9. “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
This is what it looks like when someone practices what they preach. Keatings words and ideas sure change the minds and hearts of his students.
10. “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.”
Keating’s passion for what he truly believes is portrayed in these lines. His love for poetry, beauty, romance, love is unmatched, so much that he couldn’t help but share it with his students.
11. “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.”
Keating thinks that very is a ‘very’ lazy word simply because he believes there are so many better words to choose from to paint vivid pictures on the canvas of our imaginations.
12.”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?”
This is a powerful reminder from Keating to his students – what will you contribute through your gift of life? How will you be remembered?
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