Last modified on 13 April 2014, at 17:55

March 4

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
The day may dawn when fair play, love for one's fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair. ~ Winston Churchill
2005
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it. ~ Knute Rockne (born 4 March 1888)
2006
There was a young fellow from Trinity,
Who took the square root of infinity.
But the number of digits, Gave him the fidgets;
He dropped Math and took up Divinity.

~ George Gamow ~ (born 4 March 1904)
2007
In all living nature (and perhaps also in that which we consider as dead) love is the motive force which drives the creative activity in the most diverse directions. ~ P. D. Ouspensky (born 4 March 1878)
2008
Philosophy is based on speculation, on logic, on thought, on the synthesis of what we know and on the analysis of what we do not know. Philosophy must include within its confines the whole content of science, religion and art. ~ P. D. Ouspensky
2009
When I listen to love, I am listening to my true nature. When I express love, I am expressing my true nature. All of us love. All of us do it more and more perfectly. The past has brought us both ashes and diamonds. In the present we find the flowers of what we've planted and the seeds of what we are becoming. I plant the seeds of love in my heart. I plant the seeds of love in the hearts of others. ~ Julia Cameron
2010
I honor my importance and the importance of others. None of us is dispensable, none of us is replacable. In the chorus of life each of us brings a True Note, a perfect pitch that adds to the harmony of the whole. I act creatively and consciously to actively endorse and encourage the expansion of those whose lives I touch. Believing in the goodness of each, I add to the goodness of all. We bless each other even in passing. ~ Julia Cameron
2011
The idea of "crime" in existing criminology is artificial, for what is called crime is really an infringement of "existing laws", whereas "laws" are very often a manifestation of barbarism and violence. Such are the prohibiting laws of different kinds which abound in modern life. The number of these laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm. On the other hand, unquestionable crimes escape the field of vision of criminology, either because they have not recognized the form of crime or because they surpass a certain scale. In existing criminology there are concepts: a criminal man, a criminal profession, a criminal society, a criminal sect, and a criminal tribe, but there is no concept of a criminal state, or a criminal government, or criminal legislation. Consequently what is often regarded as "political" activity is in fact a criminal activity. ~ P. D. Ouspensky
2012
Focused on our good, focused on our abundance we naturally attract more of the same. This is spiritual law. Our consciousness is creative. What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of? ~ Julia Cameron
2013
We know that with the very first awakening of knowledge, man is confronted with two obvious facts:
The existence of the world in which he lives; and the existence of psychic life in himself.
Neither of these can he prove or disprove, but they are facts: they constitute reality for him.
~ P. D. Ouspensky ~
2014
Creativity — like human life itself — begins in darkness. We need to acknowledge this. All too often, we think only in terms of light: "And then the lightbulb went on and I got it!" It is true that insights may come to us as flashes. It is true that some of these flashes may be blinding. It is, however, also true that such bright ideas are preceded by a gestation period that is interior, murky, and completely necessary.
~ Julia Cameron ~
2015 
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.


SuggestionsEdit

The greatest barrier to consciousness is the belief that one is already conscious. ~ P. D. Ouspensky

  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 4 March 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:02, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

I've found that the chief difficulty for most people was to realize that they had really heard new things: that is things that they had never heard before. They kept translating what they heard into their habitual language. They had ceased to hope and believe there might be anything new. ~ P. D. Ouspensky

  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 4 March 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:02, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

I felt that on a basis of a "search for the miraculous" it would be possible to unite together a very large number of people who were no longer able to swallow the customary forms of lying and living in lying. ~ P. D. Ouspensky

  • 3 Kalki 15:14, 28 February 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward a 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 19:15, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

The problem of Eternity, of which the face of the Sphinx speaks, takes us into the realm of the impossible. Even the problem of Time is simple in comparison with the problem of Eternity. ~ P. D. Ouspensky

  • 3 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC) 4 Kalki 15:14, 28 February 2009 (UTC) I had ranked this 4, but now prefer something by Julia Cameron, suggested by Zarbon. I am also considering using the wikimedia script for the heiroglyphic symbol for Eternity here in some way, whenever this is used, perhaps to the left of the quote, or below it:
    V28 N5 H
    and/or possibly the painting of Bonaparte before the Sphinx or simply a photograph of the Sphinx and the Khufu pyramid. ~ Kalki 01:55, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:15, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

First to dream and then to do— isn't that the way to make a dream come true? ~ Meindert DeJong

  • 3 Zarbon 01:40, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points. ~ Knute Rockne

  • 3 Zarbon 01:40, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Anger is meant to be acted on. It is not meant to be acted out. Anger points the direction. We are meant to use anger as fuel to take the actions we need to move where our anger points us. With a little thought, we can usually translate the message that our anger is sending us. ~ Julia Cameron

  • 2 Zarbon 01:40, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow. ~ Julia Cameron

  • 2 Zarbon 01:40, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough — that we should try again. ~ Julia Cameron


Life is a creative endeavor. It is active, not passive. We are the yeast that leavens our lives into rich, fully baked loaves. When we experience our lives as flat and lackluster, it is our consciousness that is at fault. We hold the inner key that turns our lives from thankless to fruitful. ~ Julia Cameron

  • 2 Zarbon 01:40, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything. ~ Julia Cameron

  • 1 Zarbon 01:40, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with very strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Nothing dies harder than a bad idea. ~ Julia Cameron

  • 3 Zarbon 01:40, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

The growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in love. All that I touch, I leave in love. I move through this world consciously and creatively. ~ Julia Cameron

  • 3 Kalki 02:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:48, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Knowledge must start from some foundation, something must be recognized as known; otherwise we shall be obliged always to de-fine one unknown by means of another.
~ P. D. Ouspensky ~

How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself.
~ Kenneth Tynan ~

We shall be judged by what we do, not by how we felt while we were doing it
~ Kenneth Tynan ~

I doubt if there are very many rational people in this world to whom the word "fuck" is particularly diabolical or revolting or totally forbidden.
~ Kenneth Tynan ~

I attacked those Western playwrights who use their influence and affluence to preach to the world the nihilistic doctrine that life is pointless and irrationally destructive, and that there is nothing we can do about it. Until everyone is fed, clothed, housed and taught, until human beings have equal leisure to contemplate the overwhelming fact of mortality, we should not (I argued) indulge in the luxury of "privileged despair."
~ Kenneth Tynan ~