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Dead Poets Society - 1989 Movie Quotes


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1990 Oh Captain, My Captain (full quote)
  I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. To put to rest all that was not life, and not when I had come to die discover that I had not lived. (full quote)
  Poetry, beauty, romance, love: these are what we stay alive for. (full quote)
  ...that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse...what will your verse be? (full quote)
  Sucking all the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone (full quote)
4435 Yawp (full quote)
4391 We don't read and write poetry because its cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is full of passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering: these are noble pursuits necessary to sustain life but poetry, beauty, romance, love. These are what we stay alive for. (full quote)
4391 No, at that time I was not the mental giant that you see before you. I was the intellectual equivalent of a 98 pound weakling. I go to the beach and people would kick copies of Byron in my face (full quote)
4391 The meek may inherit the earth but they don't get in to Harvard. (full quote)
4723 There is a time for daring and a time for caution, and a wise man knows which is called for. (full quote)
5386 Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary. (full quote)
5492 my name is Nowanda. (full quote)
6577 I was the intellectual equivalent of a 98-pound weakling. I would go to the beach and people would kick copies of Byron in my face. (full quote)
6784 Dammit, Neil, the names Nawanda! (full quote)
6913 You just signed you're expulsion papers Nawanda. (full quote)
7424 That a boy,Pittsy, inhale- deeply. (full quote)
7424 This isn't the Bible - youre not going to go to hell for this. (full quote)
7424 Thank you, Mr. Perry, for this stroll down amnisa lane - burn that - espcially my picture. (full quote)
7319 We're not laughing AT you. We're laughing NEAR you. (full quote)
Shadrach Thank you, boys...thank you. (full quote)
Shadrach 1) That page is not there, sir. 2) what do you mean, it's not there? 1) It's been ripped out. 2) Well, read from someone else's book. 2) They've all been ripped out, sir. (full quote)
5102 Don't you know if Chet sees you here, he's gonna kill you? (full quote)
5102 Why do we read and write poetry? Because girls like it. (full quote)
  meeks, time to inherit the earth (full quote)
  i see...a sweaty-toothed madman...good god, there's a poet in you yet...don't you forget this (full quote)
  don't worry, you'll get another one next year (full quote)
  damn it neil the name is nuwanda (full quote)
  If I was going to buy a desk-set, twice, I'd definately buy this one. Both times. (full quote)
  This desk set... it's rather, aerodynamic, isn't it? This desk set wants to fly! (full quote)
  (1) Come one, Knox, it'll help you get Chris! (2) It will? HOW??? (1) Women swoon! (2) But why do they swoon? Charlie, why do they swoon??? (full quote)
  Todd: Well that's impossible... Neil: Dammit, nothing's impossible! (full quote)
11859 Damn it, Neil, it's Nuwanda! (full quote)
  It makes me feel...potent. (full quote)
  Spirits soared, women swooned, and gods were greated, gentleman. not a bad way to spend an evening, eh? (full quote)
  Spirits soared, women swooned, and gods were created, gentlemen. Not a bad way to spend an evening, eh? (full quote)
12866 No matter what anybody tells you, words & ideas can change the world. (full quote)
12866 1) Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I'll show you a happy man. 2) But only in their dreams can men be truly free. 'Twas always thus and always thus will be. 1) Tennyson? 2) No, Keating. (full quote)
12866 1) Why do we need language? 2) To communicate... 1) Nooo!! To woo women! (full quote)
10777 [answering the phone] Welton Academy, hello. Yes he is, hold on. Mr. Nolan,it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton. (full quote)
10777 -Tradition, Mr. Keating. -I thought the purpose of education was to learn to think for yourself. (full quote)
  mooooooooooooooooooooooo said the cow moooo mooooooo mooooooo (full quote)
  Damnit Neil, the name is Newanda. (full quote)
  1) That's a lamp 2) No, That's the god of the cave (full quote)
  To indeed be a God (full quote)
  Pitt's- Rise above your name (full quote)
  If your mom asks me out one more time neil, im gonna rail cry man. (full quote)
  Keating: phone call from God (chuckles) If it had been collect it would have been daring. (full quote)
  Meeks: I'll try anything once. Dalton: Yeah, except sex. (full quote)
  No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. (full quote)
