06/09/2014 10:39 am ET Updated Aug 09, 2014

Student With Congenital Disorder Makes Triumphant Walk Across Stage At Graduation

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  • Julie Andrews
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    "Use your knowledge, and your heart, to stand up for those who can't stand, speak for those who can't speak, be a beacon of light for those whose lives have become dark."
  • Maya Angelou
    "People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel."
  • George W. Bush
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    "To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States."
  • Judy Garland
    "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
  • Horace, Roman poet
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    "Carpe diem." (Seize the day.)
  • Steve Jobs
    "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."
  • Rachel Maddow
    "After we graduate tonight, we no longer have to let society happen to us. We get to create our own."
  • Olivia Newton-John
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    "I don't know what my path is yet. I'm just walking on it."
  • Barack Obama
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    "Because as tough as things have been, I am convinced you are tougher. I’ve seen your passion and I’ve seen your service ... I’ve seen a generation eager — impatient even — to step into the rushing waters of history and change its course."
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
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    "Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."
  • J.K. Rowling
    "We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better."
  • Homer Simpson
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    "The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number one: cover for me. Number two: oh, good idea, boss! Number three: it was like that when I got here."
  • Mother Teresa
    "Don't look for big things, just do small things with great love. ...The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love."
  • Oscar Wilde
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    "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
  • Yoda
    "Do or do not. There is no try."