Commencement Speeches

From Glenn Beck’s commencement speech to Liberty University:

“Learn, laugh, love. Sleep hard, but sleep less. Pray on your knees.

To whom much is given much is required. You have been given the world and beyond. … Never want anything too much. You will pay too high of a price one way or another. Labels are meaningless, but Louis Vuitton shoes are really the best. Someone you meet today is afraid or suffering. Find them. Find them every day and comfort them. Shoot to kill. Always tithe. ”

From Michelle Obama’s commencement speech at George Washington University:

“Imagine a child whose first memory of an American is a student who helps him see again. Imagine a community whose first experience with America is a group of youth on winter break standing side by side with them building homes. Imagine a country shattered by a catastrophic earthquake that they see wave after wave of rescuers and doctors and relief workers all wearing the stars and stripes on their sleeve.

Imagine how powerful that is. Imagine what impact thousands of stories like that today can have a decade from now. ”

From Patti Smith’s commencement speech at Pratt Institute:

“My greatest urge is to speak to you of dental care. My generation had a rough go dentally. Our dentists were the Army dentists who came back from World War II and believed that the dental office was a battleground. You have a better chance at dental health. And I say this because you want at night to be pacing the floor because your fuse is burning inside of you, because you want to do your work, because you want to finish that canvas, because you want to help your fellow man. You don’t want to be pacing because you need a damn root canal. So, floss. Use salt and baking soda. Take care of your damn teeth. ”

– all from the New York Times

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