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Who Said It: Taylor Swift or a Fortune Cookie?

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On Wednesday, Taylor Swift became a doctor, which is to say she received an honorary degree from New York University and delivered the class of 2022’s commencement speech during their graduation at Yankee Stadium. Because she is not a doctor by profession but a storyteller, Taylor worked many of her signature literary flourishes into the 23-minute speech, in which she talked about cringe, wine, and feeling embarrassed about that time she dressed like a 1950s housewife. And even though I would have accepted a Taylor Swift cover of “Graduation (Friends Forever),” it was nice to hear the sage, sisterly advice she offered the crowd of graduates.

It also sounded a little … familiar. Are these rejected Taylor Swift lyrics? I wondered as the words “learn to live alongside cringe” played on a loop in my head. Are they promotions for aspirational pillows Taylor is selling on Etsy? Maybe they’re fortune-cookie messages. Or are they? Let’s find out.

Is This a Line From Taylor Swift’s NYU Commencement Speech or a Fortune Cookie?

If you get it wrong, you will look back on your life and cringe retrospectively. — Taylor Swift

“Life can be heavy, especially if you try to carry it all at once.”
“You get to pick what your life has time and room for. Be discerning.”
“We write our own destiny.”
“We are each a patchwork quilt of those who have loved us.”
“Big journeys begin with a single step.”
“If you want the rainbow, you have to tolerate the rain.”
“We are all literary chameleons.”
“You don’t always get all the things in the bag that you selected from the menu in the delivery service that is life.”
“Nobody can be exactly like you.”
“Let’s keep dancing like we’re the Class of ’22.”

Congratulations to the class of 2022 and Dr. Taylor Swift!

Who Said It: Taylor Swift or a Fortune Cookie?