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Words of wisdom for 2006 grads
After four years of textbooks, study sessions, and finals, graduates don caps and gowns and listen to one last lecture. This year, graduation speakers reminded students of the importance of individualism, the joy of taking risks, and that commencement, by definition, is only a beginning. Here are some of the pearls of wisdom passed along to the Class of '06:

Stephen Colbert(演讲者)
Knox College, Galesburg, Ill.

You are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what's going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say "yes." And if you're lucky, you'll find people who will say "yes" back.

Now will saying "yes" get you in trouble at times? Will saying "yes" lead you to do some foolish things? Yes, it will. But don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the furthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say "no." But saying "yes" begins things. Saying "yes" is how things grow. Saying "yes" leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say "yes."
那么,说’是‘会给你带来麻烦吗?会让你做愚蠢的事情吗?是的,会。但不要怕做‘蠢人’,切记,一个人不可能刚初出茅庐,又是聪明的。那些对这个世界运转装做很了解的年轻人大部分只是愤世嫉俗者。把玩世不恭当成智慧,而其实简直是相差甚远。因为愤世嫉俗者不学无数。因为玩世不恭是自己愚昧自己,是拒绝世界的态度。因为害怕它会伤害我们或是让我们失望。他们总是说’不‘。而说’是‘却是事物开始,是事物的发展。说’是‘ 让人获得学问。它是年轻人的专利。所以只要有力气,就说‘是‘.

And that's The Word.

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