David McCullough

Commencement Address

“Read. Read for pleasure. Read for happiness. Read the works of the great poets, John Adams advised his young son, John Quincy. It was the boy’s happiness that the father was thinking of. ‘Read somewhat in the English poets every day,’ he wrote. ‘You will find them elegant, entertaining and constructive companions through your whole life. You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.'” [Transcript]