Congratulations! Now go, And Make Interesting Mistakes.


It’s that time of the year, where students get to finally breathe freely what they have been holding on to for over the years. It’s quite an accomplishment and a start to many more yet to come. Addis Insight applauds you all graduates with the most inspiring quotes from commencement speeches people said to have great influences in our world have given.

Congratulations and enjoy!

  1. Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Commencement Address at Stanford University, 2005


  1. David Foster Wallace

Is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monolog inside your own head (may be happening right now). Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.

Commencement Address at Kenyon College 2005

  1. Jennifer Lee

When you are free from self-doubt, you fail better, because you don’t have your defenses up, you can accept the criticism. You don’t become so preoccupied with that failure that you forget how to learn from it, you forget how to grow. When you believe in yourself, you succeed better. Hours spent questioning, doubting, fearing, can be given over to working, exploring, living.

Graduation Speech at University of New Hampshire, 2014

  1. Ellen DeGeneres

Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.

Commencement Address at Tulane University, 2009

  1. Bradley Whitford

Take action. Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing that you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.

Commencement Address at University of Wisconsin, 2004

  1. David Brooks

You have to give to receive. You have to surrender to something outside yourself to gain strength within yourself. You have to conquer your desire to get what you crave. Success leads to the greatest failure, which is arrogance and pride. Failure can lead to the greatest success, which is humility and learning. In order to fulfill yourself, you have to forget yourself. In order to find yourself, you have to lose yourself.

Commencement Address at Darmouth College, 2015

  1. Neil Gaiman

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.

Graduation Speech at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, 2012



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