Sunday

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But the child who is born on the Sabbath day is fair and wise and good in every way.
Even the street, the sunshine, the very air had a special Sunday quality.  We walked differently on Sundays, with greater propriety and stateliness.  Greetings were more formal, more subdued, voices more meticulously polite.  Everything was so smooth, bland, polished.  And genuinely so, because this was Sunday.
Rose Wilder Land

Sunday is the day of the week following Saturday but before Monday. The name is derived from Egyptian astrology, where the seven planets, known in English as Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon, each had an hour of the day assigned to them, and the planet which was regent during the first hour of any day of the week gave its name to that day. During the 1st and 2nd century, the week of seven days was introduced into Rome from Egypt, and the Roman names of the planets were given to each successive day. For most Christians, Sunday is observed as a day of worship and rest, holding it as the Lord's Day, the day of Christ's resurrection. Sunday is a day of rest in most Western countries, part of 'the weekend'. In some Muslim countries, Sunday is a normal working day whereas Friday is the day of rest and prayer. According to the Hebrew calendars and traditional Christian calendars, Sunday is the first day of the week, and according to the International Organization for Standardization ISO 8601 Sunday is the seventh and last day of the week.

Quotes[edit]

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz
…and Saturday and Sunday, Schopenhauer and Sartre.
~ Montag in
Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451
adapted from Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
  • Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
    • Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky (1943).
    • Paraphrased variant: Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon.
  • He is as loving and tender as a child, but strong and sturdy as a rock. When on Sundays I ride him through the lanes in the outskirts of the town, slow-moving countrymen, dressed in their Sunday clean, watch him a while, speculatively:
    "He is like steel," they say.
    Steel, yes. Steel and moon silver at the same time.
    • Juan Ramón Jiménez, ‪Platero and I‬ (1917), Ch. 1 : Platero, as translated by Eloïse Roach (1957).
  • Uncle Vernon: Fine day Sunday. In my opinion, best day of the week. Why is that, Dudley?
    Harry: [when Dudley doesn't answer] Because there’s no post on Sundays?
    Uncle Vernon: Right you are, Harry! No post on Sundays. Hah!
  • Even the street, the sunshine, the very air had a special Sunday quality.  We walked differently on Sundays, with greater propriety and stateliness.  Greetings were more formal, more subdued, voices more meticulously polite.  Everything was so smooth, bland, polished.  And genuinely so, because this was Sunday.  In church the rustling and the stillness were alike pervaded with the knowledge that all was for the best.  Propriety ruled the universe.  God was in His Heaven, and we were in our Sunday clothes.
  • Complete freedom meant — no one knew. It was most readily defined in the negative: not this gap between the heaven promised in the new advertisements and the everyday satisfactions I can buy. Not the sense that when I leave my work for my family, and bring my family to a Sunday in the park, my leisure feels like work.
  • They tell me every day is there
    Not more nor less than Sunday gay;
    In shining robes and garments fair
    The people walk upon their way.
    One gazes there on castle walls
    As grand as those of Babylon,
    A bishop and two generals!
    What joy to be in Carcassonne!
    Ah! might I but see Carcassonne!
    • Gustave Nadaud, Carcassonne, (c. 1887, with translation by John Reuben Thompson), Stanza 3.
  • Years and years and years ago, when I was a boy, when there were wolves in Wales, and birds the colour of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills, when we sang and wallowed all night and day in caves that smelt like Sunday afternoons in damp front farmhouse parlours, and we chased, with the jawbones of deacons, the English and the bears, before the motor car, before the wheel, before the duchess-faced horse, when we rode the daft and happy hills bareback, it snowed and it snowed.
    • Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales (Norfolk, Conn.: New Directions, 1954) p. 11.
  • Some write, confin'd by physic; some, by debt;
    Some, for 'tis Sunday; some, because 'tis wet;
    Another writes because his father writ,
    And proves himself a bastard by his wit.
    • Edward Young, Epistles to Mr. Pope (1830), Epistle I, line 75.

The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904)[edit]

Anciently, the Courts of justice did sit on Sundays.
William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
Quotes reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 231.
  • I do not think there can be the smallest doubt that to sit judicially on Sunday on any business would be indecent and improper, and ought never to be done if it can be helped.
    • Blackburn, J., Winsor v. The Queen (1866), L. R. 1 Q. B. D. 317.
  • It would hardly be decent to adjourn the Court to Sunday.
    • Cockburn, C.J., Reg. v. Charlotte Winsor (1866), 10 Cox, C. C. 298.
  • It is laid down in distinct terms by high authority, that of Lord Coke and Comyns, that Sunday is not a juridical day.
    • Cockburn, C.J., Winsor v. The Queen (1866), L. R. 1 Q. B. D. 308.
  • Working days in England are not the same as working days in foreign ports, because working days in England, by the custom and habits of the English, if not by their law, do not include Sundays.
  • Anciently, the Courts of justice did sit on Sundays.

Lyrics[edit]

I wish it were Sunday 'cause that's my fun day, my I-don't-have-to-run day
The Bangles
Sunday always comes too late
The Cure
And Sunday makes a good wife
The Monkees
  • But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
    Is fair and wise and good in every way.
    • "Monday's Child," first recorded in A. E. Bray's Traditions of Devonshire vol. II (1838), pp. 287–288).
    • The song lists each day of the week by name save for Sunday, which it lists simply as the Sabbath day.
  • It's just another manic Monday
    I wish it were Sunday
    'Cause that's my fun day
    My I-don't-have-to-run day
    It's just another manic Monday

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Encyclopedic article on Sunday at Wikipedia
  • The dictionary definition of Sunday at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Sunday at Wikimedia Commons
Days of the week
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