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Enjoy!-- Poetlister 16:57, 19 October 2007 (UTC)
Thank you much for your extensive additions to the Baruch Spinoza page; one of the many profound philosophers we need more quotes from here. I myself love much of his work, though I am quite dissatisfied with some of the translations, as I believe some of them have often confused more than they clarified regarding some of his most important statements. May awareness of his wisdom and that of many others grow, through such efforts as yours. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 14:58, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for all the work on the Socrates page today; another page of the great philosophers which there has been too little work on — but there remain so many moderns and ancients to add to, or create pages for, and so few of us here to do it, as of now. I expect that will not always be the case, but progress might be slow for a time yet. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 00:29, 21 November 2010 (UTC)
I fear you are adding far too many quotations from these essays. I've tried to keep it down to two or at most three per essay. (Nor is there any need for each individual essay to be represented.) 121a0012 05:31, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
Much thanks for all the recent additions on the Isaac Newton page — I had long intended to do similar expansions of quotes on his interpretive work, but there are always so many things to do, and more urgent matters to attend to, that such ideas and many other things I have long allowed to pass by without my attention. ~ ♞☮♌Kalki·†·⚓⊙☳☶⚡ 04:07, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
Jesus or ChristianityEdit
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Thank you for creating this article. It is very long, and while there is no question of copyright as the author has been dead for well over 100 years, I wonder if all the quotes really measure up to our guideline. I see that you have an account on Wikisource. Have you ever considered putting up works in their entirety there?--Collingwood (talk) 19:34, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
- This article was originally entered in Dec-2011 under the title "Josiah Gregg." I recently transferred the article to Commerce on the Prairies, since there were no additional quotes entered into the article other than this early U.S. Southwestern travel book. The quotes are probably only relevant to those who have an interest in the history of New Mexico, Mexico, the Southwestern region of the United States, or to those who have an interest in the history of Native Americans or Americans of Hispanic origin, or to those who have an interest in the geography, botony and wildlife of the western United States, or in the quotes of explorers, adventurers or merchants and customs of this region in this time period, or to those who have a general interest in the nonfictional aspects of the "wild west." It might be considered a historical slice of reality from the region and period for the historically curious and adventurous. Today I added sections "Quotes about Commerce..." and "External Links" to provide additional background information about the book and to provide a link accessing the entire 2 volumes online. I will try to do some additional work on the article in an attempt to improve it and to shorten it. It was not an attempt to put the entire 2 volume, 450 page book online. I work hard in the attempt to post quotes, information and links of value and quality, and to contribute to relevant materials for the promotion of the education and entertainment of interested readers in the Wiki-community. I consider myself a volunteer, not a vandal. I am not attempting to lower the standards of the Wikiquote community. I will continue the attempt to improve my choices in the future. ELApro (talk) 17:10, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for your work on the Marcus Aurelius article.Edit
Hello ELApro, great work on the Marcus Aurelius article! (I hope you continue.) I also noticed that you have contributed to many other articles of erudite philosophers; I admire your work here very much. Best regards, ~ Daniel Tomé (talk) 01:39, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
I appreciate many of your contributions, including the quotes added of Bill Moyers about Joseph Campbell and his ideas to his page — but I see no need to specify that he is quoting or paraphrasing Campbell in every incident where he might be doing so. The context of Moyer's statements are enough to convey that. Blessings ~ ♞☤☮♌Kalki·†·⚓⊙☳☶⚡ 05:36, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
I'm afraid that you undid more than just my commentary on paraphrasing and quoting. The point of the commentary was that maybe the quotes and paraphrases belonged under the original section for the book itself, i.e., "The Power of Myth" since most of the quotes were paraphrases and direct quotes from Campbell, and it was the "Introduction" to the book, published as part and parcel of the book itself. I only found one of the quotes that was purely Moyers' own, i.e., that was strictly "about Campbell." This is not an argument about propriety though, I think it is merely a matter of taste, and I have no real argument against your moving the quotes I entered to your newly entered section "Quotes about Campbell," even though most of the quotes were paraphrases and direct quotes from Campbell, either in direct conversation with Moyers, or from Campbell's written work. However, now I will have to redo the other edits that were entered previously, which would not have been necessary had you simply removed the commentary brackets, rather the undoing all of my edits on the quotes that I originally entered. I appreciate your blessings immensely, since I underwent open heart, quadruple bypass surgery a few weeks ago, and need all the help I am lucky enough to receive, having literally returned from the dead.ELApro (talk)