  [answering telephone] Welton Academy, hello? Yes he is, hold on. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton. (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. (full quote)
  He’s mumbling Truth, like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold. You push it, stretch it, it will never be enough. Kick it, beat it, it will never cover any of us. From the moment we enter crying, to the moment we leave dying, it will just cover your face as you wail and cry and scream. (full quote)
  i stand on my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way (full quote)
  Carpe Diem...even if it kills me (full quote)
  Seize the day (full quote)
  Only in their dreams can men be truly free. Twas always thus and always thus will be... (full quote)
  yesssss (full quote)
  Di Carpieum, size the day! (full quote)
  This image floats beside me. A sweaty-toothed madman with a stare that pounds my brain. His hands reach out and choke me and all the time he's mumbling, mumbling truth like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold. You kick at it, beat at it, it will never cover any of us. And from the moment we enter crying, till the moment we leave dying, it will just cover your face as you wail and cry and scream (full quote)
6725 carpe diem (full quote)
Shadrach Ladies and gentlemen, boys, the light of knowledge. (full quote)
Shadrach 1. Gentlemen, what are the four pillars? Boys: Tradition, Honor, Discipline, Excellence. (full quote)
Shadrach 1. Gentlemen, what are the four pillars? Group: Travesty, horror, decadence, excrement. (full quote)
Shadrach Slow down, you horrible phalanx of pubescence! (full quote)
Shadrach 1. Mr. Keating? Mr. Keating? Sir?? Oh captain, my captain? 2. Gentlemen. (full quote)
Shadrach In her first year, Welton Academy graduated 5 students. Last year, she graduated 21. more than 75% of those went on to the Ivy League. This is why you parents have been sending us your children. This is why we are the best preparatory school in the country! (full quote)
Shadrach Thou speakst aright! I am that merry wanderer of the night. I jest to Oberon and make him smile, when I a fat and beanfed horse beguile, neighing in likeness of a filly foal. And sometimes lurk I in a gossip's bowl in very likeness of a roasted crab, and when she drinks, against her lips I bob and on her withered dewlap pour the ale! The wisest aunt telling the saddest tale sometimes for a three-foot stool mistaketh me, then slip I from her bum, down topples she and tailor cries and falls into a cough. Then the whole choir hold their hips and laugh, and waxen in their mirth and sneeze, and swear a merrier hour was never wasted there. But room, fairy, here comes Oberon. (full quote)
Shadrach If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended. That you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear, and this weak and idle theme no more yielding but a dream. Gentles, do not reprehend...if you pardon, we will mend. And as I am an honest puck, if we have unearned luck now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, we will make amends ere long, else the puck a liar call. So goodnight unto you all. Give me your hands if we be friends, and Robin shall restore amends. (full quote)
Shadrach I saw the Congo creeping through the black, cutting through the forest with a golden track. (full quote)
Shadrach You know, this desk set has a rather aerodynamic shape. This desk set wants to fly! Here we go, the world's first unmanned flying desk set! (full quote)
Shadrach I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world. (full quote)
Shadrach *whispering* Carpe.....diem. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. make your lives extraordinary. (full quote)
Shadrach That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. what will your verse be? (full quote)
Shadrach Now let me dispel a few rumors, so they don't fester into facts. Yes, I too attended Hellton and have survived. And no, at that time, I was not the mental giant you see before you. I was the intellectual equivalent of a ninety-eight-pound weakling. I would go to the beach, and people would kick copies of Byron in my face. (full quote)
Shadrach Today, we're going to be talking about William Shakespeare. Yeah, I know some of you look forward to this about as much as you look forward to root canal work. You might have seen Shakespeare being performed like this, (in a British accent) O Titus, bring your friend hither. (normal accent again) But if you know Marlon brando, (in Marlon brando's voice) you know that Shakespeare can be different. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. (normal accent again). Or you might have seen John Wayne going, (in John Wayne's voice) Well, is this a dagger I see before me?. (full quote)
