Graduation Quotes That Will Inspire You Deeply
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500 Best Graduation Quotes and Wishes 2021

Graduation is an exciting opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments that signifies many things. It indicates progress, growth, and transformation. When you graduate, you’re more mature being ready to start a new chapter in life.

Celebrate their significant accomplishment by passing along a note with one of these meaningful graduation quotes from Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and so many more. Whether you want to give them advice that will stick with them for life or lighten up the mood and provide them with a laugh, you’ll find graduation quotes for every grad below. These quotes for graduation can help you express how you feel. We hope these inspirational graduation quotes will help you become more confident about your dreams and goals at such an essential time in your life!

500 Graduation Quotes and Sayings to Inspire

Top 10 Graduation Quotes

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

“We can do not great things, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” – Gabriel García Márquez

“So many of our dreams first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

“Don’t cry over spilled milk. By this time tomorrow, it’ll be free yogurt.” – Stephen Colbert

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

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – Yoko Ono

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“Graduation is the same thing as taking that first baby step as a child. It is only the beginning, not the end. Thus, take the advent of graduation as that first step where life’s difficulties or failures only spark new attempts with the full understanding that nobody can discourage your progress except you.” – Byron R. Pulsifer

“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

“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

“Graduation isn’t the end of a tough journey. It is the beginning of a beautiful one…”

“Graduation is not a single point along the continuum of life. Instead, graduation is a series of continuing steps where additional education and life experiences culminate in a life driven by a self-sacrificing desire to contribute to the well-being of those people who are around you.” – Byron Pulsifer

“Your graduation is a milestone in your life.”

“Graduation, a conclusion of one chapter, the beginning of another.” – Catherine Pulsifer

Best Graduation Quotes

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

“I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. I know that sounds completely nuts. But, since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. There are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name. They all travel as if they are pack dogs and stick to each other like glue. The best people want to work the big challenges.” – Larry Page

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Proverb

“The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.” – Newton D. Baker

“Having the right mindset is critical to graduation no matter at what age you decide to take the leap. The mindset? You must acquire the right mindset that places you in the right frame of mind to make the right decisions, which will lead to the right habits, eventually leading you down the right path as you grow beyond where you are right now.” – Mike Finley

“God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.” – Bernie Siegel

“So the history we share should give you hope. And the future we share should give you hope. You’re graduating into a job market that’s improving. You live in a time when advances in technology and communications put the world at your fingertips. Your generation is uniquely poised for success unlike any before it.” – President Obama

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” – Lao-Tze

Funny Graduation Quotes

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“The purpose of human life is to improve one’s character traits, by working on oneself every day. That’s why God gives us today—and tomorrow.” – Sara Yoheved Rigler

“Since graduation, I have measured time in 4-by-5-inch pieces of paper, four days on the left and three on the right. Every social engagement, interview, reading, flight, doctor’s appointment, birthday and a dry-cleaning reminder has been handwritten between metal loops.” – Sloane Crosley

“For many, graduation marks the end of formal student life – the end of long spring breaks and of thinking that a 10 A.M. class is far too early.” – Alexa Von Tobel

“Now that you’ve graduated, just remember: Bosses don’t usually accept notes from your mother.” – Melanie White

“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and never leave. These measure our lives.” – Susan B. Anthony

“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.” – Sarah Brown

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”

“When I was your age, we didn’t have the internet in our pants. We didn’t even have the internet not in our pants. That’s how bad it was.”

“Even if you’re on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”

“Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.”

“You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.”

“Minds are like parachutes: They only function when open.”

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

“So long as your desire to explore is greater than your desire to not screw up, you’re on the right track.”

“So, what’s it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but beyond that, I don’t recommend it.”

“Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means you should follow that.”

“The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective.”

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

“You’re going to fall down, but the world doesn’t care how many times you fall down, as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up.”

“You will never have more energy or enthusiasm, hair, or brain cells than you have today.”

“My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. The stories you are about to live are the ones you will be telling your children, and grandchildren, and therapists.”

“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.”

