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Michael Alexander's Commonplace Book

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FC: Commonplace Book By Michael Alexander

1: Commonplace Book | Michael Alexander | March 28, 2011 Period 1

2: American Dream | "America is a tune. It must be sung together." - Gerald Stanley Lee

3: This quote means a lot to me because I feel like it really embodies the American dream. It also embodies how it was achieved. America wasn't founded by one person. Its problems weren't solved by one person either. This quote describes how America is many people with the same ideals working together.

4: “Thus stands the cause between God and us. We are entered into covenant with Him for this work. We have taken out a commission. The Lord hath given us leave to draw our own articles.” -John Winthrop | Colonial Literature

5: I feel like this quote really encompasses the mission of John Winthrop and the Puritans. They are working towards a cause and have taken out a covenant with God. I think this is very motivational. They went up against the unknown in the name of something they believed in. I think that this is very important.

6: “The magistrate sites in your heart that judges you.” -Elizabeth Proctor | The Crucible

7: This quote means a lot. It is basically saying that you are in charge of judging yourself and while other people may judge you, you are the most important. It is also saying that you are responsible for judging yourself. This means you should do what you believe in. I think it is very empowering.

8: "As with most humans, panic sleeps in one unlighted corner of my soul." -Arthur Miller | Why I Wrote the Crucible

9: This quote means a lot to me. I believe the way Miller describes Panic is very accurate. You don't really notice it when you're not worried. But when it comes out of its corner, you begin to really worry. And it's always there, whether you know it or not. Panic can be a strange and scary thing.

10: The Autobiography | “A man being sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty, perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little” -Benjamin Franklin

11: This quote means a few things to me, however I do not think it is completely true. Many people do give money when they are poor, but I think it is for more than just not looking poor. I think that they can relate to what other people are feeling, so it makes them more compassionate. Also many rich people give money. This is usually because they believe they are obligated to help society because they have so much money. Someone like this would be Bill Gates

12: The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls | “And the tide rises, the tide falls” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

13: I believe that this can be taken in a much more positive tone than what is intended in the poem. Instead of looking it as life going on with you, it can be looked at as life goes on no matter what. Even if you may be at a downturn, the tide will continue and life will get better. Or it could be looked at as describing life, with the tide falling when life isn't great, but it raising when it gets better. Either way, it is a very though-provoking quote.

14: Cross of Snow | "These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes And seasons, changeless since the day she died." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

15: I found this quote to be meaningful because it shows what effect a tragic event can have on someone. In the poem, the man's wife died in a fire. He is so overcome with grief, life doesn't seem to change. Even though time is moving around him, it stands still. It makes you think about what you would do if something that terrible happened to you.

16: Thanatopsis | “Go forth, under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings, while from all around” - William Cullen Bryant

17: This quote is great because of what it describes. It is describing nature as a source of truth and healing. I believe that this can be true. It can be relaxing to just go outside and enjoy nature. It can be healing when you are not having a great day.

18: Revolution | "It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees" - Emiliano Zapata

19: Zapata was a leader in the Mexican revolution in 1910. This quote is very meaningful because it embodies so many historic and current events. In Libya right now the rebels are fighting because they are tired of living on their knees. We fought the American Revolution for the same reason. John Proctor embraced the quote when he gave his life for honor.

20: Spending | "Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may make you feel like you're flying high at first, but it won't take long before you feel the impact." - Barack Obama

21: This quote is very relevant today. Obama is talking about how he believes that cutting investments in innovation and education will have a negative effect in the future. I agree with this because if we do this, we will suffer in the future. Innovation is what has kept this country a world power. Without it, our economy will dwindle.

22: Motivation | “How did Gandhi ever withstand the hunger-strikes at all? Didn't do it to gain power or money if I recall.” - K'naan

23: I like this quote because it's from a great song, and it makes a point. Most of the world's greatest leaders didn't do what they did for money. Their goals weren't to increase their power. To become truly powerful one must not set their mind on the power, but do what they are doing because they believe in it. I think this is really eye-opening.

24: Experience | “You can't feel the heat until you hold your hand over the flame” - Tim McIlrath Rise Against

25: This quote is great because it is very wise. It is also from another one of my favorite songs. Tim McIlrath is saying that you can't truly understand something until you've done it. Also, the best way to learn is through experience. Finally, it is saying that you shouldn't judge something until you know everything about it.

26: What is a home? | "Is a house really a home when your loved ones are gone?" - Sean Combs aka Diddy

27: I heard this quote in a song and I thought it was really thought provoking. In my opinion, a home is where you belong. The literal definition would be where you live, but in my opinion it's more than that. A home is where you feel safe. Most importantly, it's where you know you can find people who love you.

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