Shadrach Thank you, gentlemen. If you noticed, everyone started off with their own stride, their own pace. Mr. Pitts, taking his time. He knew he'll get their one day. Mr. Cameron, you could see him thinking, is this right? It might be right. It might be right. I know that. Maybe not. I don't know. Mr. Overstreet, driven by deeper force. Yes. We know that. All right. Now I didn't bring them up here to ridicule them. I brought them up here to illustrate the point of conformity: the difficulty in maintaining your own beliefs in the face of others. Now, those of you - I see the look in your eyes like, I would've walked differently. Well, ask yourselves why you were clapping. 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, even though the herd may go, that's baaaad. Robert Frost said, Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Now, I want you to find your own walk right now. Your own way of striding, pacing. Any direction. Anything you want. Whether it's proud, whether it's silly, anything. Gentlemen, the courtyard is yours. (full quote)
Shadrach Sucking all the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone. (full quote)
Shadrach No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. (full quote)
Shadrach 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? 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? ---Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. make your lives extraordinary. (full quote)
Shadrach 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. 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? (full quote)
Shadrach There is a time for daring and a time for caution, and a wise man knows which is called for. (full quote)
Shadrach For the first time in my life, I know what I want to do! And for the first time, I'm going to DO IT! Whether my father wants me to or not! Carpe diem! (full quote)
Shadrach 1. Why do we need language? 2. To communicate... 1. No! To woo women! (full quote)
Shadrach To indeed be a god! (full quote)
Shadrach (answering phone) Welton Academy, hello. Yes he is, hold on. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton. (full quote)
Shadrach I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life...to put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. (full quote)
Shadrach 1. I...I close my eyes. His image floats beside me. A sweaty-toothed madman with a stare that pounds my brain. 2. Excellent! Give him action, make him do something. 1. His hands reach out and choke me. Truth... Truth is like a blanket that always leaves your feet cold. *class laughs* 2. Ignore them, more about the blanket! 1. Stretch it, pull it, it will never cover any of us. Kick at it, beat at it, it will never be enough. 2. Don't stop! 1. From the moment we enter crying to the moment we leave dying, it will cover just your head as you wail and cry and scream. 2. Don't you forget this. (full quote)
Shadrach phone call from God... Now, if it had been collect, it would have been daring! (full quote)
Shadrach 1. Why do I stand up here? 2. To look taller! 1. No! *dings a bell* Thank you for playing, Mr. Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. (full quote)
Shadrach Excrement! That's what I think of Mr. J. Evans Pritchard! We're not laying pipe! We're talking about poetry. How can you describe poetry like American Bandstand? 'I like Byron, I give him a 42 but I can't dance to it!' (full quote)
Shadrach 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! (full quote)
Shadrach 1. So what are you going to do? Charlie? 2. Damn it, Neil, the name is Nuwanda. (full quote)
Shadrach Mr. Meeks, time to inherit the earth. (full quote)
Shadrach 1. Come on, Chris, just give me one chance. If you don't like me after tonight, I'll stay away forever. 2. Uh-huh. 1. I promise. Dead Poets Honor. You come with me tonight and then if you don't want to see me again, I swear I'll bow out. 2. You know what would happen if Chet found out? 1. He won't know anything. We'll sit in the back and sneak away as soon as it's over. 2. And I suppose that you would promise that this would be the end of it? 1. Dead Poets Honor. 2. what is that? 1. My word. 2. *thinks about it, then smiles* You are so infuriating! (full quote)
Shadrach 1. I just talked to my father. He's making me quit the play at Henley Hall. Acting's everything to me. But he doesn't know! I can see his point; we're not a rich family, like Charlie's. But he's planning the rest of my life for me, and he's never asked what I want! 2. Have you ever told your father what you just told me? About your passion for acting? You ever show him that? 1. I can't. 2. Why not? 1. I can't talk to him this way. 2. Then you're acting for him, too. You're playing the part of the dutiful son. I know this sounds impossible, but you have to talk to him. You have to show him who you are, where your heart is! 1. I know what he'll say! He'll tell me that acting is a whim and I should forget it. They're counting on me; he'll just tell me to put it out of my mind for my own good. 2. You are NOT an indentured servant! It's not a whim for you, and you prove it to him by your conviction and your passion! YOU show that to him, and if he still doesn't believe you - well, by then, you'll be out of school and can do anything you want. 1. I don't know...what about the play? The show's tomorrow night! 2. Then you have to talk to him before tomorrow night. 1. Is there an easier way? 2. No. 1. I'm trapped! 2. No, you're not. (full quote)
