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Commonplace Book

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S: Commonplace Book by Ticker Haugaard

FC: Commonplace Book Tucker Haugaard

1: Table of Contents 2. The American Dream 4. Colonial Literature 6. The Crucible 8. Arthur Miller's "Why I wrote the Crucible" 10. Benjamin Franklin's The Autobiography 12. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Cross of Snow" 14. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Nature" 16. William Cullen Bryant's "Thanatopsis" 18. Siddhartha Gautama 20. Mohandas Gandhi 22. Malcolm X 24. Plato 26. Hal Borland

2: On The American Dream “There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream." ~ Archibald MacLeish

3: Many people think that the "liberation of humanity" is an unattainable dream. MacLeish is saying that America strives to make that dream a reality. America was founded on the principles of liberty and justice. The absolute freedom and the liberation of all of humanity is hard to obtain. Even so, it is America's goal to continually fight to achieve these values.

4: On Leadership "The Lord hath given us leave to draw our own articles." ~ John Winthrop

5: This quote is very powerful. It is referring to the colonization of America by the Puritans. John Winthrop's mindset was that God had sent them to establish a new world on a new continent. I think if I was listening to this speech aboard that ship I would have felt very inspired. It would have given me a good reason to work hard in the community and to be the best that I could be.

6: On The Unnatural "There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits. I fear it. I fear it." ~ Rebecca Nurse

7: There are many times when the exact source of a problem cannot be found. Some people will then look to unnatural causes. When people start to do that it is easy to be afraid. If people think that the cause could be unnatural then it can be hard to tell who or what will be blamed. Anything could happen and what happens won't necessarily lead to justice.

8: On False Judgement "The Soviet plot was the hub of a great wheel of causation; the plot justified the crushing of all nuance, all the shadings that a realistic judgment of reality requires." ~ Arthur Miller

9: Communism in The Soviet Union was taught to the American people to be a great threat. The word communism was synonymous with evil and tyranny. People were too scared to start to reasonably consider what communism really meant. Many people were just going with whatever the President told them. When that happens the realistic analysis of a situation is impossible.

10: On Patience "And like him who, having a garden to weed, does not attempt to eradicate all the bad herbs at once, which would exceed his reach and his strength, but works on one of the beds at a time, and, having accomplished the first, proceeds to a second..." ~ Benjamin Franklin

11: Some things take a while to finish. If you start a long task with the intent of completing it in a short period of time then you will become frustrated. Instead one should approach tasks ready to diligently work one step at a time. In order to reach your goal sometimes you have to work step by step. Once you have done one thing then you move on to the next. This is much more efficient than attempting to tackle something all at once.

12: On Sorrow "There is a mountain in the distant West That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines Displays a cross of snow upon its side. Such is the cross I wear upon my breast" ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

13: Tragic incidents can be devastating. Especially instances where someone loses a loved one. When this happens it can be hard to continue living the same way as you did before. The death can put a permanent stain on your soul. If you cannot move on you are constantly living in the sorrow of that dreadful day that you lost them.

14: On The Cycle of Life "So Nature deals with us, and takes away Our playthings one by one, and by the hand Leads us to rest so gently, that we go Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay, Being too full of sleep to understand How far the unknown transcends the what we know." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

15: Nature takes us through a never ending cycle of life. Sometimes things change and you cannot tell if it's is for better or worse. Still you continue to go through the cycle of life. Not knowing what is next is common. The unknown stretches far beyond our knowledge

16: On Nature "When thoughts Of the last bitter hour come like a blight Over thy spirit, and sad images Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall, And breathless darkness, and the narrow house, Make thee to shudder, and grow sick at heart;— 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: This quote means a lot to me. It is saying that you should not dwell on thought of death. That only brings sadness and unwanted sorrow. When you start to feel this way going out into nature can help relieve your stress. If you just go outside and listen to the sounds of nature than you will understand everything better.

18: On Independence "The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed." ~ Siddhartha Gautama

19: Once you have no fears you are completely free form everything. Fear stems off into doubt and depression. Fear can also make a person weak and reliant on others. If you are completely interdependent than you don't need anyones help either. Only then can you truly be your own person.

20: On Trueness "A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble." ~ Mohandas Gandhi

21: It is beneficial and productive to speak your mind. When you just comply with whatever is going on then you are not being true to yourself. Even if an entire nation's army is against you courage through protest can lead to a better future. When you don't agree with someone you should show it. Agreeing with something that you do not believe in is never a good thing.

22: On Knowledge "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." ~ Malcolm X

23: Education is a very important thing. If the youth of one generation are not educated than it will be evident in the outcome of the future. That is why teaching young people is crucial to any society. Preparation by learning will prepare people for the future. That is why knowledge is the most powerful tool.

24: On Quality "Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly." ~ Plato

25: I can relate to this quote to a large extent. I appreciate quality more than quantity. When I am doing something I never think about how fast or how many times I can do it. I like to concentrate on doing things well and not worrying about how much I get done. That way you have at least one thing done right, instead of the possibility of many things done wrong.

26: On Nature's Characteristics "Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." ~ Hal Borland

27: By examining nature and its varying qualities you can gain a better understanding of certain human attributes. In this case trees symbolize patience and grass exemplifies persistence. Sometimes taking a simplistic look at the world around you can help to relate common human struggles to nature. Many things could then be easier to grasp. Relationships drawn this way make simple things like patience and persistence seem more powerful.

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