Careful! These Quotes About Graduation Might Make You a Little Bit Feelsy

As much as we might poke fun at all the clichés surrounding graduation, it is a big day in your life.

You've made it through 13+ years of education and your life is about to change in a big way. It's okay to get a little emotional about your accomplishment.

If you've been trying to avoid the feels, turn back now. These quotes about graduation will probably make you a little teary-eyed.

This is only the beginning:

"Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead."

-Nora Ephron

The Vampire Diaries - Caroline, Matt and Elena graduating

(The Vampire Diaries via The CW)


Use your education for good:

"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


You can forge your own path:

"The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules."

-Neil Gaiman


Take it all one step at a time:

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

-Arthur Ashe


(Glee via FOX)


There's more waiting for you in the world:

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."

-C.S. Lewis


Your choices start with you:

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

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Don't get too caught up in the destination:

"Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey."

-Michael Josephson


(High School Musical 3: Senior Year via Walt Disney Pictures)


Don't be afraid to take chances:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain


Failure will eventually lead to success:

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

-Winston Churchill


Make a few mistakes:

"Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here."

-Neil Gaiman

Rory From Gilmore Girls Graduation

(Gilmore Girls via The CW)


Pursue the things you're passionate about:

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau


Take the first step:

"The only impossible journey is the one you never begin."

-Anthony Robbins


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