A gap year, often referred to as a “sabbatical year,” is a one-year vacation taken before or after college or university.

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In this period students engage in learning and growth-promoting activities like travel or regular work.


Top 5 Quotes about Gap Year

I've never tried to do couture, because it's a whole different beast. ~ Tommy Hilfiger.
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I’ve never tried to do couture, because it’s a whole different beast. ~ Tommy Hilfiger.

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It’s ironic, really, isn’t it? Nineteen-year age gap, and it’s the old bloke who comes in his pants, and the twenty-something with performance issues. ~ Jay Northcote.

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Every year the State will be the dog that chases its own tail  engaging in a futile attempt to close a perpetual budget gap. ~ Richard J. Codey.

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Quite understandably, people think that if there’s a six-year gap or whatever, that it’s taken me six years to make the album. It’s not really like that at all. ~ Kate Bush.

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Your joy comes from how you think, the choices that we make in life. ~ Joyce Meyer.

Best Gap Year Quotes

The reality of growing up is we changed schools so many times, my brother was my best friend. We have a five-year age gap, and my brother inspired me. He started boxing, and I just want to show that I could do things better than him. ~ Wladimir Klitschko.

In my gap year between college and drama school, I taught art at a hospice and worked at a little coffee shop across the street from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London when everything around it was still a construction zone. ~ Juliet Rylance.

During my own gap year, I learned an invaluable lesson that I was a lousy teacher. Even though the children I ‘taught,’ in upcountry Uganda, were desperate for qualifications, they largely ignored me. Until, that is, I realised that they wanted to hear about other young persons around the world. ~ Simon Hoggart.

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 An eighteen-year age gap had turned out to be a good place to dump most of the problems that can sometimes crop up between brothers. ~ Salman Rushdie.

I distanced myself, relatively, from my parents for a year or so in my late twenties. It was necessary for me to feel my autonomy. Other than that brief gap, we have always been a very close family. ~ Jennifer Ehle.

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They had nothing to say to each other. A five-year age gap between siblings is like a garden that needs constant attention. Even three months apart allows the weeds to grow up between you. ~ Zadie Smith.

I took a gap year myself after high school and worked on a farm near Lyon, France. I stayed with the Vallet family, picked and packed fruit, and discovered that red wine can be a breakfast drink. That led to further travel as a university student. ~ Nicholas Kristof.

After three League games, we have the same number of points as last year even if we have played two away games this time round, … As we got back on the right track last season, including making up an eight-point gap in a few games, we just need to stay calm. ~ Adriano Galliani.

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Give me some credit for the hell I’ve paid. ~ Shawn Colvin.

I had a real yearning to make use of the opportunities I had at school. When I heard about the gap year of teaching English at a Tibetan monastery, I knew I had to do something about it really quickly, otherwise it was going to get allocated. ~ Benedict Cumberbatch.

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And it’s frustrating because you’ve never been taught how to bridge the gap between theory and practice, between your New Year’s resolutions and your actual behaviour. ~ Aldous Huxley.

Regret doesn’t make sense to me. I have none. Because I realize that what I do at any given moment, is my decision to make, already accepting either benefit or consequence of that action. So, regret is a useless word, and knowledge is the result. ~ Gypsie M. Holley.

I had a brilliant trip to Mexico with my friend Ellie during my gap year. We thought we were being really cool and going off the beaten track while all our friends went to Thailand and Australia. The first beachside bar we walked into there were two girls from my sixth form in there. ~ Emily Berrington.

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I told people I was taking a gap year, but the truth was that I wanted to do nothing, absolutely nothing, for as long as possible, maybe for the rest of my life. ~ Tana French.

When I see people with an interesting gap year, if they can explain it, if they can justify it, if they can show what they’ve learnt from it, it’s sometimes more profitable or more intelligent than having been through a traditional, continuous race from high school to the end of university. ~ Jean Pascal Tricoire.

Inspiring Gap Year Quotes

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Time meant opportunity. After all, what more do we have than time? We measure it arbitrarily, but as we spend it, until it’s used up, it is called living. ~ Kenneth Eade.

My father was my trainer, my teacher. He was closer to my sister in the sense that she adored him and he adored her. He was more like my pal. Because of the 13 year gap, I think by the time I came along, it wasn’t a big deal. I wasn’t spoilt or cherished, I was just put to work. ~ Felicity Kendal.

Since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, the gap between men and women’s earnings has narrowed by less than a half-cent per year. At this rate, American women will have to wait until 2062 to bring home the same salary as their male counterparts. ~ Jackie Speier.

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I believe ghosts are like dogs and they just sort of do things arbitrarily. ~ Charles Barkley.

Like everybody, I’ve had a lot of pain in my life and I’m a work in progress. You must have a true desire to see the world from a different point of view, and that comes with growing up. ~ Walton Goggins.

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As a kid it’s adorable to have a gap in your teeth. But then, because of the shifting in my mouth, I started whistling through it, and as a 32 year old woman, whistling while you speak in sort of annoying. ~ Mindy Kaling.

If we ever established contact with intelligent life on another world, there would be barriers to communication. First, they would be many light years away, so signals would take many years to reach them: there would be no scope for quick repartee. There might be an IQ gap. ~ Martin Rees.

Crystallographers believed in X-ray results, which are of course very accurate. But the x-rays are limited, and electron microscopy filled the gap, and so the discovery of quasicrystals could have been discovered only by electron microscopy, and the community of crystallographers, for several years, was not willing to listen. ~ Dan Shechtman.

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The power of capitalism to mediate the gap between rich and poor is pretty incredible. Indeed, I think, year by year, the gap gets less. ~ Bill Gates.

There is a gap in my work from ’84 to 2002, 18 years where I stopped writing. I was working at fiction and other things and starting a school and getting married and starting a family, but I wasn’t writing poetry for the better part of 15 years. ~ Philip Schultz.

The silence between us stretched out, but it wasn’t awkward. Sometimes there are people you can be quiet with, and you never feel the need to fill the gap with meaningless chit-chat. I’d only become that close to a couple people in my hometown, and I’d always thought it took years. Lucas and I were already there. ~ Claudia Gray.

In my house, the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game have always been a grand tradition for ringing in the New Year. To serve as Grand Marshal is a dream come true and I look forward to sharing the celebration with all of the fans and viewers worldwide. ~ Paula Deen.

If you love somebody, you love them. My parents had a 25 year age gap between them and my mum was the breadwinner, my dad the house husband. I’m a strong believer that a good relationship can work, whatever the situation. ~ Katherine Jenkins.

At the center of President Obama’s strategy for dealing with the Islamic State is an empty space. It’s supposed be filled by a ‘Sunni ground force,’ but after more than a year of effort, it’s still not there. Unless this gap is filled, Obama’s plan won’t work. ~ David Ignatius.

They say time heals all wounds. But does it close the gaps too? Maybe it can. Maybe in a year it turns an eight-year time gap into dust. Maybe it turns a girl who didn’t know what she wanted into someone who became certain. Maybe it turns twenty-one stolen kisses into endless given ones. ~ Lauren Blakely.