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

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“You must continue to dream the wild dream that you dreamed when you were young.” – Mike Tomlin

“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” – Nora Ephron

“Our greatness comes when we appreciate each other’s strengths, when we learn from each other, when we lean on each other.” – Michelle Obama

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

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

“Fortune does favor the bold, and I promise that you will never know what you’re capable of unless you try.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“Do not pray for easier lives, pray to be stronger men.” – John F. Kennedy

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare​​

“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.” – Edward Koch

“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” – Kerry Washington

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

“Be bold, be courageous, be your best.” – Gabrielle Giffords

“When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

“Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, ‘I must keep going.’ It’s that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, ‘Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.’” – Cory Booker

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Anthony Robbins

“You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day, because it changes the way you walk.” – Sandra Bullock

“Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing.” – Madeleine Albright

“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.” – Carol Burnett

“You’re general, but you’re also specific. A citizen and a person, and the person you are is like nobody else on the planet.” – Toni Morrison

“You don’t have a job? Get one. Any job! Don’t sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Do something until you can do something else.” – Shonda Rhimes

“Follow your fear.” – Tina Fey

Empathy has gotten me so much farther in not only my life, but in my career. – Ryan Reynolds

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt​​

“Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” – Senator Orrin Hatch

“Your path is your character defining itself more and more every day, like a photograph coming into focus.” – Jodie Foster

“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in.” – Hillary Clinton

“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.” – Anna Quindlen​​

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. – B.B. King

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

“It’s wisdom that will put all the inevitable failures and rejections and disappointments and heartbreaks into perspective.” – Arianna Huffington

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“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

Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, ‘I must keep going.’ It’s that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, ‘Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.’ – Cory Booker
Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You’ve got to take risks. – Denzel Washington

“Live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.” – Maya Angelou​

“Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.” – Ed Helms

“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

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” – J.K. Rowling

“Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” – Oprah Winfrey​

Intelligence plus characte” – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King

“For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.” – Plato

“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” – Art Linkletter

“Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You’ve got to take risks.” – Denzel Washington

“Dream big and dare to fail.” – Norman Vaughan

“”If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

“The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer

“Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman

“Believe and act is if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering

“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.” – Washington Irving

You don’t have a job? Get one. Any job! Don’t sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Do something until you can do something else. – Shonda Rhimes

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only dream, but also believe.” – Anatole France

It’s wisdom that will put all the inevitable failures and rejections and disappointments and heartbreaks into perspective. – Arianna Huffington

“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

“Empathy has gotten me so much farther in not only my life, but in my career.” – Ryan Reynolds

“There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to knock, waiting for you to become. This path does not belong to your parents, your teachers, your leaders, or your lovers. Your path is your character defining itself more and more everyday like a photograph coming into focus.” – Jodie Foster

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” – Bob Marley

“There may be days when you’ll say to yourself, ‘I can’t. I literally can’t even.’ But you can! You can even!” – Katie Couric

“There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.” – Dick Costolo

“Intelligence plus characte” – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman

“Success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it … Err in the direction of kindness.” – George Saunders

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

“If you’re willing to stand for what you believe in … you won’t need advice from me, because you will be able to handle whatever comes.” – Whoopi Goldberg

There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in. – Dick Costolo

“Be aware that even before you have reached your ultimate professional destination, if you always strive for excellence, you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

“Walk down these crowded streets with a smile on your face. Be thankful you get to walk so close to other humans.” – Zadie Smith​​

Dr. Seuss Graduation Quotes

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“Kid, you’ll move mountains.” – Dr. Seuss

“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

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

“Today you are You, that is Truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You!” – Dr. Seuss

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

Empowering Graduation Quotes

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

“And this is the part where you find out who you are.”

“I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.”

“Dear Past, thank you for all the lessons. Dear Future, I am ready.”

“What feels like the end is often the beginning.”

“Dear Google, thank you for doing most of my homework for me. You’re amazing.”

“And so the adventure begins.”

“I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.”

“You’ve got a new story to write and it looks nothing like your past.”

“Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready.”

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”

“Go out there and do amazing things.”

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

“The best is yet to come.”

“We didn’t realise we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.”

“Behind you are the challenges you’ve met. Before you lies new possibilities. Today you choose the direction of your life.”

