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January 2004[edit]

1. Jackie Biskupski is running for a seat in the Utah Legislature, and she's attracting a lot of attention because she's a lesbian. Her Republican opponent, Dan Alderson, is a staunch Mormon, and is running a negative ad campaign calling her lifestyle abnormal and deviant. His six wives agree. ~ Rick Mercer, This Hour Has 22 Minutes (12 October 1998)
2. Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. ~ Albert Einstein
3.Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~
5. Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. ~ Carl Sagan
6. All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly — right now. ~ Buckminster Fuller
7.Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
8. True Love in this differs from gold and clay, That to divide is not to take away. Love is like understanding, that grows bright, Gazing on many truths. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
9. Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy. ~ Spider Robinson
12. Dignity does not come in possessing honors, but in deserving them. ~ Aristotle
13. There may be love without jealousy, but there is none without fear. ~ Miguel de Cervantes
14. Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy — in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other ~ Robert Heinlein in Stranger In A Strange Land
15. There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. ... There is another theory which states that this has already happened. ~ Douglas Adams
16. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
19. Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune
20. No man can justly censure or condemn another, because indeed no man truly knows another ~ Sir Thomas Browne
21. Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. ~ G. K. Chesterton
22. I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. ~ Douglas Adams
23. All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love. ~ Eleanor Farjeon
26. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus
27. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring
29. I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. ~ Stephen Grellet

February 2004[edit]

2. My years are not advancing as fast as you might think. ~ Bill Murray as "Phil" in Groundhog Day
3. The things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. ~ Buckminster Fuller
4. If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel. ~ Jim Morrison
5. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are ~ Theodore Roosevelt
6. To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things. ~ Isaac Newton
9. Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. ~ Eric Hoffer
10. Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than even malice and wickedness. At all events, the two latter are of less frequent occurrence. ~ Goethe in The Sorrows of Young Werther
11. Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. ~ George Santayana
12. If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. ~ John F. Kennedy
14. True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
16. I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance. ~ e. e. cummings
17. Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be. ~ Anonymous
18. What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts. ~ George Bernard Shaw
19. Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us ~ Bill Watterson
20. There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom. Friendship loves a free Air, and will not be penned up in streight and narrow Enclosures. It will speak freely, and act so too; and take nothing ill where no ill is meant; nay, where it is, ’twill easily forgive, and forget too, upon small Acknowledgments. ~ William Penn
21. Careful the things you say, children will listen. Guide them along the way, children will see and learn. Children may not obey, but children will look to you for which way to turn; to learn what to be! Careful before you say "Listen to Me." Children will listen. ~ Into the Woods (Sondheim/Lapine)
22. The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~ Isaac Asimov
23. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss
24. Ethics and Aesthetics are one. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
25. An amicable divorce is like a ventilated condom; it just doesn't work. ~ Rita Rudner
26. An interesting thing has happened since San Francisco started granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples: my marriage is just fine! Even though there are thousands of gay and lesbian couples affirming their love for and commitment to each other, my marriage — my affirmation of love and commitment to (my wife) — isn't threatened at all. As a matter of fact, the only people who can really "threaten" my marriage are the two of us. ~ Wil Wheaton
27. It must be so humiliating to have such a public break-up. ~ Ellen Degeneres to Justin Timberlake
28. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ~ Oscar Wilde
29. Just because it's old doesn't mean you have to read it. ~ Jolene Sugarbaker, the Trailer Park Queen, as portrayed by actor Jayson Saffer.

March 2004[edit]

