Teachers love to tell you that high school is the best time of your life. If you’re like most students, you probably won’t like admitting your teachers are right. But kids, trust me, you’re going to have to give them this one.
When else will you be able to hang out with your friends every day, spend time exploring new interests and be readily forgiven for making endless mistakes?
It’s a crazy feeling – to think that the people you’ve spent most of your life with will soon be going their separate ways. In years to come, your yearbook will be a treasure trove of memories – of failed math tests, unbearable gym classes and countless days spent together. But the question is: how will you be remembered?
If you’ve been waiting to make one last confession or for the right moment to crack your favourite joke, this is your time to shine. Choose a memorable quote that reflects your personality and let your legacy live on forever. To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve put together this epic list of our favourite quotes. Can you already see one you relate to? Don’t forget to tell us about it in the comments below!
01. The Class Clown Quote
You’re the kind of student with a special talent to make even the most boring math class erupt into laughter. Your parents say your quick tongue will get you in trouble one day, but you know deep down they’re chuffed to lay claim to the “funny kid”.
You’re clever, witty and aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. This makes you the favourite of some teachers, but also sees you being sent straight to the principal’s office by others.
You’re confident and don’t care what others think. With this no-fail bravado, your yearbook quote will be among the most memorable of your graduate year.
02. The Dry Humour Quote
The slightly riskier version of the class clown, your humour is often written off as “inappropriate”. You don’t mind, because you know it’s brilliant. You’ll be very familiar with the phrase: “To the principal’s office!” and actually almost like it. Anything’s better than this boring history lesson, right?
03. The Ladies Man Quote
With wit and charm well beyond your years, you enjoyed watching the look of sheer disbelief on your parent’s faces when you landed the hottest girl at prom. You might not be the tallest, handsomest, sportiest guy in your class, but you’re in on a little secret that the school jocks aren’t so privy to. Girls fall hard for funny guys. Thanks to your uncanny tongue-in-cheek, the ladies man always has the last laugh.
04. The Confident Quote
You never understood those kids who hated getting up in front of the class. Even if you forgot to study, presentations and public speaking were always easy to wing.
You’re a born leader and well liked by your teachers and colleagues. Oozing self determination, you’re not discouraged by accusations of arrogance. You think jealousy is an ugly colour and has no place on your masterpiece.
05. The Ambitious Quote
You’ve been looking forward to graduation for a slightly different reason to your classmates: now you can finally make an impact in the world. Heeding the advice of your parents and mentors – you’ve already mapped out which colleges you want to go to and researched volunteering programs you want to join.
As well as being wise and insightful, if you’re really good your yearbook quote will probably draw a proud tear from your parents’ eyes. Go get em’, tiger!
06. The ‘Beating-The-System’ Quote
Imagine a world where no one tells you what to wear, how to speak, and how to manage your time. You do, everyday – it’s the world of post-graduation.
Rules and regulations just aren’t your thing. You’ve spent a little too much time in the principal’s office for your parent’s liking, but you’re not a bad kid. You like thinking of the bigger picture and making decisions independently. You’ve never cared what anyone else thought, and your yearbook quote will be no exception. It’s better to be memorable than forgotten, right?
07. The Coordinated Quote
You like bouncing off others to make your jokes work and your yearbook quote is no exception. A class clown with a partner-in-crime, your significant other is either a twin, a best friend – or both. It’s not uncommon for you to finish each other’s sentences and have an identical laugh.
Even though you sometimes meticulously plan your comedy rituals, they never fail to come across as cool, collected and hilariously effortless. Even if you and your pal end up at different colleges, years of coordinating has forged a bond that won’t be broken anytime soon.
08. The ‘Big-Shoes-To-Fill’ Quote
High school genius? The struggle is real.
While other kids might settle for a B or even a C grade, your A+ streak has never been broken. Your determined parents always encouraged you to follow your dreams – so long as those dreams included high profile occupations such as becoming a lawyer, doctor or engineer.
You’re used to being at the top of the class but you’re anything but arrogant. In fact, you often joke about your super-human abilities. Thanks to your good humour, you’re well liked among your classmates. Still, you tell your parents you spend your lunchtime and weekends at the library. You’re good like that.
