Graduation season is here, and I remember how it feels. I was sad to leave behind my life as a student and nervous to start adulting. There were so many changes happening that I felt confused and overwhelmed. Besides, I was going through a quarter-life crisis and it made everything so much complicated (you can read about that here!).
If you are starting a new chapter in your life, here are some inspirational quotes you need to read after graduation. It can be scary and exciting at the same time. I know! So many emotions! That’s why I want to uplift your spirits and let you know that everything will be fine.
Inspirational Quotes You Need To Read After Graduation
1. “Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.” —Frederick W. Robertson
2. “It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.” —Michelle Obama
3. “My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small and that you never need to carry more than you can hold.” —Rascal Flatts
4. “Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” —Oprah Winfrey
5. “Success doesn’t rush. The greatest reward is the journey!” —Jeff Moore
6. “Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.” —Anna Quindlen
7. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” —Abraham Lincoln
8. “You don’t go to university so you can punch a clock. You go to university so you can be in a position to make a difference.” —Janet Napolitano
9. “From my point of view, which is that of a storyteller, I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.” —Toni Morrison
10. “My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times in your life when you’re going to have to stick your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them.” —Ruth Westheimer
11. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” —C.S. Lewis
12. “Start each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for great things.”
13. “Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” —Steve Jobs
This quote feels close to me. Being trapped by the dogma (and my dad) was one of the main reasons why I developed a quarter-life crisis at 21 (it was no fun). It’s so important to take your own decision and don’t let others influence you. Now I’m 25 and a year ago I decided to do that. It was no fun. It was so hard, but I’m so happy now. All the pain was worth it.
14. “Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along.” —Stephen Colbert
15. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” —Henry Ford
16. “Thankfully dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses. So whatever your dream is right now, if you don’t achieve it, you haven’t failed, and you’re not some loser. But just as importantly—and this is the part I may not get right and you may not listen to—if you do get your dream, you are not a winner.” —Stephen Colber
17. “Today is a milestone. It tells you how far you’ve come. Keep learning, keep trying, keep accomplishing, and keep venturing on through your journey.”
18. “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” —Napoleon Hill
19. “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” —William Arthur Ward
20. “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
21. “Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.” —Barack Obama
Are you graduating this year? If not, how did you feel when you graduated? Let me know in the comments!