Do all the other things, the ambitious things—travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes…but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness.
Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.
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.
Do not worry too much about your lawn. You will soon find if you haven’t already that almost every adult American devotes tremendous time and money to the maintenance of an invasive plant species called turf grass that we can’t eat. I encourage you to choose better obsessions.
And how do you know when you’re doing something right? How do you know that? It feels so. What I know now is that feelings are really your GPS system for life. When you’re supposed to do something or not supposed to do something, your emotional guidance system lets you know. The trick is to learn to check your ego at the door and start checking your gut instead.
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.
Be bold, be courageous, be your best.
Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. 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.
Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.
Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.
You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship.
A world where men ran half our homes and women ran half our institutions would be just a much better world.
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.
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.
Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.
There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.
But 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.
I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.
Thankfully dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses. So whatever your dream is right now, if you don’t achieve it, you haven’t failed, and you’re not some loser. But just as importantly—and this is the part I may not get right and you may not listen to—if you do get your dream, you are not a winner.
The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.
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.
The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.
And when your journey seems too hard, and when you run into a chorus of cynics who tell you that you’re being foolish to keep believing or that you can’t do something, or that you should just give up, or you should just settle—you might say to yourself a little phrase that I’ve found handy these last eight years: Yes, we can.
Now the first suggestion is to aim high, but 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.
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.
Be compassionate to everyone. Don’t just search for whatever it is that annoys and frightens you, see beyond those things to the basic human being. Especially see the child in the man or woman. Even if they are destroying you, allow a moment to see how lost in their own delusion and suffering they are.
Not only can you not plan the impact you’re going to have, you often won’t recognize it when you’re having it.
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.’
There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.
Graduation Quotes 2021
“Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe” – Anatole France
“Now the first suggestion is to aim high, but 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
“Success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it… Err in the direction of kindness” – George Saunders
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
“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
“You will have failures in your life, but it is what you do during those valleys that will determine the heights of your peaks” – Rahm Emanuel
“Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are… To everyone else, it’s just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on” – Jerry Zucker
“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
“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love” – Jim Carrey
“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” – JK Rowling
“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
“The only thing you can do in this life is to pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers and never stop following your fear” – Grace Helbig
“For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right” – Tim Cook
“The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not” – Ellen DeGeneres
“The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are So make up your own rules” – Neil Gaiman
“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful What you’ll discover will be 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
“The person who you’re with most in life is yourself and if you don’t like yourself you’re always with somebody you don’t like” – Mark Lewis
“So, I say to you, forget about the fast lane If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion Honor your calling Everybody has one Trust your heart and success will come to you” – Oprah Winfrey
“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
“This is your time and it feels normal to you but really there is no normal There’s only change, and resistance to it and then more change” – Meryl Streep
“Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years No one would sleep that night, of course… We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God Instead, the stars come out every night, and we watch television” – Paul Hawken
“Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning” – Senator Orrin Hatch
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind” – CS Lewis
“The fireworks begin today Each diploma is a lighted match Each one of you is a fuse” – Edward Koch
College Graduation Quotes Inspirational
“When you leave here, don’t forget why you came” – Adlai E Stevenson
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself” – John Dewey
“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential” – Kerry Washington
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There are no regrets in life Just lessons” – Jennifer Aniston
“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
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions” – Albert Einstein
“Don’t always worry what your next line is going to be” – Richard Costolo
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs
“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
“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
“It doesn’t matter that your dream came true if you spent your whole life sleeping” – Jerry Zucker
“Kid, you’ll move mountains” – Dr Seuss
“Start where you are Use what you have Do what you can” – Arthur Ashe
“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them” – H Jackson Brown Jr
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done” – Thomas Jefferson
“And 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” – Neil Gaiman
“When people tell you not to believe in your dreams, and they say “Why?”, say “Why not?” – Billie Jean King
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams Live the life you have imagined” – Henry David Thoreau
“In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make a reality” – Kristian Kan
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr Seuss
“All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder” – Author Unknown
“The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done” – Arnold Palmer
“As scary and uncertain as these times may be, they are also a wake up call, and they are an incredible opportunity for your generation, because you don’t have to accept what was considered normal before You don’t have to accept the world as it is You can make it into the world as it should be, and could be You can create a new normal One that is fairer and gives everybody opportunity, and treats everybody equally, and builds bridges between people instead of dividing them” – President Obama
“To all those who feel different, if you are part of a group that’s called ‘other’, a group that does not get the chance to be center stage…build your own stage and make them see you” – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
“Expect the unexpected, but celebrate anyway” – Taylor Swift
