Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 11:08

November 1

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
God is an Iron ~ Spider Robinson
2004
The progress of the intellect is to the clearer vision of causes, which neglects surface differences. To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
2005
I am everything —
Tonight I'll be your mother — I will
Do such things to ease your pain —
Free your mind and you won't feel ashamed.

~ "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" by Sophie B. Hawkins (born 1 November 1967)
2006
The wayfarer,
Perceiving the pathway to truth,
Was struck with astonishment.
It was thickly grown with weeds.
"Ha," he said,
"I see that none has passed here
In a long time."
Later he saw that each weed
Was a singular knife.
"Well," he mumbled at last,
"Doubtless there are other roads."

~ Stephen Crane ~ (born 1 November 1871)
2007
You cannot choose your battlefield,
God does that for you;
But you can plant a standard
Where a standard never flew.

~ Nathalia Crane ~
  • proposed by Kalki (Originally proposed here because this had become attributed to Stephen Crane, retained and eventually chosen because of the touch of irony of it having originally placed here by mistake, where the first quote of the day had been "God is an Iron".)
2008
The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
2009
Some say this world of trouble
Is the only one we need
But I’m waiting for that morning
When the new world is revealed.

Oh, when the saints go marching in,
When the saints go marching in,
Oh Lord, I want to be in that number,
When the saints go marching in!

~ When the Saints Go Marching In ~
(quotes from one of Louis Armstrong's versions of the traditional song, with reference to All Saints Day)

2010
It's not too near for me
Like a flower I need the rain
Though it's not clear to me
Every season has it's change
And I will see you
When the sun comes out again.

~ Sophie B. Hawkins ~
2011
Hasten slowly, and without losing heart,
Put your work twenty times upon the anvil.

~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
2012
The hard waves see an arm flung high;
Scorn hits strong because of a lie;
Yet there exists a mystic tie.
Unwind my riddle.
~ Stephen Crane ~
2013
When we survey the whole field of religion, we find a great variety in the thoughts that have prevailed there; but the feelings on the one hand and the conduct on the other are almost always the same, for Stoic, Christian, and Buddhist saints are practically indistinguishable in their lives. The theories which Religion generates, being thus variable, are secondary; and if you wish to grasp her essence, you must look to the feelings and the conduct as being the more constant elements.
~ William James ~
  • proposed by Kalki as a quote on the nature of sainthood, and the attitudes, behavior and conduct of saints, for "All Saints Day."
2014 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • A man said to the universe:
    "Sir I exist!"
    "However," replied the universe,
    "The fact has not created in me
    A sense of obligation."
    ~ Stephen Crane

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

There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums. ~ Larry Flynt, born that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 10:13, 30 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 --Angel 13:39, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 17:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:19, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

If there is a witness to my little life,
To my tiny throes and struggles,
He sees a fool;
And it is not fine for gods to menace fools.
~ Stephen Crane (date of birth)

  • 1 Kalki·· 05:03, 31 October 2012 (UTC) 2 Kalki 23:35, 31 October 2005 (UTC) might ranke this higher again eventually, but believe there are other quotes more worthy of note.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:22, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Herby talk thyme 20:32, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 17:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Damn I wish I was your lover
I'll rock you till the daylight comes
Make sure you are smiling and warm.

~ Sophie B. Hawkins ~ (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:35, 31 October 2005 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 ShanghaiTim 11:16, 14 November 2006
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:22, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 because this one is rather sexual, something I'd try to avoid as QOTD. Zarbon 17:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

As I lay me down to sleep
This I pray
That you will hold me dear

~ Sophie B. Hawkins ~ (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:35, 31 October 2005 (UTC) with a lean to 4.
  • 3 --Angel 13:39, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:22, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 although this is actually one of my alltime favorite songs (and I truly love it), it doesn't hold powerful moral as QOTD. Zarbon 17:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Now two punctilious envoys, Thine and Mine,
Embroil the earth about a fancied line;
And, dwelling much on right and much on wrong,
Prove how the right is chiefly with the strong. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach;
Once we have left it, we can never return. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


If your descent is from heroic sires,
Show in your life a remnant of their fires. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


Happy the poet who with ease can steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


Often the fear of one evil leads us into a worse. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

  • 3 Zarbon 17:12, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki·· 05:03, 31 October 2012 (UTC) 2 Kalki 16:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC) might eventually rank this higher again, but believe there are many other quotes more worthy of note.
  • 3 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:19, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

We can regret what might have been... but we have no reason to be ungrateful for what there is. ~ Edward Said

  • 3 Zarbon 17:12, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:19, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Tired with dull grief, grown old before my day,
I sit in solitude and only hear
Long silent laughters, murmurings of dismay,
The lost intensities of hope and fear;
In those old marshes yet the rifles lie,
On the thin breastwork flutter the grey rags,
The very books I read are there—and I
Dead as the men I loved, wait while life drags ~ Edmund Charles Blunden


Its wounded length from those sad streets of war
Into green places here, that were my own;
But now what once was mine is mine no more,
I seek such neighbours here and I find none.
With such strong gentleness and tireless will
Those ruined houses seared themselves in me,
Passionate I look for their dumb story still,
And the charred stub outspeaks the living tree. ~ Edmund Charles Blunden

  • 3 Zarbon 17:12, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 for starting the quote at "With such strong..."

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
"It is futile," I said,
"You can never — "

"You lie," he cried,
And ran on.

~ Stephen Crane ~

  • 3 Kalki 16:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 12:43, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:19, 31 October 2008 (UTC)