Wisdom for Graduates

It has been a very busy couple of weeks, so in honor of the graduates of 2010, and so I can get working on my baccalaureate message, I’ve garnered these graduation quotes from the internet to help our graduates get a good start! Share them with your favorite graduate! (PS: this article was from last week’s Vedette. Baccalaureate went great!). MK


Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.–Ralph Marston

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.–Art Linkletter

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.–Francis Bacon, Essays, 1625

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

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.–Wendy Wasserstein

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.–Roger Babson

I hope that my achievements in life shall be these – that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I’ve done and who I’ve been.–C. Hoppe

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm–Winston Churchill

Business and Success
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.–Henry Ford

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.–Robert Orben

Dreams and Vision

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

All successful people—men and women—are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.–Brian Tracy

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

Be True to Yourself

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.–Judy Garland

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 (Theodor Giesel)

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
E.E. Cummings

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

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 (Theodor Giesel)

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

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.–David Lloyd George

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

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.–Erma Bombeck

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.” Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.
Orrin Hatch

And finally, these two quotes sum it up:

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.–Eleanor Powell

In closing, to all of you who are graduating, remember especially that you are not alone in this endeavor called life. The final two quotes come from the Apostle Paul.

Knowing God’s Will for Your Life
“Therefore, I urge you, [graduates], in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1,2).

Striving for Lasting Treasure“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. . . . But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Philippians 3:7,8,13,14).

May God bless you wherever God’s will may take you. Congratulations!

Mary Kay Glunt, Pastor
Ebenezer Presbyterian


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