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Here are ten inspirational or motivational quotes gathered for graduates.
Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead”. – Nora Ephron
Therefore, befitting for spring, here are some quotes that are also appropriate for graduates.
“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin” -Anthony Robbins
What is it about quotes that is compelling to some of us?
Why, for instance have many of my friends and I have collected, have been moved by and shared inspirational messages for our entire lives.
In fact, the impulse to share and collect quotes is long in human history. The Victorians and great-great generations used quotes as templates for needlework. I am old enough to have collected the The Desiderata in the 1970s, and sayings from the Rubaiyat (of Omar Khayyam) in the 1980s.
Presently, inspirational quotes comprise our mostly highly shared Pins on Pinterest and the largest reason for the huge monthly page views.
Perhaps because many people don’t have or can’t make time to read content, sharing a short quote is easier to think about and to verify that it is relevant or good content.
“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door”- Kyle Chandler
Businesses sell inspiring thoughts collected into books, printed for placement in daily calendars, or on bathroom mirrors, in elevators, and walls of conference room or subscribed to by daily e mails.
Current interest in motivational quotes might be strong because people are experiencing hard times and quotes help keep their spirits up. By making a habit of positive messaging, inspirational quotes can improve our attitude.
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito” -Betty Reese
“When you take risks, you learn there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important”- Ellen DeGeneres
In addition, some quotes remind us that other, more learned, wise or important people alive or dead, have shared similar set backs and learned from them.
For example, these provide guidance and hope.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is courage to continue that counts”-Winston Churchill
“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets” -Leonardo da Vinci
Furthermore, quotes can
- keep us grounded,
- reminded of the benefits of sharing,
- and comforting.
- enlighten and give insight.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”. – Gandhi
In addition, some inspirational quotes are a call to action.
“Now go, and make mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art”. -Neil Gaiman
Lastly, great motivational quotes inspire critical thinking.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life”. -John Lennon
Richard Bach (who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull) says that inspirational quotes
“are “are mirrors of our heart. If we’re frightened, they’re our courage; if we’re overwhelmed by events, they’re sudden wisdom lifting us up; if we’re surrounded by mystery, they’re our smiles, come to answer.”
Feel free to pin, share, print and return for another set of inspirational quotes soon.