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Sunday, April 6, 2008

"John Keating" on Finding Your Own Voice

You must strive to find your own voice... and the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, 'Most men live lives of quiet desperation.' Why be resigned to that? Risk walking new ground. (61)

....[it is] difficult for us to maintain our own beliefs in the presence of others... there is a great need in all of us to be accepted, but you must trust what is unique about yourself, even if it is odd or unpopular. As Frost said, 'Two roads diverged in a wood and I -- I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference.' (87)

- "John Keating"

- Kleinbaum, N.H. 1989. Dead Poets Society. New York: Hyperion.

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