Wisdom is like frequent-flyer miles and scar tissue; if it does accumulate, that happens by accident while you’re trying to do something else.
-- Barbara Kingsolver: How To Be Hopeful, Commencement Address, Duke University (2008).
Link via this rather sordid story in which Kingsolver's speech is described as "a talk that turns up on some lists of the best commencement talks ever."
the speech really is quite stirring!
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