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 ~
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 ~
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
~ Teresa of Ávila ~
Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee:
All things 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 ~
Why should it not be the whole function of a word to denote many things?
~ J. L. Austin ~
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 ~
Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
~ Paul of Tarsus ~
~ Epistle to the Galatians ~
Critiques of Western cancel culture are possibly not best made by those currently slaughtering civilians for the crime of resistance, or who jail and poison their critics. #IStandWithUkraine
~ J. K. Rowling ~
I'm beautiful in my way 'cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way
Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself, and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way.
~ Lady Gaga ~
I will not hesitate to tell my friends when I think they're wrong and to tell my opponents when I think they're right.
~ Joe Lieberman ~

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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)

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 ~
  • 0 as of 2017·03·27 — I cannot find a clearly reliable source for this attribution. 3 ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 18:53, 27 March 2015 (UTC) I had intended to use this for QOTD in 2017, but having intermittently searched for variants over the years, and extensively seeking them today, within the last hour, I find no earlier instances than an attribution by Truman Capote in 1970. If a genuine and earlier source is eventually found (or it is ever reliably evidenced to have originated with him), I prefer his variant to the one originally posted: There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered ones. ~ ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 23:11, 27 March 2017 (UTC)