60 Inspirational Yearbook Quotes & Messages From Parents [2024]

How is it possible that your baby is graduating from high school? It seems like only yesterday you were chasing him through the grocery store or watching her dance at her first recital. Tasked with coming up with the perfect senior ad in the yearbook, you may be at a loss for words. What can I possibly write that most adequately expresses the pride, gratitude, and joy I feel today? You are the one who is supposed to impart words of wisdom that will forever change their thinking, right? Need help in finding the perfect words to memorialize this exciting time? Check out this conclusive list of inspiring senior yearbook quotes and messages from parents.

Inspirational Quotes For Graduating Seniors From Parents

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We are so proud of you. That doesn’t seem enough for a monumental occasion such as graduation! I need more; something catchy. My goal is for my kid to look back on this for years to come and think, “Man, Mom knew me so well.” You can remember the pressure of signing your friends yearbooks in high school, but now you are the parent.

Looking for inspirational yearbook quotes for your new adult? Here is a list of good quotes you may wish to include in your senior yearbook message, open letter, graduation card, or senior tribute ad.

Famous Quotes For A Bright Future

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.

Tom Bodett

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

Golda Meir

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa

“Strong convictions precede great actions.”

Louisa May Alcott

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”


“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”

Albert Einstein

“A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.”

Vernon Howard

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

Maya Angelou

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

“Promise me you’ll always remember you’re braver than you believe, you are stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”

Winnie the Pooh

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

Albert Einstein​

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Steve Jobs

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

Henry David Thoreau

​ “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

“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.”

JK Rowling

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

Milton Berle

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

Les Brown

“Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.” 

Jawaharlal Nehru

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

Christopher Reeve

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition.” 

Steve Jobs

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” 


What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.”

Nora Ephron

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Rob Siltanen

“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

Ignatius of Loyola

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers

“Life has no remote… get up and change it yourself!”

Mark A. Cooper

Quotes For Graduating Daughters

“Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.”

Barack Obama

“She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans.”

Kobi Yamada

“A daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with, and love with all your heart.”


“Someday when the pages of my life end, I know that you will be one of the most beautiful chapters.”


“My daughter is my biggest achievement. She is a little star and my life has changed so much for the better since she came along.”

Denise Van Outen

Good Quote For Sons

“A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.”


“Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.”


You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes. 

Wally Schirra

The years will rush by, and one day you will be watching your son as a man, and feeling incredibly proud that he is caring, safe, making a contribution, and hopefully going far beyond you in the scope of his life

Steve Biddulph


Yearbook or Senior Ad Messages

Finding the right words to express how you feel about your graduate can be hard

If you need help in creating the perfect, heartfelt loving tribute that will express your emotions on their graduation from childhood to adulthood, here is a list of some of our favorite messages. Use one, use several, use them all to compose a supportive, meaningful note to motivate them with good wishes for the future. Make the yearbook staff cry and your graduate smile with these amazing words.

Sentimental Words for Senior Ads, Senior Tributes, Or Yearbook Messages

We know you will continue to achieve great things. Stay true to yourself and reach high. You are capable of whatever you set your mind to.

We are so proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished. You’re an amazing person.

I am so proud of your accomplishments this year. You’ve had your challenges but you overcame them with maturity and self-determination. You have our admiration and love.

We are so proud of your dedication and hard work. Continue to work hard, you will continue to achieve whatever you want to be.

You have grown up to be an amazing young person and we can’t wait to see how you will conquer this world. 

Remember we are all here for you always. We love you.  

Never forget you have amazing potential and are never alone.

You can do hard things, and are beautiful inside and out and are of great worth. 

Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday you were at your first school desk! Congratulations on all your accomplishments– we are so proud of you! 

It has been our honor to watch you grow from a joyful, adventurous and loving girl into a smart, beautiful, caring and capable young woman. We wish you happiness and success on this next adventure!

We are so proud of all that you have accomplished, but even prouder of the young man that you have become. Your strong character, determination, and hard work will take you far in life. Enjoy your success!

There is so much ahead for you and we are so proud of you. Keep reaching for your dreams!

Before you were born, we dreamed about who you would become. You turned out to be even better than our best dreams.

We have watched in amazement as you have grown into the person you are today. We are waiting with great anticipation to see what you become.

Duties and responsibilities go hand and hand. It’s time to make responsible decisions. You are a graduate.

You have a special place in my heart and an irreplaceable one in God’s.

Make a positive impression with outlook, smile, and appearance.

In Summary

After reading this comprehensive list of senior yearbook quotes and messages for parents, I hope one stressor has been eliminated and there is one less thing on your to do list during this tough time and transition. Now it is time to plan the party, invitations, announcements, and buy the tissues! You’ve got this! Enjoy every moment of this exciting, great time!

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