This is a line from the movie Dead Poets Society#; a movie that popularized one of my favorite Horace quotes: Carpe Diem. An easier-to-say-than-do mantra; among the more aspirational pursuits for many.
Robin Williams was an extraordinary actor for our contemporry times -- he could improvise any combination of lines, styles, delivery, and emotional range on the spot. It redefines real time and defies it with its timelessness.
Because deep down, we all wish we had that fluency. Many of us would, I suspect. I met his inimitable style as the genie in Aladin and bought the movie on the spot. Williams gave a voice and personality to many characters; it was his work in Dead Poets Society that I recall the most.
[...] 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!
Poetry is the most raw form of reading someone express their view in their own voice. Which is what makes it the most beautiful form of art to a linguist like me.
If you are looking for Williams' body of work, Apple set up a section on iTunes# where you can find his movies and famous comedy recordings. Poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.
Words and ideas can change the world.
What will your verse be?
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