Inspiring quotes and insights for graduates

Inspiring quotes and insights for graduates

Graduates from all over the country are in search of inspiration to help them take that step forward in pursuing their dream career, and that is why we have gathered together inspiring quotes.

For graduates, preparing to launch into the real world after university can be challenging and scary, however, it is important to remember just how much of an achievement that is, and it really is something to be proud of. After graduating it is your time to become the best version of yourself and embark on exciting new chapters that will transform your life for the better.

So, here is a compilation of some of the best, inspirational quotes to motivate and inspire you to chase that dream job and make every wish you have become a reality:

  • “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey


  • “The future depends on what you do today.” – Gandhi


  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. 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.” – Steve Jobs


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


  • “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe


  • “So, the history we share should give you hope. And the future we share should give you hope. You’re graduating into a job market that’s improving. You live in a time when advances in technology and communications put the world at your fingertips. Your generation is uniquely poised for success unlike any before it.” – President Obama


  • “Your parents, proudly here today, and their parents before them, perhaps proudly here today, understood a simple equation for success: your children would do better than you had.” – Anna Quindlen


  • “Only you have the power to decide what your day will be like – if it will be crappy or happy depends on the decisions that you make. You have to make the right choice to be a happy person. It starts with your attitude.” – Dr. Marshall Hennington


  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss


  • “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.” – JK Rowling


  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain


  • “Be the author, not the reader, of your own life.” – Paul Gibbons


  • “Most graduates have a mixture of emotions at this time. You probably have a tremendous sense of relief and accomplishment for finishing a major course of study.” – Michael Farris


  • “Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer, whether or not you know what your ‘passion’ might be. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new.” – Shonda Rhimes

Put together by Gemma Smith