Now will saying â€œyesâ€ get you in trouble at times? Will saying â€œyesâ€ lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But donâ€™t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics donâ€™t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying â€œyesâ€ begins things. Saying â€œyesâ€ is how things grow. Saying â€œyesâ€ leads to knowledge. â€œYesâ€ is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say â€œyes.â€
Stephen Colbert, Knox College 2006 Commencement Address
Thank you Stephen. Read the whole speech here.