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

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. ~Kongzi

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940, originally published anonymously; commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (Thanks, Garson O’Toole and!)

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~Flavia Weedn, Forever, ©

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

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

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

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955

Put your future in good hands — your own. ~Author Unknown

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

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch. ~Author unknown, from a television commercial

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it. ~From the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

[Y]ou remember someone said that God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.... ~J.M. Barrie, "Courage" (The Rectorial Address Delivered at St. Andrews University, 1922 May 3rd)

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss

We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. ~John Lennon

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

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

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember. ~Seneca

Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things. ~Author Unknown

No schooling was allowed to interfere with my education. ~Olive Pratt Rayner (Grant Allen), 1899

There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship. ~Author Unknown

It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days. ~Isabel Waxman

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked. ~Author Unknown

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. ~David Frost

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean

Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. ~Patch Adams

Time goes, you say? Ah no!
Alas, Time stays, we go.
~Henry Austin Dobson

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown

Friends are relatives you make for yourself. ~Eustache Deschamps

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley

Don’t let anyone steal your dream. It’s your dream, not theirs. ~Dan Zadra

If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you. ~Author Unknown

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. ~Author Unknown

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard

It doesn’t make much difference what you study, as long as you don’t like it. ~Finley Peter Dunne

We have been friends together
In sunshine and in shade.
~Caroline Sheridan Norton

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!
~Irish Blessing

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. ~Bessie Stanley, 1905, commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson


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