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Here We Stand: 600 Inspiring Messages from the World's Best Commencement Addresses

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A Little Book of Sage Advice for Every Graduate (of Anything) Just a few of the many wise words in Here We Stand:“Yours has been an education that cannot simply be measured in the tests you’ve taken or the diploma you’re about to receive.”—Barack Obama “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”—J. K. Rowling“Welcome to the fire—now it is your turn to hold the hose.”—Billy Joel “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”—Oprah WinfreyFor...

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A Little Book of Sage Advice for Every Graduate (of Anything) Just a few of the many wise words in Here We Stand:“Yours has been an education that cannot simply be measured in the tests you’ve taken or the diploma you’re about to receive.”—Barack Obama “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”—J. K. Rowling“Welcome to the fire—now it is your turn to hold the hose.”—Billy Joel “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”—Oprah WinfreyFor anyone about to embark on the next phase of life, Here We Stand is a unique and inspiring collection of 600 quotes drawn from commencement speeches past and recent—by a wide range of very important people including political leaders, actors and actresses, authors, scientists, teachers and professors, philanthropists, artists, military leaders, and activists. Capturing the excitement that permeates every commencement—one part nostalgia and one part anticipation—these are words of wisdom and of warning, candid (and often humorous) reflections on life and its challenges, and from-the-trenches advice suffused with compelling personal anecdotes. The topics include: • Seizing the day• Finding yourself• Setting goals• Capitalizing on your education• Appreciating friends and family• Living life outside the classroom walls• Contributing to the global good• Maintaining a positive attitude

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"It is so easy to waste our lives: our days, our hours, our minutes. It is so easy to take for granted the color of the azaleas, the sheen of the limestone on Fifth Avenue, the color of our kid's eyes, the way the melody in a symphony rises and falls and disappears and rises again. It is so easy to exist instead of live." —Anna Quindlen "Think hard about who you marry. It's the most important decision you will ever make. Devote yourself to your kids. Nothing else is guaranteed to make you happy." —David Brooks "Move to, or experience, a foreign country as early as you can in your career if you have not already. Go to China, to Southeast Asia, to North Africa, or to India. That is where the future is." David L. Calhoun "My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times in your life when you're going to have to stick your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them!" —Dr. Ruth Westheimer "The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more to me than any qualification I ever earned." —J.K. Rowling
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599215679
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/22/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,416,904
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Howe lives in Madison, Connecticut with his wife and two children. He is a special education teacher in New Haven and has written 20 books, including A+ Educators, The Quotable Teacher, First Year Teacher, and Teacher Haiku.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Commencement ix

Congratulations, Now Go Get 'em! 1

Find Yourself, Challenge Yourself 22

The Journey, Both Literal and Figurative 36

The Importance of Education 59

Appreciating Family and Friends 76

Who Are You and Who Do You Want to Be? 89

"The Real World" 105

Humanity and Contributing to the Global Good 116

This Is Your Time 135

From the Philosophical to the Personal 152

On the Lighter Side 169

About the Big Day 187

Quotes for Graduation Speeches 196

Index 213

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