Graduating from college is equal parts thrilling and terrifying, which is why new grads need all the cliches, platitudes, aphorisims and pithy quotes.
As for the rest of us, churning away mid-career and remembering the day when someone crackled something about dreams and hope into a microphone, well, we need a little motivation too. For old and young alike, here are a few highlights from the best commencement speeches this weekend.
President Obama’s speech at Rutger’s University:
“And that is, gear yourself for the long haul. Whatever path you choose — business, nonprofits, government, education, health care, the arts — whatever it is, you're going to have some setbacks. You will deal occasionally with foolish people. You will be frustrated. You’ll have a boss that's not great. You won’t always get everything you want — at least not as fast as you want it. So you have to stick with it. You have to be persistent. And success, however small, however incomplete, success is still success. I always tell my daughters, you know, better is good. It may not be perfect, it may not be great, but it's good. That's how progress happens — in societies and in our own lives."