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Stephan Colbert is arguably one of television’s greatest personalities of all time. He is mostly recognized for his quick wit and pseudo Right-Wing Republican character, which has entertained audiences since his award winning variety show, The Colbert Report, first aired in 2005.
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Stephen Colbert – Commencement Address Speech
In 2006, Stephen Colbert was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Knox College. His commencement speech was full of light hearted gaffs, but he also addressed a more serious issue to his largely graduating crowd:
Remember, you cannot be both young and wise.
Young people who pretend to be wise to the world
are mostly just cynics.
Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest
thing from it.
Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection
of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or
Cynics always say no.
But saying YES begins things.
Saying YES is how things grow.
Saying YES leads to knowledge.
YES is for young people.
So for as long as you have the strength to… say YES.
~~ Commencement address at Knox College on Saturday, June 3, 2006. View Video in Full [3min 50sec]
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