How have I never heard of this guy before?

English: Tim Minchin

Last night I stumbled on Tim Minchin’s graduation speech and watched it a few too many times. I love his advice. Here are some of favorite lines, but if you have 12 minutes, I recommend watching the whole thing.

  • “Happiness is like an orgasm. If you think about it too much, it goes away.”
  • “Art degrees are awesome because they help you find meaning where there is none. And let me assure you there is none. Don’t go looking for it. Searching for meaning is like searching for a rhyme scheme in a cookbook; you won’t find it and it will bugger up your souffle.”
  • “People whose idea of being part of a subculture is to hate Coldplay or football or feminists or the liberal party. We have a tendency to define ourselves in opposition to stuff…but try to express your passion for things you love…be pro-stuff not just anti-stuff.”
  • And then the whole section at 11:30 is beautiful, and I cannot agree more.


  1. He’s famous here, given he’s Australian, and is really well known in Europe too. He’s very intelligent and very funny – you should check out as much of his work as you can.


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