Resist the easy comforts of complacency, the specious glitter of materialism, the narcotic paralysis of self-satisfaction. Be worthy of your advantages. And read… read all the time… read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life. Develop and protect a moral sensibility and demonstrate the character to apply it. Dream big. Work hard. Think for yourself. Love everything you love, everyone you love, with all your might.
David McCullough at Wellesley Commencement: ‘You Are Not Special’ (via Newsweek/The Daily Beast). He also points out that YOLO, if grammatically correct, should be YLOO. Less of a ring to it, but it’s true.
Posted June 11, 2012 at 9:36am in quote you are not special commencement wellesley david mccullough | 8 notes