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  • Neil Perry: 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.


  • John Keating: Tune in. turn on, and drop dead.
    John Keating: Tune in, turn on, and drop dead.


  • John Keating: Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.


  • Todd Anderson: [standing on his desk] Oh captain, my captain.


  • John Keating: "Seize the day. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may." Why does the writer use these lines?
    John Keating: 'Seize the day. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.' Why does the writer use these lines?
    Charlie Dalton: Because he's in a hurry.
    John Keating: No. Ding! Thank you for playing anyway. Because we are food for worms, lads. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.


  • John Keating: "Seize the day Boys. Make life extraordinary."
    John Keating: Seize the day Boys. Make life extraordinary.
    John Keating: Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.


  • John Keating: You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are going to find it at all.


  • Neil Perry: So what are you going to do, Charlie?
    Charlie Dalton: Damn it Neil, the name is Nuwanda.


  • Todd Anderson: [standing on his desk] Oh captain, my captain.


  • John Keating: [Keating stands on his desk] Why do I stand up here? Anybody?
    Charlie Dalton: To feel taller!
    John Keating: No!
    John 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.


  • Charlie Dalton: Welton Academy, hello. Yes he is, just a moment. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton.


  • Neil Perry: For the first time in my whole life, I know what I wanna do! And for the first time, I'm gonna do it! Whether my father wants me to or not! Carpe diem!


  • John Keating: There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.


  • John Keating: O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It's from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you're slightly more daring, O Captain my Captain.


  • John Keating: Seize the day. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.


  • John Keating: A man is not very tired. He's exhausted. And don't use very sad. Use... morose!
    John Keating: Language was developed for one endeavor, and that is... to woo women.


  • John Keating: 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?
    John Keating: 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?


  • John Keating: They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.


  • John Keating: No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.


  • John Keating: Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.


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