75 Inspirational Nursing Quotes for Graduation


Graduating from nursing school is probably one of the best feelings ever. By completing your degree, you’re now ready to take on the next stages of your career. This is the point where you get to realize your dreams of becoming a nurse, put into practice what you’ve learned, and conquer challenges along the way.

While there are times where your doubts and fears get the best of you, it’s a good thing that nursing school also taught you important qualities like perseverance and resilience. With the hard work that you’ve done and will continue to do, you know more than ever that you’re up for the challenge and it will be even more gratifying.

To inspire you more and to motivate you to become the best nurse for your patients, here are some of the most awesome nursing graduation quotes we’ve collected for you.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

arthur ashe quoteTake pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey. – Michael Josephson

michael josephson quoteYou have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day, because it changes the way you walk. – Sandra Bullock

sandra bullock quoteGo into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good. – Minor Myers Jr.

minor myers jr quoteHold your own, know your name, and go your own way. – Jason Mraz

jason mraz quoteYou can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

I didn’t want just any career, so I am not going to be just any nurse. – Denise

denise quoteGo confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

henry david thoreau quoteThe most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done. – Arnold Palmer

arnold palmer quoteDon’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

howard thurman quoteThe future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

eleanor roosevelt quoteThe doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. – Flora Whittemore

flora whittemore quoteThe doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.

Fill your mind with truth. Fill your heart with love. Fill your life with service.

When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others. – Margaret Harvey

margaret harvey quoteBe brave. Take risks. Nothing substitutes for experience.

Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. – Patch Adams

patch adams quoteGo forth and set the world on fire. – St. Ignatius of Loyola

st ignatius of loyola quoteThe only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go… – Dr. Seuss

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Things to say after you graduate: “I did it” and “It’s going to happen”.

The most important thing is not to stop the questioning. – Albert Einstein

albert einstein quoteIf you’ve made it through nursing school, chances are you’ll make it through anything. So chin up and allow the world to be intimidated by how unstoppable you are.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

thomas edison quoteIt doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that. – Fred Lebow

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Study while others are sleeping, work while others are loafing, prepare while others are playing and dream while others are wishing. – William Arthur Ward

william arthur ward quoteWe may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou

maya angelou quoteThe moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. – J. M. Barrie

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Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown

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Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. – Benjamin Spock

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Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. – Chinese Proverb

chinese proverb quoteJust be prepared for a long and often uncertain journey. The good stuff doesn’t come easy. – Tim Westergren

tim westergren quoteLife doesn’t begin at graduation. It began when you made the decision to start nursing school.

You treat a disease: you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win – no matter the outcome. – Patch Adams

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There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet. – William Frederick Halsey Jr.

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When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela

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Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them. – T. Harv Eker

t harv eker quoteGraduating from nursing school is like finding that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Go into the world and do well, but more importantly go into the world and do good.

It is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities. – Albus Dumbledore

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. – E. E. Cummings

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them. – Clara Barton

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C.S. Lewis

To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

Be in love with your life. Every minute of it. – Jack Kerouac

Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. – Nora Ephron

The best message I can deliver stems from personal experience: fearless pursuit can equal limitless possibilities. – Leila McKinney

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – A.A. Milne

This is your time so fly away and chase all your dreams. Remember life is like a play, you must act each scene with passion, embracing and enjoying the part if you should ever get lost along the way. Look to the stars and take a deep breath and follow your heart.

You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way! – Dr. Seuss

When you leave here, don’t forget why you came. – Adlai Stevenson

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition… stay hungry. Stay foolish. – Steve Jobs

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul. – Joseph Addison

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. 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

Remember to think at least once a day about who you are, where you have been, and where you are going. Take care of your bodies and minds, they must last you a lifetime. Listen to your parents and smile at your neighbors. These things alone will do wonderful things for your life. – Leila McKinney

Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back. – Florence Nightingale

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss

Let your dreams stay big and your worries stay small.

Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your presence felt.

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. – William Arthur Ward

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely.

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you can impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. – Woodrow Wilson

The only thing that should make leaving college bearable is the hope against hope that you are taking the best part of it with you. – Elizabeth Coleman

The only thing that no one can take away from you is your education. – Dori Duckworth

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney

Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time. For dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future.

What we learn with pleasure we never forget. – Alfred Mercier

I believe so firmly in the future of nursing because of our graduates who exemplify the perfect balance of science and art in nursing every day. – Kim LaMar

Every experience, encounter and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are. – Oprah Winfrey