  1. Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think. ~ John Stuart Mill
  2. We may afirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. ~ Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel
  3. It is only by preserving faith in human dreams that we may, after all, perhaps some day make them come true. ~ James Branch Cabell
  4. The day may dawn when fair play, love for one's fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair. ~ Winston Churchill
  5. When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth. ~ Dawn of the Dead (by George Romero).
  6. The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. ~ John Milton
  7. May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
  8. An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's. ~ J. D. Salinger
  9. People often say to me, ‘I understand what you are talking about intellectually, but I don’t really feel it, I don’t realize it,' and I am apt to reply, ‘I wonder whether you do understand it intellectually, because if you did you would also feel it.' ~ Alan Watts
  10. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Jung
  11. To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed. That can make life a garden. ~ Goethe
  12. Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. ~ André Gide
  13. The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility. ~ Charles Caleb Colton
  14. I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace. ~ Helen Keller
  15. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. ~ Malcolm X
  16. Do not say, "I follow the one true path of the Spirit", but rather, "I have found the Spirit walking on my path", for the Spirit walks on all paths. ~ Khalil Gibran
  17. Try to have a good day today, wherever you are, whatever you do, whoever is near, if no one is near. Try to be happy, because you may not see tomorrow. There is someone this morning, who didn't wake up, who will never see this day. Try to feel lucky that this is not you. ~ Margaret Cho
  18. I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ~ Booker T. Washington
  19. Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. ~ Ambrose Bierce in The Devil's Dictionary
  20. Always, Sir, set a high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord, will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you. ~ Samuel Johnson
  21. Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' And Vanity comes along and asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But Conscience asks the question 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. ~ Martin Luther King
  22. The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. ~ Albert Einstein
  23. It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. ~ Thomas Paine
  24. A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
  25. The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. ~ Aldous Huxley
  26. In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest. ~ Aesop
  27. If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows. ~ Epictetus
  28. Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. ~ Peter Ustinov
  29. There's no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day ~ Alexander Woolcott
  30. The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder. ~ Æschylus

April 2004[edit]

  1. Years ago my mother used to say to me... 'In this world, Elwood, you must be Oh-so-smart, or Oh-so-pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart — I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. ~ Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the film Harvey
  2. In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life — It goes on. ~ Robert Frost
  3. Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they might have been. ~ William Hazlitt
  4. Where there is great love there are always miracles. ~ Willa Cather
  5. Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it. ~ C.S. Lewis
  6. There is no sincerer love than the love of food. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  7. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of hell. ~ Saint Augustine
  8. Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous. ~ Zhuang Zi
  9. The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~ John Vance Cheney
  10. Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. ~ Henry James
  11. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. ~ Yeshua of Galilee (Jesus Christ)
  12. Living next to [the US] is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. ~ Pierre Trudeau
  13. Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  14. We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
  15. The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr. ~ Will Rogers
  16. Curse on all laws but those which love has made! ~ Alexander Pope
  17. The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. ~ B. F. Skinner
  18. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. ~ Bill Hicks
  19. Materialists and madmen never have doubts. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  20. Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. ~ Elbert Hubbard
  21. It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. ~ Molière
  22. I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. ~ Anne Frank
  23. The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go. ~ Martha Washington
  24. In war, you win or lose, live or die — and the difference is just an eyelash. ~ Douglas MacArthur
  25. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Gautama Buddha
  26. Nothing is better than the unintended humor of reality. ~ Steve Allen
  27. When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it. ~ Anatole France
  28. The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  29. Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it. ~ Muhammad Ali
  30. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. ~ Robert J. Hanlon

May 2004[edit]

  1. The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May. ~ Sir Thomas Malory
  2. I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
  3. In nature's infinite book of secrecy a little I can read. ~ William Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra
  4. The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. ~ eden ahbez
  5. Everything in the universe relates to the number 5, one way or another, given enough ingenuity on the part of the interpreter. ~ Principia Discordia, The Law of Fives
  6. That best portion of a good man's life, — His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. ~ William Wordsworth
  7. If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. ~ Emily Dickinson
  8. There are very few human beings who receive the truth , complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. ~ Anaïs Nin
  9. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. ~ George Washington
  10. There are worlds beyond worlds and times beyond times, all of them true, all of them real, and all of them (as children know) penetrating each other. ~ P. L. Travers
  11. The integral vision embodies an attempt to take the best of both worlds, ancient and modern. But that demands a critical stance willing to reject unflinchingly the worst of both as well. ~ Ken Wilber
  12. It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. ~ Good Omens (by Gaiman & Pratchett)
  13. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. ~ William Faulkner
  14. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad. ~ Freeman Dyson
  15. In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind. ~ Louis Pasteur
  16. If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; if we begin with doubts, and are patient, we shall end in certainties. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  17. Explanations exist; they have existed for all times, for there is always an easy solution to every human problems — neat, plausible, and wrong. ~ H. L. Mencken
  18. Love me for love's sake, that evermore thou may'st love on, through love's eternity. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  19. It is love alone that gives worth to all things. ~ St. Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Jesús)
  20. No theory, no ready-made system, no book that has ever been written will save the world. I cleave to no system. I am a true seeker. ~ Mikhail Bakunin
  21. The road to wisdom? — Well, it's plain and simple to express: Err and err and err again but less and less and less. ~ Piet Hein
  22. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta be willing to put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton
  23. I try to make everyone's day a little more surreal. ~ Bill Watterson
  24. The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. ~ Carl Jung
  25. I got some new underwear the other day. Well, new to me. ~ Emo Philips
  26. Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. ~ Joseph Addison
  27. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  28. Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures — in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  29. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. ~ Steven Wright
  30. All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. ~ Edgar Allan Poe
  31. There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. ~ Maya Angelou