“Behind you, all your memories, before you, all your dreams, around you, all who love you, within you, all you need.”

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

“Be prepared for the real world, it is not going to be easy. But you will make it, I know. Congratulations, kid!”

“I want to thank Google, Wikipedia and whoever invented copy and paste.”

“Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

“Graduation is an exciting time. It’s both an ending and a beginning; it’s warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future.”

“Your wings already exist. All you have to do is fly.”

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”

“This is the beginning of anything you want.”

“Go into the world and do well, but more importantly go into the world and do good.”

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

“Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you will go.”

“We must accept the end of something in order to begin to build something new.”

Congratulations Graduation Quotes

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“Today is a milestone. It tells you how far you’ve come. Keep learning, keep trying, keep accomplishing, and keep venturing on through your journey. Congratulations!”

“Congratulations and BRAVO!”

“This calls for celebrating! Congratulations!”

“You did it! Congrats!”

“Caps off to you, Graduate! Well done!”

“What a proud day! We just couldn’t be happier for you!”

“What an impressive achievement!”

“Happy Graduation Day!”

“Good looks, brains, heart and now a diploma too? You’ve really got it all! Congrats!”

“Congratulations on your well-deserved success.”

“Warmest congratulations on your graduation.”

“Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!”

“So happy to share in the excitement of your graduation day, and so very proud of you, too!”

“With love and pride today and always,”

“Prayers and blessings on your graduation and for your future.”

8th Grade Graduation Quotes

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“Graduating high school is a big deal…celebrate and share your achievement! The day will always be as special for you as for us. Here’s to looking at you, kid!”

“Graduation is a wonderful time to celebrate your achievement and look forward to new opportunities. Share the good news with everyone! Congrads!”

“As the time comes to look ahead, look back with fond remembrance and be thankful for the journey you have completed. Many more successes are to follow…Happy Graduation Day!”

“As a graduate, you are equipped for what lies ahead! Get going and show the world what you are capable of! ”

“You have worked long and hard and you have succeeded. Your graduation is a small reflection of your potential…you have miles to go…keep it up! ”

“Present Graduate – Future Millionaire! Congrats and heartiest wishes!”

“Look back over the journey, look ahead to the future and recognize your accomplishments. Congratulations on your stupendous success in graduation!”

“With graduation, you have a memento that you can treasure for years to come. Celebrate this accomplishment! ”

Kindergarden Graduation Quotes

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“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around yo” – because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

“The future belongs to the competent. Get good, get better, be the best!” – Brian Tracy

“It isn’t where you come from. It’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

“Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” – John Maxwell

“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they’ll become.” – Brooke Hampton

“Do what you can with all that you have, wherever you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

“Promise me you’ll remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne

“No one can give you your goals. No one can dig for you. This is your journey.” – Warren Phillip Gates, Success and the Powerful Introvert

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Always chase your dreams instead of running from your fears.”

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them” – Lady Bird Johnson

“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyoncé

“Loving ourselves allows us to show up in the world so we can love others, uplift others, and make the world a more loving place.” – Troy L. Love, A Year of Self Love

“Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put some sunglasses on.” – Lady Gaga

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” – J.M. Barrie

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.” – Oprah Winfrey

College Graduation Quotes

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“Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.” – Andrew Shue

“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

“I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension. I know that the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon anvil, now.” – J.K. Rowling

“The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.” – Robert M. Hutchins

“For students today, only 10 percent of children from working-class families graduate from college by the age of 24 as compared to 58 percent of upper-middle-class and wealthy families.” – Patrick J. Kennedy

“Really, the potential for, first of all, any college graduate today is enormously good. These are good times for anyone with a college degree today, particularly African Americans. With a college degree today, you really breach the unemployment rate.” – Alexis Herman

“You know what has made me the happiest I’ve ever been? Seeing my son and daughter graduate from college. More than wanting them to be educated, I wanted them to be nice people. To see that they have become both is just a wonderful thing.” – Gil Scott-Heron

“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

“Don’t allow yourself to become one who, nearing death, regrets what you might have done if only you had taken a few risks We each have a purpose in life.” – Gillian Stokes

