Senior Graduation Class Mottos and Quotes

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Each graduating class is different, and one way to set your class apart is by choosing a significant motto to represent you and your classmates. Below is a list to help you get started. Don't forget to have your motto printed inside your schools official graduation announcement!
Quotes by Famous People
Religious Quotes
Most Popular Mottos/Quotes (Author Unknown):
  • "We have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go"
  • "I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future."
  • "Special times and special places, special friends together; the moments pass so quickly, but the memories last forever."
  • "Do not follow where the path leads. Rather, go where there is no path and leave a trail."
  • "Dream what you dare to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be - live."
  • "It is easy to be ordinary, but it takes courage to excel."
  • "Where the present ends, the future begins."
  • "Cherish yesterday; live today; reach for tomorrow."
  • "The way is long - let us go together. The way is difficult - let us help each other. The way is joyful - let us share it. The way is ours alone - let us go in love. The way is open before us - let us begin."
  • "Tomorrow is but a dream away."
  • "You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
  • "We are people building our lives as we strive today to create tomorrow."
  • "Someday our dreams will take us to the heights we wish to fly, for only we have the power to make our dreams come true."
  • "Behind us lies the path of learning . . . ahead, the road to success."
  • "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
  • "Dreams are for today, tomorrows are forever."
  • "The main goal in life is to live fully and joyously, aware of all the possibilities life has to offer."
  • "It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are."
  • "Reach for the heavens, hope for the future, be all you can be, love who you are."
  • "Nothing we do changes the past - everything we do changes the future."
  • "Believe in the promise of tomorrow but live this day to the fullest."
  • "Believe in today, for we are the hope for tomorrow."
  • "Remember the rewards of today, the promises of tomorrow, and never forget yesterday - the memories of our past."
  • "Though we go our separate ways, a part of each of us will follow."
  • "Our goal is to influence history instead of merely observing it."
  • "May the dreams you dream be the future you find."
  • "To achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. To be as much as we can, we must dream of being more."
  • "The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved; it is a reality to be experienced."
  • "Together we stand, we won't take a fall because we are winners, and winners take all."
  • "The hardest years, the wildest years, the desperate and dividing years, these shall not be forgotten years..."
  • "Strangers of the past, friends of today, as we grasp the future in our own special way."
  • "Now we look into the future with questioning but confident minds."
  • "Each of us has different talents, different dreams, and different destinations, but we all have the same power to make a new tomorrow."
  • "Success is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved."
  • "The dream that you hold in your heart, the vision you hold in your mind; these you will build your life by, this you will become."
  • "There are many people that we meet in our lives, but only a very few will make a lasting impression on our minds and hearts. It is these people that we will think of often and who will always remain important to us as true friends."
  • "Don't ever give up on your dreams... and never leave them behind. Find them, make them yours, and all through your life, cherish them and never let them go."
  • "The way to your success is through dreams, ambition, and effort."
  • "The road won't be lonely if we can say at the end, "We walked the way together, hand in hand with a friend.""
  • "We can't all be stars, but we can all shine."
  • "We met as strangers, grew as classmates, and leave as friends."
  • "It is in dreaming the greatest dreams and seeking the highest goals that we build the brightest tomorrows."
  • "What seems an impossibility today is the challenge of tomorrow."
  • "Dreams are merely stars in the sky. With the knowledge we store and the experience we gain, someday we will reach them."
  • "Knowledge is the door to the future."
  • "Life's battles do not always go to the one with the stronger hand. Sooner or later, the one who wins is the one who thinks - "I can!""
  • "The happiest moments in our lives are spent in the midst of friends."
  • "In growing, we have found friendship. In learning, we have shared knowledge. In pride, we have left memories."
  • "No matter how far apart we are, in our hearts we'll always be together."
  • "Not to advance is to recede."
  • "Step by step, but ever forward."
  • "Do and hope."
  • "We look to the past with pride and to the future with hope."
  • "Upward and onward."
  • "Today, not tomorrow."
  • "Not for ourselves, but for all."
  • "This far and farther."
  • "Were it not for the changes in life we would not grow. Were it not for the growth in life we would not succeed."
  • "With memories of the past, we look to the future."
  • "Learn from yesterday, live for today, dream for tomorrow."
