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Inspiring commencement speeches

May 14, 2009

A great commencement speech should be inspiring and memorable. Cristina Negrut created Graduationwisdom.com as a hobby -- reviewing some 700 speeches found on the Internet.

A sample of a some favorite quotes:

Woody Hayes, football coach, Ohio State University, 1986 

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. Never."

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computers, Stanford, 2005

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. "

Marc S. Lewis, clinical psychology professor, University of Texas Austin, 2000

"There are times when you are going to do well, and times when you're going to fail. But neither the doing well, nor the failure is the measure of success. The measure of success is what you think about what you've done. Let me put that another way: The way to be happy is to like yourself and the way to like yourself is to do only things that make you proud."

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