Oh my goodness,
I’m at Harvard.
To president Faust,
my fellow honorands,
Carl that was so beautiful,
thank you so much
and James Rothenberg, Stephanie Wilson,
Harvard faculty with a special bow
to my friend Dr. Henry Lewis Gates.
All of you alumni with a special bow
to the class of 88,your 115 million dollars.
[Applause and cheering]
And to you, members of the Harvard class of 2013!
I thank you for allowing me to be a part of
your conclusion of this chapter of your lives,
and the commencement of your next chapter.
To say that I’m honored doesn’t even begin to
quantify the depth of gratitudethat really accompanies
an honorary doctorate from Harvard.
And not too many rural girls from rural Mississippi
have made it all the way here to Cambridge
And I can tell you that I consider today
as I sat on the stage this morning getting teary for you
all and then teary for myself.
I consider today a defining milestone in
a very long and a blessed journey.
My one hope today is that I can
be a source of some inspiration
I’m going to address my remarks to anybody
who has ever felt inferior or felt
disadvantage, felt screwed by life.
This is a speech for the quad.
Actually I was so honored.
I wanted to do something really special for you.
I wanted to be able to have you look under your seats
and there would be free,
free master and docter degrees,
but I see you got that covered already.
I will be honest with you. I felt a lot of pressure
over the past few weeks
to come up with something that I could share with you,
that you haven’t heared before, because after all,
you all went to Harvard, and I did not.
But then I realize that you don’t have to necessarily go to Harvard
to have a driven obesessive type A personality.
But it helps.
And while I may not have graduated from here,
I admit that my personality is about as Harvard as they come.
You know, my television career began unexpectedly.
As you heard this morning，
I was in the Miss Fire Prevention contest.
That was when I was 16 years old
in Nashville, Tennessee,
and you had the requirement of having to have red hair in order to win
up until the year that I entered.
So they were doing the question and answer period
because I knew I wasn’t going to win under the swimsuit competition.
So during the question and answer period,
the question came.
Why, young lady, what would you like to be
when you grow up?
And by the time they got to me,
all the good answers were gone.
So I had seen Barbara Walters
on the Today Show that morning,
so I answered
“I would like to be a journalist.
I would like to tell other people’s stories
in a way that makes a difference
in their lives and the world.”
And as those words were coming out of my mouth
I went whoa!
This is pretty good!
I would like to be a journalist.
I want to make a difference.
Well I was on television by the time
I was 19 years old.
And in 1986 I launched my own television show
with a relentless determination to succeed.
At first, I was nervous about the competition
and then I became my own competition,
raising the bar every year,
pushing, pushing, pushing myself as hard as I knew.
Sound familiar to anybody here?
Eventually we did make it to the top
and we stayed there for 25 years.
The Oprah Winfrey Show was number one
in our time slot for 21 years
and I have to tell you
I became pretty comfortable with
that level of success.
But a few years ago,
I decided as you will at some point,
that it was time to recalculate,
find new territory, break new ground.
So I ended the show
and launched OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The initials just worked out for me.
So one year later after launching OWN,
nearly every media outlet
had proclaimed that my new venture was a flop.
Not just a flop,
but a big bold flop they call it.
I can still remember the day I opened up USA Today
and read the headline.
Oprah, not quite standing on her OWN.
I mean really, USA Today? Now that’s the nice newspaper!
It really was this time last year
the worst period in my professional life.
I was stressed and I was frustrated
and quite frankly I was actually I was embarrassed.
It was right around that time
that President Faust called
and asked me to speak here
and I thought
you want me to speak to Harvard graduates?
What could I possibly say
to Harvard graduates some of the most successful
graduates in the world.
in the very moment when I had stopped succeeding?
So I got off the phone with President Faust，
and I went to the shower.
It was either that or a bag of Oreos.
So I chose the shower.
And I was in the shower a long time
and as I was in the shower
the words of an old hymn came to me.
You may not know it.
It’s “By and by, when the morning comes.”
And I started thinking about
when the morning might come,
because at the time I thought I was stuck in a hole.
And the words came to me “Trouble ,
trouble don’t last always”
from that hymn, “This too shall pass.”
And I thought as I got out of the shower,
I am going to turn this thing around.
and I will be better for it.
And when I do, I’m going to go to Harvard.
and I’m going to speak the truth of it!
So I’m here today to tell you
I have turned that network around!
And it was all because I wanted to do it
by the time I got to speak to you or so.
