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Quotes of the day from previous years:

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
Conservative, n. A statesman enamored of existing evils, as opposed to a Liberal, who wants to replace them with new ones. ~ Ambrose Bierce (born 24 June 1842)
There is nothing better or more necessary than love. ~ John of the Cross (born 24 June 1542)
Absurdity, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. ~ Ambrose Bierce
All I do is done in love; all I suffer, I suffer in the sweetness of love. ~ John of the Cross (born this day)
Guilt, n. The condition of one who is known to have committed an indiscretion, as distinguished from the state of him who has covered his tracks. ~ Ambrose Bierce, born that day.
Acquaintance, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. ~ Ambrose Bierce
A thousand graces diffusing
He passed through the groves in haste,
And merely regarding them
As He passed
Clothed them with His beauty.

~ John of the Cross ~
The very pure spirit does not bother about the regard of others or human respect, but communes inwardly with God, alone and in solitude as to all forms, and with delightful tranquility, for the knowledge of God is received in divine silence.
~ John of the Cross ~
I have said that God is pleased with nothing but love; but before I explain this, it will be as well to set forth the grounds on which the assertion rests. All our works, and all our labours, how grand soever they may be, are nothing in the sight of God, for we can give Him nothing, neither can we by them fulfil His desire, which is the growth of our soul. As to Himself He desires nothing of this, for He has need of nothing, and so, if He is pleased with anything it is with the growth of the soul; and as there is no way in which the soul can grow but in becoming in a manner equal to Him, for this reason only is He pleased with our love.
~ John of the Cross ~
The soul may always say, whether occupied with temporal or spiritual things, "My sole occupation is love." Happy life! happy state! and happy the soul which has attained to it!
~ John of the Cross‎‎ ~
Any law that takes hold of a man’s daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~
Humor is … nearer right than any emotion we have. Humor is the atmosphere in which grace most flourishes.
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~
The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes — openly bad and secretly bad.
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~
When, O crowned Jesus; when, O loving Saviour; when, O patient and just Judge — when wilt Thou come forth from Thy hiding, and change tears to smiles, and groans to joys? When shall that choral song burst forth, sweeping through the air, and circling about Thy throne, which shall proclaim the redemption of the world to the Lord God?
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~
Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but "pervades and regulates the whole." He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.
~ Ambrose Bierce ~
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Circus, n. A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool. ~ Ambrose Bierce, born that day.

  • 3 Jeff Q (talk) 00:23, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:03, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:40, 23 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 02:10, 21 June 2013 (UTC) Clever but what about Cirque du Soleil; they don't use animals.

The little white dove
Has returned to the ark with the bough;
And now the turtle-dove
Its desired mate
On the green banks has found.

~ John of the Cross

  • 3 Kalki 09:33, 21 June 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 02:38, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 02:10, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Let us rejoice, O my Beloved!
Let us go forth to see ourselves in Thy beauty,
To the mountain and the hill,
Where the pure water flows:
Let us enter into the heart of the thicket.

~ John of the Cross

  • 3 Kalki 09:33, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 02:38, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 02:10, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

My Beloved is the mountains,
The solitary wooded valleys,
The strange islands,
The roaring torrents,
The whisper of the amorous gales;
The tranquil night
At the approaches of the dawn,
The silent music,
The murmuring solitude,
The supper which revives, and enkindles love.

~ John of the Cross

  • 3 Kalki 09:33, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 02:38, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 02:10, 21 June 2013 (UTC)