January 13

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
There may be love without jealousy, but there is none without fear. ~ Miguel de Cervantes
2005
Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance. ~ Anthony de Mello
2006
I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. ~ Émile Zola (J'accuse published 13 January 1898)
2007
I still feel that sincerity and realism are avant-garde, or can be, just as I did when I started out. ~ Edmund White (born January 13, 1940)
2008
The explorers of the past were great men and we should honour them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find. ~ Sir Edmund Hillary
  • proposed by Kalki (recent death)
2009
All religions speak about death during this life on earth. Death must come before rebirth. But what must die? False confidence in one’s own knowledge, self-love and egoism. Our egoism must be broken. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff
2010
Conscious faith is freedom.
Emotional faith is slavery.
Mechanical faith is foolishness.
~ G. I. Gurdjieff ~
2011
Ill can he rule the great, that cannot reach the small. ~ Edmund Spenser
2012
LIBERATION LEADS TO LIBERATION.
These are the first words of truth — not truth in quotation marks but truth in the real meaning of the word; truth which is not merely theoretical, not simply a word, but truth that can be realized in practice. The meaning behind these words may be explained as follows:
By liberation is meant the liberation which is the aim of all schools, all religions, at all times.
This liberation can indeed be very great. All men desire it and strive after it. But it cannot be attained without the first liberation, a lesser liberation. The great liberation is liberation from influences outside us. The lesser liberation is liberation from influences within us. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff
2013
Knowledge can be acquired by a suitable and complete study, no matter what the starting point is. Only one must know how to "learn." What is nearest to us is man; and you are the nearest of all men to yourself. Begin with the study of yourself; remember the saying "Know thyself." ~ G. I. Gurdjieff
~ G. I. Gurdjieff ~
2014
Faith can not be given to man. Faith arises in a man and increases in its action in him not as the result of automatic learning, that is, not from any automatic ascertainment of height, breadth, thickness, form and weight, or from the perception of anything by sight, hearing, touch, smell or taste, but from understanding.
~ G. I. Gurdjieff ~
2015 
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Sometimes I look at the battered exteriors of apartment buildings in New York and think how these sorry shells have housed such a long procession of styles. The money! The effort! One tenant mirrors everything, the next panels the walls, the third lines them with mylar, the fourth turns to toile de Jouy, the fifth to pegboard or handblocked rice paper. The expensive if often shoddy interiors installed only to be dismantled, the exterior left untouched as it turns yet another shade sootier — this transience seems a fitting emblem for the way we stay up-to-date without ever changing. ~ Edmund White

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:05, 1 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:09, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

Being up on something is a way of dismissing it. To espouse any point of view is a danger — it might leave us stuck with last year's cause. Prized for their novelty alone, ideas, gimmicks, trends become equivalent, interchangeable. ~ Edmund White

  • 3 Kalki 00:06, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:09, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

I learned have, not to despise,
What ever thing seemes small in common eyes.
~ Edmund Spenser

  • 3 Zarbon 06:10, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Fierce warres and faithfull loves shall moralize my song. ~ Edmund Spenser

  • 2 Zarbon 06:10, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Knowledge and understanding are quite different. Only understanding can lead to being, whereas knowledge is but a passing presence in it. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff

  • 3 Zarbon 06:10, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff

  • 3 Zarbon 06:10, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Don't judge a man by the tales of others. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff

  • 4 Zarbon 06:10, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Remember your self always and everywhere. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff

  • 3 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:26, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Be bold, be bold, and every where Be bold,
That much she muz'd, yet could not construe it
By any ridling skill, or commune wit.
At last she spyde at that same roomes upper end,
Another yron dore, on which was writ,
Be not too bold.
~ Edmund Spenser ~

  • 3 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 05:26, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne.
For a man by nothing is so well bewrayd,
As by his manners.

~ Edmund Spenser ~

  • 3 Kalki 15:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:26, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:41, 12 January 2009 (UTC)