“From my point of view, which is that of a storyteller, I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.” – Toni Morrison

“There is a good reason they call these ceremonies ‘ commencement exercises’. Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” – Orrin Hatch

“It is soooooo necessary to get the basic skills, because by the time you graduate, undergraduate or graduate, that field would have totally changed from your first day of school.” – Leigh Steinberg

“You are graduating, but don’t think school is over, the school of life is just beginning. Keep learning!” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Remember, half the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their class.” – Al McGuire

“Your generation has inherited circumstances that point to a highly uncertain future. Recent economic turmoil, geopolitical shocks, and social shifts indicate you will face many difficult challenges in the years ahead. But in every crisis lies opportunity. So as you graduate today, I have one simple message: be really, really good at hockey.” – Wayne Gretzky

“Commencement. These graduates go out to a new season, and our paths will never cross again inthe same way. But while they have journeyed here in this season, they have impacted my life; and even though new students will come I will never be the same.” – Marsha Woodard

“As a lot of us have found out, graduation only means that you are ready to keep learning, to keep your skills advanced and growing because you never know when you will find yourself out on the street.” – Byron Pulsifer

“My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. The stories you are about to live are the ones you will be telling your children, and grandchildren, and therapists.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda

High School Graduation Quotes

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“At 20, I realized that I could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by my father and asked him permission to engage in a professional career. In eight months I filled my gaps in Latin, Greek and mathematics, graduated from high school, and entered medical school in Turin.” – Rita Levi-Montalcini

“It’s fascinating, if you look at a study that was done by the Brookings Institute back in 2009, they determined that if Americans do three things, they can avoid poverty. Three things. Work, graduate from high school, and get married before you have children.” – Rick Santorum

“Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.” – Erma Bombeck

“The first of many graduations in life. From elementary school to senior school, each one holds successes for you to enjoy.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“People who give the best are those who give of themselves – your time, talents, words, knowledge.” – Omoakhuana Anthonia

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funnybone.” – Reba McEntire

“Here is a little habit that can make a big difference. Send sunbeams. Intentionally send a word of encouragement or appreciation every day to one person.” – Steve Goodier

“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” – Mandy Hale

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” – Eskimo Saying

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

“Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Life is not about how you survive the storm, it’s about how you dance in the rain.”

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – Buddha

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

“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

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

Graduation Speech Quotes

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“Without a doubt, the best graduation speeches captivate the audience, heart, and soul. They enchant us without smothering. They advise us without being didactic.” – Randy Howe

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” – Timothy 4:12

“If I had only one message to impart that might help you be successful, it would be simply to start. To find your confidence, get out of your comfort zone, overcome your fears, and begin the journey to discover and accomplish what you want to do with your life.” – Doretha Dingler

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.” – Pele

“It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.” – Jean Nidetch

“Never follow someone who is going nowhere.”

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Goethe

“Success doesn’t happen overnight, it is a product of long term diligence and perseverance.”

“If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison

“Make your dreams happen by working on them and believing in yourself.”

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.” – Confucius

“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

“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

“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

“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napolean Hill

“Work hard, have fun, make history.” – Jeff Bezos

“If caterpillars can fly, so can you”

“Our future depends on what we do in the present..”

“Cherish your education as if it was the last Oreo in the bag.”

“Reach for the stars, dream for tomorrow, live for today.”

“As long as you’re going to think anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump

“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” – Prophet Mohammad

“You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcom X

“Life is a journey. Day by day we learn more and this is just the beginning of our journey.”

“You cannot teach people anything. You can only help them discover it within themselves.” – Galileo

“Never say die.”

“Translate the good things of your learning into the welfare of humanity.”

“We were all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses

“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

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

“You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

“Wisdom is power.”

“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

“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

“Time and tide waits for none.”

“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

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Graduation Quotes For Daughter

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“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.” – Clementine Paddleford

“You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.” – Tyra Banks

“It was our lifelong dream to see you dressed as a graduate. Today you fulfilled our dream. We are so proud of you!”

“Your hard working get the result today. Congratulation my dear daughter! I’m proud of your success. Your mother always appreciates your decision. Praying for your continuing success.”

