March 28

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

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
A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice. ~ James Callaghan (recent death)
I'd like just to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs, and had a hell of a time. ~ Buck Owens (recent death)
We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or not. Be sure that, in proportion as you advance in fraternal charity, you are increasing your love of God... ~ Teresa of Ávila
Just as we cannot stop the movement of the heavens, revolving as they do with such speed, so we cannot restrain our thought. And then we send all the faculties of the soul after it, thinking we are lost, and have misused the time that we are spending in the presence of God. Yet the soul may perhaps be wholly united with Him in the Mansions very near His presence, while thought remains in the outskirts of the castle, suffering the assaults of a thousand wild and venomous creatures and from this suffering winning merit. So this must not upset us, and we must not abandon the struggle, as the devil tries to make us do. Most of these trials and times of unrest come from the fact that we do not understand ourselves. ~ Teresa of Ávila
I do not understand those terrors which make us cry out, Satan, Satan! when we may say, God, God! and make Satan tremble. Do we not know that he cannot stir without the permission of God? … I am really much more afraid of those people who have so great a fear of the devil, than I am of the devil himself. Satan can do me no harm whatever, but they can trouble me very much, particularly if they be confessors. ~ Teresa of Ávila
I perceive the world in fragments. It is somewhat like being on a very fast train and getting glimpses of things in strange scales as you pass by. A person can be very, very tiny. And a billboard can make a person very large. You see the corner of a house or you see a bird fly by, and it's all fragmented. Somehow, in painting I try to make some logic out of the world that has been given to me in chaos. I have a very pretentious idea that I want to make life, I want to make sense out of it. The fact that I am doomed to failure that doesnt deter me in the least. ~ Grace Hartigan
I saw an angel close by me, on my left side, in bodily form. This I am not accustomed to see, unless very rarely. Though I have visions of angels frequently, yet I see them only by an intellectual vision, such as I have spoken of before. It was our Lord's will that in this vision I should see the angel in this wise. He was not large, but small of stature, and most beautiful — his face burning, as if he were one of the highest angels, who seem to be all of fire: they must be those whom we call cherubim. ~ Teresa of Ávila
However well equipped our language, it can never be forearmed against all possible cases that may arise and call for description: fact is richer than diction. ~ J. L. Austin
We become obsessed with "truth" when discussing statements, just as we become obsessed with "freedom" when discussing conduct … Like freedom, truth is a bare minimum or an illusory ideal.
~ J. L. Austin ~
If you can approach the world's complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things.
~ Daniel Dennett ~
It is love alone that gives worth to all things.
~ Teresa of Ávila ~
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Ranking system:

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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.


Whoever embarks with a woman embarks with a storm; but they are themselves the safety boats. ~ Arsène Houssaye

  • 2 Zarbon 21:05, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:55, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Friendship lives on its income, love devours its capital. ~ Arsène Houssaye

  • 2 Zarbon 21:05, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:55, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Words are not (except in their own little corner) facts or things: we need therefore to prise them off the world, to hold them apart from and against it, so that we can realize their inadequacies and arbitrariness, and can relook at the world without blinkers. ~ J. L. Austin

  • 2 Kalki 21:55, 24 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3
  • 1 Zarbon 22:41, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:00, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Why should it not be the whole function of a word to denote many things? ~ J. L. Austin

  • 3 Kalki 21:55, 24 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 22:41, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:00, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Ordinary language is not the last word: in principle it can everywhere be supplemented and improved upon and superseded. Only remember, it is the first word. ~ J. L. Austin

  • 3 Kalki 21:55, 24 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 22:41, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:00, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.
~ Teresa of Ávila ~

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
~ Teresa of Ávila ~

Always think of yourself as everyone's servant; look for Christ Our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for them all.
~ Teresa of Ávila ~

Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee:
All thing pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.
~ Teresa of Ávila ~

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
~ Paul of Tarsus ~