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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for."

“There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.” This quote was said by Mr. Keating, the English teacher in “Dead Poet’s Society”. This quote speaks to me more than the others from the “Dead Poet’s Society”. It can mean something different to anyone who reads it but to me it means one thing. When I hear this quote, I think of being my own person, but a person who knows how to react to life. There are many lessons we must learn in school but they don’t make us wise, experience does. We must learn when it is time to be daring or cautious from our own experience. The first time something happens you are not going to know the correct way to react, but if you learn from that and make the right decision next time, you are becoming wise. If you make a mistake and the situation recurs but you didn’t learn from the first time then you aren’t wise.   

Life calls for quick reactions and sometimes we react the wrong way. In the “Dead Poet’s Society”, Mr. Keating speaks using this quote after a daring attempt which gets one of the boys in serious trouble. In this case Mr. Keating feels that he should have been more cautious but he is going to have to learn from his mistake and move on with his life and not do it again. In almost all of our lives we have a situation we must face where we must decide to be daring or cautious. The boys in the movie also had to make a choice, which they couldn’t do on their own before being taught by Mr. Keating. This quote as a whole means we must make decisions, sometimes the decisions can be harder to make, but we must make them and we must learn from them so we can one day become wise. One time I had to make a quick decision when someone asked me a question but I made the wrong choice. Instead of just forgetting everything, I made a mental note of them so the next time I had a similar situation I could make the right decision.  

13 comments:

  1. I really like how you explained the quote. We are going to do the same thing in LA. Wow what good timing. Over all good job!
    Shayla 7th Grade

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  2. Great job. I like how you explained about being wise and experienced. Would you think of yourself as wise?
    ~Bella Grade 8

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  3. Great job Emily! This is very detailed. I like how you related the quote to your own life.

    Casey, grade 8, WCS

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  4. Good job! This is a tough quote to understand and I thought you explained it well! In my class we are also learning about quotes!

    -Alia, grade 7

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  5. Nice job! You did a really nice job explaining what the quote means and how you see yourself using the quote in your everyday life.

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  6. Great job. I agree with you that caution and limits is very important.

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  7. Good job! I like your post because it was clear what you were trying to say. What lessons we must learn in school?

    -Alia, grade 7

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  8. Great job! I really like your post because you are very clear with what you are trying to say. What lessons should we learn in school? Great job!
    Alexandra, grade 7

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  9. Good job,
    I like this post, because you have to know when to be cautious and to be daring. Or do something you wouldn't normally do. You have to know your limits though.

    ~Angela, grade 7

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  10. Good job on your post. I like how much detail you put into it. I agree that school doesn't make you wise but experience does.
    Maddy
    7th Grade

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  11. Good job on you post. I like how much effort you put into this. I also like how all of you guys are talking about so you guys might have different opinions about it.

    Logan Grade 7

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  12. Dear Emily,

    I really like that you said what this quote means to you. I think that this quote means that a wise person is always right. You should always do good, but also have fun.

    From,
    Jacob Grade 7

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  13. it is a great QUOTE

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