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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By J.K. Rowling: I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. — J.K. Rowling
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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By J.K. Rowling: I have one last hope for you, which is something that I already had at I have one last hope for you, which is something that I already had at 21. The friends with whom I sat on graduation day have been my friends for life. They are my children's godparents, the people to whom I've been able to turn in times of trouble, friends who have been kind enough not to sue me when I've used their names for Death Eaters. At our graduation we were bound by enormous affection, by our shared experience of a time that could never come again, and, of course, by the knowledge that we held certain photographic evidence that would be exceptionally valuable if any of us ran for Prime Minister. — J.K. Rowling
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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Jim Carrey: As far as I can tell, it's just about letting the universe know what you As far as I can tell, it's just about letting the universe know what you want and then working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass. — Jim Carrey
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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By J.K. Rowling: Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility, or so I thought until I cast Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility, or so I thought until I cast my mind back to my own graduation. The commencement speaker that day was the distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock. Reflecting on her speech has helped me enormously in writing this one, because it turns out that I can't remember a single word she said. This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, the law, or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.
You see? If all you remember in years to come is the 'gay wizard' joke, I've come out ahead of Baroness Mary Warnock. Achievable goals: the first step to self-improvement. — J.K. Rowling
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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Timothy J. Keller: If you are preaching on the first commandment ("Thou shalt have no other gods before If you are preaching on the first commandment ("Thou shalt have no other gods before me") or Ephesians 5:5 (which calls greed idolatry) or any of the several hundred other places in the Bible that speak of idols, you could quote David Foster Wallace, the late postmodern novelist. In his Kenyon College commencement speech he argues eloquently and forcefully that "everyone worships. The only choice we get is what to worship."32 He goes on to say everyone has to "tap real meaning in life," and whatever you use to do that, whether it is money, beauty, power, intellect, or something else, it will drive your life because it is essentially a form of worship. He enumerates why each form of worship does not merely make you fragile and exhausted but can "eat you alive." If you lay out his argument in support of fundamental biblical teaching, even the most secular audience will get quiet and keep listening to what you say next. — Timothy J. Keller
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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Oprah Winfrey: Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do. — Oprah Winfrey
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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Rebecca Traister: Yesterday, a beautiful day ... I was talking to [an older] woman who said that Yesterday, a beautiful day ... I was talking to [an older] woman who said that she wouldn't want to be me for anything in the world. She wouldn't want to live today and look ahead to what it is she sees because she's afraid. Fear is always with us but we just don't have time for it. Not now. HILLARY RODHAM, Wellesley commencement speech, 1969 — Rebecca Traister
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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Armstrong Williams: At some point we must make a decision not to allow the mere threat of At some point we must make a decision not to allow the mere threat of charges of cultural or religious insensitivity to stop us from dealing with this evil. — Armstrong Williams
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Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Sophia Amoruso: In a now famous commencement speech at Stanford University, Steve Jobs urged the graduating class In a now famous commencement speech at Stanford University, Steve Jobs urged the graduating class to "stay hungry. Stay foolish." Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures. Compete with yourself, not with others. Judge yourself on what is your personal best and you'll accomplish more than you could ever have imagined. Life stops for no one, so keep moving. Stay awake and stay alive. — Sophia Amoruso
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Henri Nouwen: The resistance to praying is like the resistance of tightly clenched fists. This image shows The resistance to praying is like the resistance of tightly clenched fists. This image shows a tension, a desire to cling tightly to yourself, a greediness which betrays fear. — Henri Nouwen
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Alfie Kohn: Good tennis players are those who beat other tennis players, and a good shot during Good tennis players are those who beat other tennis players, and a good shot during play is one the opponent can't return. But that's not a truth about life or excellence -- it's a truth about tennis. We've created an artificial structure in which one person can't succeed without doing so at someone else's expense, and then we accuse anyone who prefers other kinds of activities of being naive because "there can be only one best -- you're it or you're not," as the teacher who delivered that much-admired you're-not-special commencement speech declared. You see the sleight of hand here? The question isn't whether everyone playing a competitive game can win or whether every student can be above average. Of course they can't. The question that we're discouraged from asking is why our games are competitive -- or our students are compulsively ranked against one another -- in the first place. — Alfie Kohn
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Conan O'Brien: President Bush delivered a commencement speech at a university in Wisconsin. A very inspirational speech. President Bush delivered a commencement speech at a university in Wisconsin. A very inspirational speech. Apparently Bush told the students, 'You can do anything in life if your parents work hard enough.' — Conan O'Brien
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Jimmy Fallon: George W. Bush gave a commencement speech at Southern Methodist University this weekend. It was George W. Bush gave a commencement speech at Southern Methodist University this weekend. It was pretty inspirational. He said, 'As I like to tell the 'C' students, you too can be president.' Even George W. Bush has George W. Bush comedy material in his act. — Jimmy Fallon
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Neil Gaiman: And remember whatever discipline you're in, whether you're a musician or a photographer, fine artist And remember whatever discipline you're in, whether you're a musician or a photographer, fine artist or a cartoonist, writer, a dancer, a singer, a designer... whatever you do, you have a thing that's unique. You have the ability to make art. — Neil Gaiman
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Anna Quindlen: Every story has already been told. Once you've read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound Every story has already been told. Once you've read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had.
