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FC: Commonplace Book | By: Michael Gonzalez

1: Fourth period Page 2-3 Ronald Reagan Page 4-5 Jonathan Winthrop Page 6-7 The Crucible Page 8-9 Arthur Miller Page 10-11 Benjamin Franklin Page 12-13 Longfellow Page 14-15 William Cullen Bryant Page 16-17 Lauryn Hill Page 18-19 Nina Simone Page 20-21 Antoine De Saint-Exupery Page 22-23 Mohandas Gandhi Page 24-25 Carl Jung

2: Quote taken from Reagan's inaugural speech | "our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries, or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we’re sick -- professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truck drivers. They are, in short, “We the People.” This breed called Americans."

3: Ronald Reagan couldn't have defined the American people more accurately. I feel that Reagan really described Americans well because he mentioned that they are hard working individuals who strive to keep this country how it is. However I feel that he wasn't being realistic due to the fact that there are also people in this country that are not so benevolent. There are not so good people who make up the United States as well. I Like the fact that he doesn't specify the racial and ethnic differences that make up this country, but he states how everyone in this country come together to form one ethnicity, "This breed called Americans".

4: Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck... is to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God." -John Winthrop | The "Arbella" | J.W.

5: J.W. | Out of all the exerts of literature we read during the Colonial period, I felt that Johnathan Winthrop was the most likable. J.W. seemed to have the best intentions out of all the other writers. This is due to his key diction; in this quote he uses calming words, words that show a reasonable side to god. In contrast, Johnathan Edwards uses diction that display god as harsh and unloving. This notion makes me feel like J.W. had the best intentions for him and his people.

6: Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God's fingers? I'll tell you what's walking Salem-venegeance is walking Salem..... little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law! I'll not give my wife to vengeance! | John Proctor

7: I felt like this was the only truthful quote spoken about the accusations in Salem. John Proctor clearly sees that the fate of a mass of people are held in the hands of a select few. We know (as the reader) that these judges are of ill repute. Therefore John Proctor strikes me as the most consistently truthful character. If John Proctors character was taken more into consideration by the court, then the town of Salem would have been saved.

8: All this I understood. I had not approached the witchcraft out of nowhere, or from purely social and political considerations. My own marriage of twelve years was teetering and I knew more than I wished to know about where the blame lay. That John Proctor the sinner might overturn his paralyzing personal guilt and become the most forthright voice against the madness around him was a reassurance to me, and, I suppose, an inspiration: | Arthur Miller

9: Written during the time of the second red-scare, A.M. was definitely trying to show the world the consequences of accusations. However, in this quote he brings in personal motives for creating the crucible. He compares himself to john proctor the sinner. He says that his marriage was much like the relationship between Proctor and Elizabeth. This proves to me that Authors are artists as well and they use there writing as a way of expressing themselves.

10: I wished to live without committing any fault at any time; I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other | Benjamin Franklin

11: This quotation was very interesting to me because Ben franklin was actually trying to formulate a method for achieving what we all strive to achieve. What he finds is that doing one to avoid the other seems to help. This is true because if you are tying to stay on the right path keeping yourself with a group of people who do the same seems to help keep you off the wrong path. And I admire his logic in creating this method because it serves as a great testament to the writing of the time period. His methods were like the self help books of the time that showed how one could really on logic to achieve moral perfection.

12: Such is the cross I wear upon my breast These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes And seasons, changeless since the day she died

13: Longfellow is very good at using nature to express his point. The very literal aspects of nature such as the picture above can be used to explain many characteristics of life. In the poem he explains that the ridge were the sun doesn't shine creates a cross of snow that lasts through-out the ages. Since the day his wife died the grief he feels for remains the same just like the cross of snow engraved in the ridges of the mountain. Longfellow is a great testament of how nature was cherished during the romantic era.

14: Go forth, under the open sky, and list 15 To Nature's teachings, while from all around-- 16 Earth and her waters, and the depths of air-- 17 Comes a still voice—

15: I'm surprised that William Cullen Bryant wrote this poem at such a young age. He also uses nature as a solution to life's problems. This was a common theme through out the romantic era. William says that we should go out into nature and view death from a perspective of calmness and serenity. I think that Americans need to get out into nature a little more and take his advice into consideration.

