Yesterday, the world lost one of its most loved contributors. Robin Williams starred in quite a few of our favorite movies and delivered some of our favorite speeches over the years. Although, there are many acts that moved me, none have had such a profound effect as his short speech at the end of this clip from Dead Poets Society. I hope that this will serve as a reminder to everyone that we all have something to contribute to the world. So, now more than ever, seize the day.
"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?"
So perfectly delivered and so incredibly inspirational. It was one of his best roles in my humble opinion.