It is a fact that you project what you are.
Norman Vincent Peale
Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!
Louisa May Alcott
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
He that can have patience can have what he will.
People who produce good results feel good about themselves.
If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.
The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
Everyone has a common, yet unique, responsibility to the future: to make the most of today.
William Arthur Ward
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher
You are educated. 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.
If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities.
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
It doesn't matter how many say it cannot be done
or how many people have tried it before;
it's important to realize that whatever you're doing,
it's your first attempt at it.
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car;
but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them.
Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
Charles F. Kettering
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
Speech is silver; silence is golden.
You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Folks who never do any more than they are paid for, never get paid more than they do.
Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.
Self-trust is the first secret of success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, who pays attention to graduation quotes? Is it just new graduates looking for a graduation quote for a yearbook entry, or for a graduation speech? The short answer is, not always.
"Action is the foundational key to all success."
As the quote cited above declares loudly, action needs to be taken before any success is realized. And, while this quote may not seem in any way earth shattering, it is more important than you would at first think.
Now, there is another interesting issue that arises when one thinks that action needs to be taken only a few times. Far too often, people fall into the trap thinking that a few actions will lead them to success. This is entirely wrong and says a lot about the person. Action is not a one time or two time or three time thing; it reoccurs constantly, with dedication, and perseverance. Action will take you forward but will not lead to success unless these actions are done until the final achievement is realized.
And, if one also thinks that the easiest of actions is all that is required then success will only be a fleeting dream. Again, certain actions are hard, they need to be done no matter how difficult. Success does not come easy through a couple of action steps and it does not come to those who are lazy or easily knocked off their path because they tire or would rather engage in recreational activities.
Let it also be understood that success is not just the final completion of acquiring what you want. Success does not mean resting forever on what you just did because the world keeps moving forward and so should you. Here is a simple example; you could have wanted to be the best buggy whip maker in the world and could have accomplished your goal but what happens when the world moves on and buggy whips are no longer needed no matter how ell you make them? Such was the case when automobiles replaced buggies and the need for buggy whips.
So, success may come but do not rest on past accomplishments or you will find that time overtakes what you have accomplished. Look forward, stay alert, and make new dreams, new goals, the new world unfolds with you in the lead not dragging behind. Success is more a constant journey rather than a certain point in time.