May 13

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
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. ~ William Faulkner
2005
It behoved that there should be sin — but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. ~ Julian of Norwich (her famous visions occurred on 13 May 1373)
2006
"Fire" does not matter, "earth" and "air" and "water'" do not matter. "I" do not matter. No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. ~ Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light (born 13 May 1937)
2007
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~ Washington Irving (Mother's Day U.S., Canada)
2008
Death and Light are everywhere, always, and they begin, end, strive, attend, into and upon the Dream of the Nameless that is the world, burning words within Samsaara, perhaps to create a thing of beauty. ~ Roger Zelazny in Lord of Light
2009
Not living in fear is a great gift, because certainly these days we do it so much. And do you know what I like about comedy? You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time — of anything. If you're laughing, I defy you to be afraid. ~ Stephen Colbert (born May 13, 1964)
2010
Always dying, never dead;
Ever ending, never ended;
Loathed in darkness,
Clothed in light,
He comes, to end a world,
As morning ends the night.

~ Roger Zelazny in Lord of Light
2011
If any such lover be in earth which is continually kept from falling, I know it not: for it was not shewed me. But this was shewed: that in falling and in rising we are ever preciously kept in one Love. ~ Julian of Norwich
2012
The thing that has never happened before is still happening. It is still a miracle.
~ Roger Zelazny ~
in
~ Lord of Light ~
2013
Things pass, but the essence remains. You sit, therefore, in the midst of a dream. Essence dreams it a dream of form. Forms pass, but the essence remains, dreaming new dreams. Man names these dreams and thinks to have captured the essence, not knowing that he invokes the unreal. These stones, these walls, these bodies you see seated about you are poppies and water and the sun. They are the dreams of the Nameless.
~ Roger Zelazny ~
in
~ Lord of Light ~
2014
Charity keepeth us in Faith and Hope, and Hope leadeth us in Charity. And in the end all shall be Charity.
~ Julian of Norwich ~
2015
He that made all things for love, by the same love keepeth them, and shall keep them without end.
~ Julian of Norwich ~
2016
Occasionally, there may come a dreamer who is aware that he is dreaming. He may control something of the dream-stuff, bending it to his will, or he may awaken into greater self-knowledge. If he chooses the path of self-knowledge, his glory is great and he shall be for all ages like unto a star. If he chooses instead the way of the Tantras, combining Samsara and Nirvana, comprehending the world and continuing to live in it, this one is mighty among dreamers.
~ Roger Zelazny ~
in
~ Lord of Light ~
2017
To struggle against the dreamers who dream ugliness, be they men or gods, cannot but be the will of the Nameless. This struggle will also bear suffering, and so one's karmic burden will be lightened thereby, just as it would be by enduring the ugliness; but this suffering is productive of a higher end in the light of the eternal values of which the sages so often speak.
~ Roger Zelazny ~
in
~ Lord of Light ~
2018
The higher order edition of the Pattern I encountered in the Jewel … There were aspects of it I simply could not understand. This led to considerations of chaos theory, then to Menninger and all the others for its manifestations in consciousness. … Either it possesses a certain element of irrationality itself, like living things, or it is an intelligence of such an order that some of its processes only seem irrational to lesser beings. Either explanation amounts to the same thing from a practical standpoint.
~ Roger Zelazny ~
in
~ Prince of Chaos ~
2019
God willeth that we endlessly hate the sin and endlessly love the soul, as God loveth it.
~ Julian of Norwich ~
2020
I charge you — forget the names you bear, forget the words I speak as soon as they are uttered. Look, rather, upon the Nameless within yourselves, which arises as I address it. It hearkens not to my words, but to the reality within me, of which it is part. This is the atman, which hears me rather than my words. All else is unreal. To define is to lose. The essence of all things is the Nameless. The Nameless is unknowable, mightier even than Brahma. Things pass, but the essence remains. You sit, therefore, in the midst of a dream. Essence dreams it a dream of form. Forms pass, but the essence remains, dreaming new dreams. Man names these dreams and thinks to have captured the essence, not knowing that he invokes the unreal. These stones, these walls, these bodies you see seated about you are poppies and water and the sun. They are the dreams of the Nameless. They are fire, if you like.
~ Roger Zelazny ~
in
~ Lord of Light ~
2021
I felt that I had done my duty. Nothing drove me now. I had run out of causes and was as close as I might ever be to peace. With all this behind me, I felt that if I had to die now, it was all right. I would not protest quite so loudly as I would have at any other time.
~ Roger Zelazny ~
in
~ The Courts of Chaos ~
2022
Our Soul may never have rest in things that are beneath itself.
~ Julian of Norwich ~
2023
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Feast Day of Julian of Norwich in Roman Catholic traditions, and the anniversary date of her visions.

DOB: Georges Braque · Roger Zelazny

I made a great discovery. I don't believe in anything anymore. Objects do not exist for me, except that there is a harmonious relationship among them, and also between them and myself. When one reaches this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual void. This was everything becomes possible, everything becomes legitimate, and life is a perpetual revelation. This is true song. ~ Georges Braque (born 1882-05-13)

  • 3 Aphaia
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 13 May 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4, for the sourced version listed by InvisibleSun below
  • 1 Zarbon 05:13, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3. This quote was unsourced. I sourced it and replaced the unsourced version in the article. The quote now reads: "I have made a great discovery. I no longer believe in anything. Objects don't exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them or between them and myself. When one attains this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual non-existence — what I can only describe as a sense of peace, which makes everything possible and right. Life then becomes a perpetual revelation. That is true poetry." My vote is then for the sourced quote. - InvisibleSun 07:20, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 AdamKadmon 00:50, 27 November 2010 (UTC) This is solipsistic mush.
Actually I would say it is just the opposite of solipsism — it is a negating of much of the the ego perception, rather than an idolization of it. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 01:10, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

He played tune after forbidden tune, and the professional musicians put professional expressions of scorn upon their faces; but beneath the table several feet were tapping in slow time with the music. ~ Roger Zelazny in Lord of Light


Good-bye and hello, as always.
~ Roger Zelazny ~
in
~ The Courts of Chaos ~

We may never come to full knowing of God till we know first clearly our own Soul.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

I saw God in a Point, that is to say, in mine understanding, — by which sight I saw that He is in all things.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

God is Nature in His being: that is to say, that Goodness that is Nature, it is God. He is the ground, He is the substance, He is the same thing that is Nature-hood. And He is very Father and very Mother of Nature: and all natures that He hath made to flow out of Him to work His will shall be restored and brought again into Him by the salvation of man through the working of Grace.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

Our Substance is our Father, God Almighty, and our Substance is our Mother, God, All-wisdom; and our Substance is in our Lord the Holy Ghost, God All-goodness.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

In this life mercy and forgiveness is our way and evermore leadeth us to grace. And by the tempest and the sorrow that we fall into on our part, we be often dead as to man’s doom in earth; but in the sight of God the soul that shall be saved was never dead, nor ever shall be.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

I saw full surely that where our Lord appeareth, peace is taken and [wrath]] hath no place. For I saw no manner of wrath in God, neither for short time nor for long; — for in sooth, as to my sight, if God might be wroth for an instant, we should never have life nor place nor being.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

When I saw that God doeth all that is done, I saw no sin: and then I saw that all is well. But when God shewed me for sin, then said He: All SHALL be well.
~ Julian of Norwich ~

Each brotherly compassion that man hath on his fellow Christians, with charity, it is Christ in him.
~ Julian of Norwich ~