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Dead Poets Society Quotes

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So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.
Tom Schulman
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Dead Poets Society
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John Keating
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No, I’ve been calm all my life! If I don’t do something, it’s gonna kill me!
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When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.
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I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.
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College will probably destroy your love for poetry. Hours of boring analysis, dissection, and criticism will see to that. College will also expose you to all manner of literature—much of it transcendent works of magic that you must devour; some of it utter dreck that you must avoid like the plague.
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You must strive to find your own voice, boys, and the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.
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Free thinkers at seventeen!
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I brought them up here to illustrate the point of conformity: the difficulty in maintaining your own beliefs in the face of others.
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If you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it?
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“Truth, truth.” Like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold. You push it, stretch it, but it’ll never be enough. You kick at it, beat it, it’ll never cover any of us. From the moment we enter crying, to the moment we leave dying, it’ll just cover your face, as you wail and cry and scream.
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Mr. Anderson thinks that everything inside of him is worthless and embarrassing. Isn’t that right, Todd? And that’s your worse fear.
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But only in their dreams can men be truly free.
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I always thought education was learning to think for yourself.
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Savor language and words because no matter what anyone tells you, words and ideas have the power to change the world.
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This is a battle, boys. War! You are souls at a critical juncture. Either you will succumb to the will of academic hoi polloi, and the fruit will die on the vine— or you will triumph as individuals.
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Only in their dreams can men be truly free. ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be.
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And medecine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love: these are what we stay alive for.
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The human race is filled with passion!
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No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
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We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.
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Carpe Diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.
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Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.
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How do we, like Walt, permit our own true natures to speak? How do we strip ourselves of prejudices, habits, influences? The answer, my dear lads, is that we must constantly endeavor to find a new point of view.
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Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams, and I’ll show you a happy man.
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There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.

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