You really do find some of the most profound things being said in commencement speeches. Here are some of my favorite lines from what I recently read.
Michael Lewis’ speech at Princeton (http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S33/87/54K53/index.xml)
His quote while talking about his research on Moneyball – “And you have to ask: if a professional athlete paid millions of dollars can be misvalued who can’t be? If the supposedly pure meritocracy of professional sports can’t distinguish between lucky and good, who can?”
Salman Khan (founder of the the Khan Academy) – (http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/commencement-khan-address-0608.html)
Lots of gems in here, but some of my favorites – “Start every morning with a smile — even a forced one — it will make you happier. Replace the words “I have to” with “I get to” in your vocabulary. Smile with your mouth, your eyes, your ears, your face, your body at every living thing you see. Be a source of energy and optimism. Surround yourself with people that make you better. Realize or even rationalize that the grass is truly greener on your side of the fence. Just the belief that it is becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” and “Don’t waste inspiration”