Brooke Davis of One Tree Hill shared a quote with one graduating class that put this feeling into perspective,
“One day, you’re 17 and you’re planning for some day and then, quietly without you ever really noticing, some day is today, and then someday is yesterday, and this is your life.”
Life goes on; sometimes even faster than you expected to. There is nothing that any of us can do about it other than bask in the wonderful moments that we are given, and live a purposeful life.
Graduation season especially is a time where many of us like to sit and reflect back on the life we have lived thus far. Whether it be graduating from high school, graduating from college, moving up a level in your life, graduation can be scary and confusing.
It is as though every possible feeling that a person could ever feel hits us at once. We are nervous yet scared yet excited yet sad. The uncertainty of what is going to happen next is usually what gets the best of us, which is why it is so important and helpful to get a reminder on graduation day that every once in a while as to why we are able to overcome literally anything.
You have the ability to be fearless and strong and it is time that the rest of the world acknowledged that. Never forget to trust the journey. Because it is YOUR journey, and doing whatever makes you happy is the best way to go.
So whether you are graduating in a few months, a year, or not graduating at all, remember to always believe in yourself the same way others believes in you!
To make this whole experience of moving up and on and life easier, we have put together a list of 50 sentimental quotes that will leave your heart strong and you really inspired for your graduation day celebration.
1. Live the life you’ve always wanted.
“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.” — George Sanders
2. The best life lessons can come to you the hard way.
“Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” — Oprah Winfrey
3. The only person’s opinion on your life that you should value is your own.
“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.” — Steve Jobs
4. Make sure you do everything with a divine purpose.
“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
5. Figure out what means the most to you.
“You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship.” — David Foster Wallace
6. Shoot for the stars. Even if it’s beyond the social “norms”.
“A world where men ran half our homes and women ran half our institutions would be just a much better world.” — Sheryl Sandberg
7. Create the most artful life for yourself.
“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
8. Make choices and take action.
“Take action. Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing that you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.” — Bradley Withford
9. Don’t ever let your work consume you.
“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.” — Anna Quindlen
10. The best part of life is that you get to create your own.
“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
11. Always remember that your life, is YOURS.
“There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.” — Dick Costolo
12. You have the ability to be a strong leader.
“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.” — Madeleine Albright
13. As Maya Angelou says, always “live with life”.
“I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.” — Maya Angelou
14. Your failures make you who you are.
“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
15. Make up your own rules.
“The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.” — Neil Gaiman
16. You need to remember that you are able; always.
“Yes, we can.” — Barack Obama