June 2004[edit]

  1. In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff
  2. The difference between a hooker and a ho ain't nothin' but a fee. ~ Cheryl James ("Salt" of the rap group "Salt 'N' Pepa")
  3. There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ~ W. Clement Stone
  4. We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. ~ Stevie Wonder
  5. Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  6. Do nothing, and everything is done. ~ Lao Zi; Variant: When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
  7. Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe. ~ Euripides
  8. It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action. ~ Lin Yutang
  9. A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. ~ David Hume
  10. History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. ~ Ronald Reagan
  11. Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way. ~ Ronald Reagan
  12. Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level. ~ Bertrand Russell
  14. Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. ~ Arnold J. Toynbee
  15. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. ~ Albert Schweitzer
  16. Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll
  17. Love loves to love love. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses
  18. There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  19. I'm not a prettier everywoman. I am an everywoman that they clean up awfully well for TV. ~ Kelly Ripa
  20. Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that a soldier, a soldier's servant, a cook, a porter brags and wishes to have his admirers. Even philosophers wish for them. Those who write against it want to have the glory of having written well; and those who read it desire the glory of having read it. I who write this have perhaps this desire, and perhaps those who will read it... ~ Blaise Pascal
  21. With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
  22. How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. ~ Niels Bohr
  23. Every man should be capable of all ideas. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
  24. Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold
  25. Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out. ~ Hugh Latimer
  26. It is circumstances which show what men are. ~ Epictetus
  27. Faith and doubt both are needed — not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve. ~ Lillian Smith
  28. They serve so that we don't have to. They offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. It is, remarkably, their gift to us. And all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. Will they ever trust us again? ~ Michael Moore
  29. How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read. ~ Karl Kraus
  30. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the tablets of eternity. ~ James Anthony Froude (long misattributed to Lord Acton)

July 2004[edit]

  1. A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. With great power comes great responsibility. ~ Stan Lee
  3. You don't understand. I could'a had class. I could'a been a contender. ~ Marlon Brando as "Terry Malloy" in On the Waterfront
  4. ...for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. ~ closing lines of The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States Of America written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, and approved as an official document of united will and determination, July 4, 1776.
  5. We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. ~ Thomas Jefferson in an early draft of The Declaration of Independence.
  6. When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. ~ Opening statement of The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America, composed primarily by Thomas Jefferson
  7. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Søren Kierkegaard
  8. 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
  9. Why can't you harness Might so that it works for Right? I know it sounds nonsense, but, I mean, you can't just say there is no such thing. The Might is there, in the bad half of people, and you can't neglect it. You can't cut it out but you might be able to direct it, if you see what I mean, so that it was useful instead of bad. ~ T. H. White in The Once and Future King
  10. You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! ~ Michael Palin as "Dennis" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  11. The old order changeth, yielding place to new, and God fulfils himself in many ways lest one good custom should corrupt the world. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
  12. What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. ~ John F. Kennedy
  13. Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  14. Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone.
    For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
    But has trouble enough of its own.

    ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~
  15. Thar’s only two possibilities: Thar is life out there in the universe which is smarter than we are, or we’re the most intelligent life in the universe. Either way, it’s a mighty sobering thought. ~ Walt Kelly
  16. When we wish to correct with advantage and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken and that he only failed to see all sides. ~ Blaise Pascal
  17. Of all the creatures that creep, swim or fly,
    Peopling the earth, waters and the sky,
    From Rome to Iceland, Paris to Japan,
    I really think, the greatest fool is man.

