Non-religious quotes for graduating university students?
April 17, 2012 2:10 PM Subscribe
Help me find an inspirational quote that is non-religious.
posted by asnider to Grab Bag (22 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I am looking for a quote, similar to the one below, that does not make reference to god or religion.
I'm trying to write a message to newly graduating college students for work. My boss has indicated that she likes the spirit of the quote but that, because of the religious overtones, we can't use it. (I agree.)
Unfortunately, I've been having trouble finding a secular quote that carries the same spirit. I've googled around and checked out a bunch of "inspirational quote" websites, but can't seem to find anything good.
Here's the quote:
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you?ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway. --Kent M. Kieth
Any suggestions? Ideally, it would be from someone with name recognition, but it's not a deal breaker if it isn't.