We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.— Mary Catherine Bateson
Spectacular Memorable Graduation quotations
You might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
Some are born great. Some achieve greatness. Some get it as a graduation gift.
The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.
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.
A college education is not a quantitative body of memorized knowledge salted away in a card file. It is a taste for knowledge, a taste for philosophy, if you will; a capacity to explore, to question to perceive relationships, between fields of knowledge and experience.
A modern school where football is taught.
The truth is, I was afraid the day I walked into Stanford. And I was afraid the day I walked out.
I am terminally sentimental about graduations.
They are more individual than weddings, more conscious than christenings, or bar mitzvahs or bat mitzvahs. They are almost as much a step into the unknown as funerals-though I assure you, there is life after graduation.
I’ve been waiting more than 30 years to say this: “Dad, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree.” I want to thank Harvard for this timely honor. I’ll be changing my job next year … and it will be nice to finally have a college degree on my resume.
Life is the most exciting opportunity we have.
Life is to be lived through action not by dreaming.
Try never to be the smartest person in the room.
And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people... or find a different room. In professional circles it's called networking. In organizations it's called team building. And in life it's called family, friends, and community. We are all gifts to each other, and my own growth as a leader has shown me again and again that the most rewarding experiences come from my relationships.
There is no spark like the one ignited under the aspirations of a new graduate.
Make no mistake about it, you are dumb.
You’re a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You’re barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they’re a-coming for ya. It’s a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
I believe in the principle that I can make a difference in this world.
It may be ever so small, but it will count for the greater good.
Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.