Oprah Winfrey, who has used her success as a talk show host and media entrepreneur to promote education, civic engagement, and charitable works, addresses graduates at Harvard's 362nd Commencement on May 30, 2013 at Tercentenary Theatre. 奥普拉·温弗瑞，谁使用了她作为一个成功的谈话节目主持人和媒体企业家促进教育，公民参与，和慈善工作，解决毕业生在哈佛大学第三百六十二届毕业典礼于2013年5月30日在三百年剧院。
Oh my goodness!
I'm at Harvard!
To president Faust, my fellow honorands,
Carl, that was so beautiful. Thank you so much.
卡尔 这一切是如此美好 非常感谢你们
and James Rothenberg, Stephanie Wilson,
with a special bow to my friend, Doctor Henry Louis Gates.
All of you alumni, with a special bow to the class of eighty eight,
your hundred and fifteen million dollars.
And to you, members of the Harvard class of two thousand thirteen! Hello!
还有你们 2013届毕业生! 你们好!
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 gratitude that really companies
an honorary doctorate from Harvard.
And not too many little 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 getting teary for myself.
I consider today a defining milestone
in a very long and an bless 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's 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, a free... master and doctor degrees
but I see, I see you got that covered, already.
I will be honest with you,
and I felt a lot of pressure over the past few weeks.
to come up with something that I could share with you
that you hadn't heard before,
because after all, you all went to Harvard. I did not.
but then I realized that you don't have to necessarily go to Harvard
to have the driven obsessive type A personality
But it helps.
and Well, I may not have graduated from here,
I admit that my personality is about this Harvard as they come.
You know, my television career began unexpectedly.
as you've heard this morning,
I was in a Miss Fire Prevention Contest.
That was when I was sixteen 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 redoing the "question-and-answer" period,
because I knew I wasn't going to win in this swimsuit competition.
So, doing the question-and-answer period, the question came:
"Why, young lady? What would you like to be when you will grow up?"
And by the time they've 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 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!"
我感觉 "哇! 这职业蛮不错的嘛!"
I would like to be a journalist. I want to make a difference
Well, I was on television by the time I was nineteen years old.
and in nineteen eighty six, 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 twenty five years.
The Oprah Winfrey show
was number one in our time slot for twenty one 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 ended the show,
and launched OWN,
the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Initials just worked out for me.
So, one year later after launching on,
nearly every media outlet had proclaimed
that my new venture with a flop,
not just a flop, but the 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'".
一个大标题映入眼帘 "奥普拉 - 自难成事"
I mean, really, USA Today, 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, the President Faust called.
and asked me to speak here.
And I thought: "You want me to speak to Harvard graduates?
What I... What can 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 a shower.
and I was in the shower along 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".
你们可能没听过这个 "耐心等待 曙光终将到来"
And I started thinking about when the morning might come.
Because when 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.
"困难 困难终会过去" 这也是出自那首赞美诗
"This too shall pass."
And I thought, as I got out of that shower,
I, I'm going to turn this thing around,
and I would be better for it.
And when I do, I'm going to go to Harvard,
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 are for me. Thank you!
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 role 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 are 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:
届时 我希望各位可以记住一点 请记住:
There is no such thing as failure.
Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
Now, when you 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,
因为 所有的经验 尤其是你的失误
are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are.
And then figure out what is in 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 forevermore, when you Google yourself,
your search results will read: Harvard, two thousand thirteen.
搜索结果中会提到 哈佛大学 2013
and in a very competitive world, that really is a calling card,
cause I can tell you as one who employs a lot of people,
when I see Harvard,
I sit a little bit straighter and say,
"Where if he or she? Bring them in."
It's an impressive calling card
that can lead to even more impressive bullets in the years ahead.
CEO, scientist, physicist,
首席执行官 科学家 物理学家
winners of Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes,
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's a story about who you want to be.
It's a resume that doesn't just tell a story
about what you want to accomplish, but why.
A story that's not just a collection of titles and positions,
but a story that is really about your purpose.
because when you inadvertently 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 nineteen ninety four,
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, what that little nine-year old girl,
with a bucket and a 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 three million dollars
that we used to send one student
from every state in the United States to college.
That was the beginning of the Angel Network.
And so, what I did was I simply ask our viewers,
do what you can, wherever you are, from wherever you sit in life,
giving your time, your talent, your money if you have it,
如果可能 请拿出你们的时间 智慧与财力
and they did,
extend yourself in kindness to other human beings wherever you can.
