The Best Humorous and Inspirational Graduation Quotes

These graduation quotes can help you find just the right words to give your teen.
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Whether you're looking for something meaningful to write in your teen's graduation card, or you're hoping to offer a bit of humorous advice, it can be hard to find just the right words. These graduation quotes can provide some humor as well as a little inspiration when you aren't sure what to say.

Humorous Graduation Quotes

1. "Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries.

After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed." –Erma Bombeck

2. "A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success." –Robert Orben

3. "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

4. “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” –Will Rogers

5. “Now that you’ve graduated, just remember: Bosses don’t usually accept notes from your mother.” –Melanie White

6. "Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." –Arnold Schwarzenegger

7. "So, what’s it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but beyond that, I don’t recommend it.”  –Bill Watterson

8. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” –Vidal Sassoon

9. "The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate." –Doug Larson

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

10. "Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved.

The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these." –Susan B. Anthony

11. "There is a good reason they call these ceremonies 'commencement exercises'. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning." –Orrin Hatch

12. "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." –Dalai Lama

13. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." –Henry David Thoreau

14. "All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder." –Author Unknown

15. "Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference." –Arie Pencovici

16. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. 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

17. "Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars." –Richard Halliburton

18. "The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after." –Newton D. Baker

19. "Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear." –George Addair

20. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."  –Robert Frost

21. "You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." –Wayne Gretzky

22. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." –Farrah Gray

23. "All our dreams can come true...if we have the courage to pursue them." –Walt Disney

24. "Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art." –Neil Gaiman

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

Create Your Own Piece of Advice

Whether your teen is headed off to college, or he's looking for his first real job, celebrate your teen's graduation. Offer some words of wisdom that will send your teen off into the real world with a hopeful mindset.

Updated by: Amy Morin, LCSW.

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