“You made my dreams come true. You are the most beautiful and lovely daughter anyone can ever have. Congratulations from the deep of my heart!”

“Working hard must pay off dear! It is proved again by your outstanding result. We know you worked so hard and today get the result. Now it’s time to go ahead for the next step of your life. All the best!”

“Congratulation my dear lovely daughter! We are feeling proud as your parent. Our daughter is grown enough to take the responsibility of her parents! Love you, sweety. Wishing you a very bright future.”

“Dearest Daughter! Sending the message with a congratulation wishes from your mother. I’m so proud because of you. My sweet girl becomes graduate today. All the best for your next step!”

“After a long journey, your hard work already paid off. You have become a graduate today. It’s a wonderful time for all of us. We love you! Congrats to our newly graduate!”

“Today is very important for you. You have become a graduate today. You are way more than what you were yesterday. Keep believing in yourself! Go ahead with confidence and you’ll succeed.”

“Dear daughter, today we are very proud of you. From now on, you are a graduate. We are wishing you a very bright future. Best of luck for the next step.”

“It’s a pleasure to see our princess daughter completing her graduation! A bright future is waiting ahead for you. Wishing you a very successful journey in life.”

“Graduation means you are now fully prepared to face the real world and take your own responsibilities as well as your parents. We believe you will do this well too! Best of luck!”

“We can remember your first day at school. Even it seems like just a few days ago. And today you have completed your graduation. Congratulations from your parents!”

“Dear sweet daughter! You are beautiful as always. But today you are a knowledgeable and beautiful woman. May God be always with you! Best wishes for your future!”

Graduation Quotes For Friends

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“To be your own person, you need good friends. Friends are the treasure of your life.” – Garrison Keillor

“The life you had before was only a preparation for the greatest journey. And this wonderful journey starts today! Take the best people, the most pleasant memories and good mood and hit the road! Happy graduation! You did it!”

“Live your life with integrity, honesty and never give up to peer pressure and try to be someone you’re not should be the most important thing in your life.”

“Finally, it all paid for you, mate. All of the sleepless nights and killed nerve cells. Your future is bright and full of success, and you have deserved it. I love you, congratulations on your graduation!”

“Happy graduation day! Wishing you lots of luck in your future life. I believe that you can do it, I believe that you will make it. We will forever support you and never leave you!”

“A bright future is waiting for you ahead. Many wonderful events, fateful meetings and unforgettable moments will bring you a lot of happiness and pleasure. And what is the most important is that sweet memories from the school will be with you wherever you go.”

“A very important stage of your life came to an end. There were a lot of obstacles and failures that you overcame successfully. But they were only a repetition given you in order to get stronger and prepare for a new stage in life. Good luck!”

“Young people strive to be educated and learn a trade. Someone wants to become a good programmer, the other wants to be a famous musician. But I believe that the only truly significant purpose of our life is to become a great man. Remember it.”

“Today the future lies before all of you just like a field of driven snow, be cautious about how you are going to tread it.”

“You get to decide about things that have meaning and things that doesn’t. Only you have to decide what to worship.”

“Make up your own rules and be your own boss. All the old rules are falling to pieces and no one knows what new rules are.”

“Today is the day of your graduation, but first of all I want to congratulate you on your growing up. Maybe it sounds a little bit sad, but being a grown up isn’t that bad – actually it’s the best opportunity to know life and yourself. Good luck!”

“You graduated! I’m so proud of you! Don’t forget to thank the Internet, Google, Wikipedia and every program that helped you, because without them you would be doomed! Good luck with your next step in life!”

“Today it the day when you get your professional degree. It may seem that your education is over, but that’s not exactly true. The truth is that your whole life is a continuous process of education and self-development. Good luck!”

“Although you’re a grown-up already I want to wish you to take a little part of your childhood everywhere you go. Be a kid somewhere in your heart and never let the adult world to let you down.”

“Graduation is the day, when you think you’re all grown up, independent, and just think you can do anything! The day after graduation… well let’s just say you have no idea what you’re doing with your life…”

“Graduation is not the end – this is just the beginning. It’s a new start that will change your life completely and bring much experience. Live your life wisely and don’t waste it in vain. Good luck!”

