“What others say about you says more about them than you. What you say about others says more about you than them. What do your words say about the kind of person you are?”
“Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they’ll become habits. Watch your habits, for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
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.