Shadrach 1. We're trying very hard to understand why it is that you insist on defying us. Whatever the reason, we're not going to let you ruin your life. Tomorrow I'm withdrawing you from Welton and enrolling you in Braden Military School. You're going to Harvard, and you're going to be a doctor. 2. That's ten more years. Father, that's a lifetime! 1. Oh, stop it! Don't be so dramatic! You make it sound like a prison term! You don't understand, Neil, you have opportunities that I never dreamed of, and I am not going to let you waste them! 2. I've got to tell you what I feel! 3. We've been so worried about you! 1. What? What? Tell me what you feel! What is it? Is it more of this, this ACTING business? Because you can forget that! What? 2. Nothing. 1. Nothing? Well, then, let's get to bed. (full quote)
Shadrach 1. Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I'll show you a happy man. 2. But only in their dreams can men be truly free. Twas always thus and always thus will be. 1. Tennyson? 2. No, Keating. (full quote)
deadpoetjs 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. business, law, medicine; these are all noblbe pursuits necessary to sustain life. But poetry; beauty, romance, love. These are what we stay alive for. To quote 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.' And the answer, that you are here, and life exists an 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? (full quote)
10777 For the first time in my life, I know what I want to do! And for the first time, I'm going to DO IT! Whether my father wants me to or not! (full quote)
10777 Come on, are you a man or an ameoba! (full quote)
10777 -I'll try anything once. -Except sex! (full quote)
10929 We were romantics. (full quote)
21745 The powerful play goes on...and may you contribute a verse. (full quote)
22446 Gotta do more, gotta be more (full quote)
princesstigereyes Oh Captain my Captain!!! (full quote)
25437 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? (full quote)
25437 Welton Academy, hello? ... Yes he is, hold on. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. (holds up phone) It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton. (full quote)
25437 No matter what anybody tells you, words & ideas can change the world. (full quote)
25437 Carpe Diem (full quote)
26686 1: what's that? 2: D'uh, it's a lamp, Meeks. 3: No, it's the god of the cave. (full quote)
26686 N: Isn't this the same desk set -- ? T: Yeah, yeah. They gave me the same thing as last year. N: Oh...[laughing] Maybe they thought you needed another one. T: Maybe they weren't thinking about anything at all...Uh, the funny thing is about this is I -- I didn't even like it the first time. (full quote)
26686 No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. (full quote)
26686 M: I'll try anything once. D: Yeah, except sex! (full quote)
26686 [answering phone] Welton Academy, hello? Yes he is, hold on. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's God. He says we should have girls at Welton. (full quote)
26686 You must trust that your beliefs are unique, your one, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go, 'That's baaaaaaad.' (full quote)
26686 You just signed your expulsion papers, Nuwanda. (full quote)
26686 1 Raisins? 2 Yuck. 3 Wait a minute, who gave us half a roll? 4 (talking with his mouth full) I'm eating the other half. 3 Come on. 4 You want me to put it back? (full quote)
29926 From now on call me... Nuwanda. (full quote)
Pluskat YAAAAWWWWP!!!!! (full quote)
33584 Oh, Captain, my captain! (full quote)
  The deskset wants to fly... (full quote)
  Puck you! (full quote)
  But only in their dreams can men truly be free...Twas always thus and always thus will be. (full quote)
  for the first time in my life i feel completely alive! (full quote)
  neil's dead! (full quote)
  it's like a war, and the casualties are our hearts and souls (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. (full quote)
  1: Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I'll show you a happy man. 2: But only in their dreams can men be truly free. 'Twas always thus and always thus will be. (full quote)
  Thank you for playing Mr. Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. (full quote)
