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The 14 Best Movie Quotes for Your Graduation Speech

gradEvery graduation speech needs a few quotes to spice up the message.  Movie quotes allow the speaker to compare each graduate's life to a motion picture.  Each grad is the author, director, and star of their own unfolding film.  To make their life great, they must define their character, build their story, and connect to their own supporting cast.  Here are the 14 best movie quotes we have found for use in your graduation speech.

“Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.
Wall Street (1987) – Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) 

“Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”
Dead Poet’s Society (1989) – John Keating (Robin Williams)
 

“It's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you.”
Batman Begins (2005) – Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes) 

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you are born to stand out?”
What a Girl Wants (2003) – Ian Wallace (Oliver James) 

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
A Cinderella Story (2004) – Sam’s Dad (Whip Hubley) 

“High school – those are your prime suffering years.  They don’t get better suffering than that.”
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – Uncle Frank (Steve Carell) 

“You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries, they only asked one question after a man died, ‘Did he have passion?’”
Serendipity (2001) - Dean Kansky (Jeremy Piven) 

“I can't tell you any sure way to happiness.  I only know that you've got to go out and find it for yourselves.”
Carousel (1956) – Dr. Selden (Gene Lockhart) 

“Not all who wander are aimless. Especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image.”
Mona Lisa Smile (2003) – Betty Warren (Kirsten Dunst)
 

“They don't make you what you are, you do.  You are what you choose to be.”
The Iron Giant (1999) – Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.) 

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
Dragon – The Bruce Lee Story (1993) – Bruce Lee (Jason Scott Lee) 

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Dead Poet’s Society (1989) – John Keating (Robin Williams)
 

“The more we all know about each other, the greater the chance we will survive.”
Meet Joe Black (1998) – Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) 

“To infinity and beyond!”
Toy Story (1995) – Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen)

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