Thank you so much!
You don’t know what motivation you were for me.
I’m even prouder to share a fundamental truth that
you might not have learned,
even as graduate of Harvard,
unless you studied the ancient Greek hero
with Professor Nagy.
Professor Nagy, as we were coming in this morning said,
“Please Ms. Winfrey, walk decisively.”
I shall walk decisively.
This is what I want to share.
It doesn’t matter how far you might rise.
At some point,
you are bound to stumble.
Because if you’re constantly doing what we do,
raising the bar.
If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher.
the Law of averages,
not to mention the Myth of Icarus,
predicts that you will at some point fall.
And when you do,
I want you to know this, remember this:
There is no such thing as failure.
Failure is just life trying to
move us in another direction.
Now, when you’re down in a hole, it looks like failure.
So this past year,
I had to spoon- feed those words to myself.
And when you’re down in the hole,
when that moment comes,
it’s really okay to feel bad for a little while.
Give yourself time to mourn
what you think you may have lost.
But then here’s the key,
learn from every mistake,
because every experience, encounter,
and particularly your mistakes,
are there to teach you
and force you into being more who you are.
And then figure out what is the next right move.
And the key to life is to develop
an internal moral emotional GPS
that can tell you which way to go.
Because now and forever more, when you Google yourself,
your search results will read: Harvard, 2013.
And in a very competitive world,
that really is a calling card
because I can tell you as one who
employs a lot of people when I see “Harvard” ,
I sit up a little straighter and say,
“Where is he or she? Bring them in.”
It is an impressive calling card that can lead
even more impressive bullets in the years ahead.
Lawyer, senator, CEO, scientist,
律师 议员 总裁 科学家
physicist, winners of Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes,
物理学家 诺贝尔奖获得者 普利策奖获得者
or late night talk show host.
But the challenge of life I found is to
build a resume
that doesn’t simply tell a story
about what you want to be,
but it’ a story about who you want to be.
It’ s resume that doesn’t just tell us a story about
what you want to become to accomplish,
A story that’s not just a collections of
titles and positions,
but a story that really about your purpose,
because when you inevitably stumble
and find yourself stuck in a hole,
that is the story that will get you out.
What is your true calling?
What is your dogma?
What is your purpose?
For me, that discovery came in
对我来说我是 1994年 在我采访过一个小女孩之后
1994 when I interviewed a little girl
who had decided to collect pocket change
in order to help other people in need.
She raised a thousand dollars all by herself
and I thought:
Well if that nine-year-old little girl
with a bucket and big heart could do that
and I wondered what I could do.
So I asked for our viewers to
take up their own change collection
And in one month,
just from pennies, and nickels and dimes,
we raised more than 3 million dollars
that we used to send one student from our state
in the United States to college.
That was the beginning of the Angel Network.
And so what I did was,
I simply asked our viewers do
what you can wherever you are,
from wherever you sit in life,
give me your time, your talent,
如果有 请拿出你的时间 天赋
your money if you have it,
and they did.
Extend yourself in kindness to other human beings
wherever you can.
And together, we built 55 schools
in 12 different countries,
and restored nearly 300 homes
that were devastated by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
So the Angle Network,
I’ve been on the air for a long time.
But it was the Angle Network that
actually focused my internal GPS.
It helped me to decide
that I wasn’ t just gonna be on TV everyday.
But that the goal of my shows,
my interviews, my business,my philanthropy,
我的采访对象 我的生意 慈善
all of it, whatever ventures I might pursue
would be to make clear that what unites us
is ultimately far more redeeming
and compelling than anything that separates me.
Because what has become clear to me,
and I want you to know,
it isn’t all clear in the beginning
because as I said
I’ve been on television since I was 19 years old.
But around 1994, I got really clear.
So don’t expect the clarity to come all at once
to know your purpose right away.
But what become clear to me was that
I was here on earth
to use television and not be used by it.
To use television to illuminate
the transcendent power of our better angels.
So, this Angle Network,
it didn’t just change the lives of those
who were helped,
but the lives of those who also did the helping.
It reminded us that no matter who we are
or what we look like or what we may believe,
it is both possible,
and more importantly it becomes powerful
to come together in common purpose and common effort.
I saw something on the Bill Moyers show recently,
that so reminded me of this point.
It was an interview with David and Francine Wheeler.
They lost their seven-year-old son, Ben,
in the Sandy Hook tragedy.