    ~ Nicholas Boileau-Despreaux ~
  18. Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
  19. It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  20. We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
  21. Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~ Elbert Hubbard
  22. What a folly to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal. ~ John Howe
  23. I'll tell you this — No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn. ~ Jim Morrison
  24. Had we but world enough, and time, this coyness, Lady, were no crime. ~ Andrew Marvell
  25. If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. ~ William Blake
  26. Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is. ~ Carl Jung
  27. When I was a kid my parents used to tell me: "Don't go near the cellar door, Emo!"   One day when they were away, I went to the door and opened it...   and I saw birds and trees... ~ Emo Philips
  28. Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  29. In all people I see myself, none more and not one a barley-corn less, and the good or bad I say of myself I say of them. ~ Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass
  30. I just know that something good is going to happen. I don't know when — but just saying it could even make it happen. ~ Kate Bush
  31. Blue Moon, now I'm no longer alone, without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own. ~ Lorenz Hart

August 2004[edit]

  1. Called or uncalled, God is there. ~ Ancient proverb, said to be Spartan, popularized by Carl Jung
    This is a translation of the Latin phrase Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. which Jung used as an inscription on his house, and also on his tomb. It is also commonly translated as " Called or uncalled, God is present." or sometimes "Invoked or not invoked...", "Bidden or unbidden", or "Summoned or not summoned..." God is present.
  2. All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts... ~ William Shakespeare in As You Like It
  3. Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. ~ Khalil Gibran
  4. We are defined by how we use our power. ~ Gerry Spence
  5. Your strength is but an accident arising from the weakness of others. ~ Joseph Conrad in Heart of Darkness
  6. Character does count. For too long we have gotten by in a society that says the only thing right is to get by and the only thing wrong is to get caught. Character is doing what's right when nobody is looking... ~ J. C. Watts
  7. A man should be upright, not kept upright. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  8. It is certainly no part of religion to compel religion. ~ Tertullian
  9. Long live freedom and damn the ideologies. ~ Robinson Jeffers
  10. Nobody can be said to have attained the pinnacle of Truth until a thousand sincere people have denounced him for blasphemy. ~ Anthony de Mello
  11. The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld
  12. There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble. ~ Washington Irving
  13. Humour is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. ~ Romain Gary
  14. Life itself is the proper binge. ~ Julia Child
  15. Where is the Life we have lost in living?
    Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
    Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

    ~ T. S. Eliot ~
  16. Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  17. Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. ~ Søren Kierkegaard
  18. The best mind-altering drug is the truth. ~ Lily Tomlin
  19. Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. ~ Peter Ustinov
  20. One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent. ~ H. L. Mencken
  21. No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. ~ Thomas Carlyle
  22. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  23. As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. ~ Oscar Wilde
  24. Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. ~ Friedrich Schiller
  25. It’s no use crying over spilt evils. It’s better to mop them up laughing. ~ Eleanor Farjeon
  26. The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  27. Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. ~ Elie Wiesel
  28. It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing. ~ Muhammad
  29. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. ~ William Cowper
  30. There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  31. Know Thyself ~ Ancient proverb that was inscribed upon the temple of the Oracle of Delphi.

September 2004[edit]

  1. There is no sudden entrance into Heaven. Slow is the ascent by the path of Love. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  2. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  3. I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy. ~ J. D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye
  4. The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails. ~ William Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale
  5. Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received. ~ Seneca
  6. In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  7. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear. ~ George Eliot
  9. The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged — keep on — there are divine things, well envelop'd; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell. ~ Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass
  10. He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees. ~ Benjamin Franklin
  11. Only tragedy allows the release of love and grief never normally seen. ~ Kate Bush
  12. The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. ~ Carl Sagan
  13. He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave. ~ William Drummond
  14. We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. ~ Anaïs Nin
  15. The humbleness of a warrior is not the humbleness of the beggar. The warrior lowers his head to no one, but at the same time, he doesn’t permit anyone to lower his head to him. The beggar, on the other hand, falls to his knees at the drop of a hat and scrapes the floor to anyone he deems to be higher; but at the same time, he demands that someone lower than him scrape the floor for him. ~ Carlos Castaneda
  16. The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. ~ Wilhelm Stekel
  17. A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world. ~ Tony Benn
  18. The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God. ~ Andrew Dickson White
  19. A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love... Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love. ~ Leonard Cohen
  20. What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche in Beyond Good and Evil
  21. Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. ~ H. G. Wells
  22. At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. ~ Aldous Huxley
  23. Goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil. ~ Robert Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land
  24. To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as morals. ~ William Penn
  25. Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. ~ Blaise Pascal
  26. We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. ~ Jonathan Swift
  27. Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do. ~ Anonymous
    The above variant was how this quotation was originally posted. It seems to be derived from this statement attributed to a specific author: Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. ~ Isaac Asimov
  28. Love is the most important thing in the world. It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect. ~ Hermann Hesse
  29. We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. ~ Henry Melvill (also widely misattributed to Herman Melville)
  30. Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed. ~ William Blake

