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I hold you in the light, and I wish you curiosity and confidence. And I wish you ethics and enlightenment. I wish you guts.  I wish you purpose and the passion that goes along with that purpose.

Here and now I believe you have to declare war on one of our most dangerous enemies, and that is cynicism. Because when that little creature sinks its hooks into you, it’ll cloud your clarity, it’ll compromise your integrity, it’ll lower your standards, it’ll choke your empathy. And sooner or later, cynicism shatters your faith. When you hear yourself saying, “Ah, it doesn’t matter what one person says, oh well, so what, it doesn’t matter what I do, who cares?” When you hear yourself saying that, know that you’re on a collision course for our culture.

You have to go through life with more than just passion for change; you need a strategy. I’ll repeat that. I want you to have passion, but you have to have a strategy. Not just awareness, but action.

Change is the effort of [those] who hitch their wagons to something bigger than themselves and fight for it every single day.

change requires more than just speaking out — it requires listening, as well. In particular, it requires listening to those with whom you disagree, and being prepared to compromise.

Pay attention to what the people who represent you are doing and saying in your name and on your behalf… If their [ideas] are at odds with your core beliefs, then you have a responsibility to send them packing.

You cannot be consistently fair or just or kind or generous or loving without courage. It is time for you to decide privately, secretly, in your own place inside yourselves, what you will do. You have to come to peace with a peaceful heart.

you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, …

No one wants to die. … And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be… It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…  Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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Words are a compilation of commencement speeches (in order of appearance):
– Oprah Winfrey: USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism commencement
– President Barak Obama: Howard University commencement address May 2016
– Maya Angelou: Quinnipiac University Commencement Speech, 1996
– Steve Jobs: Stanford commencement address, June 2005

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