And even though gun safety legislation to
strengthen background checks,
had just been voted down in congress at the time
they were doing this interview.
They talked about
how they refused to be discouraged.
Francine said this.She said,
“Our hearts are broken,
but our spirits are not.
I’m going to tell them what it’s like
to find a conversation about change that is love.
And I’m going to do that without fighting them.”
And then her husband David added this,
“You simply cannot demonize
or vilify someone who doesn’t agree with you,
because the minute you do that,
your discussion is over.
And we cannot do that any longer.
The problem is too enormous.
There has to be some way
that this darkness can be banished with light.”
In our political system and in the media
we often see
the reflection of a country
that is polarized, that is paralyzed
and is self-interested.
And yet, I know you know the truth.
We all know that we are better than
the cynicism, and the pessimism
that is regurgitated throughout Washington
and the 24-hour cable news cycle,
not my channel by the way.
We understand that
the vast majority of people in this country
believe in strong background checks
because they realize that
we can uphold the Second Amendment,
and also reduce the violence
that is robbing us of our children.
They don’t have to be incompatible.
And we understand that most Americans
believe in a clear path to citizenship
for the twelve million undocumented
immigrants to reside in this country,
because it’s possible to both enforce our laws.
And at the same time,
embrace the world on the Statue of Liberty
that have welcomed generations of
huddled masses to our shores.
We can do both.
And we understand,
I know you do because you all went to Harvard,
that people from both parties and no party
believe that indigient mothers
and family should have access to
healthy food and a roof over their heads
and a strong public education,
because here in the richest nation on earth,
we can afford a basic level of security and opportunity.
So the question is: What are we going to do about it?
Really what are you going to do about it?
Maybe you agree with these beliefs,
maybe you don’t.
Maybe you care about these issues.
Maybe there are other challenges that
you, class of 2013, are passionate about.
让你 作为2013年哈佛的毕业生 对这些问题很上心
Maybe you want to make a difference by serving in government.
Maybe you want to launch your own television show.
Maybe you simply want to collect some change.
Your parents would appreciate that about, now.
The point is,
your generation is charged with this task of
breaking through what the body politic
has thus far make impervious to change.
Each of you has been blessed with this enormous opportunity
of attending this prestigous school.
You now have a chance to better your life,
the lives of your neighbors,
and also the life of our country.
When you do that,
let me tell you what I know for sure:
That’s when your story gets really good.
Maya Angelou always says,” When you learn, teach.
When you get, give.” That, my friends,
有所得时 你便去给予 ” 我亲爱的朋友
is what gives you a story, purpose and meaning.
So you all have the power in your own way
to develop your own Angel Network. And in doing so,
your class will be armed with more tools of influence
and enpowerment than any other generation in history.
I did it in an analog world.
I was blessed with a platform that at its height
reached nearly 20 million viewers a day.
Now here in the world of Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and Tumblr,
You can reach billions in just seconds.
You are the generation that
rejected predictions about your detachment,
and your disengagement by showing up
to vote in record numbers in 2008.
And with the pundits said, they said,
they talked about you,
they said you would be too disappointed,
You’d be too dejected
to repeat that same kind of turnout in the 2012 election.
And you prove them wrong by showing up even greater numbers.
That’s true you are.
This generation, your generation I know,
has developed a finely honed radar for B.S.
Can you see B.S. at Harvard?
The spin and phoniness and artificial nastiness
that saturate so much of our national debate.
I know you all understand better that most,
that real progress requires authentic,
an authentic way of being honesty,
and above all, empathy.
I have to say that the single most important lesson
I learned in 25 years talking every single day to people
was that there’s a common denominator
in our human experience.
Most of us,
I tell you,
we don’t want to be divided.
What we want the common denominator that
I found in every single interview
is we want to be validated.
We want to be understood.
I’v done over thirty-five
thousand interviews in my carrer.
And as soon as that camera shuts off,
everyone always turns to be and
inevitably in their own way
ask this question:
Was that Ok?
I heard it from President Bush.
I heard it from President Obama.
I’ve heard it from heroes
and from housewives.
I’ve heard it from victims
in perpetrators of crimes.
I even heard it from Beyonce
and all of her Beyonceness.
She finishes the performing,
hands me the microphone and says:
Was that ok?
Friends and family, yours,
朋友 家人 你们
enemies, strangers in every arguement
in a every encounter, every exchange,
I will tell you.
They all want to know one thing:
Was that ok?
Did you hear me?
Do you see me?