October 2004[edit]

  1. When you get to a fork in the road, take it. ~ Yogi Berra
  2. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. ~ Mae West
  3. Given the choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier. ~ "Blore's Razor" (Author unknown)
  4. As for myself, I always willingly acknowledge my own self as the principal cause of every good and of every evil which may befall me; therefore I have always found myself capable of being my own pupil, and ready to love my teacher. ~ Giacomo Casanova
  5. You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. ~ Marie Curie
  6. I don't get no respect! ~ Rodney Dangerfield
  7. Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. ~ U Thant
  8. No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else. ~ Charles Dickens in Our Mutual Friend
  9. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. ~ Groucho Marx
  10. You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence. ~ Robert Frost
  11. I don't really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem, and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me. All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. ~ Wangari Maathai
  12. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. ~ Christopher Reeve
  13. Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. ~ Richard Bach
  14. It is better to debate a question without deciding it than to decide it without debate. ~ Joseph Joubert
  15. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. ~ Margaret Mead
  16. Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus
  17. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try. ~ "Yoda" in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  18. These children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through... ~ David Bowie
  19. Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. ~ George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four
  20. I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. ~ Leo Tolstoy
  21. It doesn't matter if we were down 3-0. You've just got to keep the faith. The game is not over until the last out. ~ David Ortiz
  22. There’s a time when a man needs to fight, and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny is lost, that the ship has sailed, and that only a fool would continue. The truth is, I’ve always been a fool. ~ Albert Finney as "Ed Bloom" in Big Fish
  23. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ~ Maya Angelou
  24. Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. ~ Dorothy Thompson
  25. Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. ~ John Wesley
  26. I'm not against God. I'm against the misuse of God. ~ Marilyn Manson
  27. The antagonism between science and religion, about which we hear so much, appears to me to be purely factitious — fabricated, on the one hand, by short-sighted religious people who confound a certain branch of science, theology, with religion; and, on the other, by equally short-sighted scientific people who forget that science takes for its province only that which is susceptible of clear intellectual comprehension; and that, outside the boundaries of that province, they must be content with imagination, with hope, and with ignorance. ~ T. H. Huxley
  28. We're just being ourselves and having fun playing baseball. The biggest thing is when people look at our team, they can see that we're having a lot of fun. ~ Johnny Damon
  29. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. ~ John Schaar
  30. It’s always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth. ~ Malcolm Forbes
  31. Merry meet, and merry part, and Blessed Be. ~ A pagan expression of blessing.

November 2004[edit]

  1. The progress of the intellect is to the clearer vision of causes, which neglects surface differences. To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. We’d all like t’vote fer th’best man, but he’s never a candidate. ~ Kin Hubbard
  3. I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. ~ Charlie Chaplin
  4. ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. ~ CATS of Zero Wing
  5. America has spoken, and I'm humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens. ~ George W. Bush
  6. The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. ~ Jean Giraudoux
  7. Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do. ~ Wendell Berry
  8. It took a couple of hundred million years to develop a thinking ape and you want a smart one in a lousy few hundred thousand? ~ Spider Robinson
  9. "The time has come", the Walrus said,
    "To talk of many things:
    Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
    Of cabbages — and Kings —
    And why the Sea is boiling hot —
    And whether pigs have wings."

