Empty your mind,be formless,shapeless,like water.Now you put water into a cup,it becomes the cup.You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle.You put it into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now,water can flow,or it can crash.Be water,my friend…
－－此言论出自1971年12月8日，李小龙在香港电视TVB演播室，接受加拿大著名TALK SHOW节目主持人皮埃尔·伯顿(Pierre Berton)的电视专访。该专访于1973年1月21日在香港无线电视明珠台播映。此名言结合了道家思想有关水的理论
Given a time machine or a Time Turner, I would tell my 21-year-old self that personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.
I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you
－－摘自J.K.Rowling在哈佛大学毕业典礼上的演讲[As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters]
As B. B. King put it, “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take that away from you.” And learning is really in the broadest sense what I want to talk about today, because your education, of course, isn’t ending here. In many ways, it’s only just begun.The world has so many lessons to teach you. I consider the world, this Earth, to be like a school and our life the classrooms. And sometimes here in this Planet Earth school the lessons often come dressed up as detours or roadblocks. And sometimes as full-blown crises. And the secret I’ve learned to getting ahead is being open to the lessons, lessons from the grandest university of all, that is, the universe itself.
正如B. B. King所说：“关于学习的美好在于别人不会把知识从你身上拿走”。学习正是我今天想说的，因为你们的教育并没有在这里结束。在很多情况下，这才是刚刚开使。这个世界将会教会你们很多。我认为这个世界，这个地球，就像一个学校和我们人生的教室。有时这些课程会是弯路和障碍。有时会充满危机。我所学的应付这一切的秘密就是去勇于面对，正如我们面对大学课程一样。
Now I want to talk a little bit about failings, because nobody’s journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. If things go wrong, you hit a dead end—as you will—it’s just life’s way of saying time to change course. So, ask every failure—this is what I do with every failure, every crisis, every difficult time—I say, what is this here to teach me? And as soon as you get the lesson, you get to move on. If you really get the lesson, you pass and you don’t have to repeat the class. If you don’t get the lesson, it shows up wearing another pair of pants—or skirt—to give you some remedial work.
－－摘自奥普拉(Oprah)在斯坦福2008年毕业典礼上的演讲[Feelings, failure and finding happiness]
So In conclusion, when I was younger I thought success was something different. I thought when I grow up, I want to be famous. I want to be a star. I want to be in movies. When I grow up I want to see the world, drive nice cars, I want to have groupies. To quote the Pussycat Dolls. How many people thought it was “boobies”, by the way? It’s not, it’s “groupies”. But my idea of success is different today. And as you grow, you’ll realise the definition of success changes. For many of you, today, success is being able to hold down 20 shots of tequila. For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity, and not to give into peer pressure. to try to be something that you’re not. To live your life as an honest and compassionate person. to contribute in some way.
因此，这是不是结论的结论，当我年轻时，对成功的定义不同，我想我的志愿是：我想出名，想当明星，拍电影，我想要去看世界，开名车，有一群死党…… 但今日我对成功的定义变了，当你长大，你就会发现这点。对你们中的很多人来说，成功的定义是能灌下20杯龙舌兰酒(大家笑)。 对我来说，生命中最重要的事是：活得诚实！别逼自己去做不是真正的你，要活得正直，有怜悯之心，在某些方面有所贡献。
So to conclude my conclusion: follow your passion, stay true to yourself. Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, and by all means you should follow that. Don’t give advice, it will come back and bite you in the ass. Don’t take anyone’s advice. So my advice to you is to be true to yourself and everything will be fine.
－－摘自Ellen DeGeneres在纽奥良大学的毕业典礼的演讲[You’re going to be OK]
I didn’t think I’d regret trying and failing. And I suspected I would always be haunted by a decision to not try at all.
Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?
Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?
Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?
Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?
Will you bluff it out when you’re wrong, or will you apologize?
Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?
Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?
When it’s tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?
Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?
Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?
Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. Gifts are easy–they’re given after all. Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful, and if you do, it’ll probably be to the detriment of your choices.
When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices.
－－摘自杰夫·贝佐斯(Jeff Bezos)在普林斯顿毕业典礼的演讲[We are our choices]
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