Did what I say mean anything to you?
And even though there is a college
where Facebook was born,
my hope is that you will try to go out
and have more face-to-face conversations with people
you may disagree with.
That you’ll have the courage
to look them in the eye and hear their point of view,
and help make sure that the speed and distance
and anonymity of our world,
doesn’t cause us to lose use our ability
to stand in somebody else’s shoes,
and recognize all that we share as a people.
This is imperative for you as an individual
and for our success as a nation.
“There has to be someway
that this darkness can be banished with light.”
says the man whose little boy
was massacred on just in an ordinary Friday in December.
So whether you call it soul or spirit,
or higher self,intelligence,
there is, I know this,
there is a light inside each of you,
all of us
that illuminates your very human beingness if you let it.
And as a young girl from the rural Mississipi,
I learned long ago that
being myself was much easirer than pretending to be Barbara Walters.
Although when I first started,
because I had Barbara in my head.
I would try to sit like Barbara, talk like Barbara,
move like Barbara
And then when I was on the news, reading the news
and I call Canada “Can-a-da”
and that was the end of me being Barbara.
I cracked myself up on TV,
couldn’t stop laughing in
my real personality came through.
And I figure out: Oh,Gee!
I can be a much better Oprah than
I could be a pretend Barbara.
I know that
I know that you all might have a little anxiety now
and hesitation about leaving the comfort of college
and putting those Harvard credentials to the test.
But no matter what challenges or setbacks or disappointment you may encounter along the way,
但是在前进的路上无论遇到什么样的挑战 挫折 或是险衅绝望
you will find your success and happiness,
if you have only one goal, there really is only one,
and that is this.
To fulfill the highest,
most truthful expression of yourself as a human being.
You want a max out your humanity
by using your energy to live yourself up,
your family and the people around you.
Theologian Howard said it best. He said,
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs,
ask yourself what makes you come alive
and then go do that.
because what the world needs is
people who have come alive.”
The world needs
people like Michael Stoltenberg from Fort Lauderdale.
When Michael was just eight years old,
Michael nearly died from a bacterial infection that cost him
both of his hands, and both of his feet.
And then in an instant,
this vibrant little boy became a quadruple amputee.
And his life was changed forever.
But in losing who he once was,
Michael discovered who he wanted to be.
He refused to sit in that wheelchair all day and
feel sorry for himself.
So with prosthetics,
he learned to walk and run and play again.
He joined his middle school lacrosse team,
and last month when he learned that
so many victims of the Boston Marathon bombing
would become new amputees.
Michael decided to banish that darkness with light.
Michael and his brother Harris created “mikeysrun.com”
to raise one million dollars for other amputees
by the time Harris runs the 2014 Boston Marathon.
More than a thousand miles away from here,
these two young brothers are
bringing people together to support
this Boston community the way
their community came together to support Michael.
And when this 13-year-old man was asked
about his fellow amputees,
he said this, ” First, they will be sad.
They’re losing something they will never get back.
And that’s scary.
I was scared but they’ll be OK.
They just don’t know that, yet.
We might not always know it.
We might not alwayd see it or hear it on the news,
or even feel it in our daily lives,
but I have faith that no matter what,
Class of 2013,
you will be OK.
And you will make sure our country is OK.
I have faith because of that nine-year-old girl who went out and collected the change.
I have faith because of David and Francine Wheeler.
I have faith because of Michael and Harris Stoltenberg.
And I have faith because of you,
the network of Angels sitting here today.
One of them, Khadijah Williams,
who came to Harvard four years ago.
Khadijah had attended 12 schools in12 years.
living out of garbage bags, amongst pimps, prositutes and drug dealers.
身处皮条客 妓女 毒品贩子和流浪儿的垃圾袋子里
Homeless, going into department stores Wal-Mart in the morning bathe herself,
无家可归的她 每天早上会去百货大楼 沃尔玛洗澡
so that she wouldn’t smell in front of her the classmates.
And today she graduates as a member of Havard class of 2013.
From time to time, you may stumble, fall.
You will for sure count on this.
You will have questions and you will have doubts about your path.
Buf I know this, if you are willing to listen to be guided by that still small voice
that is the GPS within yourself
to find out what makes you come alive,
you will be more than OK.
You will be happy. You will be successful.
And you will make a difference in the world.
Congratulations, class of 2013!
Congradulations to your family and friends!
And thank you for your listening!
Was that ok?
Oh my goodness,