125 Best Graduation Quotes That Will Have the Class of 2022 Ready to Tackle Anything

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Graduation season is here — how another school year flew by that fast, we’ll never know! During this exciting and (sometimes scary) time, you can never go wrong with empowering quotes that offer up some advice and guidance to the class of 2022. Just like all the best graduation songs say, this is a time of transition and is so much more than walking across a stage and getting a piece of paper. It’s a symbol of progress, change and accomplishment and also signals the beginning of a new era, which could be anything from moving on to high school or college, or beginning a new job or career path.

Whether you’re the one receiving that diploma this year or are simply showing up to support someone you love, our list of inspiring (and sometimes funny!) graduation quotes is here to help you celebrate with some motivating and inspiring words. These short quotes not only are great for inspiration but can be used to express the perfect graduation sentiment in a card or copy and pasted for a heartfelt graduation Instagram caption. Check out our absolute favorites below. And speaking of gifts, if you’re looking for something to bring to the graduation party, make sure to check out our favorite graduation gifts for high school grads, graduation gifts for college grads and more!

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1 Sun Tzu
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Danielle Carson

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

2 Natalie Portman
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Danielle Carson

Your inexperience is an asset in that it will make you think in original, unconventional ways.

3 Meryl Streep
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Danielle Carson

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

4 Joseph Addison
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Danielle Carson

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.

5 Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Danielle Carson

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

6 Grace Helbig
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Danielle Carson

The only thing you can do in this life is pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers, and never stop following your fear.

7 Arnold Palmer
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Danielle Carson

The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.

8 Audrey Hepburn
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Danielle Carson

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I'm possible."

9 Norman Vaughan
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Danielle Carson

Dream big and dare to fail.

10 Larry Winget
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Danielle Carson

Knowledge is not power. The implementation of knowledge is power.

11 Ben Bernanke
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Danielle Carson

Nobody likes to fail, but failure is an essential part of life and of learning. If your uniform isn't dirty, you haven't been in the game.

12 Ayn Rand
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Danielle Carson

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

13 R. S. Grey
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Danielle Carson

She believed she could, so she did.

14 Nelson Mandela
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Danielle Carson

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

15 David Foster Wallace
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Danielle Carson

You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship.

16 Henry Ford
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Danielle Carson

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

17 Thomas Edison
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Danielle Carson

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

18 Neil Gaiman
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Danielle Carson

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

19 Kyle Chandler
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Danielle Carson

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.

20 John Wooden
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Danielle Carson

Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.

21 Dr. Seuss
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Danielle Carson

Kid, you'll move mountains.

22 John Dewey
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Danielle Carson

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

23 Frederick W. Robertson
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Danielle Carson

Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.

24 Alfred Mercier
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Danielle Carson

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.

25 Tina Fey
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Betsy Farrell

Follow your fear.

26 Neil Gaiman
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Betsy Farrell

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.

27 Gabrielle Giffords
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Betsy Farrell

Be bold, be courageous, be your best.

28 Anatole France
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Betsy Farrell

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

29 Denzel Washington
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Danielle Carson

Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You've got to take risks.

30 Louisa May Alcott
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Danielle Carson

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.

31 Arianna Huffington
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Danielle Carson

It's wisdom that will put all the inevitable failures and rejections and disappointments and heartbreaks into perspective.

32 Shonda Rhimes
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Danielle Carson

You don't have a job? Get one. Any job! Don't sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Do something until you can do something else.

33 Arthur Ashe
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Betsy Farrell

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

34 Ryan Reynolds
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Danielle Carson

Empathy has gotten me so much farther in not only my life, but in my career.

35 Kerry Washington
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Betsy Farrell

Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.

36 Nora Ephron
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Danielle Carson

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

37 Dick Costolo
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Betsy Farrell

There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.

38 Jodie Foster
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Danielle Carson

Your path is your character defining itself more and more every day, like a photograph coming into focus.

39 Martin Luther King Jr.
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Danielle Carson

Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.

40 Cory Booker
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Betsy Farrell

Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, ‘I must keep going.’ It’s that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, ‘Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.’

41 B.B. King
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Danielle Carson

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

42 Hillary Clinton
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Danielle Carson

Always aim high, work hard and care deeply about what you believe in.

43 Winston Churchill
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Danielle Carson

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

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45 Sandra Day O'Connor
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Danielle Carson

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.

46 Whoopi Goldberg
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Danielle Carson

If you're willing to stand for what you believe in ... you won't need advice from me, because you will be able to handle whatever comes.

47 Sandra Bullock
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Danielle Carson

You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day, because it changes the way you walk.

48 Vincent Van Gogh
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Danielle Carson

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

49 Edward Koch
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Betsy Farrell

The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.

50 Ed Helms
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Betsy Farrell

Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.

51 Anthony Robbins
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Betsy Farrell

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

52 Michael Josephson
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Betsy Farrell

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

53 Thomas Jefferson
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If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

54 Ellen DeGeneres
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Betsy Farrell

When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.

