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Best Senior Year Quotes for Graduation and the Yearbook

Oh, how it flies…Remember your last year with these epic senior quotes!

With graduation on the horizon, let these amazing senior year quotes remind you of this truly magical time in your life.

And if they mean something special to you, don’t forget to share them with your other senior friends, too!

As you try to make the most of what’s left of high school, you’ll have to deal with a lot of emotions and uncertainties about your future.

The past three years of high school went by extremely quickly and now there are only a few short months left to enjoy it! 

The Graduates

You’ve probably spent the previous years dreaming about graduating, and are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. But like most things in life, your expectations don’t always align with reality.

For you to have a smooth sailing during your senior year, it helps to know what to expect and how to deal with it. For starters, senior year is a time to remain focused on ending the year strong and keeping your grades up.

To avoid succumbing to senioritis, make sure you set realistic goals throughout the year and stay focused on achieving them.

Since you’ll be extremely busy, develop your time management skills and keep your schedule organized. Besides, make sure you get started with your college applications early to avoid making any last-minute mistakes.

When the year draws to an end, you’ll have a chance to pick a quote for graduation and your yearbook. Here are some great senior year quotes to inspire you for when that time comes.

For an additional lift, check out our list of inspirational happiness quotes and more. Enjoy!

Best senior year quotes for graduation and the yearbook

1. “Whenever you remember times gone by, remember how we held our heads so high.” — Carrie Underwood

2. “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” – Tim Burton

3. “Now that you’ve graduated, just remember: Bosses don’t usually accept notes from your mother.” — Melanie White

4. “This is nothing but a hive, and I am the one and only Queen Bee.” – Brian A Castle

5. “I haven’t even begun to peak.” – Dennis Reynolds

senior year quotes for your yearbook

6. “It will take a nation of millions to hold me back.” – Timothy Howard

7. “I’m a senior, but I stay freshman.” – Martin Alvarado

8. “The roof is not my son, but I will raise it.” – Anonymous

9. “I’m gonna go stand outside. If anyone asks, I’m outstanding.” – Taylor Bass

10. “Remember to always be yourself, unless you suck. Then pretend to be someone else.” – Mitchel Wieland

Senior year quotes that inspire

11. “We’ve arrived because we stuck together, champions one and all.” — Sharpay Evans

12. “All through my senior year, luckily, I didn’t have too many hard classes, just a lot of electives. I was able to spend most of my time at the practice space.” – Brendon Urie

13. “When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.” – Anonymous

14. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir

15. “The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” – Unknown

16. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare

senior year quotes about destiny

17. “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.” – Corrie Ten Boom

18. “What you do today will determine your future.” – Catherine Pulsifer

19. “The longer you look back, the farther you can look forward.” – Winston Churchill

20. “It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.” ― John Guare

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Best Yearbook quotes to inspire you to pursue your dreams

21. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” — Farrah Gray

22. “It doesn’t matter that your dream came true if you spent your whole life sleeping.” — Jerry Zucker

23. “My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to, your dreams stay big, your worries stay small.” — Rascal Flatts

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

25. “Keep looking up! Learn from the past, dream about the future and look up.” – Rachel Boston

26. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai

27. “My dreams are my dress rehearsals for my future.” – David Copperfield

senior year quotes about the future

28. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

29. “Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.”- Sigmund Freud

30. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― Mother Theresa

Senior year quotes to inspire success

31. “Success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it… Err in the direction of kindness.” — George Saunders

32. “My head may be big, my eyes may be small, but my heart is just the right size.” – Alan Nguyen

33. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

34. “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

senior year quotes on preparation

35. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

36. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

37. “Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.” – Iain Duncan Smith

38. “You do have a future. There is light at the end of that inky black tunnel.” – Willow Cross

39. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

40. “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

Senior year quotes to inspire you

41. “I was told in high school that the last game during your senior year stays with you forever, which is true.” – Jim Otto

42. “The past is always tense, the future perfect.” ― Zadie Smith

43. “Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now?” — Vitamin C

44. “I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.” – Mike Rowe

45. “The future depends on what you do today.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

46. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ― George Herman Ruth

senior year quotes on never giving up

47. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” ― Jim Rohn

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48. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” —Pablo Picasso

49. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” ― Beverly Sills

50. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ― Jimmy Johnson

Senior year quotes to motivate and empower you

51. “Believing that no one is better than the other. You know I grew up in the South. My senior year there was a very big racial tension.” – Herschel Walker

52. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”— Dr. Seuss

53. “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”— A Bronx Tale

54. “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”—Henry Peter Brougham

55. “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”—Alfred Mercier

56. “Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!”—Louisa May Alcott
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57. “It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.”—Michelle Obama

58. “The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”—Neil Gaiman

59. “The highest result of education is tolerance.”—Helen Keller

60. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”—Arthur Ashe

Inspirational Yearbook quotes

61. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

62. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

63. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

64. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

65. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

66. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

67. “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda

68. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

69. “The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one?” – Steve Schulte

70. “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle
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71. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves!” – Chanakya

72. “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering

73. “Don’t regret the past, just learn from it.” – Ben Ipock

74. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

75. “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

Senior year quotes about success and the future

76. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”- Winston S. Churchill

77. “The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.”― Orson Scott Card

78. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”- Herman Melville

79. “Why don’t you focus on where you’re going and less on where you came from?” ― Amy Harmon

80. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis

81. “You don’t destroy what you want to acquire in the future.”― Suzanne Collins

82. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.”- Chris Grosser

83. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

84. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”- John D. Rockefeller

85. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” – Anonymous

Yearbook quotes to inspire you

86. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

87. “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

88. “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” – Winston Churchill

89. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

90. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

91. “Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” – Edgar Cay

92. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Anonymous

93. “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” – Pope John Paul II

94. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak

95. “Follow your dreams, they know the way.” – Kobe Yamada

Senior year quotes to broaden your thoughts

96. “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” – Unknown

97. “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” – Bruce Feirstein

98. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Unknown

99. “Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it.” – Unknown

100. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

101. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” – Philippos

102. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Proverb

103. “It is little keys that open up big doors.”― Lamine Pearlhear

104. “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” – Unknown

105. “Mistakes are the foundation of achievement.”― Steven Magee

Yearbook quotes to elevate your perspective

106. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden

107. “When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

108. “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

109. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill

110. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”- – Winston Churchill

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111. “Realize, rise and act – make mistakes, fall hard, then rise again and try again.”― Abhijit Naskar

112. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

113. “If talent is the floor and character the ceiling, then work-ethic is the altitude of personal achievement.”― Orrin Woodward

114. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

115. “Accept no limitations and you’ll have no limitations.”― Clyde Lee Dennis

Senior year quotes that will inspire you to achieve your dreams

116. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

117. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

118. “The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”
Tom Bradley

119. “If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

120. “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

121. “The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.” – Bernard M. Baruch

122. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

123. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” – Gerald Good

124. “It may be that those who do most, dream most.” – Stephen Butler Leacock

125. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” –Jim Ryun

Senior year quotes to help you conquer your goals

126. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something.” – Seth Godin

127. “Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

128. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

129. “Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.” – Alan Cohen

130. “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” – David Allen

131. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

132. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

133. “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

134. “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” – Ben Stein

135. “Life is all about taking risks. If you never take a risk, you will never achieve your dream.” – Unknown

Yearbook quotes to inspire and motivate

136. You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.” – Bruno Mars

137. “The limit does not exist.” – Cady, “Mean Girls”
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138. “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

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139. “You ought to spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.” – Vernon, “The Breakfast Club”

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140. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Vincent van Gogh

141. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you might miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
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142. “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross

143. “And this is the part where you find out who you are.” – The Maine, “Whoever She Is.”

