November 27

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'Thank You', that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart
2004
I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. ~ Elbert Hubbard
2005
Put every great teacher together in a room, and they'd agree about everything, put their disciples in there and they'd argue about everything. ~ Bruce Lee
2006
Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it. ~ Bruce Lee
2007
Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. ~ Bruce Lee
2008
Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there. ~ Bruce Lee
2009
Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and NOTHING is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you'll be flexible to change with the ever changing. OPEN yourelf and flow, my friend. Flow in the TOTAL OPENESS OF THE LIVING MOMENT. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo. ~ Bruce Lee
2010
When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself. ~ Bruce Lee
2011
Acting funny, but I don't know why,
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.
~ Jimi Hendrix
2012
The brain is waking and with it the mind is returning. It is as if the Milky Way entered upon some cosmic dance. Swiftly the head mass becomes an enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one; a shifting harmony of subpatterns. Now as the waking body rouses, subpatterns of this great harmony of activity stretch down into the unlit tracks of the stalk-piece of the scheme. Strings of flashing and travelling sparks engage the lengths of it. This means that the body is up and rises to meet its waking day.
~ Charles Scott Sherrington ~
2013
Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Awareness has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being, without exclusion.
~ Bruce Lee ~
2014
Today we give our thanks, most of all, for the ideals of honor and faith we inherit from our forefathers — for the decency of purpose, steadfastness of resolve and strength of will, for the courage and the humility, which they possessed and which we must seek every day to emulate. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.
Let us therefore proclaim our gratitude to Providence for manifold blessings — let us be humbly thankful for inherited ideals — and let us resolve to share those blessings and those ideals with our fellow human beings throughout the world.
~ John F. Kennedy ~
2015 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used.
3 : Very Good - strong desire to see it used.
2 : Good - some desire to see it used.
1 : Acceptable - but with no particular desire to see it used.
0 : Not acceptable - not appropriate for use as a quote of the day.


Suggestions[edit]

The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart; if you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between "for" and "against" is the mind's worst disease. ~ Bruce Lee (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:28, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 Zarbon 07:00, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 00:16, 27 November 2008 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC) This quote is misattributed to Lee : In Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living (2000) edited by John Little, it is attributed to Lee, but it is also quoted in precisely this form, from what appear to be translations from Taoist writings in The Religions of Man (1958) by Huston Smith. I would be willing to rank this a 3 or perhaps even a 4, even on this date, if full and proper attributions were found for it. (Current information which led me to exclude this as a quote from Lee derives primarily from looking at segments of the 1958 book found with Google Booksearch).
    • I really liked this quote. I was surely hoping that it was one of Lee's. Even if it was edited by Little and/or related to the writings of Smith, I'd still associate it with Lee, this was the best choice for the day with the deep message. Zarbon 03:37, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  • I've seen this attributed several times to Zen masters, specifically, Sent-ts’an (eg http://www.righteousmind.com/). And it isn't really Lee's prose style either - too much parallelism, which is a hallmark of classic Chinese. --Gwern 14:56, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

I'm not a master, I'm a student-master, meaning that I have the knowledge of a master and the expertise of a master, but I'm still learning, So I'm a student-master. I don't believe in the word master, I consider the master as such when they close the casket. ~ Bruce Lee

  • 3 Kalki 20:38, 26 November 2005 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4, if sourced, but I have as yet found no definite source for this.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:28, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because one is always learning until one's final breath. Zarbon 07:00, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself; do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. ~Bruce Lee

  • 3 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:27, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

Like everyone else you want to learn the way to win. But never to accept the way to lose. To accept defeat — to learn to die — is to be liberated from it. ~ Bruce Lee

  • 3 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:27, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

I want to do everything in the world that can be done. ~ Fanny Kemble

  • 2 Zarbon 04:17, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:55, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face?
How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace?
~ Fanny Kemble

  • 2 Zarbon 04:17, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC) though I might rank it at 3 eventually

A sacred burden is this life ye bear:
Look on it, lift it, bear it solemnly,
Stand up and walk beneath it steadfastly.
Fail not for sorrow, falter not for sin,
But onward, upward, till the goal ye win.
~ Fanny Kemble

  • 3 Zarbon 04:17, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to. ~ Jimi Hendrix


Have you ever been experienced?
Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful.
~ Jimi Hendrix


We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds... Cause there are so many sleeping people. ~ Jimi Hendrix


Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail. ~ Bruce Lee


The Moment is freedom. — I couldn't live by a rigid schedule. I try to live freely from moment to moment, letting things happen and adjusting to them. ~ Bruce Lee


Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee


The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems. ~ Bruce Lee


The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all. He lives only in what is. ~ Bruce Lee


When you're talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you'd better train every part of your body! ~ Bruce Lee


Let us put aside resolutely that great fright, tenderly and without malice, daring to be wrong in something important rather than right in some meticulous banality, fearing no evil while the mind is free to search, imagine, and conclude, inviting our countrymen to try other instruments than coercion and suppression in the effort to meet destiny with triumph, genially suspecting that no creed yet calendared in the annals of politics mirrors the doomful possibilities of infinity. ~ Charles A. Beard (dob)


Thanksgiving provides a formal context in which to consider the instances of kindness that have enlightened our lives, for moments of grace that have gotten us through when all seemed lost. These are fine and sentimental subjects for contemplation. ~ Jon Carroll

Or

I pray for you, that all your misgivings will be melted to thanksgivings. Remember that the shadow a thing casts often far exceeds the size of the thing itself (especially if the light be low on the horizon) and though some future fear may strut brave darkness as you approach, the thing itself will be but a speck when seen from beyond. Oh that He would restore us often with that 'aspect from beyond,' to see a thing as He sees it, to remember that He dealeth with us as with sons. ~ Jim Elliot

Or

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. ~ Victor Hugo

  • 4 Suggest any one of above for Thanksgiving on 27 November 2014--Nvvchar (talk) 19:51, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 07:11, 26 November 2014 (UTC) I considered using the first one, but ended up looking for more and prefer the quote by JFK I found, for this year.