Quotes From Taylor Swift’s NYU Commencement Speech

“Being canceled over the internet and almost losing my career gave me an excellent knowledge of wine.”

Taylor Swift just walked down Yankee Stadium yesterday to accept an honorary degree from NYU. No, it was not for a movie or music video — Ms. Swift is now Dr. Swift!

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New York University has awarded Taylor an honorary degree in the fine arts. She also delivered this year’s commencement speech at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. The 23-minute-long speech was witty, relatable, and music to my ears.

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You can watch the entire speech below, and scroll on to read my favorite quotes and (look at the pictures of our lady looking gorgeous in purple).

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“Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you.”

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(Taylor said this by welcoming the parents, friends, and well-wishers of her fellow graduates.)


“Last time I was in a stadium this size, I was dancing in heels and wearing a glittery leotard. This outfit is much more comfortable.”

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“I’m 90% sure the main reason I’m here is because I have a song called ’22’.”

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I mean, it definitely is a BOP!


“I am a doctor now, so I know how breathing works.”

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“Not the type of doctor you would want around in case of an emergency, unless your specific emergency was that you desperately needed to hear a song with a catchy hook and an intensely cathartic bridge section or if your emergency was that you needed a person who can name over fifty breeds of cats in one minute.”

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“Being canceled over the internet and almost losing my career gave me an excellent knowledge of wine.”

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“If I did slip up, the entire earth would fall off its axis, and it would entirely be my fault, and I would be put into pop star jail forever and ever.”

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“You don’t always get all the things in the bag that you selected from the delivery service, that is life. You get what you get, and you should be proud of what you’ve done with it.”

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“For the entirety of 2012, I dressed like a 1950s housewife.”

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“Why can we eat salad but not grass?”

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“Life can be heavy if you carry it all at once. Know what to keep and what to release. Decide what is yours to hold, and let all the other things go.”

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“Never be ashamed of trying. Effortlessness is a myth.”

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“You have the power to pick what your life has time and room for. Be discerning.”

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“In our culture of unbothered ambivalence, the false stigma around eagerness makes it seem that it’s cool not to want it.”

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And finally, “Cringe is unavoidable.”

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