“Although there is much to be sad about, there is also much to be celebrated You are watching what is a pivotal moment in this country’s evolution” – Lady Gaga
“Promise yourself today that you will savor and make the best of every moment of what lies ahead Embracing challenge, living humbly, and dedicating your talents to a higher human purpose” – Condoleezza Rice
Graduation Quotes For Instagram
“Success doesn’t rush The greatest reward is the journey!” — Oscar Wilde
“Follow your fear” — Tina Fey
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” — BB King
“Fight for what makes you optimistic about the world Find it, insist on it, dig into it, go after it” — Jennifer Garner
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – Mark Twain
“I know you’re missing what was supposed to be your medal ceremony but thatdoesn’t change a thing You’ve already won So today, let’s celebrate that Let’s celebrate all the hard work it took to get here We are so proud of what you’ve accomplished” — Simone Biles
“Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary” — John Keating in Dead Poet’s Society
“Don’t just get involved Fight for your seat at the table Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table” — Barack Obama
“I wanna leave my footprints on the sand of time Know there was something that I left behind When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets Leave something to remember, so they won’t forget I was here I lived, I loved I was here” — “I Was Here” by Beyoncé
“Always aim high, work hard and care deeply about what you believe in” — Hillary Clinton
“I urge you to set aside your labels and explore what your principles say about the world you wish to serve Because beliefs are our anchors” — Stacey Abrams
“The unfortunate yet truly exciting thing about your life is that there is no core curriculum The entire place is an elective” — Jon Stewart
“You dream, you gotta protect it People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it If you want something, go get it Period” — Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness
“Be brave Take risks Nothing can substitute experience” – Paulo Coelho
“Here is what I’ve learned: We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit the path to success It takes hard work, tenacity and patience” — Tory Burch
“Your perspective is unique It’s important and it counts Try not to compare it to anyone else” — Glenn Close
“If you’re willing to stand for what you believe inyou won’t need advice from me, because you will be able to handle whatever comes” — Whoopi Goldberg
“Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets” — Arnold Schwarzenegger
“At some point, you’ve got to decide for yourself who you gonna be Can’t let nobody make that decision for you” — Juan in Moonlight
“Fall forward Every failed experiment is one step closer to success You’ve got to take risks” — Denzel Washington
“I know I can be what I wanna be If I work hard at it, I’ll be where I wanna be” — “I Can” by Nas
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“You will stumble and fall, you will experience both disaster and triumph, sometimes in the same day But it’s really important to remember that like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever” — Helen Mirren
“The road to success is always under construction” — Lily Tomlin
“Do or do not There is no ‘try’” — Yoda in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
“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
“Don’t buy society’s definition of success” — Arianna Huffington
“Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own” — Michelle Obama
“Live with life Be courageous, adventurous Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve” – Maya Angelou
“Never let the challenges you face in life defeat your spiritbe a leader by your actions, by your words, define your dreammake it happen no matter what the hurdles or obstacles may be” — Alison Bechdel
“Life moves pretty fast If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” — Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
“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
“It’s something unpredictable But in the end, it’s right I hope you had the time of your life” — “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
“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
“Your life is your story and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential” — Kerry Washington
“As you navigate 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
“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss” — Benjamin Button in The Missing Case of Benjamin Button
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” – EE Cummings
“When people tell you not to believe in your dreams, and they say ‘Why?’ say ‘Why not?’” — Billie Jean King
“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
“I am unwritten, can’t read my mind I’m undefined I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand Ending unplanned” — “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
“Keep reaching Keep seeking Keep using your abilities to bring out the best in those around you, and let them bring out the best in you Become the next great generation! You can and you will—dare I say it—change the world!” — Bill Nye
“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead” — Nora Ephron
“You have to have insane confidence in yourself even if it’s not real I’m giving you permission to root for yourself and while you’re at it root for those around you, too” — Mindy Kaling
“Follow your passion It will lead you to your purpose” – Oprah Winfrey
“Your path is your character defining itself more and more every day, like a photograph coming into focus” — Jodie Foster
“Dreams are extremely important You can’t do it unless you imagine it” — George Lucas
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” — Nelson Mandela
“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance Never settle for the path of least resistance Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin” — “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” — Harriet Tubman
This above all: To thine own self be true. – William Shakespeare
Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom. – Oprah Winfrey
The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away. -Joy J. Golliver
My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times in your life when you’re going to have to stick your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them. – Ruth Westheimer
Nothing builds self-esteem and self-accomplishment. – Thomas Carlyle
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
Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for other guides your manners.
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. – Ellen Degeneres
This is the beginning of anything you want.
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. – JK Rowling
Take it all one day at a time, and enjoy the journey. – Kristi Bartle
What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be Bold. Be Brilliant. Be You
I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known. – Anonymous
You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, and SMARTER than you think.
Share your sparkle wherever you are. – Dodinsky
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.
The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse. – Edward Koch
Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely!
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own. – Michelle Obama
Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss
Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready.
To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States. – George W. Bush
College Graduation Quotes For Daughter
All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. – Ella Fitzgerald
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.
In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality. – Kristian Kan
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Sun Tzu
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
Your future doesn’t lie ahead of you…it lies deep inside of you, waiting to be discovered.
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
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. 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
Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you will go.