Over the last day and a half, most of the world was presented with the tragic news that legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away at the age of 63.
It’s a sad thing that it appears he had taken his own life, and as the world mourns this incredibly huge loss, this quote from Robin Williams as John Keating in the critically acclaimed Dead Poets Society came to mind.
Here’s the full quote:
“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?”
Robin Williams’ verse was one that resonated with millions of people across the world, and will be remembered for years to come.
So, what will your verse be?