re-visiting Dead Poets’ Society

This is one of our all-time favourite movies. And Robin Williams was unforgettable as the charismatic John Keating. Below are some of his quotes:

“There is a time for daring and a time for caution, and a wise man knows which is called for.”

“… you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”

“Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go, “that’s baaaaad.” Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.””

“But only in their dreams can men be truly free. Twas always thus, and always thus will be.”

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Some midweek food-for-thought for YOU, our dear readers.

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Posted on October 22, 2008, in Musings and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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