Encouraging Quotes for Graduates

Graduating from school, whether it be high school or university, can be stressful. It’s a leap into the unknown. It can be hard to learn how to manage everyday life. The quotes below can provide comfort, insight, and motivation to head into this next adventure. Here are encouraging quotes for graduates.

For Everyday

  1. “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho
  2. “Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.”- Seneca
  3. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption
  4. “You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” – Eckhart Tolle
  5. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
College graduate in cap and gown.

For Stress

  1. “Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon
  2. “All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  3. “Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” – Roy T. Bennett
  4. “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

For Missing Home

  1. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  2. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  3. “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” – Wendy Wunder
  4. “If you’re feeling homesick, there’s no shame in it. It means you come from a happy home.” – Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey
  5. “Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.” – Charles Dickens
High School Graduate in his cap and gown.

For Imposter Syndrome

  1. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams
  3. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
  5. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde

For Fearing the Unknown

  1. “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “If you let fear of the unknown stop you from taking chances, you will stifle your true potential.” – Steve Rizzo
  3. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” – Walter Anderson
  4. “By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility.” – Alan Watts
  5. “We all have a fear of the unknown. What one does with that fear will make all the difference in the world.” – Lillian Russell
Family picture with a college graduate on graduation day.

For Burnout

  1. “Talk to yourself like someone you love.” – Brené Brown
  2. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  3. “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.” – Watty Piper, The Little Engine That Could
  4. “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill
  5. “We will fail when we fail to try.” – Rosa Parks

For Those Who Don’t Know Their Next Step

  1. “Do not fear to step into the unknown for where there is risk, there is also reward.” – Lori Hard
  2. “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley
  3. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
  4. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
  5. “Problems can be experienced as….a chance for renewal rather than stress.” – Marilyn Ferguson

That completes the list of encouraging quotes for graduates! Hopefully, you found some inspiration or motivation from this post.

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