Yearbook quotes are a long-lasting and time-honored tradition. Outgoing seniors are meant to, through the use of a meticulously chosen quote, impart the wisdom they have thus acquired onto their fellow students. Many of these quotes, typically from former presidents, civil rights leaders and the great thinkers of history, leave us in awe of the tenacity of the human spirit. They inspire us to contribute something substantial to the world during our brief times alive.

Here are some of these quotes…

1. Take graduating senior Jason, who chose to go with a quote of his own. Your story of struggle and ultimate triumph, all by eating a bagel, left us inspired, Jason.



2. And young scholar Hannah reminded us that shaking ‘it’ like Jello would indeed make the boys – the world even – say ‘hello.’


3. This girl, whose bangs are inspiring enough, reminded us to call into question the nature of our very existence. Future metaphysicist on our hands…



4. And sometimes it’s just important to clear the air.


5. We’re noticing a recurring theme of food-spiration.


6. The blood of our enemies is encouraging enough.


7. Who knew Paris Hilton was such an enlightened socialite?


8. Now, we’re not sure that MLK uttered these exact words…but still very inspiring.


9. Never thought about it like that…


10. When it doubt, look to Nicholas Cage.


11. Have I been saying that movie title wrong all these years?


12. Concise… We like it!


13. Inner-beauty is important too, ladies.


14. Subtly is key.


15. Some advice from the streets


16. Oh Alexis, such a wordsmith…


17. Can you spot the Notorious B.I.G. reference? In case you forgot the periodic table:

(F) fluorine (U) uranium (C) carbon (K) potassium (Bi) bismuth (Tc) technetium (He) helium (S) sulfur (Ge) germanium (Tm) thulium (O) oxygen (Ne) neon (Y) yttrium.


18. A shoutout to diversity


19. And men, a reminder to please keep your ‘girls’ away from Harrison


20. And finally, the most eloquent, well-articulated of them all…


We, at 20to30, would like to thank these bright high school seniors for their stirring and inspirational words. If children are indeed the future, our future looks bright.

Thomas Freeman is Texas-transplant and aspiring journalist trying (but often failing) to navigate New York City. A current NYU student, Thomas also writes articles and manages media content for 20to30.

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