“Your parents want you to make them proud. And you should.
But you’ve got to do it yourself. And to do it yourself, you
may have to ignore their advice. Do what you love before you figure
out how much love will cost you.”
– Author Michael Lewis ’82 at Tulane University, May
“The pursuit of truth helps keep us from the pursuit of each
other, and keeps democracy dynamic. And we may be coming to realize
that, as we increasingly strain the physical limitations of our
planet, the horizons of our cherished ideal of freedom can still
remain infinite only in the life of the mind and spirit.”
– Librarian of Congress James Billington ’50 at the
Jewish Theological Seminary of America, May 19.
“You will work hard and do well. You will make a home for
yourself. You will be a part of the system. And it is a great system,
despite all its flaws – there is no better engine for prosperity.
It is imperative, however, that you question the system.”
– New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer ’81
at the State University of New York College at Oneonta, May 21.
“All of our lives, we have been taught by teachers, preachers,
and parents that selfish is bad and selfless is good. I question
that teaching very much. If you cannot take care of yourself, you
cannot take care of anyone else.”
—Progressive Corp. Chairman Peter Lewis ’55 at Cleveland
State University, May 14, as quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.