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Welcome to Famous Graduation Quotes! Graduation time is coming soon!

Here you will find the best collection of inspiring quotes to influence recent graduates in an uplifting and positive approach. As an experienced English Teacher I have had some instances where I thought my methods where lacking in student motivation. My aim is to aid all teachers, professors, educators, principals, coaches and most importantly... parents. So whether you are giving a graduation speech or commencement speech or need to pass on some pure motivation. I hope the content from this site can spark some creativity on your part and help enlighten the students who are listening to you. Because after all... “There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.” Mark Twain

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R.I.P. Revolutionary In Peace... Howard Zinn. Read my personal interview with him here.


"The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth. Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back."

My friend - Howard Zinn

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

Benjamin Franklin

"Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final."

Roger Babson

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these."

George Washington Carver

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

"The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook."

William James

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."

Milton Berle

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Henry Ford

"I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back."

Fred Allen

"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

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try."


"The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one. "

William James

"The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change."

Maya Angelou

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