Friday, 3 January 2014

Travesty, Horror, Decadence, Excrement

Well hello my long lost chums! Since my last post in November I have turned eighteen, received two uni offers and one interview, had a lovely food-filled christmas and celebrated the start of 2014 with my Tanzania pals - one of whom I hadn't seen since our tearful goodbye at the airport a year and a half ago. So I've been busy! But I've also watched a shit load of films during this festive period and I'm going to share a few quotes from one of my favourites (if we're disregarding Elf, that is).

Mr Keating: Now let me dispel a few rumours before they fester into facts. Yes, I too attended Hell-ton and survived. And no, at that time I was not the mental giant you see before you.

Pitts: "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, old time is still a flying. And this same flower that smiles today tomorrow will be dying." (To The Virgins To Make Much Of Time / Robert Herrick)

Mr Keating: [Looking at alumni] Because you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilising daffodils.

Mr Keating: Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for...That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

McAllister: You take a big risk encouraging them to be artists John. When they realise they're not Rembrandts, Shakespeares or Mozarts, they'll hate you for it.
Mr Keating: We're not talking artists George, we're talking free thinkers.

Neil: [quoting Henry David Thoreau] "I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life...To put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived."

Mr Keating: A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. And don't use very sad, use...come on Mr Overstreet, you twerp
Overstreet: Morose?
Mr Keating: Exactly! Morose. Now, language was developed for one endeavour and that is - Mr Anderson? Come on, are you a man or an amoeba? Mr Perry?
Perry: To communicate
Mr Keating: No! Too woo women!

[Keating stands on his desk]
Mr Keating: Why do I stand up here? Anybody?
Dalton: To feel taller!
Mr Keating: No!
[Dings a bell with his foot]
Mr Keating: Thank you for playing, Mr Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.

Mr Keating: Boys, 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.

Mr Keating: We're not laughing at you, we're laughing near you.

Mr Keating: Robert Frost said, "Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference."

Mr Keating: There is a time for daring and a time for caution and a wise man understands which is called for.

I suppose I loved Dead Poets Society because it displays a rebellion against uniformed structures and shows the importance of creativity and free thinking, instead of regurgitating what others feed you. In regards to 2014, one of my goals is to express my opinion more often whenever I don't agree with something because too often I just act as a spectator without "contributing a verse". I feel that my confidence has grown hugely this past year with the different things I've done but I just need to push myself that little bit more to have my opinion heard and not wait to be asked for it. The film is actually really funny in parts too, Robin Williams plays his character so well.

P.s. totally in love with Charlie actually it's Nuwanda.


  1. Ugh I love Dead Poet's Society. So inspiring and I love that it's also to do with a love of literature and appreciation for literature as 'art' rather than something to be studied like algebra. Definitely a film that more people should see.

    Bella. BELLAETC

  2. Happy Birthday!
    Love this post :)


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