    ~ Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass ~
  10. When war is declared, truth is the first casualty. ~ Arthur Ponsonby
  11. All the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
  12. Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. ~ Thomas Carlyle
  13. Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor. Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously. And anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should say what is good or keep quiet. ~ Muhammad
  14. If I want to understand something, I must observe, I must not criticize, I must not condemn, I must not pursue it as pleasure or avoid it as non-pleasure. There must merely be the silent observation of a fact. ~ J. Krishnamurti
  15. Every now and then a clear harmonic cry gave new suggestions of a tune that would someday be the only tune in the world and would raise men's souls to joy. ~ Jack Kerouac in On The Road
  16. When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix
  17. There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  18. Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation. ~ James Thurber
  19. Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  20. The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. ~ Margot Fonteyn
  21. Fame is something which must be won; honor is something which must not be lost. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  22. I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel. ~ Terry Pratchett
  23. Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. ~ Václav Havel
  24. Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them. ~ Washington Irving
  25. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. ~ Tecumseh
  26. When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. ~ Elie Wiesel
  27. I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. ~ Elbert Hubbard
  28. Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. ~ George Washington
  29. Find the good — and praise it. ~ Alex Haley
  30. The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. ~ William James

December 2004[edit]

  1. Ooh, with a little luck — December will be magic again. ~ Kate Bush
  2. Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail. ~ Helen Keller
  3. The free expression of the hopes and aspirations of a people is the greatest and only safety in a sane society. ~ Emma Goldman
  4. Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
    hierarchies? and even if one of them suddenly
    pressed me against his heart, I would perish
    in the embrace of his stronger existence.
    For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
    which we are barely able to endure and are awed
    because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
    Each single angel is terrifying.

    ~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
  5. To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction. ~ Theodore Zeldin
  6. Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself. ~ Samuel Butler
  7. Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world? ~ Harry Chapin
  8. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one; I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will live as one. ~ John Lennon
  9. Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  10. Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
    Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
    Now, therefore, The General Assembly, Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations...
    ~ From the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ~
    Adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, 10 December 1948
  11. I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another. ~ Ellen Goodman
  12. Every single moment of a person's life, both of the understanding and of the will, is a new beginning. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg
  13. How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway... And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! ~ Anne Frank
  14. Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies. ~ The Talmud
  15. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~ Albert Einstein
  16. The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  17. From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring,
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.

    ~ "Arwen" in the film The Return of the King ~
    Based upon The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien; In the novel The Lord of the Rings this statement first occurs in The Fellowship of the Ring (Book I, Chapter 10, "Strider") in a letter by Gandalf to Frodo.
  18. The Tree that was withered shall be renewed, and he shall plant it in the high places, and the City shall be blessed. Sing all ye people! ~ J. R. R. Tolkien
    From The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King (Book VI, Chapter 5, "The Steward and the King"); in the novel this is a song of a great Eagle heralding the victory of Aragorn's forces against those of Sauron and the Dark Tower.
  19. 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
  20. The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. ~ Joseph Campbell
  21. i who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun's birthday... ~ e. e. cummings
  22. Good fortune attend each merry man's friend
    That doth but the best that he may,
    Forgetting old wrongs with carols and songs
    To drive the cold winter away.

    ~ "All Hail to The Days" (or "The Praise of Christmas") ~
    Traditional 17th century English carol
  23. 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
    'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
    And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
    'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

    ~ Joseph Brackett ~
  24. I danced in the morning
    When the world was begun,
    And I danced in the moon
    And the stars and the sun,
    And I came down from heaven
    And I danced on the earth,
    At Bethlehem
    I had my birth.
    Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

    ~ Sydney Carter ~
  25. You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ)
  26. There isn't anyone anywhere that isn't Seymour's Fat Lady. Don't you know that? Don't you know that goddam secret yet? And don't you know — listen to me, now — don't you know who that Fat Lady really is? . . . Ah, buddy. Ah, buddy. It's Christ Himself. Christ Himself, buddy. ~ J. D. Salinger
  27. Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight — always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary? ~ J. M. Barrie
    Wikiqoute Quote of the day for the 100th anniversary of the first public performance of Peter Pan.
  28. Physics isn't the most important thing. Love is. ~ Richard Feynman (This statement has been discovered to very probably be a misattribution, and seems to have been created as part of a paraphrase of Feynman's note to the mother of Marcus Chown: "Tell your son to stop trying to fill your head with science — for to fill your heart with love is enough.")
  29. I will make company with creators, with harvesters, with rejoicers; I will show them the rainbow and the stairway to the Superman. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra
  30. I sometimes hold it half a sin
    To put in words the grief I feel;
    For words, like Nature, half reveal
    And half conceal the Soul within.

    ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~
  31. Wave after wave, each mightier than the last,
    Till last, a ninth one, gathering half the deep
    And full of voices, slowly rose and plunged
    Roaring, and all the wave was in a flame:
    And down the wave and in the flame was borne
    A naked babe...

    ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King ~

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