55 Henry David Thoreau
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Betsy Farrell

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

56 Tom Brokaw
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Betsy Farrell

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.

57 Art Linkletter
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Betsy Farrell

Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

58 Steve Jobs
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Betsy Farrell

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.

59 William Arthur Ward
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Betsy Farrell

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.

60 Katie Couric
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Betsy Farrell

There may be days when you’ll say to yourself, ‘I can’t. I literally can’t even.’ But you can! You can even!

61 H. Jackson Brown Jr.
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Betsy Farrell

Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.

62 Stephen Colbert
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Betsy Farrell

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.

63 Eleanor Roosevelt​​
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Betsy Farrell

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

64 Madeleine Albright
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Betsy Farrell

Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing.

65 Sheryl Sandberg
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Betsy Farrell

Fortune does favor the bold, and I promise that you will never know what you’re capable of unless you try.

66 George Saunders
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Betsy Farrell

Success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it ... Err in the direction of kindness.

67 Maya Angelou​
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Betsy Farrell

Live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.

68 J.K. Rowling
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Betsy Farrell

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.

69 Oprah Winfrey​
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Betsy Farrell

Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.

70 Michelle Obama
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Betsy Farrell

Our greatness comes when we appreciate each other's strengths, when we learn from each other, when we lean on each other.

71 Anna Quindlen​​
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Betsy Farrell

Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.

72 Toni Morrison
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Betsy Farrell

You're general, but you're also specific. A citizen and a person, and the person you are is like nobody else on the planet.

73 Charles Kettering
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Betsy Farrell

Believe and act is if it were impossible to fail.

74 Zadie Smith​​
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Betsy Farrell

Walk down these crowded streets with a smile on your face. Be thankful you get to walk so close to other humans.

75 William Shakespeare​​
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Betsy Farrell

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

76 JK Rowling
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Betsy Farrell

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.

77 Walt Disney
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Betsy Farrell

All our dreams can come true ... if we have the courage to pursue them.

78 Michelle Obama
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Betsy Farrell

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.

79 George Washington Carver
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Betsy Farrell

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

80 Sandra Day O’Connor
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Betsy Farrell

Now the first suggestion is to aim high, but 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.

81 Muhammad Ali
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Betsy Farrell

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

82 Abraham Lincoln
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Betsy Farrell

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

83 Harriet Tubman
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Betsy Farrell

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

84 C.S. Lewis
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Betsy Farrell

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

85 Plato
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Betsy Farrell

The first and greatest victory is to conquer self.

86 Barack Obama
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Betsy Farrell

Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.

87 Mahatma Gandhi
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Betsy Farrell

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

88 Helen Keller
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Betsy Farrell

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

89 Bill Gates
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Betsy Farrell

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

90 Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Betsy Farrell

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

91 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Betsy Farrell

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

92 Confucius
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Betsy Farrell

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

93 Judy Garland
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Betsy Farrell

Always be the first-rate version of yourself, instead of the second-rate version of somebody else.

94 Leonardo da Vinci
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Betsy Farrell

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

95 Frederick Douglass
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Betsy Farrell

Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do, and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.

96 Babe Ruth
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Betsy Farrell

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

97 Carl Jung
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Betsy Farrell

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

98 Dr. Seuss
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Betsy Farrell

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

99 Oprah Winfrey
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Betsy Farrell

I have lots of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.

100 John F. Kennedy
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Betsy Farrell

Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

101 Mark Twain
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Betsy Farrell

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

102 Jon Stewart
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Betsy Farrell

The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective.

103 Carol Burnett
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Betsy Farrell

We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.

104 William Shakespeare
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Betsy Farrell

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

105 Oscar Wilde
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Betsy Farrell

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

106 Estée Lauder
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Betsy Farrell

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.

107 Albert Einstein
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Betsy Farrell

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

108 Booker T. Washington
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Betsy Farrell

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

109 Vidal Sassoon
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Betsy Farrell

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

110 Bill Clinton
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Betsy Farrell

The future is not an inheritance, it is an opportunity and an obligation.

111 Margaret Thatcher
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Betsy Farrell

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

112 Steve Jobs
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Betsy Farrell

Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.

113 Mae Jemison
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Betsy Farrell

Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.

114 Benjamin Franklin
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Betsy Farrell

Either write something worth reading, or do something worth reading.

115 Newton D. Baker
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Betsy Farrell

The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.

116 Kenji Miyazawa
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Betsy Farrell

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

117 Udai Yadla
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Betsy Farrell

Believe in your greatness. Because what you believe is what you become.

118 Malcolm X
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Betsy Farrell

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

119 Edward Koch
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Betsy Farrell

The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.

120 Rosa Parks
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Betsy Farrell

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.

121 Theodore Roosevelt
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Betsy Farrell

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

122 Kim Garst 
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Betsy Farrell

If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents — start charging for it.

123 Jim Ryun
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Betsy Farrell

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

124 Kahlil Gibran
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Betsy Farrell

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

125 Nelson Mandela
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Betsy Farrell

There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

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