And, together, we built fifty five schools in twelve different countries,
and restored nearly three hundred homes that were devastated
by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
So, the Angel Network, I've been on the air for a long time.
But it was the Angel Network that actually focused my internal GPS.
It helped me to decide that I wasn't just going to be on TV every day,
but that the goal of my shows, my interviews,
my business, my philanthropy, all of it,
我的业务 我的慈善事业 等等
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 always clear in the beginning.
Because as I said, I've been on television since I was nineteen years old.
But around ninety four, I got really clear.
So, don't expect the clarity to come all at once
to know your purpose right away,
but what became 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 Angel 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 looked like,
它提醒我们 无论是谁 外表怎样
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
has 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 twenty four hour cable news cycle,
not my channel by the way.
We understand that the vast majority of people in this country
believe in stronger 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 the 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 words 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 indigent mothers and families
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,
or maybe there are other challenges
that you, class of two thousand thirteen year, are passionate about,
maybe you want to make a difference by serving in government,
maybe you want to launch your own television show,
or 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 made impervious to change.
each of you has been blessed with this enormous opportunity
of attending this prestigious 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 you story gets really good.
Maya Angelou always says:
"When you learn, teach. When you get, give."
That, my friends, 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 empowerment
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 twenty million viewers a day.
Now, here in a world of Twitter and Facebook and Youtube and Tumbler,
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 two thousand eight.
And with the pundits said, they said,
they talked about you, they said, you'd be too disappointed.
You'd be too dejected
to repeat that same kind of turnout in the two thousand twelve election,
and you prove them wrong by showing up in even greater numbers.
That's who you are.
This generation, you generation, I know,
has developed a finely honed radar for B. S.
Can you say 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 twenty five years, talking every single day to people,
was that there is 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've done over thirty five thousand interviews in my career.
and as soon as that camera shuts off,
everyone always turns to be
and inevitably in their own way ask this question:
Was that okay?
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 and perpetrators of crimes.
She finishes performing, hands me the microphone and says:
访谈结束后 她把麦克风交给我 对我说:
Was that okay?
Friends and family, yours, enemies, strangers in every argument
你们的亲友 敌人 陌生人 在每次争论时
in every encounter, every exchange,
I will tell you, they all want to know one thing:
Was that okay?
Did you hear me? Do you see me?
Did what I say mean anything to you?
and even though this is a college where Facebook was born,
my hope is that you would try to go out
and have more face-to-face conversations with people
you may disagree with.
That you all have the courage to look them in the eye,
and hear their point of view,
and help make sure 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 some way 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's 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 Mississippi,
I learned long ago that being myself was much easier
to 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 called Canada, "Can-a-da"
and that was the end of me being Barbara.
I cracked myself up on TV, couldn't stop laughing
And my real personality came through.
And I figured out:
Oh, Gee! I can be a much better Oprah
噢 天呐! 原来做回奥普拉
than I could be a pretend Barbara.
I know that you all might have a little anxiety now,
and has hesitation about leaving the comfort of college
and putting those Harvard credentials to the test.
But no matter what challenges or setbacks or disappointment
that you may encounter along the way,
you will find true 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 lift yourself up, your family,
and the people around you.
Theologian Howard Thurman 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 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.
借助修复术 他又重新学会了行走 奔跑与玩耍
He joins 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.
to raise one million dollars for other amputees,
by the time
Harris runs the twenty fourteen 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 thirteen 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 okay.
They just don't know that, yet.
We might not always know it.
We may not always 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 twenty thousand thirteen, you will be okay,
and you will make sure our country is okay.
I have faith because of that nine year old girl
who went out and collected the change.
I have faith because of Divid 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 twelve schools in twelve years,
living out of garbage bags amongst pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers,
homeless, going into department stores Wal-Mart
in the morning to bathe herself,
so that she wouldn't smelling in front of her classmates.
she graduates as a member of the Harvard class of twenty thirteen.
From time to time, you may stumble, fall,
you will for sure count on this. No doubt.
You will have questions and you will have doubts about your path.
But I know this:
If you're 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 okay.
You will be happy. You will be successful.
And you will make a difference in the world
Congratulations, class of twenty thirteen!
Congratulations to your family and friends.
Good luck and thank you for listening.
Was that okay?