Last modified on 20 June 2014, at 01:20

June 21

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
2005
Life has no meaning a priori...It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre (born 21 June 1905)
2006
Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior. ~ Mary McCarthy (born 21 June 1912)
2007
Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling… ~ Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass (Solstice date 2007)
2008
Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
2009
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

~ Reinhold Niebuhr ~ (born 21 June 1892)
2010
There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. ... To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
2011
Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; therefore, we are saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
2012
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr ~
2013
Cause, Principle, and One eternal
From whom being, life, and movement are suspended,
And which extends itself in length, breadth, and depth,
To whatever is in Heaven, on Earth, and Hell;
With sense, with reason, with mind, I discern,
That there is no act, measure, nor calculation, which can comprehend
That force, that vastness and that number,
Which exceeds whatever is inferior, middle, and highest;
Blind error, avaricious time, adverse fortune,
Deaf envy, vile madness, jealous iniquity,
Crude heart, perverse spirit, insane audacity,
Will not be sufficient to obscure the air for me,
Will not place the veil before my eyes,
Will never bring it about that I shall not
Contemplate my beautiful Sun.
~ Giordano Bruno ~
2014
Aion is a child at play, gambling; a child’s is the kingship. Telesphorus traverses the dark places of the world, like a star flashing from the deep, leading the way to the gates of the sun and the land of dreams.
~ Bollingen Tower inscription ~
by Carl Jung, quoting
~ Heraclitus & Homer ~
2015 
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SuggestionsEdit

This date is usually that of the Summer solstice for most locations in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter solstice in the Southern, and thus quotes on the sun, summer, the seasons or solstices are invited.


If someone tells you he is going to make "a realistic decision", you immediately understand that he is going to do something bad. ~ Mary McCarthy


To be disesteemed by people you don’t have much respect for is not the worst fate. ~ Mary McCarthy


Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils. ~ Mary McCarthy

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:58, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Kalki 21:23, 20 June 2007 (UTC) I am more inclined to use something relating to the solstice, at least for this year.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

O great wide beautiful wonderful World
With the wonderful waters around you curled
And the beautiful grass upon your breast
O World you are beautifully dressed. ~ John Crowley

  • 2.5 Ningauble 16:52, 18 November 2008 (UTC) (suggested for the solstice, doggerel though it be)
  • 3 Kalki 22:57, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

As individuals, men believe they ought to love and serve each other and establish justice between each other. As racial, economic and national groups they take for themselves, whatever their power can command. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr


The individual or the group which organizes any society, however social its intentions or pretensions, arrogates an inordinate portion of social privilege to itself. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr


Our dreams of bringing the whole of human history under the control of the human will are ironically refuted by the fact that no group of idealists can easily move the pattern of history toward the desired goal of peace and justice. The recalcitrant forces in the historical drama have a power and persistence beyond our reckoning. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr


It were better that Ten Suspected Witches should escape, than that one Innocent Person should be Condemned. ~ Increase Mather

  • 3 Kalki·· 04:38, 26 October 2012 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

Aion is a child at play, gambling; a child’s is the kingship. Telesphorus traverses the dark places of the world, like a star flashing from the deep, leading the way to the gates of the sun and the land of dreams.
~ Carl Jung ~