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Oprah's going to Harvard! Sort of...

  • Oprah will give the 2013 Harvard Commencement Address
  • Oh, the things she could say.
Oprah's going to Harvard! Sort of...


Oprah's talking. 

The Queen of Daytime/Everything will roll into Harvard this spring to deliver the 2013 Commencement Address. By this time, it's old hat for O; She's given commencement addresses at Spelman College (2012) and Stanford University (2008). Oh, you go to Harvard? Oprah thinks that's cute. She's been to Harvard -- to interview Lady Gaga.

Naturally, the folks at Harvard are thrilled to have Oprah on their campus again. The University's President Drew Faust called her one of the "great American success stories." What totally quotable things will she say? Perhaps she'll borrow some bits of inspiration from her past turns at the podium:

From her Stanford Commencement Address, 2008:

"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."

"Every right decision I've made -- every right decision I've ever made -- has come from my gut. And every wrong decision I've ever made was a result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it. That's the lesson. And that lesson alone will save you, my friends, a lot of grief. Even doubt means don't. This is what I've learned. There are many times when you don't know what to do. When you don't know what to do, get still, get very still, until you do know what to do."

"In order to be truly happy, you must live along with and you have to stand for something larger than yourself. Because life is a reciprocal exchange. To move forward you have to give back. And to me, that is the greatest lesson of life. To be happy, you have to give something back."

From her Spelman Commencement Address, 2012:

"[Paraphrasing James Baldwin] 'Your crown has been paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.' You are going to walk out of here with a crown today, that has been paid for. Not just by you and your four years, but paid for by the blood from the lynchings, the tears and the sweat, from the toil and the trials and the sorrows, from the burdens and the weariness, paid for by the sit-ins and by the setbacks..."

"[On slave visionaries] Even though they hadn't experienced it or tasted freedom, they knew they were planting seeds of the free, that would bear the fruit that is now you."

"Never forget that you did not do this by yourself. You come here today trailing the breath of the ancestors. And the breath of the angels."

"Who am I really? My answer is, 'I am God's child.'"

"[On charity] You have to give to yourself first, otherwise you have nothing to give away."

"It will lead you not just to a gifted life...but a sweet life. That's what you want. You want the sweetness. You want it to be so sweet, so that even when the storms come -- and they will -- you'll know, this too shall pass. This too shall pass. The storm is passing over, and you shall not be moved because you know who you are. When you can do that, grace will follow you."






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