the quotes.

Senior Graduation Quotes