Words of Inspiration for High School or College Graduation

Beautiful and Wise Words to Share on Graduation

Graduate looking toward the future
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Graduation is a great moment to share with our kids our reflections on new beginnings. Whether your graduate is leaving high school or finishing college, it is nice to send them off with some words to remember. In truth, nothing can replace the heartfelt thought that conveys a parents love, but sometimes the professionals just seem to say it better. So if you are looking for words to give a toast or jot down inside a greeting card, here are inspirational thoughts from some of the best.


Quotes for New Beginnings 

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"If your uniform isn't dirty, you haven't been in the game." Ben Bernanke

"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." J.K. Rowling

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

" The future belongs to those who believe int he beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” Amy Poehler

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go." Dr. Seuss

"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

"Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now, the new is you. But someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it's quite true. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." Steve Jobs

"You know, you don't have to be famous, you just have to make your mother and father proud of you. And you already have." Meryl Streep