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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
As for the future, your task is not to forsee it, but to enable it. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
2004
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. ~ Blaise Pascal
2005
Between grief and nothing I will take grief. ~ William Faulkner (born 25 September 1897)
2006
No battle is ever won... They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. ~ William Faulkner
2007
We live in a time when the words impossible and unsolvable are no longer part of the scientific community's vocabulary. Each day we move closer to trials that will not just minimize the symptoms of disease and injury but eliminate them. ~ Christopher Reeve (born 25 September 1952)
2008
The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. ~ William Faulkner (date of birth)
2009
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling "Kilroy was here" on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass. ~ William Faulkner
2010
No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol — cross or crescent or whatever — that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race. ~ William Faulkner
2011
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews. ~ William Faulkner
2012
When the first Superman movie came out, I gave dozens of interviews to promote it. The most frequent question was: What is a hero? My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences. Now my definition is completely different. I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them.
~ Christopher Reeve ~
2013
I believe that the justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
~ Glenn Gould ~
2014
What I do is based on powers we all have inside us; the ability to endure; the ability to love, to carry on, to make the best of what we have — and you don’t have to be a "Superman" to do it.
~ Christopher Reeve ~
2015
The past is never dead. It's not even past.
~ William Faulkner ~
2016
I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. 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. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.
~ William Faulkner ~
2017 
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A painting is not about an experience. It is an experience. ~ Mark Rothko

  • 2 Zarbon 04:25, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:20, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:43, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 16:13, 9 September 2010 (UTC)
  • 2.5 //Gbern3 (talk) 15:06, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Kids are a great excuse for you to stop acting like one. ~ Michael Madsen

  • 2 Zarbon 04:25, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:20, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:43, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2.5 //Gbern3 (talk) 15:06, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

The prerequisite of contrapuntal art, more conspicuous in the work of Bach than in that of any other composer, is an ability to conceive a priori of melodic identities which when transposed, inverted, made retrograde, or transformed rhythmically will yet exhibit, in conjunction with the original subject matter, some entirely new but completely harmonious profile. ~ Glenn Gould

  • 3 Kalki 21:00, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 15:06, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

The trouble begins when we start to be so impressed by the strategies of our systematized thought that we forget that it does relate to an obverse, that it is hewn from negation, that it is but very small security against the void of negation which surrounds it. ~ Glenn Gould

  • 3 Kalki 21:00, 23 September 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4, though I would now extend this to read:
The trouble begins when we start to be so impressed by the strategies of our systematized thought that we forget that it does relate to an obverse, that it is hewn from negation, that it is but very small security against the void of negation which surrounds it. And when that happens, when we forget these things, all sorts of mechanical failures begin to disrupt the function of human personality.

Everything is perfect about the past, except how it lead to the present. ~ Homer Simpson

  • Spannerjam (talk) 07:07, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki·· 23:10, 24 September 2015 (UTC) I actually like the quote, but this has no clear relation to the date.

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
~ William Faulkner ~

Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. He must learn them again
~ William Faulkner ~

Sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words.
~ William Faulkner ~

Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It's like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it's the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.
~ William Faulkner ~

The poets are wrong of course. … But then poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth: which is why the truth they speak is so true that even those who hate poets by simple and natural instinct are exalted and terrified by it.
~ William Faulkner ~

Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people. There is no such thing as was — only is. If was existed, there would be no grief or sorrow. I like to think of the world I created as being a kind of keystone in the universe; that, small as that keystone is, if it were ever taken away the universe itself would collapse.
~ William Faulkner ~