“Graduation doesn’t mean being a grown up and mature person. Although you have some experience already, you’ll find out that the world holds even more things to explore and learn within it. Be brave and curious – and you’ll conquer it all!”

“So, graduation day is finally here! All of us are wishing you good luck in the future! We’re so proud of you, honey!”

“Today is your graduation – the event that will change your life forever. There so many possibilities and chances, so many roads to choose. And I really wish you that among all these ways you would choose your own way. Congratulations!”

“How one knows that he’s doing something right? It feels so. Feelings are your truest GPS system for life. When you are meant to do something or not, your emotional guidance system lets you know.”

“I can’t believe I graduated, I’m so proud of myself! I wanted to thank my computer for always being there, for my printer that failed me several times, but still gave me hope, and most importantly my family, thank you all!”

“I know it wasn’t easy to graduate with such success. But you did it. There is no such word as “impossible” for you, and that’s what makes you so special. Wishing you the best of luck in the future, congratulations!”

“I wish you from the bottom of my heart to have only great things on your way: loyal friends, true love, understanding and close-knit family, a profession that will bring you money and satisfaction. Good luck, wishing you a successful career ahead!”

“Even though many roads you travel, I hope and wish that you choose not to be a viscount. I wish you find ways to break the rules and make yourself successful.”

“May this day be very special for you. May the Sun be warmer than ever and may the stars shine brighter. May this wonderful day be the start of your adult life where all your hopes and dreams will immediately come true. Congratulations!”

“I always said to myself – never give up, because if your future self didn’t use a time machine to stop you from doing it, It isn’t that bad… But, I was so wrong, because time machines are not even invented yet…”

“You’ve coped with sleepless nights and biggest disappointments, but in the end, you’ve reached the top. Congratulations on your graduation, dear! I’m so endlessly proud to call someone this smart my friend.”

“Leaving school means leaving childhood… It’s very, very sad, but on the other hand it’s a very bright and promising event, because it is a springboard into new life. Wish you good luck and resilience!”

“Imagine a perfect life the way you see it. Imagine that everything is possible. All you have to do is to be hard-working and resilient. Congratulations on the graduation!”

“So graduation is here, school is over, let’s face it, you hated it when it started, but tomorrow, when you wake up, you will miss all of those faces you used to see every day, all the teachers and especially all the memories!”

“Don’t obtain society’s definition and meaning of success. Because it’s not working for anyone. It’s only working for individuals who make pharmaceuticals for high blood pressure, stress and so on.”

“I can’t believe I won’t hear you complaining about your grades anymore. Such a relief! Just kidding. I’m so proud of you, mate. You did outstanding, and I know that it is just the beginning of something even more amazing.”

“For you the sky is not the limit, buddy. You are the most ambitious and smart human being I know, and I’m so happy that now you can finally start changing the world. Congratulations on your graduation, mate!”

“There’s only one thing I want to wish you this day: follow your dreams. May your lucky star show you the way of happiness and well-being! Good luck!”

“I finally made it! Although I made very bad decisions through school, but look at me! I’m here, and I’m going to do great in life! Or that’s what I think at least… ?”

“A completely new stage in your life starts today. Open the door to it confidently and greet new life with a big smile on your face. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, I’m sure everything will be fine.”

“Remember, dreams can change at any point in your life. If we’d all be stuck with our first dream, the whole world would be invaded by cowboys. So, just remember whatever you dream, if you didn’t achieve it, you haven’t failed and are not a looser.”

“Life is not easy, but you shouldn’t be afraid of it. It will bring you a lot more pleasure if you learn to love and enjoy it. And your youth is the best time to get a taste for life. Congratulations on your graduation, my friend! May you always fly high!”

“Now you’ll have to make some severe decisions that will influence your job, career, surroundings and even your future in general. You’ll receive a lot of pieces of advice from your family and friends, but the only person you have to listen to is you. Good luck!”

“One must do almost everything in life including travel, lead, innovate, fall in love, get rich and famous. But, it must be done to an extent that you should be right in the direction of kindness.”

