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Beware the Rise of the Pseudo-Intellectual: Tom Wolfe’s Boston University Commencement Address
Beware the Rise of the Pseudo-Intellectual: Tom Wolfe’s Boston University Commencement Address

“We live in an age in which ideas, important ideas, are worn like articles of fashion.”

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What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address
What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address

“Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth… will also become the raw material for the art you make.”

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Why the Best Roadmap to an Interesting Life is the One You Make Up as You Go Along: Daniel Pink’s Commencement Address
Why the Best Roadmap to an Interesting Life is the One You Make Up as You Go Along: Daniel Pink’s Commencement Address

“Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are or what life you should lead is to do less PLANNING and more LIVING — to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just DO stuff.”

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Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get
Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get

“Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions.”

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George Saunders on the Power of Kindness, Animated
George Saunders on the Power of Kindness, Animated

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.”

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Reinventing the Secular Sermon: Remarkable Commencement Addresses by Nora Ephron, David Foster Wallace, Ira Glass, and More
Reinventing the Secular Sermon: Remarkable Commencement Addresses by Nora Ephron, David Foster Wallace, Ira Glass, and More

How to live life “on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.”

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Physician Allison Ballantine’s Short, Stirring Commencement Address on Living with Presence
Physician Allison Ballantine’s Short, Stirring Commencement Address on Living with Presence

How the hamster wheel of achievement and approval can cheat us.

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Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement
Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement

“You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start writing.”

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Kurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Our Human Responsibility
Kurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Our Human Responsibility

“Hate, in the long run, is about as nourishing as cyanide.”

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Patti Smith’s Advice on Life
Patti Smith’s Advice on Life

How dental care protects our inner Pinocchio.

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