16: Poem: Motives and Thoughts By: Singer, Lauryn Hill | Motives and thoughts Rotating bodies, confusion of sound Negative imagery, holding us down Social delusion, clearly constructed Human condition, morals corrupted Trapped in reaction, lawlessness war Dissatisfaction from bowels to core Wicked theology, robbing the poor Scheme demonology mislead the pure Strictly strategically studying war Stiff-necked scholars on prescription meds Wishing their problems were all in their heads Morale dilemma, pride is the root Misguided from youth, heart divided from truth Egyptians and Grecians, spiritually dead Imperially led, by the gods in their heads Motives and thoughts Industrial wealth Global economy, in it for self Heart full of madness, covered with kind Pleasure designed to take over your mind Furnished in godliness, painted in good Light shown in darkness, image exposed Few can see through the new emperor’s clothes Motives and thoughts Blind with the wickedness, deep in your heart Modern day wickedness is all you’ve been taught Lied to your neighbors, so you get ahead Modern day trickery is all you’ve been fed Motives and thoughts

17: Much like Benjamin Franklin talks about how to fix the moralistic problems of society, Lauryn Hill talks about the corruption of todays society. She believes that things such as pride, pleasure, lust, and materialism cause a "Morale Dilemma" in modern society. She is trying to express that throughout human existence a vicious cycle of these corrupt motives and thoughts runs rampid in society. It is true that self-consciously, we all seem to care about ourselves above all else and that we all have some secret sin deep down. In the work force it is also true that the easiest way to get ahead is by using trickery.

18: Transcripts from an interview with Nina Simone : -What is freedom to you Nina? (referring to her song - "how it feels to be free") - Same thing it is to you... its just a feeling. Its like how do you tell somebody how it feels to be in love who has never been in love... you can not do it to save your life... you can describe things, but you cannot tell them... but you no it when it happens I've had a couple of times on stage where i really felt free and its really something else... I'll tell you what freedom means to me.... No Fear!... Lots of children have no fear thats not all of it but thats the closest way i can describe it ... no fear. | Freedom | Nina Simone

19: Nina is a very artistic and emotional human being, much like those cherished during the romantic era. And in this interview gives an explanation about how it feels to be free. She compares it to a child that has no fear. This comparison is much like how romantic writers cherished the old and the young. She also puts emphasis on her feelings; she doesn't formulate a way of how to explain it like someone from the age of reason would. Nina Simone is an artist that is very in tune with how she feels and reminds me of people during the romantic era of writting. | Nina Simone

20: -Pourquoi bois-tu? lui demanda le petit prince. -Pour oublier, repondit le buveur. -Pour oublier quoi? s'enquit le petit prince qui deja le plaignait. -Pour oublier que j'ai honte, avoua le buveur en baissant la tete. -Honte de quoi? s'informa le petit prince qui desirait le secourir. -Honte de boire ! acheva le buveur qui s'enferma difinitivement dans le silence. Et le petit prince s'en fut, perplexe. " les grandes personnes sont dicidement tres tres bizarres" French to English translation: -Why do you drink? said the little prince. -To forget, said the drunk -To forget what? said the little prince -To forget that I'm ashamed. -Ashamed of what? said the little prince -Ashamed of drinking. said the drunk The little prince left upset saying. "Adults are really really bizarre" | Le Petit Prince by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

21: While The little prince was written at an elementary level it has a deeper moral to it. Throughout the novel the author clearly cherishes the childlike way of thinking. As the story progresses the little prince travels from planet to planet trying to find a friend. On each of the planets he finds an adult with a problem. The planets symbolize the irrational things that adults do and the little prince gets fed up with all of them. this shows how the author cherishes the innocence of children like the writers of the romantic era.

22: A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. -Mohandas Gandhi

23: This quote pretty much sums up the whole age of reason in one sentence. What we think eventually dictates what we do in life and defines us as a person. We should keep our thoughts pure so that we can become pure human beings. This reflects the age of reason because they believed that what ever problems or obstacles we need to overcome we can do it with reason. I believe that Gandhi is very wise in saying this quote because it hold a lot of truth

24: -Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. -Carl Jung | Carl Jung

25: Carl Jung was a very important psychologist who thought there could never be any happiness with out a little pain. This is true because we always have to make sacrifices for the greater good. For instance if we want to be successful in life we need to sacrifice our fun now in order to be successful later. I also felt that this relates to the Ministers black Veil because it carries the notion that even good people have secret sin that they are carrying around. However, Carl Jung feels that we need to find a balance between these things. He also believes that we should live in the moment and " take things as they come".

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