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Don Quixote 06-07-2005 10:12 PM

I don't know whether to post this in the "GL related" or non-"GL-related" place in the forum.

In September, I'll be giving a speech at the college where I teach. It's for our opening ceremonies. I have to deliver the talk because I was given the college's excellence in teaching award. Please don't think that I'm boasting; I'm gratified that I won the award, but I know that many of my colleagues could have won as well. The thing is, I don't really give many speeches, and although I'm supposed to deliver an "intellectual" talk, I want to include at least a few verses by GL. I'll be quoting from Don Quijote (the original novel, in Spanish and English), as well as some of my favorite Spanish authors (Unamuno, Ortega, Salinas and others). What I'm looking for is what all of you think is the deepest verse(s) that GL wrote, and your interpretation. Not too hard a task, right? And, of course, it has to speak to my Ph.D. colleagues, the college's administration, and a bunch of incoming 18-year-old first year students. No problem, eh?

Thanks,
DQ

Janice 06-08-2005 03:55 PM

Congratulations on such an honor - and you should boast; it's quite an achievement. Even more so given that you were selected over colleagues you feel to be equally qualified and deserving.

I have enjoyed your written word as shared here in the past, so I imagine your spoken communication is just as captivating and wish I could be a fly on the wall listening to your presentation.

As to your request, I'll have to give it some thought. I am looking forward to reading what other more philosophical members of the group suggest.

Restless 06-09-2005 12:35 AM

Now take a look at me
Do I look like the kind of guy
The kinda fool who went to school
And had to stand on a stool,
Because he couldn't come t' terms with a slide rule

Don Quixote 06-09-2005 01:21 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Janice. Restless, those verses would be great, except for one thing--the answer would be "yes"!!
--DQ :)

violet Blue 06-09-2005 03:47 PM

Will you be one who passed through but never saw
Never knowing never feeling anything
Will you live your whole life through never knowing what to do
Will you be one who passed through but never saw


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