Aaron Sorkin ’83, screenwriter of the Social Network, used his particular blend of wit and principles to deliver a stirring commencement address for Syracuse University’s 158th graduation ceremony on Sunday, 13 May 2012.
Some of the more memorable quotes:
You’re going to fall down, but the world doesn’t care how many times, as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up.”
You’re too good to think that people who disagree with you are your enemy, unless they went to Georgetown, in which case they suck.
You are a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people.
Your parents’ heads are exploding right now. They think they took you home from the maternity ward last month.
Once in a while you’ll succeed, most of the time you’ll fail. The circumstances will be beyond your control.
Decisions are made by those who show up.
We want to be able to earn a living doing what we love.