  • "We cherish the memories of the past and look to the future."
  • "Our memories are our past and our dreams are our future."
  • "Holding on to yesterday, reaching out for tomorrow."
  • "Today we follow, tomorrow we lead."
  • "In our hands we hold today; in our dreams we hold tomorrow; in our hearts we hold forever."
  • "All the wonders you seek are within yourself."
  • "That which appears to be the end may really be a new beginning."
  • "Don't confuse the person you are with the person you were, or with the person you will become."
  • "Live each day as if your life has just begun."
  • "Learn as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were to die tomorrow."
  • "A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."
  • "There is a past - it's gone forever, but there is a future which is still our own."
  • "You have to dream a dream to make a dream come true."
  • "Give us today to conquer tomorrow."
  • "You live your life only once, but if you live it right, once is enough."
  • "Believe in yourself and you can turn your dreams into realities."
  • "With every ending there is a new beginning."
  • "We have no yesterdays; time took them away; tomorrow may not be, but we have today."
  • "We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust our sails."
  • "Believe in a dream and make it come true."
  • "Arise, go forth and conquer, for today is the first day of the rest of your life."
  • "To live our lives in our own way... to reach for the goals we have set for ourselves... to be what we want to be... that is success."
  • "The times we shared will live forever and the memories are ours to treasure."
  • "Remember yesterday, dream about tomorrow, but live today."
  • "In our hands, we hold the future."
  • "The open door to a new beginning."
  • "To know where we stand; to understand where we are going."
  • "May the promise we show today be the success you'll see tomorrow."
  • "To love is to live; what you get is just what you give."
  • "We are successful just by the love in our hearts."
  • "We stand at the threshold of a new beginning."
  • "Keep your goals in sight and always walk toward them."
  • "Achievement is where our hearts will lead us."
  • "Take the world as you find it, but leave it a better place."
  • "The key to happiness is having a dream - the key to success is making it come true."
  • "What we hold of yesterday is only a memory, but tomorrow is an accomplishment that is yet to be made."
  • "We cannot live for yesterday or yesterday's dreams, but for today and tomorrow's reality."
  • "Carpe Diem"
Quotes by Famous People:
  • "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream things that never were and ask, 'Why not?'"
    - Robert F. Kennedy
  • "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
    - Abraham Lincoln
  • "We came together as strangers, but we leave as eternal friends."
    - Gordon Trimer
  • "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
    - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "Oh, The Places You'll Go! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
    - Dr. Seuss
  • "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
    - Booker T. Washington
  • "Leaders are made, they are not born; and they are made just like anything else that has ever been made in this country - by hard work; and that's the price that we all have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."
    - Vince Lombardi
  • "Let us keep climbing ever higher, never fearing the step that is next; for our goal is in our grasp, just beyond our hopes and dreams."
    - Thomas M. Smith
  • "We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
    - Andre Gide
  • "Time it was, and what a time it was. It was a time of innocence, a time of confidences. Long ago, it must be. I have a photograph - preserve your memories, they're all that's left for you."
    - "Bookends" - Paul Simon
  • "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
    - Anatole France
  • "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
    - Helen Keller
  • "Success is a journey, not a destination."
    - Ben Sweetland
  • "Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eyes fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."
    - Dag Hammarskjold
  • "Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty and try to follow where they lead."
    - Louisa May Alcott
  • "If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it."
    - Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • "There is nothing we can do better than seeking to become still better than we are."
    - Socrates
  • "...and if I should ever go away just close your eyes and try to feel the way we do today...That's what friends are for..."
    - Sir Elton John
  • "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own, but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
    - William Jennings Bryan
  • "If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me? For I must be trav'ling on now 'cause there's too many places I've got to see. But if I stay here with you now, things just couldn't be the same. 'Cause I'm free as a bird now, and this bird you cannot change."
    - "Freebird"- Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • "We shall allow ourselves to dream... for dreams are our key to our bright and shining future!"
    - Kevin Worden
  • "I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."
    - Thomas Jefferson
  • "Man is nothing else than what he makes of himself."
    - Jean Paul Sartre
  • "Dreams are the touchstones of our characters."
    - Henry David Thoreau
  • "For I dipped into the future, far as human eye could see, saw the vision of the world and all the wonder that would be."
