“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Dead Poets Society
As a lover of the written word, there were always so many moments from Dead Poets Society that particularly struck a chord with me. Today, we lost the man who made Dead Poets Society so incredibly moving, the man who made me want to stand up in my chair and proclaim “O Captain! My Captain!” Rest in peace, Robin Williams. You brought laughter to so many people and you touched so many lives.
“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?”