Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American teen drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir, and starring Robin Williams. Set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Vermont boarding school Welton Academy, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. Profoundly inspirational dead poets society quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.
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College will probably destroy your love for poetry. Hours of boring analysis, dissection, and criticism will see to that. College will also expose you to all manner of literature much of it transcendent works of magic that you must devour; some of it utter dreck that you must avoid like the plague. Dead Poets Society
Nothing is difficult to those who have the will.
Carpe, carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary. Dead Poets Society
It’s not the Bible, you’re not gonna go to Hell for this.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. Dead Poets Society
I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.
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. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! Dead Poets Society
There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands what is called for.
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. Dead Poets Society
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.
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 of? 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? Dead Poets Society
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands what is called for. Dead Poets Society
There is a time for daring and a time for caution, and a wise man knows which is called for.
I always thought education was learning to think for yourself. Dead Poets Society
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.
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. Dead Poets Society
Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular.
I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. Dead Poets Society
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.
Just when you think you know something, you have to look at in another way. Even though it may seem silly or wrong, you must try. Dead Poets Society
All the good ones go for jerks. You know that.
But only in their dreams can man be truly free. ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be. Dead Poets Society
When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.
Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone. Dead Poets Society
You may refer to me either as Mr. Keating or ‘O Captain! My Captain
Mr. Anderson thinks that everything inside of him is worthless and embarrassing. Isn’t that right, Todd? And that’s your worst fear. Dead Poets Society
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, The Latin term is Carpe Diem
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! Dead Poets Society
Words and ideas have the power to change the world.
This is a battle, boys, he cried. War! You are souls at a critical juncture. Either you will succumb to the will of academic hoi polloi, and the fruit will die on the vine or you will triumph as individuals. Dead Poets Society
I stand on my desk to remind myself that we must look at things differently.
When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think. Dead Poets Society
Sucking out the marrow doesn’t mean getting the bone stuck in your throat.
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. Dead Poets Society
College will probably destroy your love for poetry and expose you to all literature.