We’ve pulled references from literature to film to history in order to compile a magical list of amazing quotes perfect for any yearbook. Funny quotes to inspirational and meaningful; personal to motivational; these quotes would be perfect for your yearbook and leave food for thought, and hopefully a laugh and a tear.
The key thing when creating your yearbook, and getting students involved, is to have fun. It’s to reflect back to your previous years in a positive light. With that, can you really sum up for experience in just a few words or sentences? It’s tough, isn’t it?
Quotes are something we love. They’re everywhere. They sit at the back of your mind and inspire and motivate you; they remind you and they captivate you. We all have go-to sayings, phrases we try to live by, and excerpts that we try to pass off as advice to others.
When you sign off from your studies in your end-of-school yearbook, you’ll want a quote next to your photo that leaves a lasting impression.
Why Not Take Words from William Shakespeare?
A popular choice for many students is to use the words of Sir William Shakespeare to sum up their school days, including Hollywood actor Christopher Walken who used an extract in his senior school yearbook. It can also be fitting if you studied the works of Shakespeare in your English classes as a nice memento. If you’re in need of some yearbook inspiration then why not take your pick from the following quotes from the great bard’s works:
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves” – taken from Julius Caesar
“Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall” – taken from Romeo and Juliet
“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them” – taken from Twelfth Night
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be” – taken from Hamlet
“Fight till the last gasp” – taken from Henry VI
Inspiring Quotes from Literature
If ol’ Bill doesn’t take your fancy, the written word has a plethora of emotions to strike up and a multitude of go-to beautiful passages from literature. Some of these may be very word heavy or ‘deep’ in thought, so could be better suited for teachers to quote and have students look back in years to come and feel inspired and overcome with joy once more:
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” – Anne Frank, taken from The Diary of a Young Girl
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde, taken from Lady Windermere’s Fan
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then” – Lewis Carroll, taken from Alice in Wonderland
“Not all those who wander are lost” – J. R. R. Tolkien, taken from The Lord of the Rings
“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience” – Frank Herbert, taken from Dune
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing” – Herman Melville, taken from Moby Dick
“If you have the guts to be yourself, other people’ll pay your price” – John Updike, taken from Rabbit, Run
“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… It takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates, taken from Revolutionary Road
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content” – Leo Tolstoy, taken from Anna Karenina
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too” – Paulo Coelho, taken from The Alchemist
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be” – J.K. Rowling, taken from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time” – Charles Dickens, taken from David Copperfield
A Few Wise Words from Hollywood Film
Movies have a special way of connecting with us, teaching us and even the power to change us. Be it moving us to tears or giving us the courage and inspiration to keep going, some of the best motivational quotes are stored in 35mm tape. So to encourage in whatever you do and wherever you are in life, take a look at these quotes:
‘’Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it” – Rafiki, from The Lion King . Rafiki explaining that your past experiences are valuable lessons and you should learn from them.
”I don’t regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do” – Lucas, from Empire Records . There is never a perfect time to do something; you should do it now, or you’ll regret it later.
“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss” – Benjamin Button, from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button . Don’t take missing an opportunity as a bad thing, you never know what life is trying to teach you.
”It’s what you do right now that makes a difference” – Jeff Struecker, from Black Hawk Down . Similar to our quote from Empire Records , the little things you do today could make a difference in future. Never hesitate. Just do it.
“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to” Sean Maguire, from Good Will Hunting. A beautiful sentiment from Robin Williams, summing up a life lesson one should always remember. It’s not always clear sailing.
”Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Makes your lives extraordinary” – John Keating, from Dead Poets Society . We’d like to think this one speaks for itself.
Or, if you’re thinking of a quote from outside the box, why not reuse the words of Summer Finn, from her yearbook quote in 500 Days of Summer . Zooey Deschanel’s character took a line from a Belle and Sebastian song to talk about what she wants out of life: ”Colour my world with the chaos of trouble” . In plain text, this means ‘fill my world with trouble’. It essentially boils down to the fact that one should not lead a plain, boring life.
Funny Quotes to Make Them Laugh!
You can’t not have some comic relief in your yearbook. Some sure-fire one liners are bound to pop up, so you have to be sure they’re good ones. Also, they have to be jokes easily understandable by the target audience, so some wit or sarcasm should be turned down to simple jokes:
- “[Your Name] just stole my girl!” – Everyone
- …was released from his 4 year sentence
- I cheated on all my exams
- I don’t know what to write, can you just put some quote in for me?
- Don’t follow your dreams, follow my Twitter
- Thanks to school, I learned to right more good
Inspirational Quotes from Everyday Life
Sayings and phrases that have been said and passed on without hesitation; lines of advice that seem timeless and wholesome. Hopefully they will inspire you, or settle you into a comfortable rhythm that everything is working out the way it should:
”Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart” – Kongzi
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” – Les Brown
Just be sure to not show that quote to anyone with a love of space to they’ll shoot you down straight away.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Milton Berle
“In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality” – Kristian Kan
”There is no dishonour in losing the race. There is only dishonour in not racing because you are afraid to lose” – Garth Stein, taken from The Art of Racing in the Rain
“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, taken from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
”I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be” – Douglass Adams, taken from The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Is it Time to Say Goodbye?
Sometimes you can be lost for words when saying goodbye, so seeking the words of others may be helpful if it all becomes too emotional. Here are two of our favourite quotes which could perfectly sum up a wonderful teaching experience:
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure” – Stephen King, taken from Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption
“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world” – Roald Dahl
You never know, with any one of these quotes, you may just change someone’s life