For it must be known, Reader, that when the Gentle Youth break out of High School they not only Launch on the Tempestuous Sea, but they also begin to climb the ladder of Fame and hike up the toilsome Mountain-side and go into the waiting Harvest Field, all at the same time. . . . I will now ask you to come up and get your Sheepskins. Take this precious Certificate home and put it in a Dark, Cool Place. A few Years hence when you are less Experienced, it will give you a Melancholy Pleasure to look at it and Hark back to the Time when you knew it all. Just one Word in Parting. Always count your Change, and if you can't be Good, be Careful.
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Source Notes: "The Fable of the Last Day of School and the Tough Trustee's Farewell to the Young Voyagers," Forty Modern Fables (1902). The first passage reflects the typical commencement address that speakers are expected to give. The second represents the impromptu speech of a "political boss."
George Ade (February 9, 1866 - May 16, 1944) was an American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright.
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