“To this generation I would say: Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.” Edgar Lee Masters

From the New York Times Obituary for Maxine Kumin
Ms. Kumin was such an evangelist for the sound of poetry that she exhorted her students to memorize 30 to 40 lines of it a week.
“The other reason, as I tell their often stunned faces, is to give them an internal library to draw on when they are taken political prisoner,” she told The Times-Picayune of New Orleans in 2000.  "For many, this is an unthinkable concept; they simply do not believe in anything fervently enough to go to jail for it.“