Tis the season for commencement speeches from big names, trying to teach those graduating high school, college or some other institution and "heading out into the world." I've always found these very hit or miss.
But one speech that will always inspire me was given by David Foster Wallace in 2005. In his time, he was able to inspire something big, and this is a speech I find myself going back to often.
Quotes to Remember:
"It is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head (may be happening right now)."
"And I submit that this is what the real, no-bull- value of your liberal-arts education is supposed to be about: How to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead, unconscious, a slave to your head and to your natural default-setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone, day in and day out."