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Shake It Off Into Your Future: Taylor Swift Quotes for Graduation

Originally Published May 28, 2024Updated Jun 06, 2024

Dive in headfirst, fearless with these Taylor Swift quotes for graduation!

Ready to turn your tassel and step into a new chapter of your life with a little wisdom from Taylor Swift herself? Whether you’re Ready For It or feeling a bit sad that your Love Story with high school or college is coming to an end, our girl has got a lyric or a quote for every occasion!

Let's dive into some Taylor-inspired quotes that are perfect for your graduation cap, speech, or just to inspire you as you embark on your next adventure. Whether you're crafting that killer grad cap design, penning a heartfelt speech, or just in need of the perfect Instagram caption, you know Tay's got your back. We’ve collected the best Taylor Swift quotes that are just as memorable as your graduation day!

Taylor Swift Quotes to Inspire Your Graduation Journey

These quotes and captions from all eras (see what I did there!) are an A+ way to add a little Swiftie shoutout to your Instagram feed with that fire picture of you in your cap and gown, posing in front of your high school, with your college friends, the opportunities are endless!

Fearless: Embracing Change and New Beginnings

  1. "This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change." — Taylor Swift
  2. "Long live the walls we crashed through, I had the time of my life with you." — Taylor Swift, "Long Live"
  3. "The rest of the world was black and white, but we were in screaming color." — Taylor Swift, "Out of the Woods"
  4. "Left a small town, never looked back." — Taylor Swift, “Mine”
  5. "I’m doing good, I’m on some new shit. Been saying ‘yes’ instead of ‘no’." — Taylor Swift, "the 1"
  6. "I didn't choose this town, I dream of getting out." — Taylor Swift, "You’re On Your Own, Kid"
  7. "These things will change. Can you feel it now?" — Taylor Swift, "Change"
  8. "You’re on your own kid, you always have been" — Taylor Swift, "You’re On Your Own, Kid"
  9. "Long story short, I survived." — Taylor Swift, "long story short"
  10. "But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time." — Taylor Swift, "Look What You Made Me Do"

1989: Overcoming Challenges and Growing Stronger

  1. "Saying goodbye is death by a thousand cuts." — Taylor Swift, "Death By A Thousand Cuts"
  2. "I think when it's all over, it just comes back in flashes, you know?" — Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
  3. "Next chapter." — Taylor Swift, "The Story of Us"
  4. "But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time." — Taylor Swift, "Look What You Made Me Do"
  5. "Life is just a classroom" — Taylor Swift, "New Romantics"
  6. "It's been a long time coming." — Taylor Swift, "Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince"
  7. "I’m doing better than I ever was." — Taylor Swift, "Call It What You Want"
  8. "You’ll find the real thing instead." — Taylor Swift, "the lakes"
  9. "'Cause there were pages turned with the bridges burned." — Taylor Swift, "You’re On Your Own, Kid"
  10. "'Cause the haters gonna hate" — Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"

Lover: Cherishing Memories and Looking Forward

  1. "Sorry, the old insert name can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, because she’s graduating" — Taylor Swift, "Look What You Made Me Do"
  2. "A fresh page on the desk, filling in the blanks as we go." — Taylor Swift, "Cornelia Street"
  3. "We're happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time." — Taylor Swift, "22"
  4. "I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22." — Taylor Swift, "22"
  5. "Dear reader, get out your map, pick somewhere and just run." — Taylor Swift, "Dear Reader"
  6. "Today is never too late to be brand new." — Taylor Swift
  7. "I lived and I learned." — Taylor Swift, "All You Over Me"
  8. "Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you." — Taylor Swift, "New Year’s Day"
  9. "Tomorrow’s just a mystery." — Taylor Swift, "A Place in This World"
  10. "I have this thing where I get older but just never wiser." — Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero”

Speak Now: Finding Yourself and Your Path

  1. "So don't you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine." — Taylor Swift, "Ours"
  2. "In your life, you'll do things greater than dating the boy on the football team." — Taylor Swift, "Fifteen"
  3. "So, make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it. You've got no reason to be afraid" — Taylor Swift, "You’re On Your Own Kid"
  4. "I’ve found time can heal most anything." — Taylor Swift, "Fifteen"
  5. "I never grew up, it's getting so old." — Taylor Swift, "Never Grow Up"
  6. "We never go out of style." — Taylor Swift, "Style"
  7. "The road not travelled looks real good now." — Taylor Swift, "’tis the damn season"
  8. "Survived the Great War*.*" — Taylor Swift, "Great War"
  9. "You just might find who you’re supposed to be." — Taylor Swift, "Fifteen"
  10. "We're all bored, we're all so tired of everything." — Taylor Swift, "New Romantics"

From Lyrics to Life: Applying Taylor's Wisdom to Your Graduation

Crafting the Perfect Graduation Speech or Yearbook Quote

These quotes and lyrics are the perfect addition to a graduation speech (if you’re the lucky valedictorian or salutatorian) or even for a yearbook quote! Sneak them into your speech and fellow Swifties will get the ref, and everyone else will just think you have a way with words! It’s a win-win!

These Taylor Swift lyrics also make fabulous yearbook quotes, there’s something for every occasion, really!

Decorating Your Graduation Cap: Short & Sweet Quotes

These short but sweet Taylor Swift quotes make for a stylish and easy way to decorate your graduation cap with a special Swiftie reference (bonus points if you got tickets to the Era’s tour this year!).

  1. "Out of the woods." — Taylor Swift, "Out Of The Woods"
  2. "This is me trying" — Taylor Swift, "this is me trying"
  3. "Dream impossible things" — Taylor Swift, "Starlight"
  4. "This is our place, we make the rules." — Taylor Swift, "Lover"
  5. "We are too busy dancing to get knocked off our feet." — Taylor Swift, "New Romantics"

So, whether you're about to conquer the world or simply figuring out your next step, remember that your story is yours to write, just like how Taylor wrote all these fire lyrics. And don’t forget, with Picta you can print your favorite quotes and graduation snapshots, turning your Instagram memories into tangible keepsakes. Simply print on photo prints, canvases, photo posters, or more with Picta to the closest Walgreens and they are ready the same-day … that’s faster than it took me to get tickets to the Era’s tour (spoiler alert, I didn’t get any!).

Here's to new beginnings, endless possibilities, and the soundtrack that Taylor Swift provides for every chapter of your life. Cheers to you, grad! 🌟🎉

Cover photo by @exclusivelensphotography, model @teresagonzalezzz


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Leah is a self-proclaimed iced coffee enthusiast, "word artist", and brunch connoisseur. 
By day, she makes a living by creating all this content you know and hopefully love for Picta on the blog, in your inbox, or on social media. 
By night, she enjoys cooking up something new in the kitchen, hopping on her road bike, and painting watercolors with a glass of rosé (or two or three)!

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