High school yearbooks can either be your bane or boon in the present or in the future depending on two aspects, namely, your photo and your quotation. Keep in mind that although your appearance will change with time – hopefully, for the better in terms of your taste in hairstyle and accessories as well as your physical attractiveness – your quote will remain printed on your yearbook.
You should then wisely choose your quote lest it becomes a source of embarrassment at every high school reunion. Think of it: High school yearbooks are used for posterity. You do not want to be known as the graduate with the cheesiest lines under his photo in all the history of your alma mater. We then suggest the following tips when choosing quotes for your high school yearbook.
Think in the Long Term:
How will you feel when you read your chosen high school yearbook quote 10,20 and 30 years from now? If you cannot relate to a certain line because it may well cause embarrassment, chagrin or bewilderment when you read it in the future, then look for another one.
Your best bets when it comes to great quotes for high school yearbooks are the classic poems, speeches and thoughts by famous persons. The truths behind these lines have withstood the test of time and these will withstand time yet again. Examples include:
• “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
• “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” Theodore Roosevelt
When you have become successful in your chosen profession, these quotes will be like predictions that have come true. Of course, picking quotes for high school yearbooks, thinking of family and friends help, too. You want to avoid embarrassing them now and in the future with your choice of lines especially when these hint at illegal, illicit and immoral activities and beliefs.
Less Is More
Unfortunately, high school yearbooks are not the best place to print long and winded speeches. You will be given the opportunity to say what you have to say in just a few lines – three at most. The best thing that you can do then is to select as few words as possible for greater impact while still being true to yourself.
You can choose a verse from your favorite poem, speech or song that best reflects who you are now or who you want to be in the future. Just keep it simple, straightforward and perhaps sassy, whatever your personal mantra is. Examples of short yet meaningful quotes in high school yearbooks include:
• “He is able who thinks he is able.” Buddha
• “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso.
Well, of course, you can always go with “Aaarrugghh” from Chewbacca but do you really want to be remembered in this manner? If you do, then go right ahead.
The point about high school yearbooks is that these are memorabilia of the time you spent in your alma mater. The least you can do is to leave it with good memories and good quotes that say good things about who and what you are now and in the future.