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June 10

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. ~ Ronald Reagan (recent death)
2005
A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. It tells us that for every human being there is a diversity of existences, that the single existence is itself an illusion in part, that these many existences signify something, tend to something, fulfill something; it promises us meaning, harmony and even justice. ~ Saul Bellow (born 10 June 1915)
2006
All that you see has appeared because of Love.
All shines from Love,
All pulses with Love,
All flows from Love —
No, once again, all is Love!

~ Fakhruddin 'Iraqi (born 10 June 1213)
2007
Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love. ~ Saul Bellow
2008
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. ~ E. O. Wilson
2009
Most joyful let the Poet be;
It is through him that all men see.

~ William Ellery Channing ~ (born June 10)
2010
Apparently the rise of consciousness is linked to certain kinds of privation. It is the bitterness of self-consciousness that we knowers know best. Critical of the illusions that sustained mankind in earlier times, this self-consciousness of ours does little to sustain us now. The question is: which is disenchanted, the world itself or the consciousness we have of it? ~ Saul Bellow
2011
Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy. We sentimentalize children, but they know what's real and what's not. They understand metaphor and symbol. ~ Maurice Sendak
2012
You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens. ~ Thelonious Monk
2013
Love is a fire that burns unseen,
A wound that aches yet isn't felt,
An always discontent contentment,
A pain that rages without hurting,
A longing for nothing but to long,
A loneliness in the midst of people,
A never feeling pleased when pleased,
A passion that gains when lost in thought.
~ Luís de Camões ~
2014
From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.
~ Maurice Sendak ~
2015 
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Writers are greatly respected. The intelligent public is wonderfully patient with them, continues to read them, and endures disappointment after disappointment, waiting to hear from art what it does not hear from theology, philosophy, social theory, and what it cannot hear from pure science. Out of the struggle at the center has come an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are, and what this life is for. ~ Saul Bellow (born June 10, 1915)


A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. ~ Saul Bellow


Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. ~ Saul Bellow


Writers, poets, painters, musicians, philosophers, political thinkers, to name only a few of the categories affected, must woo their readers, viewers, listeners, from distraction. To this we must add, for simple realism demands it, that these same writers, painters, etc., are themselves the children of distraction. As such, they are peculiarly qualified to approach the distracted multitudes. They will have experienced the seductions as well as the destructiveness of the forces we have been considering here. This is the destructive element in which we do not need to be summoned to immerse ourselves, for we were born to it. ~ Saul Bellow

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:50, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:48, 9 June 2007 (UTC) with a slight lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 13:32, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

For the first time in history, the human species as a whole has gone into politics. Everyone is in the act, and there is no telling what may come of it. ~ Saul Bellow

  • 3 Kalki 21:48, 9 June 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:03, 9 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 13:32, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

We are all such accidents. We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice. We make what we can of our condition with the means available. We must accept the mixture as we find it — the impurity of it, the tragedy of it, the hope of it. ~ Saul Bellow

  • 3 Kalki 21:48, 9 June 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:03, 9 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 13:32, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves. ~ Saul Bellow

  • 3 Kalki 21:48, 9 June 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:03, 9 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 13:32, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

And when he came to the place where the wild things are, they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws till Max said, "Be still" and tamed them with the magic trick of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once. And they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all and made him king of all wild things. ~ Maurice Sendak (born June 10, 1928)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:42, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 I liked the wild things books when I was young. Zarbon 14:58, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:41, 5 June 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

Children are willing to expose themselves to experiences. We aren't. Grownups always say they protect their children, but they're really protecting themselves. Besides, you can't protect children. They know everything. ~ Maurice Sendak

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:42, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:58, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:41, 5 June 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.