George Saunders's 2013 speech at Syracuse University.


Err in the direction of kindness.

George Saunders Group 88, professor of English and author of The New York Times best-seller Tenth of December  delivered the following speech at The Syracuse College of Arts and Sciences’ undergraduate convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in the Carrier Dome. George implored the graduating students to err in the direction of kindness.

Success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it, and there’s the very real danger that “succeeding” will take up your whole life, while the big questions go untended.