Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.
My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out.
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do.
At commencement you wear your square-shaped mortarboards.My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros.
There is a good reason they call these ceremonies 'commencement exercises'. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say, you too can be president of the United States.
Openness isn't the end. It's the beginning.
Never follow anyone else's path, unless you're in the woods and you're lost.
Death isn't the end, it's the beginning.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
If you don't ask, the answer is always no.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
If you believe in what you're doing, you'll be successful.
There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
People will frighten you about a graduation.... They use words you don't hear often: And we wish you Godspeed." It is a warning, Godspeed. It means you are no longer welcome here at these prices."
It is a warning, Godspeed. It means you are no longer welcome here at these prices.
So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.
Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success.
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
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