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Amazing monuments dedicated to DANCE

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I WANDER’D lonely as a cloud

“Daffodils” (1804) 

That floats on high o’er vales and hills, 
When all at once I saw a crowd, 
A host, of golden daffodils; 
Beside the lake, beneath the trees, 
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. 

Continuous as the stars that shine 
And twinkle on the Milky Way, 
They stretch’d in never-ending line 
Along the margin of a bay: 
Ten thousand saw I at a glance, 
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. 
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The waves beside them danced; but they 
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: 
A poet could not but be gay, 
In such a jocund company: 
I gazed – and gazed – but little thought 
What wealth the show to me had brought: 

For oft, when on my couch I lie 
In vacant or in pensive mood, 
They flash upon that inward eye 
Which is the bliss of solitude; 
And then my heart with pleasure fills, 
And dances with the daffodils. 

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

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Conquer your fear, and I promise you’ll conquer death. Alexander

Quotes from the Movie Alexander

 

  • In the end, all that matters is what you’ve done.

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  • A king isn’t born, Alexander, he is made. By steel and by suffering. A king must know 

    how to hurt those he loves. It’s lonely. Ask anyone. Ask Heracles. Ask any of them. Fate is cruel. No man or woman can be too powerful or too beautiful without disaster befalling. They laugh when you rise too high. And they crush everything you’ve built with a whim. What glory they give in the end, they take away. They… They make of us slaves.

 

  • I didn’t cross Asia to steal this victory, Cassander.”

  • All men reach and fall…

  • It was an empire not of land and gold but of the mind.

  • Did such a man as Alexander exist? Of course not! We idolize him; make him better than he was.

  • I never believed in his dream. None of us did. That’s the truth of his life. The dreamers exhaust us. They must die before they kill us with their blasted dreams.

  • Sometimes expecting the best of people can be a flaw.

  • Excess in all things is the undoing of men!I can only warn you, not teach you. Beware of what you dream for; the gods have a way of punishing such pride.

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  • But I am Alexander. And no more than Earth has two suns, will Asia bear two kings.

  • His failure towered over other men’s successes.

  • The glory and memory of man will always belong to the ones who follow their great visions.

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Final words of the film

His tragedy was one of increasing loneliness and impatience with those who could not understand. And if his desire to unite Greek and barbarian ended in failure… what failure! His failure towered over other men’s successes. I’ve lived… I’ve lived a long life, Cadmos. But the glory and the memory of man will always belong to the ones who follow their great visions. And the greatest of these is the one they now… call “Megas Alexandros” – the greatest Alexander of them all.

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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