  Mr. Pitts, time to rise above your name. (full quote)
  No matter what anybody tell you- words and ideas can change the world (full quote)
  Look around, dare to strike out and find new grounds (full quote)
  I mean, if I was ever going to buy a desk set... twice! I would probably buy this one, both times! In fact, its shape is rather aerodynamic isn't it? You can feel it. This desk set wants to fly! (full quote)
  Oh captain, my captain (full quote)
  No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world ~ Keating (full quote)
  Go to medical school and do whatever you please, but until then, you do as I tell you. (full quote)
Shadrach Mr. Anderson! Don't think that I don't know that this assignment scares the hell out of you, you mole! (full quote)
Shadrach 1. It'll help you get Chris! 2. Yeah? 1. Women swoon! 2. Why do they swoon? Charlie! Tell me why they swoon! (full quote)
Shadrach This is a battle, a war, and the casualties could be your hearts and souls. (full quote)
10929 Let's have a part. (full quote)
10929 Let's have a party. (full quote)
10929 How can you describe poetry like American Bandstand? (full quote)
10929 Leave, Mr. Keating! (full quote)
20947 Neil: what are you gonna do? Charlie? Charlie: Damn it, Neil, the name's Nuwanda. (full quote)
20947 Charlie: It'll help you get Chris! Knox: It will?? HOW??? Charlie: Women swoon!!! Knox: But why do they swoon? Charlie, tell me why they swoon! (full quote)
20947 Meeks: I'll try anything once. Charlie: Except sex! (full quote)
20947 Mr Keating: Thank you for this stroll down amnesia lane. Burn that. Especially my picture. (full quote)
20947 Thank you boys. Thank you. (full quote)
20947 O captain, my captain! (full quote)
42834 I mean, if I was ever going to buy a desk set... twice! I would probably buy this one, both times! In fact, its shape is rather aerodynamic isn't it? You can feel it. This desk set wants to fly! ... The world's first un-maned flying desk set! ... Oh my! Well, I wouldn't worry, you'll get another one next year. (full quote)
42834 free thinkers at 17? (full quote)
42834 Understanding Poetry, by Dr. J. Evans Pritchard, Ph.D.: To fully understand poetry, we must first be fluent with its meter, rhyme and figures of speech, then ask two questions: One, how artfully has the objective of the poem been rendered and two, How important is that objective? Question 1 rates the poem's perfection; question 2 rates its importance. And once these questions have been answered, determining the poem's greatness becomes a relatively simple matter. If the poem's score for perfection is plotted on the horizontal of a graph and its importance is plotted on the vertical, then calculating the total area of the poem yields the measure of its greatness. A sonnet by Byron might score high on the vertical but only average on the horizontal. A Shakespearean sonnet, on the other hand, would score high both horizontally and vertically, yielding a massive total area, thereby revealing the poem to be truly great. As you proceed through the poetry in this book, practice this rating method. As your ability to evaluate poems in this matter grows, so will, so will your enjoyment and understanding of poetry. (full quote)
42834 Understanding Poetry, by Dr. J. Evans Pritchard, Ph.D.: To fully understand poetry, we must first be fluent with its meter, rhyme and figures of speech, then ask two questions: One, how artfully has the objective of the poem been rendered and two, How important is that objective? Question 1 rates the poem's perfection; question 2 rates its importance. And once these questions have been answered, determining the poem's greatness becomes a relatively simple matter. If the poem's score for perfection is plotted on the horizontal of a graph and its importance is plotted on the vertical, then calculating the total area of the poem yields the measure of its greatness. A sonnet by Byron might score high on the vertical but only average on the horizontal. A Shakespearean sonnet, on the other hand, would score high both horizontally and vertically, yielding a massive total area, thereby revealing the poem to be truly great. As you proceed through the poetry in this book, practice this rating method. As your ability to evaluate poems in this matter grows, so will, so will your enjoyment and understanding of poetry. (full quote)
42834 1)The cat sat on the mat. 2)Congratulations. You may have just written the first poem to get a negative score on the Pritchard scale. (full quote)
44453 choose the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference. (full quote)
ZD_Drummer90 Oh Captain my Captain. (full quote)
et13 Carpe diem! Sieze the day, boys. make your lives extraordinary. (full quote)
et13 Exercising the right not to walk. (full quote)