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The CommonPlace Book

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FC: The Commonplace Book

1: Akash Sinha English III Honors

2: Table of Contents | 1. On A Person's Choice 2. On Unity 3. On What Is Right 4. On The Lack Of Justice 5. On One Step At A Time 6. On Grief 7. On The Powers Of Nature

3: 8. On Death 9. On The Continuous Time 10. On Hope 11. On The Importance Of Education 12. On Love 13. On Destiny 14. On Freedom

4: "Freedom and the power to choose should not be the privilege of wealth. They are the birthright of every American." - George Herbert Walker Bush | On A Person's Choices

5: I titled this quotation "On A Person's Choice" because George Herbert Walker Bush shows how people have the advantage of forming their own dream. Bush was the 41st president of the United States. He says this quote to insure that everyone in America has the privilege of becoming wealthy. A person's wealth depends on whether or not the person is willing to work hard in order to become wealthy. This quote also uses the word freedom to show how America promotes freedom and that everyone has a choice.

6: "We must delight in each other: make others' conditions our own: rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as members of the same body." ~ John Winthrop | On Unity

7: John Winthrop says this quote in his sermon titled "A Model of Christian Charity," while traveling across the Atlantic Ocean in order to reach the New World. His fellow companions are uneasy about what to expect on arrival. John Winthrop believes that it is necessary for them to work together and never split up. If they do not work together, they will fail as a colony and the whole world will put shame on them. I titled this quote "On Unity' because John Winthrop shows how important it is for the sailors to unite and work together.

8: "The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you." ~ - Arthur Miller | On What Is Right

9: In the story The Crucible, Arthur Miller describes an insane witch trial that took place in Salem.A character named Elizabeth is married to a man named John, who has had an affair with a girl named Abigail. When John and Elizabeth are discussing the affair, Elizabeth says this quote to John. This quote means that no one else can judge you except for yourself. I titled this quote "On What Is Right" because John Proctor does not know if whether or not he did the right thing.

10: On The Lack Of Justice | “By denying that there is any reason whatsoever for you to be accused, you are implying, by virtue of a surprisingly small logical leap, that mere chance picked you out, which in turn implies that the Devil might not really be at work in the village or, God forbid, even exist.” ~ Arthur Miller

11: Throughout the story of The Crucible, many characters attempt to defend themselves from being accused of witchcraft. All of them initially deny being involved with witchcraft, but some finally give in to the demands of the court in order to save themselves. The court system in Salem is keen on discovering witchcraft and jumping to any conclusions. This quote shows how characters in the story truly had no control over defending themselves. Everything that they would say could be contradicted and unfortunately be turned against them. I titled this quote “On The Lack Of Justice” because even though the condemned characters are innocent, they have no way to save themselves. The only possible way for their survival is to lie about being involved with witchcraft.

12: On One Step At A Time | “I concluded, at length, that the mere speculative conviction that it was our interest to be completely virtuous was not sufficient to prevent our slipping, and that the contrary habits must be broken, and good ones acquired and established, before we can have any dependence on a steady, uniform rectitude of conduct.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

13: Benjamin has just traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in order to begin a new life in the New World. Upon his arrival, he is very poor and has very little supplies, but continues to be charitable towards others. He decides that it is necessary for him to reach moral perfection. He comprises a list of virtues that must be completed in order to do so. In this quote, Benjamin Franklin states that it is necessary to get rid of the bad habits before trying to do good ones. I titled this quote “On One Step At A Time” because in order to obtain moral perfection, a person must focus on one virtue and then fulfill it without jumping to another one. A person must also remove their bad habits before bringing new good ones in.

14: On Grief | “Such is the cross I wear upon my breast.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

15: In the poem “The Cross of Snow”, a man has lost his beloved wife due to a terrible accident. The man describes her as an innocent woman whose actions were always good. At the end of the poem, it can be concluded that after so many years, the grief for his wife remains the same. This quote reveals how he carries this burden of grief always and cannot ever get rid of it. He still loves his wife dearly and continues to morn. I titled this poem “On Grief” because this poem shows how a man continues to experience immense grief after a very long time.

16: On The Power Of Nature | "Go forth, under the open sky, and list to Nature’s teachings, while from all around – Earth and her waters, and the depths of air – comes a still voice —" ~ William Cullen Bryant

17: The power of nature is described in the poem, “Thanatopsis”. Nature’s behavior is reflected based on the situation or the mood of the time. Nature can be bitter at some points, but also very comforting in others. This quote explains what nature’s powers are and how they are able to guide us. Nature is able to speak and guide a person through many different ways. I titled this quote “On the Power Of Nature” because William Cullen Bryant shows how easy it is to access nature’s advice.

18: “"So Nature deals with us, and takes us away"” ~ ~- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | On Death

19: In the poem titled “"Nature"”, a mother putting her child to bed is compared to nature leading a person to death. When a child is being put to bed and a person is about to die, they are both hesitant on what to expect in the future. In this quote, it is shown how nature must lead us to eternal sleep like a mother must put her child to bed. I titled this quote “"On Death"” because the whole poem is about death. It explains how it is natures duty to lead a person to death.

20: “The little waves, with their soft white hands, efface the footprints in the sands, and the tide rises, the tide falls.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | On The Continuous Time

21: The poem titled “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” demonstrates how life goes on, even though a person has died. It also shows how nature is in control of death and how time continues to go on. This quote shows how a travelers life is being taken away and how no evidence remains of the traveler. As the waves continue to rise and fall, the travelers disappearance seems to be of no importance. Death is part of the cycle of life and nature, which means that these cycles continue, even though the traveler is not there. I titled this quote "On The Continuous Time " because even though the traveler is dead, time continues.

22: “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” ~ Robert H. Goddard | On Hope

23: Robert H. Goddard was a famous inventor who focused on rockets. In this quote, he signifies that nothing is impossible. He says that a dream can turn into a hope and then become reality. Its good to never give up on an idea and always have hope. I titled this poem “On Hope” because this poem signifies the meaning of how important it is to never give up and always continue to try harder.

24: “Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” - James A. Garfield | On The Importance Of Education

25: James A. Garfield was the 20th president of the United States. He served our country through many ups and downs. In this quote, he expresses the importance of education. James A. Garfield believes that freedom or justice would not exist if education was no there. I titled this poem “On The Importance Of Education” because education is the basis of all teachings. Without education, the world would be nowhere.

26: “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. | On Love

27: Martin Luther King Jr. was a very famous activist against the discrimination of African Americans. He used many different techniques in order to achieve this goal. In this quote, Martin Luther Kind Jr. explains how love is the solution to everything. He also shows how hate messes everything up. Love is the key to peace and harmony. Without love, the world would be terrible and death-like.

28: “I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we're not wise enough to see it.” ~ Oprah Winfrey | On Destiny

29: Oprah Winfrey is a famous TV show host who continues to inspire people everyday. She is known all over the world and always is true to her opinion. In this quote, Oprah Winfrey believes that everything happens for a reason. She means that when something good or terrible happens, a person is sometimes initially unable to recognize its meaning. Through time and the course of life, people will realize why something in the past has occurred. I titled this quote “On Destiny” because Oprah expresses how certain events in a persons life are meant to occur.

30: “I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi | On Freedom

31: Mahatma Gandhi was a major activist for the freedom of India from the British. He is known worldwide as “The Peacemaker” and is always remembered for his great accomplishments. In this quote, Mahatma Gandhi says how he wishes to express himself freely. He desires to express his personality freely without any consequences. I titled this poem “On Freedom” because Mahatma Gandhi fought for the freedom of country and for the freedom of expression.

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