Geeky-Yet-Inspirational Quotes for Grads

 

This past weekend I got to see my baby brother graduate from law school. How crazy is that? I was full of pride, giggles about how everyone looked like wizards, and thoughts of “what am I doing with my life.” I’m guessing many of you are going through similar thoughts and feelings as you or your family/friends graduate this spring. Whether they’re graduating from college, high school, or pre-school, it’s important to give some bits of wisdom and inspiration. But what do you do when your brother’s now officially smarter than you? You turn to the greats. 

Below is a collection of geeky inspirational quotes. Use them for your graduates or whenever you need a quick pick-me-up. Have a favorite quote that’s not listed here? Add it in the comments! (A special thanks to those of you who tweeted me your fave links! Also, holy cow you all love your Firefly quotes!) 

“Do or do not, there is no try.” Yoda, Star Wars Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back

“You don’t need a reason to help people.” Zidane Tribal, Final Fantasy IX

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“Never give up, never surrender!” Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Galaxy Quest

“Be excellent to each other. Party on, Dudes!” Bill and Ted, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

“It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this!” The Legend of Zelda

“No power in the ‘verse can stop me.” River Tam, Firefly

“I aim to misbehave.” Mal Reynolds, Firefly

“Everything’s shiny, Cap’n. Not to fret.” Kaylee Frye, Firefly

“We are who we choose to be.” Green Goblin, Spider-Man

“If someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!” – Winston, Ghostbusters

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

“If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, Dune

“With great power there must also come — great responsibility.”  – Amazing Fantasy #15 

“I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in the station when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we’ve exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit that the part of me that is going will very much miss the part of you that is staying.” G’kar, Babylon 5

“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” – Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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