Develop and protect a moral sensibility and demonstrate the character to apply it. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. None of this day-seizing, though, this YLOOing, should be interpreted as license for self-indulgence.
So that makes 6. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.
Left to men, weddings would be, after limits-testing procrastination, spontaneous, almost inadvertent… during halftime… on the way to the refrigerator. Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view.
You are not exceptional. No stately, hey-everybody-look-at-me procession. Wellesley High grads told: In our unspoken but not so subtle Darwinian competition with one another—which springs, I think, from our fear of our own insignificance, a subset of our dread of mortality — we have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement.
So think about this: No being given away.
All of this is as it should be, because none of you is special. But why limit ourselves to high school? Their fathers sitting there misty-eyed with joy and disbelief, their brothers lurking in the corner muttering with envy. Locally, someone… I forget who… from time to time encourages young scholars to carpe the heck out of the diem.
Here it is, in its entirety, courtesy of Mr.
Epictetus tells me I have the spark of Zeus! The point is the same: You are not special. Imagine standing somewhere over there on Washington Street on Marathon Monday and watching sixty-eight hundred yous go running by.
Fitting, for example, for this auspicious rite of passage, is where we find ourselves this afternoon, the venue. And read… read all the time… read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Neither can Donald Trump… which someone should tell him… although that hair is quite a phenomenon.
Thoreau wanted to drive life into a corner, to live deep and suck out all the marrow. By definition there can be only one best.
But the phrase defies logic. The Baltimore Orioles do better than weddings.Transcript, video and analysis of rhetorical devices used in David McCullough's commencement speech at Wellesley High School. After my commencement speech that stunned America.
After my commencement speech that stunned America.
Fri, Sep 14, David McCullough: My. Speech analysis In David McCullough’s June Commencement Speech You Are Not Special, he argues that no one is really special.
In this speech he is saying that everyone is alike somewhere and somehow. The DVD version of the miniseries includes the biographical documentary, David McCullough: Painting with Words. Speech Transcript: "Knowing History and Knowing Who We Are" at Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar on the topic, "American History and America's Future.".
But compared to the countless other remarks given by comedians, journalists, and politicians that year, McCullough’s speech stood out for its blunt, four-word message: “You are not special.”. Wellesley High grads told: “You’re not special” June 5, by bbrown We’d been hearing good things over the weekend about Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough, Jr.’s faculty speech to the Class of last Friday.Download