Random House, Inc. A graduation is an important time of transition. Graduates have achieved something significant, and they deserve recognition for their hard work. Often, they may also need some words of wisdom as they move into the next phase of life. Here is a collection of quotes and advice to honor graduates and offer them insight. The words of everyday people are mingled with those of familiar figures such as Harry S. Truman, Ann Landers, William Blake, Martina Navritilova Langston Hughes, Lily Tomlin and Pablo Picasso. Share these inspiring words with someone you love on their special day.