May 2

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
2005
You know more than you think you do. ~ Benjamin Spock (born 2 May 1903)
2006
We are near waking when we dream that we dream. ~ Novalis (born 2 May 1772)
2007
Love works magic.
It is the final purpose
Of the world story,
The Amen of the universe.

~ Novalis ~
2008
Philosophy can bake no bread; but she can procure for us God, Freedom, Immortality. ~ Novalis
2009
We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the Universe. ~ Jerome K. Jerome (born 2 May 1859)
2010
Before abstraction everything is one, but one like chaos; after abstraction everything is united again, but this union is a free binding of autonomous, self-determined beings. Out of a mob a society has developed, chaos has been transformed into a manifold world. ~ Novalis
2011
Language is the dynamics of the spiritual realm. One word of command moves armies; the word Liberty entire nations. ~ Novalis
2012
True anarchy is the generative element of religion. Out of the annihilation of every positive element she lifts her gloriously radiant countenance as the founder of a new world… ~ Novalis
2013 
Moral Action is that great and only Experiment, in which all riddles of the most manifold appearances explain themselves. Whoso understands it, and in rigid sequence of Thought can lay it open, is forever master of Nature.
~ Novalis ~
2014 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used.
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.


Suggestions[edit]

In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. ~ Benjamin Spock (born 2 May 1903)

  • 3 because all children need some form of guidance. Tarzan and Mowgli have nice stories but they aren't the best characteristic transformations to be had. Zarbon 15:22, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:07, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 12:42, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Friends, the soil is poor, we must sow seeds in plenty for us to garner even modest harvests. ~ Novalis (born 2 May 1772)

  • 2 because it is best to be prepared so that when a disappointment comes along, it will not overwhelm one to an unparalleled extent. Zarbon 15:22, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:07, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 2 May 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.

Realists are, as a rule, only men in the rut of routine who are incapable of transcending a narrow circle of antiquated notions. ~ Theodor Herzl (born May 2, 1860)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:07, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 because being a realist is fine, but exceeding to an extent of not seeing anything else, to a degree of narrowness isn't warranted. Zarbon 04:37, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 2 May 2008 (UTC) though I believe his comments refer to those who are normally called "realists" because they focus upon the physical processes or what are normally called practical affairs, but he also gives some hints of the "idealism" which must be included within the scope of a higher "realism."
  • 2.5 Ningauble 17:21, 1 May 2009 (UTC) Vernacular and technical meanings of "realism" vary widely, and vary over time. I suspect his meaning could have been translated with greater precision were simplicity of expression sacrificed.

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen. ~ Jerome K. Jerome (born May 2, 1859)