FC: Commonplace Book
1: Dana Goodwin Honors English 3 Spring 2011
2: On Patriotism | If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. - Hamilton Fish
3: As an American citizen, this quote means a lot to me. I completely agree with it because it is stressing the importance of patriotism. The fact that people risk their lives so others may live in peace is possibly one of the greatest ways to show it. This quote made me realize to not take my citizenship for granted. The land of opportunity is truly a great place, and one should use it to their advantage in life.
4: On Faith | Therefore lett us choose life, that wee, and our Seede, may live; by obeyeing his voyce, and cleaveing to him, for hee is our life, and our prosperity. - City Upon a Hill by John Winthrop
5: This quote by John Winthrop is very powerful, and was most likely even more so to the Puritans. The quote is essentially stating that to succeed, faith in God must be present. "For hee is our life, and our prosperity" states how important faith in a greater power was, and still is, important to people. In a time when Christianity was accepted by most of the population, this must have strengthened the people's belief that their fate was in God's hands. Faith in anything is an important aspect in many people's lives.
6: On Jealousy | ABIGAIL, with a bitter anger: Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be- PROCTOR, angered-at himself as well: You'll speak nothin' of Elizabeth! - The Crucible by Arthur Miller
7: This segment of a conversation between Abigail and John Proctor shows how much jealously plays a role in the Crucible. The entire play is based around Abigail's obsession with John, which only adds to the insanity to the Salem witch trials. Not only does jealousy play a role in the crucible, but it plays a role in life as well. I believe that jealousy will get you no where but sadness and failure. One should try to reach his/her goals for personal gain, not jealousy.
8: On Fear | Fear doesn't travel well; just as it can warp judgment, its absence can diminish memory's truth. -Why I Wrote the Crucible by Arthur Miller
9: This quote by Arthur Miller describing the Salem trials shows fear's effect on life. It is saying that fear can change one's decisions, as well as influence how one recalls past events. If one has no fear in the consequences of their memories such as Abigail in the Crucible, lies can be spread easily. To me, fear can be both good and bad for this very reason. In some situations it is needed so that better decisions are made. In other events, fear can be the reason one does not reach their goals.
10: "In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride" - Benjamin Franklin | On Pride
11: This quote by Benjamin Franklin from his autobiography is inspirational to me because it shows the importance of pride in ones life. No matter what situation one is in, pride can pull them out of a rough patch. Ben Franklin can relate to this because in his autobiography he states he came to Philadelphia with only a few coins and no connections, and still was one of the most successful men to live. Pride is one of the most important virtues to me because it is the combination of belief in ones self and perseverance. Without pride and self-esteem, one cannot achieve personal goals.
12: This is the place. Stand still, my steed, Let me review the scene, And summon from the shadowy Past The forms that once have been. - A Gleam of Sunshine by Henry Longfellow | On Reminiscence
13: This excerpt from Henry Longfellow's "A Gleam of Sunshine" talks about reminiscing on past events. Longfellow shows how thinking of the past can bring both joy and sorrow. In this particular poem, Henry Longfellow does exactly this by going to the place that reminds him of his past.I like this quote because it creates a chance to slow down and think about previous events; both good and bad. I believe that without reminiscing, I would never learn from my mistakes in order to be successful.
14: On Nature | Across the window-pane It pours and pours; And swift and wide, With a muddy tide, Like a river down the gutter roars The rain, the welcome rain! - Rain in Summer by Henry Longfellow
15: This quote from Henry Longfellow's "Rain in Summer" describes the seemingly simplistic event of rain. It describes rain very well from an indoor perspective. I enjoyed reading this passage because it describes the simple natural beauty found in a rainstorm. This poem reveals how people take events such as these for granted, and do not fully appreciate them. Nature in all of it's events should be observed more, for it can bring peace to one's self.
16: Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings - Thanatopsis by William Bryant | On Harmony
17: This quote by William Bryant is very peaceful to me. "List to Nature's teachings" really made me think about how I pass nature every day and take it for granted. William Bryant believed that harmony between man and nature is essential, and this quote describes his feelings exactly. The simple act of slowing down in life and observing nature is very soothing. Unfortunately too many people do not realize this; using nature but never giving back.
18: On Success | Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. - George Woodberry
19: Success to me is the most important things in my life. I feel if i am successful, i am not only accomplishing my own goals, but others beliefs and expectations in me as well. Naturally, this quote by George Woodberry meant a lot to me. This is because it states that even if defeated, one does not truly fail their goals unless they do not try. Even though i have been told this in several different forms, the way Woodberry words the quote was inspirational.
20: “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” - Stephan Grellet | On Kindness
21: This quote said by Stephan Grellet shows how he believes kindness is a very important virtue. Through this quote he states that he has one life, and one of his goals is to be kind to others. I believe that this is a very good outlook on life, because it can only do good and benefit others as well as one's self. Although I'm not always perfectly kind to others, i do try to improve other's lives by supporting and helping others. Through this i not only help others achieve, but i help myself as well.
22: On Anger | “Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.” -Gautama Siddharta
23: I believe this quote by Guatama Siddharta is very true and deep. Siddharta states that anger is based off resentment towards others, and the only way to get rid of the anger is to respect and forgive others. To me anger is sometimes necessary, but holding a grudge against something or someone is never good. Getting rid of resentment and not thinking about the subject can help stop the negative thoughts one may have. I agree completely with Siddharta because it has an underlying message of forgiveness.
24: “It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more 'manhood' to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.” - Alex Karras | On Strength
25: In this quote, Alex Karras states how strength can and cannot be shown. Strength is one of the key components to achieving goals in life; without it failure is sure to follow. Strength to Karras is relating to people and being an overall nice person. Strength, however, cannot be shown through brutality and physical means, for it shows emotional weakness. I agree with everything in this quote because it angers me when people think that they are better than someone because of irrelevant reasons.
26: On Courage | “Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” - Tom Krause
27: In this quote, Tom Krause explains his interpretation of courage. I conquer with his explanation because it gives the example of knowing that failure is possible, but still trying regardless. Courage to me is an important virtue because it incorporates several other traits like strength and perseverance. A courageous person to me is anyone who risks something in order to effect others or themselves in a positive way. An example of this is a soldier, firefighter or police officer.