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Transcript: Google’s Eric Schmidt at 2012 Boston University Commencement Speech

Eric Schmidt

Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt delivered his commencement address at 2012 Boston University Commencement ceremony on May 20, 2012. Here is the full transcript.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

Introducing speaker: I now call upon Eric Schmidt to deliver the 139th Commencement address of Boston University.

Eric Schmidt – Executive Chairman, Google

Thank you. Well thank you all. It’s great to be here, and it’s an honor to have been invited. It’s an honor to look out on the next generation of BU Terriers. Now let me give you a quote: “I am a true adorer of life, and if I can’t reach as high as the face of it, I plant my kiss somewhere lower down. Those who understand will require no further explanation.”

Well, graduates, now let me to explain. You used to have a professor here — a decent writer by the name of Saul Bellow. And this comes from his novel “Henderson and the Rain King.” And I stand before you today as someone who considers himself an adorer of life. I know what it’s like to plant a kiss on a life lived fully , and I can tell you from experience that, once you understand that, Professor Bellow’s right: that no further explanation is necessary. Live it to the full.

It’s one quote from countless beautiful lines he wrote over his career. But I feel it best sums up an approach that contains the power to transform an ordinary life into one filled with grace and love and dignity.

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