(Inspired by today's 'On Point' on NPR)
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
'The Second Coming' by W. B. Yeats
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste to our powers.
'The World' by William Wordsworth
History! Read it and weep!
'Cat's Cradle' by Kurt Vonnegut
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
'September 1, 1939' by W. H. Auden
You're either staying in or going out.
Everything else is irrelevant detail.
'Sein Language' by Jerry Seinfeld