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In a sensible world I would now congratulate the Class of 1995 and sit down without further comment. I am sure the Class of 1995 wishes I would do so. Unfortunately for the Class of 1995 we do not live in a sensible world. We live in a world far more slavish in its obedience to ancient custom than we like to admit. And ancient commencement-day custom demands that somebody stand up here and harangue the poor graduates until they beg for mercy.
J ohn F . K ennedy American University Commencement Address
Background information to the speech This famous inspiring speech by Sir Winston Churchill was delivered at his old school - Harrow - on 29th October 1941. During the visit Churchill listened to the traditional school songs and discovered that an additional verse had been added to one of them in honor of this great man.
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