144. “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” – Salvador Dali

145. “I am ready to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me.” – Dwight Shrute, The Office

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Senior year quotes to brighten your day

146. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” — Coco Chanel

147. “Everything you can imagine is real.”― Pablo Picasso

148. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Albert Einstein

149. “Impossible is just an opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

150. “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” — Brian Tracy

151. “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.” – Ella Woodward
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152. “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” — Grace Coddington

153. “Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

154. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Henry David Thoreau

155. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

Senior year quotes to motivate you

156. “Have the end in mind and every day make sure you’re working towards it.” – Ryan Allis

157. “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” — Howard Ruff

158. “Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.” – Henry Ford

159. “Take your dreams seriously.” — Unknown

160. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

161. “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

162. “Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” – Baltasa

163. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billie Jean King

164. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

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165. “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” —Unknown

Senior year quotes to elevate your mind

166. “Invest in yourself. Become the best you can possibly be.” – William Scaec

167. “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey

168. “Dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

169. “Practice looking forward to possibilities.” – Shadonna Richards, RN

170. “It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving.” – Henrietta Mears

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

172. “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.” – Lowell Thomas

173. “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

174. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

175. “Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.” – Stephen Covey

Motivational senior year quotes and sayings

176. “A very interesting theory makes no sense at all.” – Groucho Marx

177. “Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed.” – Walter Lippman

178. “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” – Baruch Spinoza

179. “Never underestimate the power of thought; it is the greatest path to discovery.” – Idowu Koyenikan

180. “Despite your best efforts, not everyone wants to be helped. Make a difference where you can and be at peace with the rest.” – Gary Hopkins

181. “The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.” – Alexandre Dumas

182. “Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”– Aldous Huxley

183. “Life is in ourselves and not in the external.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

184. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

185. “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” ― Cesare Pavese

Senior year quotes to elevate your perspective

186. “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” – Orrin Hatch

187. “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok

188. “You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

189. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

190. “People will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

191. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin

192. “Openness isn’t the end. It’s the beginning.” – Margaret Heffernan

193. “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” –Dalai Lama

194. “The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.” – Ed Koch

195. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” –Bill Cosby

Senior year quotes that will get you thinking

196. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs

197. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” –Vince Lombardi

198. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

199. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” –Jim Rohn

200. “Just about a month from now I’m set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.” – Richard Halliburton

201. “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” – Ancient Indian Proverb

202. “Do not follow where the path may lead.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

203. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” –Booker T. Washington

204. “Don’t settle, as with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

205. “Dream big and dare to fail.” – Norman Vaughan

Senior year quotes that will make your day

206. “Every next level of your life will demand a different you.” – Unknown

207. “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” – Henry David Thoreau

208. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” – Stephen King

209. “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats

210. “Little by little, one travels far.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

211. “If you’re willing to bleed a little every day, you may win big later.” – Naval Ravikant

212. “Paths are made by walking.” – Franz Kafka

213. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

214. “From error to error one discovers the entire truth.” – Sigmund Freud

215. “You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” – James Allen

More senior year quotes and sayings

216. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

217. “Say no to instant gratification so you can say yes to massive long-term gains.” – Maxime Lagacé

218. “The wisest men follow their own direction.” – Euripides

219. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

220. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare

221. “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” – Jack Kerouac

222. “Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.” – Naval Ravikant

223. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

224. “It will be the toughest thing you’ll ever do, but your heart is never wrong.” – Maxime Lagacé

225. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

How did you find these senior year quotes?

During your senior year, you’re bound to experience disappointment, make some wonderful memories, experience a lot of emotions and do a lot of growing up within a short period of time.

If you stay focused and prepared by knowing what to expect and how to handle it, you’ll have no problem making it through, ready to tackle the next phase of your life. Hopefully, the senior year quotes above have inspired and motivated you to create the best future for you.

Did you enjoy these senior year quotes? Which of the yearbook quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comment section below.

Norbert Juma, Lead Editor
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  1. agrata Palaty

    December 17, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    “I am young but I am not young minded.” Do u think it is a good quote?

    • Jeffrey I. Moore

      December 17, 2019 at 8:27 PM

      Love it!

  2. luxuretv

    November 29, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”

  3. Daniel

    March 17, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up

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