How to Pick Your Senior Quote

The following tips are from Bill Simmons, sports columnist, who posted them on (Why is ESPN giving yearbook tips? Not sure, but I guess that just goes to show how important yearbooks are in our culture!)

“Some tips about your yearbook choices:

  1. If you can help it, avoid picking any quote from a band that might not be around in 10 years. If you want to cast your lot with Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Alicia Keys, India Arie, The Vines, The Hives or any of these other musical acts that people enjoy right now … you’re basically rolling the dice. Look at poor Adam. Bananarama. This actually happened. If it’s a bubblegum act of the day, stay away. Stick with Bruce, the Stones, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and everyone else who will remain respectable 20 years from now.
  2. If you feel like doing something wacky with your picture — a nose piercing, a visible tattoo, a freaky hairdo — don’t do it. You will regret it. Remember, you’ll be showing your kids this thing some day.
  3. If they allow a section where you can write little comments, tributes and dedications, then …
  1. Never say anything maudlin or sentimental about the person you’re dating — you will be linked to them forever and ever. Just remember, when you get to college, you will break up with them by Columbus Day Weekend, probably get back together during Thanksgiving Break, then break up for good during Christmas vacation. Everyone thinks, “Oh, it won’t happen to us.” Believe me, it’s going to happen — 99 out of 100 people eventually break up with their high school flames. So keep the gooey stuff to minimum. If you’re devoting a quote to your significant other, choose this one: “Dead man walking!”
  2. Never gratuitously thank your parents, friends, family … that’s just lame. Nobody wants to read that stuff. If you want to thank someone, thank a teacher. They devoted their lives to helping kids like you, you ungrateful slob.
  3. Make a conscious effort to include obscure references and inside jokes that will confuse everybody and please your friends, especially if they’re dirty and/or secretly defamatory to someone else in your class. One catch: Don’t make them so obscure that you won’t have any idea what they mean 15 years later. That’s no fun.
  4. Don’t identify your friends by their initials. Just write their names. Years later, you won’t even remember what half the initials stood for.
  5. If you have a close friend of the opposite sex, don’t spend too much time on them … odds are, one of you will end up making a move on the other one down the road, it will play out badly, and you will never speak again. And even if you make it through college, once you get married, your spouse won’t let you be friends with them anymore. So start cutting ties now. Again, just trust me.
  6. Most importantly, have fun with your quote. Nobody wants to read how miserable you are, or how confused you are, or how much you hate everyone, or how everyone underestimated you, or how parents and teachers are purely and simply evil, or the world’s keeping you down, or how nobody loves you … come on! It’s high school! Everyone’s miserable in high school! That’s why they created high school! So have some fun. I’ve always been jealous of my buddy Geoff for picking this yearbook quote:
    • ”            .”

— Mark Bavaro

Absolutely brilliant. Everyone else was killing themselves coming up with these tortured quotes, and Geoff mocked the entire thing. Why didn’t I think of that? Damn him…”

Simmons then lists several quotes he wishes he would have used back in high school. Here are just a few…

“Some mistakes you never stop paying for.”
— Roy Hobbs

“Don’t have anything in your life that you can’t walk away from in 30 seconds.”
— De Niro in “Heat”

“Cheer up, Brando! How ’bout a mega-burger?”
— Nat Busichio

“I have three rules which I live by: Never get less than 12 hours sleep, never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city, and never go near a lady with a tattoo of a dagger on her hand. Now you stick with that, and everything else is cream cheese.”
— The basketball coach in “Teen Wolf”

“Those fans who are booing me now will be cheering for me when I record the final out in the World Series”
— Bob Stanley, April 1986

To read the entire list (and it is a LONG list), click here.

Or lend some seniors a helping hand by posting some of your favorite quotes below…

2 thoughts on “How to Pick Your Senior Quote

  1. I was wondering if you could help me choose a quote.

    Funny quote:
    “I was expecting High School Musical, I was highly disappointed”

    Serious Quote:
    “Happiness is a choice” – Shay Carl

    Thanks for the help. 🙂

    1. Hi Cayla,

      We think either of those choices would be just great. This is going to be associated with you forever, so we recommend choosing something that best reflects your personal high school experience or something that represents your personality/outlook on life. So, we’re going to throw it back to you…which one do YOU like better? ?

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