During my second year of nursing school

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz.  I breezed through the questions until I read the last one:  "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"  Surely this was a joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name?  I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.  Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade.  "Absolutely," the professor said.  "In your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant.  They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello."  I’ve never forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy.  ~Joann C. Jones

Our deepest fear is not that we

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  ~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles," 1992ch7, sct3 (commonly misattributed to Nelson Mandela, 1994 inauguration speech)

The truth is i was afraid the

The truth is, I was afraid the day I walked into Stanford.  And I was afraid the day I walked out.  ~Carly Fiorina

If you feel that have both feet

If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.  ~Robert Goheen, Time, 23 June 1961LCD

What lies behind us and what before

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  ~Henry Stanley Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940, originally published anonymously; commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emersonquoteinvestigator.com/2011/01/11/what-lies-within, walden.org/Library/Quotations/The_Henry_D._Thoreau_Mis-Quotation_Page, also sometimes worded as what lies ahead of us … what lives within us. (Thanks, Garson O’Toole and walden.org!)

Graduation is only a concept in real

Graduation is only a concept.  In real life every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on  until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.  ~Arie Pencovici

Your families are extremely proud of you

Your families are extremely proud of you.  You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing.  This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.  ~Gary BoldingDDG

Sooner or later we all discover that

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved.  The real milestones are less prepossessing.  They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave.  Our lives are measured by these.  ~Susan B. Anthony

To be nobody but yourself in a

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.  ~e.e. cummings, letter to a high school editor, 1955

Dont be afraid to take a big

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.  ~David Lloyd George

It is clear the future holds great

[I]t is clear the future holds great opportunities.  It also holds pitfalls.  The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o’clock.  ~Woody Allen, "My Speech to the Graduates," Side Effects, 1980CTO

Just about a month from now im

Just about a month from now I’m set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.  ~Richard HalliburtonPACP

You are educated your certification is in

You are educated.  Your certification is in your degree.  You may think of it as the ticket to the good life.  Let me ask you to think of an alternative.  Think of it as your ticket to change the world.  ~Tom BrokawDDG

It takes most men five years to

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.  ~Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951LCD

You cannot help but learn more as

You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands.  Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it.  ~John UpdikeDDG