Advice To Graduates in 10 Easy Steps


Now is the time of year when everybody and his grandmother are giving advice to graduates.  So why shouldn’t I ? What follows are 10 bits of advice from the  quotes I had my students record at the outset of every school day.

1, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” [Margaret Fuller]

2. “”Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.” [Nathaniel Hawthorne]

3. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” [Henry Van Dyke]

4. “Three possessions should you prize: a field, a friend, and a book.” [Hai Gaon]

5. “When through one man a little more light and truth come into the world, then that man’s life has had meaning.” [Alfred Delp]

6. “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” [Margaret Runbeck]

7.”You took the good things for granted. Now you must earn them again. For every right that you cherish, you have a duty which you must fulfill. For every hope that you entertain, you have a task that you must perform. For every good that you wish to preserve, you will have to sacrifice your comfort and your ease. There is nothing for nothing any longer.”  [George Washington]

8. “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”  [Benjamin D’Israeli]

9. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”  [Goethe]

10. “Being human means working at it, and true civilization is the development of the art of being both intelligent and kind, the ability to work and the ability to love.”  [Ashley Montagu]

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