20 Inspirational Quotes for Graduates

As a university graduate, you're entering a world where your future feels both endless and elusive. All of us at Global Experiences want you to know that you're not alone as you embark on your journey into adulthood. Below are 20 motivational quotes to inspire you to achieve your professional and personal dreams after college.

  1. “Your time is limited; so don't waste it living someone else's life.” –Steve Jobs
  2. “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” –Mark Twain
  3. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” –George Addair
  5. “Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe
  6. “There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, ‘It all depends on me”. –Andre Gide
  7. “Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.” –Sophia Loren
  8. “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
  9. “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
  10. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  11. “The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.” -Louis L'Amour
  12. “The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think.” –David Foster Wallace
  13. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” –Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  14. “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” –Aristotle
  15. “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
  16. “This above all: to thine own self, be true.” –William Shakespeare
  17. “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” -William Jennings Bryan
  18. “The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant-and the success will naturally follow.” -Oprah
  19. “College is something you complete. Life is something you experience.” –Jon Stewart, William and Mary 2004
  20. “You are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what's going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say 'yes.' And if you're lucky, you'll find people who will say 'yes' back.” –Stephen Colbert, Knox College 2006

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