    - Alfred Lord Tennyson, Locksley Hall
  • "I've shut the door on yesterday and thrown the key away - Tomorrow holds no fears for me, since I have found today."
    - Vivian Y. Laramore
  • "Give me but one firm spot on which to stand and I shall move the earth."
    - Archimedes
  • "What mark will I leave behind? How will anyone know I have been here? What sign will tell the future traveler I existed? 'I am here! Today... I exist'. I believe the deepest impression is made in those moments when I can say 'I care, I love'."
    - Leonard Nimoy
  • "The awakening of our best sympathies, the cultivation of best and purest tastes, strengthening the desire to be useful and good, and directing youthful ambition to unselfish ends. Such are the objects of true dedication."
    - J.S. Headly
  • "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny."
    - Frederick Speakmon
  • "We find the great things in this world are not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
    - Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."
    - T.S. Eliot
  • "The world is but a canvas to the imagination."
    - Henry David Thoreau
  • "Our dreams are now only limited by our ambition."
    - Susie Allen
  • "It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
    - Ursula K. LeGuin
  • "Within our dreams and aspirations, we find our opportunities."
    - Sue Atchley Ebaugh
  • "Imagine all the people..."
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man . . .
    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one.
    "Imagine"
    - John Lennon
  • "The past is gone, but in our hearts it lives on."
    - Mike Ford
  • "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you find you get what you need." "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
    - Mick Jagger
  • "Just when I believed I couldn't ever want for more, this ever changing world pushes me through another door." "Hold On To The Night"
    - Richard Marx
  • "May your heart always be joyful May your song always be sung... May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. And may you stay Forever Young"
    - "Forever Young"- Bob Dylan
  • "There are places we remember all our lives... All of these places have their moments with lovers and friends - We still can recall. Some are dead and some are living in our lives. We've loved them all" "In My Life""
    - Paul McCartney and John Lennon
  • "Don't be dismayed at 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."
    - Richard Bach
  • "This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
    - Sir Winston Churchill
  • "Education is experience and the essence of experience is self-reliance."
    - Merlyn, The Once and Future King T.H. White
  • "Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which, if it were available in waking would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare."
    - H.F. Hedge
  • "Remember this also and be well persuaded of its truth. The future is not in the hands of fate but in ours."
    - Jules Jusserand
  • "Know thyself."
    - Socrates
  • "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
    - Dr. Seuss
  • "Success"...to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - - this is to have succeeded."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights."
    - Pauline R. Kezer
Religious Quotes:
  • "Wherever your path of life may lead, put God first and you'll succeed."
  • "What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God."
    - Eleanor Powell
  • "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
  • "From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised."
    - Psalm 113:3
  • "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
    - Proverbs 3:5,6
  • "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
    - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
  • "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints."
    - Ephesians 1:18
  • "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
    - Psalm 133:1
  • "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
    - Isaiah 40:31
  • "I thank my God every time I remember you."
    - Philippians 1:3
  • "May the road rise to meet you; may the wind always be at your back; and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
  • "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "no" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age."
    - Titus 2:11-12
  • "Fear not, for God is with us and we are the future."
  • "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer."
    - Psalm 19: 14
  • "I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me."
    - Philippians 4:13
  • "If God be for us, who can be against us?"
    - Romans 8:31
  • "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."
    - Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
  • "Put your dreams where your heart is; put your heart in Jesus' hands."
  • "I will study to show myself approved unto God."
  • "Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day: and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing."
    - 2 Timothy 4:8
  • "And for this purpose also we labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within us."
    - Colossians 1:29
  • "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him."
    - Isaiah 59:19
  • "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."
    - Proverbs 16:3
  • "Friends are friends forever. If the Lord's the Lord of them, a friend will not say never 'cause the welcome will not end. Although it's hard to let you go, in the Father's hands we know, a lifetime's not too long to live as friends."
    - Michael W. Smith
  • "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ."
    - Philippians 1:6 (NASB)
  • "Each an individual yet unified in Christ."
  • "For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
    - Ephesians 6:12
  • "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
    - Ephesians 3:17b, 18, 19
  • "Rely on God. For whether the prize be a ribbon or throne, the victor is he who can go it with God and God alone."
  • "I press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
    - Philippians 3:14