Who said what to whom with what effect?

Some of us are in the season of commencement ceremonies.  The keynote speaker often, like the one I heard today, referenced 200-year-old letters from American founding framers.  They are always clean quotes and thoughtful messages.

It is so pleasant to hear the old wise heads speak to us across the ages.  It set me to wondering, though, will there be quotes so widely available to commencement speakers 200 years hence?

I’m sure soon-to-be-wise-old-heads are writing profound missives now, but what I don’t know is how we will keep them around for future hundreds of years. Email just doesn’t stand long in the digital world of send-and-delete.

So, who is saying the important stuff, to whom, and what’s it doing for the next 200 years?

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