Graduating High School Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old graduating high school quotes, graduating high school sayings, and graduating high school proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Don't always worry what your next line is going to be.     

Dick Costolo

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.     

Alan Alda

As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.     

Michael Dell

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.     

Tom Brokaw

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

When you leave here, don't forget why you came.     

Adlai Stevenson

The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.     

Edward Koch

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Anatole France

Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey.     

Michael Josephson

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

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.     

E.E. Cummings

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

Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.     

Arnold Schwarzenegger

For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right.     

Tim Cook

Life has a very simple plot: first you're here and then you're not.     

Eric Idle

That diploma you hold in your hands today is really just your learner's permit for the rest of the drive through life. Remember, you don't have to be smarter than the next person, all you have to do is be willing to work harder than the next person.     

Jimmy Iovine

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

Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.     

Nora Ephron

Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending, however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement and a beginning for the new graduate.     

Catherine Pulsifer

At commencement you wear your square-shaped mortarboards. My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros.     

Paul Freund

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies ' commencement exercises'. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.     

Orrin Hatch

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.     

Anthony J. D'Angelo

I will reach for the stars no matter how hard it seems, and fly like a bird with the knowledge this journey brings.     

Semetra C. Vanison

You can accomplish wonders through focus and persistence. Over time, the fruits of your efforts will multiply to yield a luxuriant carpet of achievement.     

Gina Mohammed, Ph. D.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.     


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

The first of many graduations of life. From elementary school to senior school, each one holds successes for you to enjoy.     

Catherine Pulsifer

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Henry David Thoreau