“You finally finished high school! Congratulations! I wish you good luck in the future, good luck finding a job that truly fits you and your personality, and just play luck in your own life, because let’s face it, you are all grown up!”

“You’re young, intelligent and ambitious person. What else do you need to succeed in life? I’ll tell you. You need love and friendship – without them wealth and professional success mean nothing. Good luck!”

“Happy graduation! You can be proud of yourself! I wish that every step that you take is successful. Good luck to you!”

“Leaving the school/the University behind doesn’t mean leaving the past behind. You spent the best years of your life there and many pleasant feelings are relevant to it. Remember your past, but continue to move on. Good luck!”

“Graduation is one of the most unforgettable events in our life. It’s filled with joyful memories, ambitions and hopes for a better future. Wishing you the best of luck in all your endeavors! Congratulations!”

“Graduation morning… you wake up, you feel fresh, new, energised. Then comes the day, you feel ready to do anything, you know you got this, finally you graduate… And in the evening comes the party… But then the next morning, you wake up lost, and don’t know what to do with your life.”

“Never forget where you come from. Never forget your friends, teachers and bright moments shared with them. Your future and your past are inextricably linked, that’s why you should appreciate your roots. Wish you good luck!”

Graduation Quotes From Parents To Son

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“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 very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope…. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do honestly, truthfully, and transparently.”

“Don’t buy society’s definition of success. Because it’s not working for anyone. It’s not working for women, it’s not working for men, it’s not working for polar bears, it’s not working for the cicadas that are apparently about to emerge and swarm us. It’s only truly working for those who make pharmaceuticals for stress, diabetes, heart disease, sleeplessness, and high blood pressure.” – Arianna Huffington

“Your parents, proudly here today, and their parents before them, perhaps proudly here today, understood a simple equation for success: your children would do better than you had.” – Anna Quindlen

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After 22 years of child-raising, they are unemployed.” – Erma Bombeck

“Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for the new beginning of life. Cheers, son.”

“Congratulations to our dearest son. Thanks for making us proud. Love you so much.”

“Happy graduation, son. You proved that anything is possible. We are overwhelmed and proud.”

“Congratulations on your graduation, dear son. May God’s blessings bestowed upon you forever and always.”

“May Lord fills your world with joy and success. I hope you ace at every level of your life. Congratulations on graduating, son.”

“May you be successful in your practical life as well. Happy graduation! Love you tons.”

“Let us say the happiest toast to your success, to your graduation. Super proud of you, son.”

“Congratulations to our dearest child. Today we are so much proud of you. We wish and hope that one day you will reach the apex of success.”

“Dear son, congratulations on your graduation. I am extremely proud of you, May your every wish and desire come true.”

“Today, we are so grateful and proud of all the best things you did. Love you a lot and pray to God for giving our son the ability to do more great things in life. Congratulations!”

“As your dad, I’m super proud of you today. You did it- my beloved son. Congratulations on your achievement, dear.”

“You are such an invaluable gift from God. We watch you change and grow as season come then quickly go. But God has a perfect plan to ship our boy into a successful man. We are proud of you my son!”

“Congratulation on your accomplishment. We just want to tell you how proud we are of you. It’s a result of your hard work. May God help you to find much more like this.”

“We are thankful to God for your successful graduation. It’s the result of your sincerity, hard work, and patience. You have found the result of your hard work. Congrats!”

“When we heard the news of your good result the tears came to eyes with joy. We were the happiest and proudest parents in this world. May God fill your earth with joy and success.”

“We have found our success in yours since your childhood till now. Even we got it today too. It is beyond price to us. We believe that one day our son will be a successful man definitely.”

“We know today you are the happiest soul like us in this world. Accept my heartfelt wishes for the best gift you have given us today. We are so proud that you are a graduate now. Congratulations!”

Graduation Wishes 2021

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“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

“She believed she could so she did!”

“Never look back darling it distracts from the now!”

“We knew you could do it.”

“Be the change you wish to see in the world!”

“Congratulations and BRAVO!”

“Nevertheless she persisted, 6 years later she did it.”