- I hadn't noticed any of the link or bolding changes when I reverted — I will go back and edit those back in. I am saddened that you are afflicted, and hope that you recover well. Blessings. ~ ♞☤☮♌Kalki·†·⚓⊙☳☶⚡ 06:17, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
- I would also like to extend my sympathy and all my best wishes to you at this time, ELApro. I am hoping for your quick recovery. Please take it easy, and get well soon. Most sincerely, DanielTom (talk) 09:07, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
I applaud you all, and the Wikiquote and Wikipedia community in general, whose tremendous work is adding so much to the knowledge and sensibility of a world in great need of counsel and empathy. The effort of making the great historical works of mankind ever more apparent is not noticeably recognized for its true merit and value, but I solute you all, for all that you do, to improve our condition. ELApro (talk)
- I know it was a probably a typo, but "solute" is also an interesting variation of salute — and I am just back from short trip and noticed your additions to The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) section of the page, and consider them very worthy additions. They show a deep appreciation of many aspects of the lessons of both myth and history which often go neglected, and to which many people remain nearly entirely oblivious. Thanks much. So it goes… ~ ♞☤☮♌Kalki·†·⚓⊙☳☶⚡ 21:30, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for creating this article. His take on history is very interesting (almost story-like). It's nice to see you active again, and your always erudite contributions in the recent changes. I trust you're recovering well. Best, DanielTom (talk) 20:59, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
- Thanks Daniel, recovering as well as could be expected under the circumstances. If you liked the McNeill article, you might also appreciate A History of Mathematics by Florian Cajori. Just as an aside, I wonder why the latest entries are usually placed at the bottom of a user talk or other discussion page instead of at the top. Wouldn't it make more sense to place the latest entries at the top? ELApro (talk)
- I am glad to hear it. Thanks for your suggestion — I took a look at the article A History of Mathematics when you created it, a while back, and decided that I should get a copy. Perhaps this December I'll start reading the book, and I might even add a few quotations to the article, as I go along.
- Interesting question, "Wouldn't it make more sense to place the latest entries at the top?" Perhaps "sense" is geographical? In diaries, the newest entries are also placed below the older ones, in keeping with the chronology. I think it is just a convention (like, e.g., writing from left to right).
- Bertrand Russell addressed this topic in an essay entitled "On the origins of common customs", published in the 22 January 1934 issue of the New York American, which I quote below for your enjoyment—
- « I met recently an anthropologist who began to tell me of the customs of savages, which seemed to me very queer. After a while, I remarked on their irrationality, but he replied: 'Why do you take off your hat when you meet a lady?' I had to confess that I had no notion why one does so. It appeared that it is a gesture indicating readiness to lay one's head on the block in submission to the grandeur of the person to whom one is talking. From this we passed on to other customs. One shakes hands to show that one has no concealed weapons in them. Old-fashioned people, when you sneeze, say 'God bless you' but do not know why. The reason is that your soul is supposed to come out of your body when you sneeze, and unless somebody quickly invokes a blessing on you, your soul will be unable to get back and will become a ghost.
- Another custom which has roots in the very distant past is Christmas. Christmas is much older than Christian religion; it was originally a celebration of the winter solstice, and its purpose was to prevent the sun from going out. It was invariably successful: from that moment the sun's light grew stronger and the period of daylight increased. No wonder so useful a custom has survived. »
- ("That will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit.")
- Accept my best wishes for your continued recovery. Yours, etc., DanielTom (talk) 00:39, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
Template:New pages is in chronological order -- with newest entries on top and oldest entries on bottom.
Please do not change it to alphabetical order -- as that ruins the process.
- Will do. Thanks. You might consider a "the following in choronological order" or "the above is in choronological order" tag to clarify this to readers as well as discourage future attempts by ignorant editors like myself who are too lazy familiarize themselves with the template.