I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least… | I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then, | In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass; | I find letters from God dropt in he street, and every one is signed by God's name, | And I leave them where they are, for I know | that whereso'er I go | Others will punctually come forever and ever.
Oh, while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me shall ever take command of me.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.
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?
~ John Keating Quotes from Dead Poets Society