June 11

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way. ~ Ronald Reagan (recent death)
2005
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads. ~ William Styron (born 11 June 1925)
2006
In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be.

~ Ben Jonson (born 11 June 1572)
2007
The world is wide; no two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from one another. ~ John Constable
2008
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. ~ Ben Jonson (born 11 June 1572)
2009
There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, — light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. ~ John Constable
2010
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.

~ Ben Jonson ~
2011
It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. So the decision-making of daily life involves not, as in normal affairs, shifting from one annoying situation to another less annoying — or from discomfort to relative comfort, or from boredom to activity — but moving from pain to pain. One does not abandon, even briefly, one's bed of nails, but is attached to it wherever one goes. ~ William Styron
2012
We see nothing truly till we understand it.
~ John Constable ~
2013
The great vice of the present day is bravura, an attempt to do something beyond the truth. In endeavouring to do something better than well, they do what in reality is good for nothing. Fashion always had, & will have, its day — but truth (in all things) only will last, and can only have just claims on posterity
~ John Constable ~


2014 
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Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant; and of all tame, a flatterer. ~ Ben Jonson (born June 11, 1572)

  • 3 Kalki 21:47, 10 June 2006 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:18, 10 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 13:35, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Robes loosely flowing, hair as free,
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all the adulteries of art:
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.

~ Ben Jonson ~ (born June 11, 1572)


No one will ever understand Auschwitz. ~ William Styron


This was not judgement day — only morning. Morning: excellent and fair. ~ William Styron


Triumph, my Britain, thou hast one to show
To whom all Scenes of Europe homage owe.
He was not of an age, but for all time!

~ Ben Jonson ~


The Devil is an Ass, I do acknowledge it. ~ Ben Jonson


They say princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom. ~ Ben Jonson


Folly often goes beyond her bounds; but Impudence knows none. ~ Ben Jonson


A good life is a main argument. ~ Ben Jonson


Thy praise or dispraise is to me alike;
One doth not stroke me, nor the other strike.

~ Ben Jonson ~


There's reason good, that you good laws should make:
Men's manners ne'er were viler, for your sake.

~ Ben Jonson ~


True happiness
Consists not in the multitude of friends,
But in the worth and choice.

~ Ben Jonson ~


Surely mankind has yet to be born. Surely this is true! ~ William Styron


Depression is a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self — to the mediating intellect — as to verge close to being beyond description. It thus remains nearly incomprehensible to those who have not experienced it in its extreme mode. ~ William Styron




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