O Me! O! Life


Inspiration

‘O me! O life!…
Of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless…
Of cities filled with the foolish;
What good amid these, O me, O life?’

Answer:

That you are here —that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.
That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.
What will your verse be?”

—Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass), as adapted in the movie Dead Poets Society.