Here are a few quotes for graduation speeches that may help to spark your imagination.
Oftentimes, a quote can inspire a whole graduation speech. Quotes for graduation speeches can be taken from anywhere, then woven into your speech to help make it more memorable for your audience.
So check out the graduation quotes below and see if any of them fire up your imagination. If you would like to submit a quote for a graduation speech that you think is brilliant, use the form at the end of this page and I will place it here with your name as the submitter!
"You don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great."
- Zig Ziglar
(submitted by Swapna)
"Time and tide waits for none."
(submitted by Ibrahim)
"Reach for the stars, dream for tomorrow, live for today."
(submitted by Caltren)
"Translate the good things of your learning into the welfare of humanity."
(submitted by Bishwanath)
"Never say die."
(submitted by Siddharth)
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
- Winston Churchill
(submitted by Allie Rost)
"We were all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
- Benjamin Franklin
(submitted by Joe)
"Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave."
- Prophet Mohammad
(submitted by Khulud)
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step."
(submitted by Jafar)
"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."
- Malcom X
(submitted by Liin)
"Life is a journey. Day by day we learn more and this is just the beginning of our journey."(submitted by Jay)
"Make your dreams happen by working on them and believing in yourself."(submitted by Mariah)
"Wisdom is power."(submitted by Marilou)
"Work hard, have fun, make history."
- Jeff Bezos
(submitted by Rajesh)
"Success doesn't happen overnight, it is a product of long term diligence and perseverance."
(submitted by Elena)
"Cherish your education as if it was the last Oreo in the bag."
(submitted by Daniel)
"Never follow someone who is going nowhere."
(submitted by Zam)
"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."
- Robert F. Kennedy
"You cannot teach people anything. You can only help them discover it within themselves."
"It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny."
- Jean Nidetch
"If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves."
- Thomas Edison
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts."
- Winston Churchill
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
"You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing."
- Dale Carnegie
"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
- Theodore Roosevelt
"Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements."
- Napolean Hill
"Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be."
- Grandma Moses
More quotes for graduation speeches
"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
- Pope John XXIII
"Realize that the reason most people fail isn't because of the competition but because of the limits they place upon themselves, allowing defeat to take over. Take responsibility for your destiny. You can come up with a performance, if you can reach down and dig deep enough into your competitive soul. You can overcome tremendous obstacles."
- Bruce Jenner
"So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win."
- Og Mandino
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"As long as you're going to think anyway, think big."
- Donald Trump
"To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
- Anatole France
"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, you've had a great life."
- Lee Iacocca
"If caterpillars can fly, so can you"
- Submitted by Juliet
I hope these quotes for graduation speeches have given you some ideas in helping you to write your graduation speech! If you feel so inclined, send in your own graduation quote using the form below.
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