Never follow anyone else's path, unless you're in the woods and you're lost.— Ellen DeGeneres
Vibrant Graduation Speech quotations
Don't waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.
You might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
Pausing allows you to take a beat to take a breath in your life.
As everybody else is rushing around like a lunatic out there, I dare you to do the opposite.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
You'll never know what you're capable of if you don't try.
I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don't want so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love
So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.
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.
There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
Don't exercise your freedom of speech until you have exercises your freedom of thought.
Be yourself, it's the best thing you can do.
Try putting your iPhones down every once in a while and look at people's faces.
Sometimes just being still is the best thing you can do for yourself.
I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.
Life has a very simple plot: first you're here and then you're not.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
Karate is the best thing you can do for your child.
Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
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.
The most important aspect of freedom of speech is freedom to learn.
All education is a continuous dialogue - questions and answers that pursue every problem on the horizon. That is the essence of academic freedom.
Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Risk being seen in all of your glory.
Do not hurt anyone with your speech, for the divine dwells in every heart.
Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.
It is a warning, Godspeed. It means you are no longer welcome here at these prices.
People will frighten you about a graduation....They use words you don't hear often.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Risk being seen in all of your glory.
Live all of your life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it. And have fun.
Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.
Don't exercise your freedom of speech until you have exercised your freedom of thought.
This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal.
There's only change and resistance to it and then more change.
... I could have said something profound, but you would have forgotten it in 15 minutes - which is the afterlife of a graduation speech.
When every high school graduate can spell the word, 'inauguration,' let's put lampshades on our heads and listen to his speeches until Obama's voice gives out.
If money is speech, then speech is no longer free - it's expensive. It's high time we overturn citizens united.
One of the most difficult speeches to prepare is an address to a graduation class, which is why I don't often do them.
I gave the graduation speech at my high school.
Not because I was valedictorian but because the grade voted for me to do it. And I gave a slightly contentious speech. I was a little critical of the administration. But for a long time it said on Wikipedia that I took my balls out and exposed myself to the crowd.
I'd done some acting in high school. Then I went to Kenyon College and got thrown in jail and kicked off the football team. Since I was determined not to study very much, I majored in theater the last two years. Got my degree in speech; they didn't actually have a degree in theater. I graduated at two o'clock in the afternoon, and at three-thirty I was on the train for Williams Bay, Wisconsin, for summer stock, and then I did winter stock.
The school asks a person who has achieved a certain level of career success to give you a speech telling you that career success is not important.
I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend.
But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me.