September 30

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed. ~ William Blake
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~ Helen Schucman
  • proposed by Kalki, and used on this date, because this had become attributed to Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (born 30 September 1207); the attribution was later corrected on 2007·09·30.
Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other. ~ Elie Wiesel (born 30 September 1928)
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. ~ Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi
If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it. ~ Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi
Reason is like an officer when the King appears;
The officer then loses his power and hides himself.
Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.

~ Rumi ~
Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don't claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.

~ Rumi ~

There is a certain cloud,
impregnated with a
thousand lightnings.
There is my body —
in it an ocean formed of His glory.
All the creation,
All the universes,
All the galaxies,
Are lost in it.

~ Rumi ~

Gamble everything for love,
if you are a true human being.
~ Rumi ~

Love said to me,
there is nothing that is not me.

Be silent.

~ Rumi ~
Christ is the population of the world,
and every object as well. There is no room
for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing
when sweet water is everywhere?
~ Rumi ~
Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,
Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.
~ Rumi ~
Love rests on no foundation.
It is an endless ocean,
with no beginning or end.
~ Rumi ~

When you see anyone complaining
of such and such a person's ill-nature and bad temper,
know that the complainant is bad-tempered,
forasmuch as he speaks ill of that bad-tempered person,
because he alone is good-tempered who is quietly forbearing
towards the bad-tempered and ill-natured.
~ Rumi ~
Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, idolator, worshipper of fire,
Come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times,
Come, and come yet again.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
~ Rumi ~

is an ocean. Speech is a river.

When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk
into the language-river. Listen to the ocean,
and bring your talky business to an end

Traditional words are just babbling
in that presence, and babbling is a substitute
for sight.

~ Rumi ~
If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "No" to war. For one does not create human society on mounds of corpses.
~ Louis Lecoin ~
Terrorism must be outlawed by all civilized nations — not explained or rationalized, but fought and eradicated. Nothing can, nothing will justify the murder of innocent people and helpless children.
~ Elie Wiesel ~
Any human being is a sanctuary. Every human being is a dwelling of Godman or woman or child, Christian or Jewish or Buddhist. Any person, by virtue of being a son or daughter of humanity, is a living sanctuary whom nobody has the right to invade.
~ Elie Wiesel ~
I truly believe that there is a center in the political spectrum that is the best place to run something when you have a very diverse community. America is diverse; we are not all one people. We are many different colors, religions, backgrounds, education levels, all of it.
~ Dianne Feinstein ~
  • proposed by Kalki; in regard of her recent death.
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Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. ~ Elie Wiesel
  • 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
  • The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. ~ Elie Wiesel

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The fault is in the one who blames. Spirit sees nothing to criticize. ~ Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:58, 29 September 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:58, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:31, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

A party is a political tool. If it's no longer useful, it should be crumpled up and thrown away. ~ Shintaro Ishihara (date of birth)

  • 3 LordAmeth 18:41, 23 May 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 07:58, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:31, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:29, 29 September 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 2 — most parties are thrown away anyway, when that is clearly the case; others survive only in name and mutate in aim because people find their familiar names useful.

The great victories are never won in the first blow. ~ Johan Falkberget

  • 4 Zarbon 05:25, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:39, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 19:29, 29 September 2009 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 23:46, 29 September 2008 (UTC) I cannot find an actual published source for this, in either the provided English or Norwegian forms, and until one is found I don't think it should be acceptable as a QOTD.

I did not decide to become an officer to start a military career... I could not suppose that my country would change, and I would. ~ Aleksandr Vasilevsky

  • 3 Zarbon 05:25, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:39, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:46, 29 September 2008 (UTC) but would extend this to:
I did not decide to become an officer to start a military career. I still wanted to be an agronomist and work in some remote corner of Russia after the war. I could not suppose that my country would change, and I would.

God had sifted three kingdoms to find the wheat for this planting. ~ William Stoughton

  • 2 Zarbon 05:25, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:39, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:46, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life? ~ Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi

  • 3 Zarbon 05:25, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:39, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:46, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

Lovers think they are looking for each other,
but there is only one search: wandering
This world is wandering that, both inside one
transparent sky. In here
there is no dogma and no heresy.

~ Rumi ~

  • 3 Kalki 19:29, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

You, who are so-called illegal aliens, must know that no human being is "illegal." That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?
~ Elie Wiesel ~

Once you label a people "illegal", that is exactly what the Nazis did to Jews. You do not label a people "illegal." They have committed an illegal act. They are immigrants who crossed illegally. They are immigrants who crossed without papers. They are immigrants who crossed without permission. They are living in this country without permission. But they are not an illegal people.
~ Elie Wiesel ~