Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.— Richard Halliburton
Most Powerful Leavers quotations
There is a good reason they call these ceremonies 'commencement exercises'.
Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.
It's about businesses nervous about taking on school leavers because of a mass of red tape. It's about health and safety regulations and green fines.
We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call;
no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.
Harry taught me that death isn't the end, it's the beginning.
It just seemed to me so utterly wrong to credit someone's work just for the fact that this someone migrated from one place to another. We all move. We are all leavers and new beginners at some point, and yes, it is a huge leap from war to peace, from one language to another, from Boston, MA to Joplin, MO.
The grand highway is crowded w/lovers & searchers & leavers so eager to please & forget. Wilderness.
When anyone escapes, my heart / leaps up.
Even when it's I who am escaped from, / I am half on the side of the leaver.
In a relationship, it is better to be the leaver than the leavee.
Four or five years - nothing at all. But no one over thirty could understand this peculiarly weighted and condensed time, from late teens to early twenties, a stretch of life that needed a name, from school leaver to salaried professional, with a university and affairs and death and choices in between. I had forgotten how recent my childhood was, how long and inescapable it once seemed. How grown up and how unchanged I was.
Bridget cried for the leavers and the left.
For the people, like herself, grimly forsaking what precious gifts they would ever get.
The premise of the Taker story is 'the world belongs to man'.
… The premise of the Leaver story is 'man belongs to the world'.
I once read somewhere that Sean Connery left school at the age of 13 and later went on to read Proust and Finnegans Wake and I keep expecting to meet an enthusiastic school leaver on the train, the type of person who only ever reads something because it is marvellous (and so hated school). Unfortunately the enthusiastic school leavers are all minding their own business.
The world of the Takers is one vast prison, and except for a handful of Leavers scattered across the world, the entire human race is now inside that prison.
And every time the Takers stamp out a Leaver culture, a wisdom ultimately tested since the birth of mankind disappears from the world beyond recall.
We have to ensure that our immigration system works in the interests of Britain, enabling us to make a realistic promise to our young school-leavers. It is part of our contract with the British people.