The Great Bits of Commencement Wisdom for the Class of 2013

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From Mental Floss:

It’s graduation season, and that means platitudes are parading out the mouths of notable speakers everywhere. Every year, speakers spew the same old sayings: Never give up! Embrace failure! Be passionate! Here’s a look at speakers who said things a little differently this year.

ANNIE LENNOX (SINGER-SONGWRITER): BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

“It’s important to acknowledge the value and power of unorthodoxy.”

ERIC IDLE (COMEDIAN): WHITMAN COLLEGE

“Your life is precious. You’ve only got one. Don’t waste it on bad relationships, on bad marriages, on bad jobs, on bad people. Waste it wisely on what you want to do. But if you’re still playing beer pong five years from now, you may be on the wrong track.”

SHARYN ALFONSI (JOURNALIST): UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI, MEEK SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

“Your life will have chapters, complete with crazy characters, villains and a plot you can’t even imagine as you sit here today. It’s a lot like a Scooby Doo episode.”

JAMES CARVILLE (POLITICAL COMMENTATOR): HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES

“You’re leaving here, and I can sit here and tell you all the vapid bull that comes out of the spring air in Upstate New York about being un-tethered, and drifting out on the sea of life, and plan your work and work your plan and all of that SPAT! You’re getting ready to go get knocked down. That’s what’s going to happen. Everybody wants to be a success but no one wants to stop and understand what it takes to succeed.”

JON LOVETT (TELEVISION WRITER): PITZER COLLEGE

“There are moments when you’ll have a different point of view because you’re a fresh set of eyes; because you don’t care how it’s been done before; because you’re sharp and creative; because there is another way, a better way. But there will also be moments when you have a different point of view because you’re wrong, because you’re 23 and you should shut up and listen to somebody who’s been around the block.”

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