09. The Foodie Quote
For the foodie, school is just something you go to before and after your daily cafeteria run. You’re careful to save up your pennies for the latest cheesy delight or new ice cream, and your classmates know to come to you when there are surprises on the menu or new kitchen staff.
When you fulfill your accomplished career as a chef, restaurateur or even a food critic – you’ll talk about how your calling started young. You might even have a yearbook quote to prove it.
10. The Marketing Genius Quote
Yearbook? More like free ad space. School’s been fun and all, you think, but now it’s time to survive out in the wild. You think of your yearbook quote as an opportunity to promote your skills, talents and interests. You might not know exactly what you want to do after school, but you know how important it is to put in the extra effort to stand out.
11. The Over Ambitious Quote
There’s ambitious, and then there’s ambitious. Only ever half joking, you enjoy making sweeping generalisations and eccentric jokes. It’s all part of your plan for world domination – you have to start somewhere, right?
12. The Sports Fanatic Quote
You’ve lived and breathed sports since an early age and you’re known as a talent. Good grades come easy to you because it means you can spend more time kicking goals and shooting hoops. People know you’re tough, but also incredibly approachable. School’s never been too serious, and it’s not about to start now.
13. The Political Quote
You’re smart, confident and not afraid to upset a few people to stand up for something you believe in. Your teachers and friends tell you you’re wise beyond your years and that you’re destined for great things. Funnily enough, you’re not overly serious and have a special talent for finding light-hearted ways to tackle a serious topic.
Your yearbook quote is just the beginning of many prolific phrases that will be attributed to you throughout your career. Make a stir, and make it count.
14. The Pop Culture Reference Quote
Forget study. This is the moment those long nights polishing your pop culture references has lead up to. You’ve been known for being sarcastic, making a joke or singing someone’s praises – all with the help of a sweet one-liner.
Your yearbook quote is the ultimate opportunity for you to animate your impressive cultural knowledge.
15. The Word-Play Quote
Funny, sarcastic and devilishly clever – the wordsmiths have been looking forward to their yearbook quote for their entire school career. Employing puns, metaphors and comedic witticisms, the wordsmith thinks a play on words is the smartest way to rebel against the man.
Like an assassin barely noticed, the power and punch of the wordsmith’s quote is not to be underestimated.
16. The Random Quote
You have a special knack for making people laugh, even though you really never make much sense – more of a talent than others like to admit. Secretly a master of the creative arts, you have an expansive imagination like no other. You’re not afraid to push the boundaries or say something outrageous and you want to be remembered in the most abstract, nonsensical way possible.
17. The Realist Quote
Yearbook quotes are no joke for the realist. You’re assertive and always conscious of the meaning of your words, and don’t like being misinterpreted. You’ll do your research before settling on the perfect realist quote because you know just about anyone could be reading it.
As a chronic planner, you’re already imagining the time when you’re going to open your yearbook in the future and look back on your quote. You like to get things done – and won’t leave your selection up to chance.
18. The Sarcastic Quote
Graduation is an exciting time for the master of sarcasm: outside of school, your “unwelcome” comments might finally be welcomed for the delicate linguistic juggling act that they are. Despite often being scolded and told to be more polite, your teachers secretly love reading your essays amongst hundreds of others. Your parents don’t always understand your dry humour and swear they can’t keep up with your likes/ dislikes. You get along well with likeminded people, and choose your friends on their ability to hold their own in a heated argument or debate.
Your yearbook quote is an opportunity to instill a legacy for your witty repartee – don’t hold back.
19. The Tech Savvy Quote
Voted “most likely to go viral” by your classmates, when it comes to social media, your iPhone, laptop or any other tech gadget you’re a natural pro.
Commonly hailed as a “genius” by your parents and their not-so-tech-savvy friends, your slightly inflated ego means you’re excited for the future and what it holds. You don’t play by the “book”. Whether it includes trending hashtags or the latest emoticons, your yearbook quote will be anything but dull.
Graduation is exciting; it’s a time to reflect on your favourite memories, turn the bad ones into jokes and finally make that last confession. For years to come, you’ll love looking back at the bad haircuts and funny nicknames. Choose a yearbook quote your future self will be proud of – that’s the ultimate goal, right?