"Tis only in their dreams that men truly be free, twas always thus, and always thus will be- ---Mr.
Seize the day, boys! Make your lives extraordinary!- ---Mr. Keating.
"O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, .
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won, .
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,.
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; .
But O heart! heart! heart! .
the bleeding drops of red, .
Where on the deck my Captain lies, .
Fallen cold and dead."" ---Walt Whitman.
"Gentlemen: What are the four pillars? Precision! Honor! Discipline! Excellence!- ---Welton's Four Pillars.
"Now in my class you will learn to think for yourselves again. You will learn to savor words and language. And no mater what anybody tells you words and ideas can change the world- ---Mr. Keating.
Notes on the "Dead Poet's Society-.
Dead Poets Society reminds us to seize each day and cherish them dearly. Every day opportunities await us and we must decide whether to take the chance or play it safe. This movie is about what happens when these students decide to pursue their own desires, and to live life with the passion that Mr. Keating encouraged. Ultimately, it is about what happens when a few idealistic students find themselves confronted against conservative forces that resist all change, including the drive for personal self-determination.
Todd: dynamic, he goes from realism to anti romantic romanticism .
At first, Todd is very quiet with not much to say. He is the youngest of his family and has many expectations laid upon him due to the success of his brother, who also went to Welton and was Valedictorian and a National Merit Scholar. Todd was also very shy. He couldn't speak to anyone of authority including answering questions in class without sounding insecure. In one of the extra scenes, Todd tried to ask for rowing instead of soccer, but could barely speak.