July 8

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Why is all around us here as if some lesser god had made the world, but had not force to shape it as he would, till the High God behold it from beyond, and enter it, and make it beautiful? Or else as if the world were wholly fair, but that these eyes of men are dense and dim, and have not power to see it as it is: perchance, because we see not to the close... ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
2005
Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people. ~ Jean de La Fontaine (born 8 July 1621)
2006
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive — to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (born 8 July 1926)
2007
Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it. ~ Jean de La Fontaine
2008
As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
2009
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. ~ Jean de La Fontaine
2010
There must be understanding between the artist and the people. In the best ages of art that has always been the case. Genius can probably run on ahead and seek out new ways. But the good artists who follow after genius — and I count myself among these — have to restore the lost connection once more. ~ Käthe Kollwitz (born July 8, 1867)
2011
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (date of birth)
2012
By the work one knows the workman.
~ Jean de La Fontaine ~
2013
We make progress in society only if we stop cursing and complaining about its shortcomings and have the courage to do something about them.
~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross ~
2014
Come to the bridal chamber, Death,
Come to the mother's, when she feels,
For the first time, her first born's breath;
Come, when the blessed seals
That close the pestilence are broke,
And crowded cities wail its stroke:
Come in consumption's ghastly form,
The earthquake shock, the ocean storm;
Come when the heart beats high and warm
With banquet song and dance and wine;
And thou art terrible: — the tear,
The groan, the knell, the pall, the bier,
And all we know, or dream, or fear,
Of agony, are thine.

But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word,
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be.

~ Fitz-Greene Halleck ~
2015 
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Suggestions[edit]

Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory. ~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter#Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), published that day


And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away. - (Ozymandias of Egypt -1818) Percy Bysshe Shelley died this day


Passion is power,
And, kindly tempered, saves. All things declare
Struggle hath deeper peace than sleep can bring. ~ William Vaughn Moody


The day of small nations has passed away; the day of Empires has come. ~ Joseph Chamberlain


I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers. ~ John D. Rockefeller


I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything. ~ John D. Rockefeller

  • 3 Zarbon 05:27, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:50, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:29, 3 July 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 15:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

We care so little of other people than even Christianity urges us to do good for the love of God. ~ Cesare Pavese
  • proposed by Nemo 13:59, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
  • 2 Quite important in his thought. Nemo 13:59, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 15:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)