One Big Disappointment

adalasialand:

From Gio Tingson’s post and links sent by people who commented!

Striking similarities between MVP’s Ateneo and JK Rowling’s Harvard commencement addresses

I have been receiving inquiries from batchmates regarding the speech given by MVP (conferred with an honoris causa) during the 2010 graduation of SOH and SOSS. Many have been saying that it is plagiarized. Below are sample lines they have pointed out.


JK Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech can be found here:
http://harvardmagazine.com/commencement/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination

Manny Pangilinan’s Ateneo commencement speech can be found here:
http://ateneo.edu/index.php?p=120&type=2&sec=25&aid=8211

Conan O’Brien’s Harvard speech (2000)

http://www.allowe.com/Humor/book/COBspeech2k.htm

Oprah’s Stanford speech (2008)

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2008/june18/como-061808.html


Just some examples…


JKR: I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended, and for a long
time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.

MVP: I had no idea how far the tunnel of failure extended. And any
light at the end of it seemed more hope than reality.
—-
JKR: The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from
setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to
survive

MVP: The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from
setbacks means that you can be secure in your ability to survive.
—-

JKR: So today, I wish you nothing better than similar friendships. And
tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine,
you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I
fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in
search of ancient wisdom: As is a tale, so is life: not how long it
is, but how good it is, is what matters.

MVP: So today, I wish you nothing better than similar friendships. And
tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine,
you will recall those of Seneca, one of the old Romans i met in search
of ancient wisdom: —as is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but
how good it is, is what matters.

—-

Oprah: But having a lot of money does not automatically make you a successful person. What you want is money and meaning. You want your work to be meaningful. Because meaning is what brings the real richness to your life. What you really want is to be surrounded by people you trust and treasure and by people who cherish you. That’s when you’re really rich.

MVP: But having a lot of money does not totally make you a successful person. What you want is both money and meaning. You want your life and your career to be meaningful. Because meaning is what brings real richness to your life, to be surrounded by people you can truly work with – because you trust and treasure them, and they cherish you in return. That‘s when you‘re really rich, that‘s when you really succeed.

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MVP: 44 years ago I sat where you now sit, I also thought what you now think – what is going to happen to me? Where can I find a job? Am I really graduating a virgin? (from the SOSE-SOM speech)

Conan: 15 years ago I sat where you sit now. And I thought exactly what you are now thinking. What’s going to happen to me? Will I find my place in the world? Am I really graduating a virgin? (Harvard 2000)