December 19

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
In the winter season, for seven days of calm, Alcyone broods over her nest on the surface of the waters while the sea-waves are quiet. Through this time Aeolus keeps his winds at home, and ocean is smooth for his descendants’ sake. ~ Ovid
2005
The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them. ~ Emily Brontë (died 19 December 1848)
2006
It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win. Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life. ~ Phil Ochs (born 19 December 1940)
2007
In such an ugly time the true protest is beauty. ~ Phil Ochs
2008
After the final no there comes a yes
And on that yes the future world depends.

~ Wallace Stevens ~
2009
"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" ~ Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol (first published on this date in 1843)
2010
And I won't be laughing at the lies when I'm gone
And I can't question how or when or why when I'm gone
Can't live proud enough to die when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here.

~ Phil Ochs ~

2011
And the evil is done in hopes that evil surrenders
but the deeds of the devil are burned too deep in the embers
and a world of hunger in vengeance will always remember
So please be reassured, we seek no wider war,
we seek no wider war.

~ Phil Ochs ~

2012
I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.
~ Charles Dickens ~
in
~ A Christmas Carol ~
2013
"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead", said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!"
The Spirit was immovable as ever.
~ Charles Dickens ~
in
~ A Christmas Carol ~
2014 
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A person who has not done one half his day's work by ten o clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone. ~ Emily Brontë (Date of death)


I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. ~ Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol, published that day.

  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 - --Mister Six 11:10, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Zarbon 19:39, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:58, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

I feel like a spinning top or a dreidel.
The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle.
You just slow down.

~ Don McLean ~ song lyrics related to Hanukkah, for last day of Hanukkah 2009.


This was the dedication of the altar. ~ Traditional verse for the last day of Hanukkah (last day of Hanukkah 2009)


May you be sealed totally for good. ~ Traditional blessing for the last day of Hanukkah (last day of Hanukkah 2009)



Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child. Oh God. to hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust. ~ Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol (first published on this date in 1843)


Of the loved, revered, and honoured head, thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread purposes, or make one feature odious. It is not that the hand is heavy and will fall down when released; it is not that the heart and pulse are still; but that the hand was open, generous, and true; the heart brave, warm, and tender; and the pulse a man’s. Strike, Shadow, strike! And see his good deeds springing from the wound, to sow the world with life immortal! ~ Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol (first published on this date in 1843)


Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be, only? ~ Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol (first published on this date in 1843)


"I don't know what day of the month it is!", said Scrooge. "I don't know how long I've been among the Spirits. I don't know anything. I'm quite a baby. Never mind. I don't care. I'd rather be a baby. Hallo! Whoop! Hallo here!"~ Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol (first published on this date in 1843)


"I don't know what to do!", cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world. Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!" ~ Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol (first published on this date in 1843)


When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary. ~ Carter Woodson (dob)