Examples of short senior quotes for a yearbook include inspiring quotes such as Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote that warns not to follow a path and to "go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail," and Les Brown's quote to reach for the stars. While some seniors choose a sentimental quote, other graduates opt for a clever or funny quote to commemorate their accomplishment.
Brown said that a person should reach for the moon, because "even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Similarly, Emerson said, "Do not follow where the path may lead." Also intending to inspire, many graduates choose Orrin Hatch's quotation that graduation is not the end but rather the beginning. Hatch said that it is a good thing that people call graduation ceremonies commencement exercises, because a graduation is the beginning of the future. A similar inspirational quote is Dennis Reynolds' quote that "I haven't even begun to peak."
Some seniors choose to celebrate their graduation with a funny quote such as "Thank you Mario! But our senior quote is in another yearbook!" A person choosing a funny quote instead of something sentimental might think that a funny quote brings notoriety for years to come. Another funny quote is "I can't help it that I'm so popular."
If a graduate knows the person placed next to them in the yearbook spread, she might coordinate with the person to say something memorable in coordination. For example, if the first person says that "life is short," the second person can say that "life is the longest thing you'll ever do." Alternatively, the first person can quote a television show and the second person can state that it is sad or silly to quote a television show.