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20 Inspiring Graduation Quotes for the Class of 2020

by AIFS Study Abroad

There’s no doubt that this graduation season is unlike any other in recent memory, or history. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way seniors in college or high school experience this milestone, from drive-thru ceremonies to virtual ones. While the tradition of graduation may look a little different this year, one thing remains the same: graduates are about to embark on an exciting new chapter of their lives filled with new adventures, new challenges, and new growth. They deserve to be inspired, so we’ve compiled a list of quotes to send them off on their journeys ahead.

Here are 20 inspiring graduation quotes for the Class of 2020 as they begin this new chapter:

1. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

2. “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your our purpose and potential.” – Kerry Washington

3. “Success doesn’t rush. The greatest reward is the journey!” – Oscar Wilde

4. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – JK Rowling

5. “Be aware that even before you have reached your ultimate professional destination, if you always strive for excellence, you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

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

7. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

8. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

9. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Anthony Robbins

10. “Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.” – Asha Tyson

11. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

12. “There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to knock, waiting for you to become. This path does not belong to your parents, your teachers, your leaders, or your lovers. Your path is your character defining itself more and more everyday like a photograph coming into focus.” – Jodie Foster

13. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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14. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings

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15. “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” – Minor Myers Jr.

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16. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

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17.  “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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18. “Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.” – Harold B. Melchart

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19. “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. Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman

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20. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

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