“Now time for act II.”

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.”

“Enjoy the journey and the destination — Next stop: North Carolina”

“I ‘wined’ a lot but I did it.”

“Oh, the places you’ll go!”

“Some people are worth graduating.”

“To infinity & beyond! Buzz Lightyear”

“Officially a B.A.”

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

“Oh the places I’ll go – Dr. Suess”

“You did it, now it’s time to celebrate!”

“Caps off to you, Graduate, well done!”

“Kiss Me I’m a grad!”

“And the story goes on.”

“God is within her, she can’t fail.”

“I think I’m ready for another adventure.- Bilbo Baggins”

“My mom is my biggest cheerleader, my dad is my greatest coach.”

“Our human is graduating. ”

“Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings – Dali”

“A world of possibilities awaits!”

“May your degree unlock many doors for you.”

“That’s all folks.”

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.- Shakespeare”

“To be discouraged never!”

“I was served lemons so I made lemonade.”

“Great results come from hard work, well done!”

“God’s plan”

“May the floss be with you.”

“Finally done with this.”

“Adventure is out there!”

“I want to be where the people are… Employed! Little Mermaid”

“I graduated. So, now I’m smart and stuff!”

“Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.- Muhammad Ali”

“Master has given Dobby a diploma, Dobby is free!”

“The rose that grew from concrete.”

“Help me, I’m poor!”

“I worked hard so my dog could have a better life.”

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

“In learning, you will teach. In teaching, you will learn”

“Grace carried me here and by grace, I will carry on.”

“The journey doesn’t start at the beginning, it begins at the end!”

“I’m looking around wondering… where did the time go?”

“Don’t be afraid to sparkle a Lil’ brighter”

“Wherever we fly this is not goodbye!”

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard…”

“May your hats fly as high as your dreams”

“Can I take a nap now?”

“It’s a beautiful day to save smiles”

“Bake the world a better place.”

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated!”

“I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.”

“I wined a lot but I did it”

“Is anyone here a marine biologist?”

“How things begin is not nearly as important as how they end.”

“All you need is faith trust and a little bit of pixie dust! ”

“Finally!”

“May you always dare to do great things in life.”

“Game of Loans. Interest is coming.”

“Oh, I just can’t wait to graduate! Lion King”

“I did it! I am the light of the world and the salt of the earth.”

“Shoot for the moon!”

“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!”

“I’m going to succeed because I am crazy enough to think I can!”

“You’re going to hear me roar!”

“Thanks, Wikipedia!”

“We’re proud of your accomplishments and the person you’ve become.”

“Imagine the possibilities!”

“And so the adventure begins!”

“She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.”

“Can I be excused for the rest of my life?”

“Mischief Managed.”

“Dare to be different!”

“Long live the magic we make.”

“Next stop grad school!”

“Wherever life plants you bloom with Grace!”

“The {girl/boy} who graduated”

“It is kind of fun to do the impossible.”

“She turned her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans!”

“To your well-deserved success.”

“Sky above me. earth below me, the fire within me”

“Now hotter by one degree!”

“Teaching is a work of heart.”

“I winged it!”

“Who’s hiring?”

“Be the change!”

“Enjoy this life.”

“There’s just no telling how far I’ll go!”

“Now’s when my life begins!”

“Never grow up! Peter Pan”

“OMG, I did it!”

“My cap cost me 100 K {enter cost of college}”

“It’s time to see what I can do!”

“If you can dream it, you can do it!”

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“Everything ends and so our story begins! Tinker Bell”

“To live will be an awfully big adventure! Peter Pan”

“Anything is possible if you never sleep!”

“Thanks for the memories!”

“I still have no idea what I’m doing!”

“Thanks, Mom and Dad and Coffee!”

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

“Coming soon to a hospital near you.”

“Proud of my B.S.”

“The best is yet to come”

“The tassel is worth the hassle!”

“I’m like a shooting star I’ve come so far!”

“Live with purpose!”

“Can I nap now?”

“Have courage and be kind.”

“Wishing you the best of luck in the future.”

Originally published September 26, 2019, updated January 23, 2021

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