The Very Spring and Root

An engineer's adventures in education (and other musings).

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Remember that despair is never the solution. Remember, hatred is never an option. Remember that hope is not a gift given to us, hope is a gift that we give to others.

Elie Wiesel (Author, Holocaust Survivor): 2012 Commencement Address, Wagner College, NY



This is a fantastic commencement address given by noted science fiction author Neil Gaiman. He speaks primarily of writing, but the message is beautifully applicable to any art form… including simply living life.

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.




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