Making it to graduation is a grand success that is difficult to put into words, so we're here to help. Here you will find some inspirational (and congratulatory) quotes from some well-known names to best explain the achievement of graduating after years of hard work, as well as encourage and uplift graduates in their strident march forward into their future.

"If I must give any of you advice it would be say yes. Say yes, and create your own destiny."

-Maya Rudolph

Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions. ​-Albert Einstein

You can't do it alone. Be open to collaboration. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life." ​-Amy Poehler

Understand that one day you will have the power to make a difference, so use it well. ​-Mindy Kaling

Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. ​-Nora Ephron

Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. ​-Michelle Obama

"That clock you hear is the sound of your own heart. Sink your teeth into this life, and don't get let go." ​-Lin-Manuel Miranda

You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don't know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go. ​-Oprah

When we show up, act boldly, and practice the best ways to be wrong, we fail forward. No matter where we end up, we've grown from where we began. ​-Stacey Abrams

It's amazing what you can get if you quietly, clearly, and authoritatively demand it. ​-Meryl Streep

You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. ​-Steve Jobs

Fight for what makes you optimistic about the world. Find it, insist on it, dig into it, go after it. ​-Jennifer Garner

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

-Eleanor Roosevelt

All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ​-Walt Disney

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. ​-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. ​-Henry David Thoreau

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

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. ​-J.K. Rowling

"It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate."

-George Burns

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ​-E. E. Cummings

Your inexperience is an asset in that it will make you think in original, unconventional ways. Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset. ​-Natalie Portman

Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. ​-Will Smith

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. ​-Oprah

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ​-Dr. Seuss

"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."

-Neil​ ​Gaiman

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