14 inspiring literary quotes for graduates


Spring is a time for convocation. High school students prepare for university and university students prepare for adulthood. It's a time of uncertainty, but also excitement.

Here's to the class of 2014. Here are 14 literary quotes that will assure them everything will be okay - and that their future is bright.

"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, Oh the Places You'll Go!

"Each new hour holds new chances/For new beginnings. Do not be wedded forever/To fear" - Maya Angelou, "On the Pulse of Morning"

"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, " A Poet's Advice to Students"

"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." - J.K. Rowling, Harvard commencement speech, 2008

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity

"It's not what the world holds for you. It's what you bring to it." - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody - no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds... Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe." - Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You

"Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon." - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

"The human face has limited space. If you fill it with laughter there will be no room for crying." - Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

"Don't let the bastards grind you down." - Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life." - Jack Kerouac, On the road

"The things that make me different are the things that make me." - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

"A life without challenge, a life without hardship, a life without purpose, seems pale and pointless. With challenge come perseverance and gumption. With hardship come resilience and resolve. With purpose come strength and understanding." - Terry Fallis, The High Road

"You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it." - Yann Martel, Life of Pi