Quotes of Commencement

“ There is a good reason they cal these ceremonies 'commencement exercises' Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning. ”

- Orrin Hatch

“ As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all innovations, which are the births of time. ”

- Francis Bacon

“ In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. ”

- Ellen DeGeneres

“ The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. ”

- Ivy Baker Priest

“ A good beginning makes a good end. ”

- Louis L’Amour

“ Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in? ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. ”

- Henry Ford

“ Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. ”

- Seneca

“ Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. ”

- Winston Churchill

“ Acting allows me to tell a lot of stories, you know start at the beginning, finish at the end, and tell everything in between. Modelling is just an image. ”

- Cameron Diaz

“ Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money. ”

- W. J. Cameron

“ A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end. ”

- Aristotle

“ What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. ”

- T. S. Eliot

“ The beginning is easy; what happens next is much harder. ”

- Unknown

“ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ”

- Bible

“ It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. ”

- Leonardo da Vinci

“ Still ending, and beginning still. ”

- William Cowper

“ From the end spring new beginnings. ”

- Pliny the Elder

“ When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it. ”

- Clarence Darrow

“ Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny. ”

- Robert Anson Heinlein

“ The Beatles: The True Beginnings. ”

- Pete Best

“ A beginning is the end of something, always. ”

- Spider Robinson

“ This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it… ”

- Unknown

“ When I was a boy, we all learned the story of George Washington and the cherry tree and accepted it as gospel truth. The present, more enlightened younger generation, however, is well aware that this incident never happened, but that it was the invention of Washington's most famous biographer, the Rev… ”

- Grant Wood

“ Virtue is always in progress and yet always starts from the beginning. It is always in progress because, considered objectively, it is an ideal and unattainable, while yet constant approximation to it is a duty. ”

- Immanuel Kant

“ The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles. ”

- Anatole Broyard

“ At the beginning of the 1960s, here in the United States, LSD became a drug of abuse. In a short time, this wave of popular use swept the country and it became drug number one. It was then used incautiously and people were not prepared and informed about its deep effects… ”

- Albert Hofmann

“ A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success. ”

- Robert Orben

“ The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture. ”

- John Kenneth Galbraith

“ Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught. ”

- Sydney J. Harris
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