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Framing Quotes

Capt Grace Miller

According To frame
It was Charles Dickens who wrote: Heaven knows, we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts (286). In one of his poems Ogden Nash relates that, when confronted with Robert Burns, Scholars hip deep in Homer and Horace / Suddenly go all dock and dorris (7). It may be true that, as Oscar Wilde remarked, Americas claim to youth is one of its oldest myths (23).

The Interrupting Frame


Atomic war, declared a recent editorial in the London Times, is likely to ruin forever the nation that even victoriously wages it (2).

The Separate-Sentence Frame


A mans capable of understanding anything how the ether vibrates and whats going on in the sunbut how any man can blow his nose differently from him, that hes incapable of understanding (6). Ivan Turgenev, the Russian novelist, was taking a dig at science when he wrote these words.

The Intermittent Frame


As Didion has so poignantly expressed, we cannot return home to a world that never changes. Graveyards are vandalized and greataunts age. Didion further illustrates the impossibility of returning to an unchanged past with teacups that take on newor lose meaning as time passes (329).

Humility and the Limits of Knowledge in Modern Science

In the movie Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure, the two teenage time travelers go back to ancient Greece to meet Socrates. Upon researching Socrates in their history textbook, Bill and Ted find a quote that defines Socratess perception of wisdom: The only true wisdom consists of knowing that we know nothing. Thats us, dude! Bill exclaims. Of course, Socrates did not mean that ignorance is wisdom; he simply felt that men could not be truly wise without being aware of the limits of their wisdom. Unfortunately, such intellectual humility is not a virtue of modern science

1.) Think of a way to draw the reader in. Idea: reference a current event, book, movie, or some element of pop culture that relates to your topic. Tell a story. Ask a question. Introduce a hypothetical scenario. Identify a paradox. 2.) Transition into discussing your primary source. Briefly summarize it (in one sentence, if you can you can provide more background later). 3.) Transition into mentioning the modern issue you will be examining. How do the problems in this issue relate to the problems your primary source addresses? 4.) End with a clear, concise thesis statement.

Writing Exercise
1.) Choose a concept in Socratic/Platonic thought (reality, essence vs. accident, intellect, wisdom, etc.) 2.) Think of a current event or modern issue this concept relates to/informs. 3.) Using the model we just discussed, write an introduction to a paper that is a discussion between the primary source and the current event you chose. Use at least one quote from any of the sources provided.