Last weekend, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a surprisingly humorous and philosophical (as they all are) graduation address at his former employer, Princeton.
While he covered a wide range of topics — from meritocracies to relationships and policymaking to self-discovery — and quoted a range of figures — from Forrest Gump to the New Testament — a few of his quips stood out the most.
Here are five of them:
- “Don’t be afraid to let the drama play out. Life is amazingly unpredictable; any 22-year-old who thinks he or she knows where they will be in 10 years, much less in 30, is simply lacking imagination.”
- “I’m not going to tell you that money doesn’t matter, because you wouldn’t believe me anyway. [But] career decision based only on money and not on love of the work or a desire to make a difference is a recipe for unhappiness. “
- “If your uniform isn’t dirty, you haven’t been in the game. Nobody likes to fail but failure is an essential part of life and of learning. “
- “Physical beauty is evolution’s way of assuring us that the other person doesn’t have too many intestinal parasites. While important, (beauty, romance and sexual attraction) are not the only things to look for in a partner.”
- “Call your mom and dad once in a while. Remember who paid your tuition to Princeton.”