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Quotes of the day from previous years:

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
You know more than you think you do. ~ Benjamin Spock (born 2 May 1903)
We are near waking when we dream that we dream. ~ Novalis (born 2 May 1772)
Love works magic.
It is the final purpose
Of the world story,
The Amen of the universe.

~ Novalis ~
Philosophy can bake no bread; but she can procure for us God, Freedom, Immortality. ~ Novalis
We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the Universe. ~ Jerome K. Jerome (born 2 May 1859)
Before abstraction everything is one, but one like chaos; after abstraction everything is united again, but this union is a free binding of autonomous, self-determined beings. Out of a mob a society has developed, chaos has been transformed into a manifold world. ~ Novalis
Language is the dynamics of the spiritual realm. One word of command moves armies; the word Liberty entire nations. ~ Novalis
True anarchy is the generative element of religion. Out of the annihilation of every positive element she lifts her gloriously radiant countenance as the founder of a new world… ~ Novalis
Moral Action is that great and only Experiment, in which all riddles of the most manifold appearances explain themselves. Whoso understands it, and in rigid sequence of Thought can lay it open, is forever master of Nature.
~ Novalis ~
Friends, the soil is poor, we must sow seeds in plenty for us to garner even modest harvests.
~ Novalis ~
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
~ Gospel of John ~
as translated in the
~ King James Version ~
  • proposed by Kalki — a passage from the King James Version of the Christian Bible, the 2nd of May being selected by the 400th anniversary committee as the official anniversary day of celebration in 2011, though the exact date of publication in 1611 is unknown.


No explanation is required for Holy Writing. Whoso speaks truly is full of eternal life, and wonderfully related to genuine mysteries does his Writing appear to us, for it is a Concord from the Symphony of the Universe.
~ Novalis ~
Every stage of education begins with childhood. That is why the most educated person on earth so much resembles a child.
~ Novalis ~
The Art of a well-developed genius is far different from the Artfulness of the Understanding, of the merely reasoning mind. Shakspeare was no calculator, no learned thinker; he was a mighty, many-gifted soul, whose feelings and works, like products of Nature, bear the stamp of the same spirit; and in which the last and deepest of observers will still find new harmonies with the infinite structure of the Universe; concurrences with later ideas, affinities with the higher powers and senses of man. They are emblematic, have many meanings, are simple and inexhaustible, like products of Nature; and nothing more unsuitable could be said of them than that they are works of Art, in that narrow mechanical acceptation of the word.
~ Novalis ~
There is but one Temple in the World; and that is the Body of Man. Nothing is holier than this high form. Bending before men is a reverence done to this Revelation in the Flesh. We touch Heaven, when we lay our hand on a human body.
~ Novalis ~
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Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used. (This is the utmost ranking and should be used only for one quote at a time, per person, for each date.)
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.


In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. ~ Benjamin Spock (born 2 May 1903)

  • 3 because all children need some form of guidance. Tarzan and Mowgli have nice stories but they aren't the best characteristic transformations to be had. Zarbon 15:22, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:07, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 12:42, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Realists are, as a rule, only men in the rut of routine who are incapable of transcending a narrow circle of antiquated notions. ~ Theodor Herzl (born May 2, 1860)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:07, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 because being a realist is fine, but exceeding to an extent of not seeing anything else, to a degree of narrowness isn't warranted. Zarbon 04:37, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 2 May 2008 (UTC) though I believe his comments refer to those who are normally called "realists" because they focus upon the physical processes or what are normally called practical affairs, but he also gives some hints of the "idealism" which must be included within the scope of a higher "realism."
  • 2.5 Ningauble 17:21, 1 May 2009 (UTC) Vernacular and technical meanings of "realism" vary widely, and vary over time. I suspect his meaning could have been translated with greater precision were simplicity of expression sacrificed.

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen. ~ Jerome K. Jerome (born May 2, 1859)

Fate and temperament are the names of a concept.
~ Novalis ~

Where children are, there is a golden age.
~ Novalis ~

Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.
~ Novalis ~

Philosophy is properly Home-sickness; the wish to be everywhere at home.
~ Novalis ~

The true philosophical Act is annihilation of self (Selbsttodtung); this is the real beginning of all Philosophy; all requisites for being a Disciple of Philosophy point hither. This Act alone corresponds to all the conditions and characteristics of transcendental conduct.
~ Novalis ~