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January 19

Quotes of the day from previous years:

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune
My experience of men has neither disposed me to think worse of them, or indisposed me to serve them; nor in spite of failures, which I lament, of errors which I now see and acknowledge; or of the present aspect of affairs; do I despair of the future.
The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope. ~ Robert E. Lee
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~ Edgar Allan Poe (born 19 January 1809)
Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. ~ Art Buchwald (recent death)
From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were — I have not seen
As others saw — I could not bring
My passions from a common spring —
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow — I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov'd— I lov'd alone.

~ Edgar Allan Poe ~
Thou wouldst be loved? — then let thy heart
From its present pathway part not!
Being everything which now thou art,
Be nothing which thou art not.
So with the world thy gentle ways,
Thy grace, thy more than beauty,
Shall be an endless theme of praise,
And love — a simple duty.

~ Edgar Allan Poe ~
Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less. ~ Robert E. Lee
I cannot consent to place in the control of others one who cannot control himself. ~ Robert E. Lee
It is well that war is so terrible — lest we should grow too fond of it. ~ Robert E. Lee
By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule
From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of SPACE — out of TIME.
~ Edgar Allan Poe ~
Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.
~ Edgar Allan Poe ~
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.


Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart — one of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of man. Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a stupid action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgement, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such? ~ Edgar Allan Poe

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:59, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 21:54, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:29, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

What a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbours, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world! ~ Robert E. Lee

  • 3 Kalki 00:21, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:44, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

  • 3 DanielTom (talk) 18:21, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 22:42, 18 January 2014 (UTC) with a lean toward 3, but I can think of many other EA Poe quotes I would prefer.

There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living. ~ David Starr Jordan

Far away in the thirties and forties she (the girl you want to be) is waiting her turn. Her body, brain, her soul are in your girlish hands. She cannot help herself. What will you leave for her? … Will you throw away her inheritance? ~ David Starr Jordan

  • 3 (source not so good, though) DanielTom (talk) 21:05, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going. ~ David Starr Jordan

Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it. ~ David Starr Jordan