Whether it’s for a graduation speech, a note in the yearbook, a heartfelt card, or just a way to get perspective, great quotes are a must-have during graduation time. Luckily, many eloquent writers and speakers had a lot to say on the themes in your grads life right now: self-assuance, independence, staying positive, education, personal development, confidence, finding yourself, curiosity, achievements, and determination. Here’s a list of great quotes for your and your grad to choose from:

  1. Self-assurance: “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” William Shakespeare
  2. Independence: "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
  3. Staying Positive: "Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” Benjamin Franklin
  4. Education: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." William Butler Yeats
  5. Personal Development: "Do not worry if you have built castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." Henry David Thoreau
  6. Confidence: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" Marianne Williamson
  7. Finding Yourself: "To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." e.e. cummings
  8. Curiosity: "The important thing is not to stop questioning."  Albert Einstein
  9. Celebrating Achievements: "Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart." Martin Luther King, Jr
  10. Determination: "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  Ralph Waldo Emerson