-John Keating (Played by Robin Williams) in Dead Poets Society(more…)
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“You’ve been given a mind of your own. You didn’t have to buy it. You didn’t have to earn it. The most powerful and entertaining tool a thing can possess and you were all given one for free. Don’t give it away for someone else to use. Don’t let someone else buy it from you for peanuts. It’s yours. Use it for yourself. It can literally create anything. It does not have the restrictions you have been taught it has. It can comprehend anything. So have fun, and f**k anyone that tries to take it away from you. Fill it with whatever you want to fill it with… and see what kind of magic you produce.”
–Ernest Hemingway [Possibly misatrributed, See Source Notes for details]
Quote Number: 320
Source: Unknown source
Source Notes: Upon further review there is a possibility that this is not a Hemingway quote, however because I cannot confirm this I am not going to change it at this time. I still have been unable to identify the original source. However, a reference was made to an unpublished work titled “Crossroads” in volume 16 of the New York Times Biographical Service, online here. While it is hard to see from just the snippet view, it may not be quoting Hemingway at all.
Also, after reviewing several different editions of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms online, I am fairly certain it is not contained in there. If you have any further information, please leave a comment, thank you!