[Commencement Speech; Mount Holyoke College, May 23, 1999] — Anna Quindlen
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By J.K. Rowling: Unlike any other creature on this planet, human beings can learn and understand without having Unlike any other creature on this planet, human beings can learn and understand without having experienced. They can think themselves into other peoples' places. Of course, this is a power like my brand of fictional magic that is morally neutral. One might use such a power to manipulate or control, just as much as to understand or sympathize. And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or peer inside cages. They can close their hearts and minds to any suffering that does not touch them personally. They can refuse to know. I might be tempted to envy people who can live that way, except that I do not think that they have any fewer nightmares than I do. — J.K. Rowling
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By J.K. Rowling: We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we 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. — J.K. Rowling
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Teacher David McCullough: Read. Read all the time. Read as a matter of principle, as a matter of Read. Read all the time. Read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life." (Wellesly High School commencement speech, "You Are Not Special", 6-12) — Teacher David McCullough
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Adrienne Rich: All new learning looks at first like chaos. All new learning looks at first like chaos. — Adrienne Rich
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Hillary Rodham Clinton: We are, all of us, exploring a world none of us understands ... searching for We are, all of us, exploring a world none of us understands ... searching for a more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating mode of living ... for the integrity, the courage to be whole, living in relation to one another in the full poetry of existence. The struggle for an integrated life existing in an atmosphere of communal trust and respect is one with desperately important political and social consequences ... Fear is always with us, but we just don't have time for it.
-Commencement Speech, Wellesley 1969 — Hillary Rodham Clinton
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Thomas Chandler Haliburton: Vanity is not half a bad principle, if it will but stick to legitimate business. Vanity is not half a bad principle, if it will but stick to legitimate business. — Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Taylor Spreitler: I grew up very differently than a lot of other people in my hometown in I grew up very differently than a lot of other people in my hometown in Mississippi. But I can't imagine my life any other way. I flew home and surprised my best friend at his graduation, and I remember turning to my mom and saying, 'My graduation was so much cooler than this.' I had Melissa Joan Hart give my commencement speech. — Taylor Spreitler
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Steve Jobs: Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.[Stanford University commencement Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.
[Stanford University commencement speech, 2005] — Steve Jobs
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By John Kenneth Galbraith: The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture. The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture. — John Kenneth Galbraith
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Mark Leyner: If I were asked to give a commencement speech (which I'll never be), I'd say If I were asked to give a commencement speech (which I'll never be), I'd say basically: They're all gonna laugh at you. Life is pretty much like Carrie's prom. So ... stay secret. — Mark Leyner
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Denzel Washington: You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse, You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse, — Denzel Washington
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Jerry Seinfeld: I'll tell you one thing, since I'm married, single people look absolutely ridiculous to me. I'll tell you one thing, since I'm married, single people look absolutely ridiculous to me. — Jerry Seinfeld
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Timothy Ferriss: Neil Gaiman's "Make Good Art" commencement speech, which he gave at Philadelphia's University of the Neil Gaiman's "Make Good Art" commencement speech, which he gave at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. I've watched the video dozens of times on YouTube during rough periods. Our mutual favorite portion is "The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you're walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That's the moment you may be starting to get it right." And, yes, — Timothy Ferriss
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By David Sedaris: I look into the future and see my brother's face, impossibly middle-aged. His daughter has I look into the future and see my brother's face, impossibly middle-aged. His daughter has rejected all of his values, and stands now on the dais of a major university, the valedictorian preparing to deliver her commencement speech. What will she think when her dad stands in the aisle, releasing a hog call and raising his T-shirt to reveal the jiggling message painted upon his bare stomach? Will she turn away, as my father predicts, or might she remember all the nights she awoke to discover him: this slob, this lump, this silly drooling toy asleep at her feet. — David Sedaris
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Mara Wilson: Live your fear." Why didn't we teach kids that? Why wasn't that in a graduation Live your fear." Why didn't we teach kids that? Why wasn't that in a graduation speech? Commencement speakers should start telling the truth: "You're going to fuck up, but most of the time, that's all right. — Mara Wilson
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Margaret Edson: Classroom teaching withholds nothing. I say to my young students every year, "I know how Classroom teaching withholds nothing. I say to my young students every year, "I know how to add two numbers, but I'm not going to tell you." And they laugh and shout, "No!" That's so absurd, so unthinkable. What do I have that I would not give to you?
Bringing nothing, producing nothing, expecting nothing, withholding nothing
what does that remind you of?
Is this a bizarre occurrence that will go into The Journal of Irreproducible Results?
Or is it something that happens every day, all the time, all over the world,
and is based not on gain and fame, but on love. — Margaret Edson
Best Commencement Speech Sayings By Jimmy Fallon: President Obama and Mitt Romney both gave commencement speeches over the last few days. Obama President Obama and Mitt Romney both gave commencement speeches over the last few days. Obama was like, 'You can be whatever you want to be,' while Romney was like, 'I can be whatever you want me to be.' — Jimmy Fallon