16 Inspiring and Motivational Quotes to Share with Your High School Graduate

It’s graduation season, and I’m proud to say that I have graduated my youngest from high school! We have homeschooled since 2013, and while there have been bumps in the road, it’s been one of the best things I’ve done for my two sons.  
Our grads will be listening to many inspiring speeches at their graduation ceremonies this year. Here are 16 motivational quotes from the masters to share with your graduate. Write one of these quotes inside a card to them as inspiration for their next step in life!
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 “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
C.S. Lewis
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
 Abraham Lincoln

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities.
They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
John Maxwell

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Albert Einstein

 “Opportunity is missed by most people because
it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas Edison

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
– Charles R. Swindoll

“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”
– Robert H. Schuller

“Difficult roads always lead to beautiful destinations.”
– Zig Ziglar

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground.
There’s no greater investment.”
 – Stephen Covey

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
 – Og Mandino

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
– Mark Twain

 “Kid, you’ll move mountains. Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss

And one that I shared with my graduate:

“People are the stocks into which we are to invest our time …the best of all investments you can make is to help people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. You can make a commitment right here and now …  I’m asking you today not to graduate but commence a new life for God every step of the way.”
–  Rev. Billy Graham

5 responses to “16 Inspiring and Motivational Quotes to Share with Your High School Graduate”

  1. What great quotes for graduates! I actually told my grandson the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Do not follow where the path may lead.Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail” when he graduated high school 5 years ago. He was having a rough time, I told him to follow the road and don't look back, success is just around the corner. He now owns a super successful auto detailing and repair business he started all on his own just over a year ago. Congratulations to your youngest son on his graduation.

  2. Great quotes. My son graduated last year during the height of the pandemic. Good luck to your son! It's a different world right now!

  3. Great quotes, Angie! Congratulations on your homeschooling success and graduating all your children! What an amazing milestone to be sharing with them. Sending lots of love and gratitude, Jaime

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