John Green – 2013 Commencement Speech at Butler University

This is fabulous!   Novelist John Green gives the commencement address at Butler University, May 11, 2013.

John starts his speech at 3:15.


  • Lovely tip o’ the hat to Fred Rogers.
  • “We are taught that the hero’s journey is the journey from weakness to strength, but I’m here today to tell you that that story is wrong. The real hero’s journey is from strength to weakness.” (start at 8:00 for context)
  • “You are probably going to be a nobody for awhile” (11:45)
  • “In learning how to be a nobody, you will learn how NOT to be a jerk”. (11:55)

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