"What if you didn’t run? This one time. What if you stayed, and let love overtake you?"
John Green's tumblr: The Commencement Address →
Some people have asked to read the commencement address I delivered this morning to the 2013 graduates of Butler University. So here it is.
My own commencement speaker, who shall remain nameless, began with a lame joke about how these speeches only come in two varieties: Short and bad. This…
"There are things I’d rather whisper and never quite say out loud."
"There’s a difference between goodbye and letting go. Goodbye is ‘I’ll see you again when I’m ready to hold your hand, & when you’re ready to hold mine.’ Letting go is ‘I’ll miss your hand. I realized it’s not mine to hold, and I will never hold it again.’"
"What we want
is never simple.
We move among the things
we thought we wanted:
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names —
now they want us.
But what we want appears
in dreams, wearing disguises.
We fall past,
holding out our arms
and in the morning
our arms ache.
We don’t remember the dream,
but the dream remembers us.
It is there all day
as an animal is there
under the table,
as the stars are there."
"Sweetheart I’ve been frightfully busy but you know I have thought of you every minute."
"Relax. You will become an adult. You will figure out your career. You will find someone who loves you. You have a whole lifetime; time takes time. The only way to fail at life is to abstain."