“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”
David Foster Wallace (1962- 2008)
In May 2005, Wallace delivered the commencement address to the graduating class at Kenyon College. The speech was published as a book in 2009 under the title This Is Water. Portions of the speech were used in a popular online video also titled “This is Water”. Wallace committed suicide by hanging himself on September 12, 2008.
Here is the the video and the voice of David Foster Wallace.