35 Quotes About High School
As April turns into May and graduation season rolls around, you find yourself reflecting on your high school experience—the stressful all-nighters before an exam, the bonding in group video projects, and cheering on your school under the Friday night lights. Whether you are a recent graduate or school is a distant memory, it is clear that high school stays with us forever through both the lessons we learn and the people we meet. For those who are just beginning their journey into high school, those who well within it, and those who have completed their studies, here are 35 quotes about the high school experience.
1“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
Never let any outside influences dismay you from studying what you are truly interested in. A lot of people have opinions in high school, so along with your studies, learn how to filter them!
2“I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. And I’m going to figure out who that really is.” -Sam, Perks of Being a Wallflower
High school is the perfect time to try different things and get involved in different activities. Even if you have a slight interest in an extracurricular, attend a meeting! It may end up being your favorite.
3“Sometimes we’re all too quick to count down the days that we forget to make the days count.”
School can get overwhelming pretty quickly, but just remember how valuable your time is and make choices to spend it doing what you love.
4“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
High school teaches you that you’re your own best advocate. If you want to accomplish a goal, make it happen. You can totally do this!
5“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin
Whether it’s for a team or leadership position, people in power cannot ignore pure talent. Prove your dedication to your passion.
6“Study hard. Do good and the good life will follow.”
Find ways to make your late night cramming enjoyable! Create a playlist for yourself or pick out a favorite snack to eat. Reward yourself for putting in the extra effort.
7“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”
There are many days where you wonder why you even go to school. As hard as it can be, persevere and make all your wildest dreams come true.
8“Don’t stop until you’re proud.”
Even if you end up overachieving and surpassing the requirements of the rubric, never turn in anything that you aren’t confident in. Though it may seem a little bit extra now, you’ll always be glad that you worked so hard.
9”No matter how much you think you hate high school, you’ll always miss it when you leave.”
This is something that everyone denies until they’ve graduated. As much as everyone complains, there will always be parts that we’ll remember fondly.
10“Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself.” -Harry Potter
If you have no confidence in your work, you’ll find yourself falling short. Be sure to have a sense of pride in your work while still remaining humble.
11“Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss
High school feels like days of stress and drama without cease in the moment. Looking back, however, you’ll understand just how much that time has impacted your character.
12“You get to decide the legacy that you have.”
Don’t let anyone else define you. High schoolers will always be petty, but at the end of the day, you decide how much you let them affect you.
13“No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep.”
Anyone who has ever taken a high school class remembers the countless nights they’ve spent awake studying for AP classes or major tests. Just go with it and drink some coffee in the morning—you’ll be fine.
14“Party hard, make mistakes, and laugh endlessly. Do things you’re afraid to do. You’re only young once.”
High school is a time where you’re allowed to make mistakes. Don’t go looking to make them, but don’t be too afraid of potential punishment that you abide by every single rule the school throws at you. Learn where you can have a little leeway and have some fun! Go sit outside and watch the stars or have sunrise picnics. The only time you have is now.
15“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela
High school can frequently seem like a daunting and relentless task. Just keep working, and you’ll be surprised when you see yourself walking across the stage!
16“Someday when you’re looking back on your life at the memories, this is gonna be one of those nights.”
Make sure to have a couple of instances throughout your school years that you can apply this quote to. Do well in school, but don’t ever get too caught up to forget in homework to forget to have any fun.
17“I do believe it’s time for another adventure.”
Try new things. Create moments that you’ll be able to reflect on and smile for many years after your schooling is over.
18“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” -Jon Acuff
It can feel disconcerting when you see someone with the same interests as you being very successful and winning many awards when you’re not. Keep your chin up because your time will come.
19“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” -Karim Seddiki
Wouldn’t you rather know that you’ve done everything in your power to try to attain something rather than knowing that your own self-imposed obstacles got in the way?
20“Everything you do now is for your future. Think about that.”
Both academically and overall, the choices that you make each day impact your future. Will you do your homework? Will you practice your violin? Be motivated to put yourself in the best position possible each day.
21“It’s been one blur of fun.” -Lilly Pulitzer
High school goes by so quickly. Don’t be too focused on one thing to miss it.
22“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” -B.B. King
Education is a tool of empowerment that will allow you to do things beyond your scope of comprehension.
23“Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.” -Jackson Browne
Put yourself in the position to be successful! You’ll never be able to get the same consideration as someone else unless you are a little vulnerable and put yourself out there.
24“Studying doesn’t suck nearly as much as failing.”
One of the many hard truths of high school. When you’ve just done calculus worksheets and read several chapters of a book, the last thing you want to do is study, but the tradeoff between an extra hour or two of sleep and a good grade on a test is pretty large. Know yourself well enough to determine whether you need the sleep or the study time.
25“As you graduate today don’t forget to thank those who got you here… Google, Wikipedia, Red Bull, and Copy Paste.”
Anyone who currently is in or has recently graduated from high school owes a big shoutout to the Internet for worksheet answers and test review. Make an efficient use of your resources!
26“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” -Charlie Chaplin
Something may seem like a huge deal in the moment, but when you zoom out a little, you’ll understand that it wasn’t as major of a road block as you first thought it to be.
27“What she tackles she conquers.” -Richard Gilmore
You can achieve anything that you set your mind to as long as you give yourself the chance!
28“The tassel is worth the hassle.”
Four years of hard work leave you with a diploma and a tassel. It may not seem like much, but just think about everything that these two grad mementos represent!
29“Keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things…Your curiosity will lead you down the path of success.” -Walt Disney
Innovation is the key to success. If something isn’t working, change the way you view the scenario.
30“A simple hello could lead to a million things.”
On the first day of high school, everyone is as nervous as you are. Taking a leap of faith in starting a conversation can lead to a life-long friendship.
31“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” -Bill Nye
Become enamored with all of the information you will come to learn, from the random animal fact from the biology aficionado to the important life lesson from a wise professor.
32“Education is the most powerful tool which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
The earlier you realize this truth in your high school career, the more value you will get out of your education and your investments of time and talent.
33“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.” -Mark Nepo
Focus on being confident in yourself and organizing your goals. People will come and go in your life for different reasons, so learn from your friendships and how they can help you achieve your dreams.
34“Be your own kind of beautiful.”
Much easier said than done, try not to feel inferior to other girls at your school. You are beautiful in your very own way, and you do it better than anyone else.
35“Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.” -Arie Pencovici
Life doesn’t stop at high school. There will be many obstacles ahead, but if you draw on the experiences you’ve had in high school, you will have a lifetime of memories and lessons that will help you in your future endeavors.