October 31

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Merry meet, and merry part, and Blessed Be. ~ A pagan expression of blessing.
I can see lights in the distance trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing a waltz on All Souls Night.

~ Loreena McKennitt ~ (Halloween / All Soul's Night theme)
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

~ John Keats ~ (born October 31, 1795)
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
Love is the law, love under will.
~ Aleister Crowley ~
Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney
Wherein lies happiness? In that which becks
Our ready minds to fellowship divine,
A fellowship with essence; till we shine,
Full alchemiz’d, and free of space. Behold
The clear religion of heaven!

~ John Keats ~
Standing on the bridge that crosses
The river that goes out to the sea
The wind is full of a thousand voices
They pass by the bridge and me.

~ Loreena McKennitt ~ (for a Samhain/All Hallow's Eve/Halloween/All Soul's Night theme)
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!

~ Charity slogan for UNICEF ~

There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.
~ Charles M. Schulz ~
~ It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ~
The imagination may be compared to Adam's dream — he awoke and found it truth.
~ John Keats ~
On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch, then flies through the air to bring toys to all the good little children everywhere. Wouldn't you like to sit with me in the pumpkin patch on Halloween night and wait for the Great Pumpkin?
~ Charles M. Schulz ~
~ It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ~
If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.
~ John Keats ~
~ Charles M. Schulz ~
~ It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ~
I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.
~ Willa Cather ~
I am beginning to have a healthy dread of possessions, be it of a country, a house, a being or even an idea. If we are bothered by possessions we cannot really live either from without or from within; we are the possession of our possessions. All wars and most loves come from the possessive instinct. Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men: that you may belong to everything and everything be yours inclusive of yourself.
Could we, and we can, have the vital necessities for all, we should do away with this cry of class and begin to differentiate between individuals.
~ Natalie Clifford Barney ~
I assert that every man is a partialist; that nature secures him as an instrument by self-conceit, preventing the tendencies to religion and science; and now further assert, that, each man's genius being nearly and affectionately explored, he is justified in his individuality, as his nature is found to be immense; and now I add that every man is a universalist also, and, as our earth, whilst it spins on its own axis, spins all the time around the sun through the celestial spaces, so the least of its rational children, the most dedicated to his private affair, works out, though as it were under a disguise, the universal problem. We fancy men are individuals; so are pumpkins; but every pumpkin in the field, goes through every point of pumpkin history.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
From ghoulies and ghosties,
And long-leggedy beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
~ Anonymous Celtic prayer ~
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goal — yet, do not grieve;
She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!
~ John Keats ~
Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.
~ Natalie Clifford Barney ~
In spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits.
~ John Keats ~
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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ~ Aleister Crowley

If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney

  • 2 Zarbon 04:54, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:19, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:17, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney

  • 2 Zarbon 04:54, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:19, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:17, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

If I could be a vegetable, I'd be a pumpkin. It's realistically the only vegetable you can use as a weapon, or in any manner of defense.
~ Chris Walla ~

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

I don't know how to tell it—but ef such a thing could be
As the angels wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me —
I'd want to 'commodate 'em—all the whole-indurin' flock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
~ James Whitcomb Riley ~

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
~ Charles M. Schulz ~
~ It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ~

Not again! Writing a letter to a stupid pumpkin?! You make me the laughingstock of the neighborhood! All they talk about is my little brother, who always writes to the Great Pumpkin. You better cut it out right now or I'll pound you!
~ Charles M. Schulz ~
~ It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ~

I am here today, I may not be here tomorrow. But the responsibility to look after national interest is on the shoulder of every citizen of India. I have often mentioned this earlier. Nobody knows how many attempts have been made to shoot me, lathis have been used to beat me. In Bhubaneswar itself, a brickbat hit me. They have attacked me in every possible manner. I do not care whether I live or die. I have lived a long life and I am proud that I spend the whole of my life in the service of my people. I am only proud of this and nothing else. I shall continue to serve until my last breath and when I die, I can say, that every drop of my blood will invigorate India and strengthen it. ~ Indira Gandhi. On her death anniversary on 31 October

  • 4 Nvvchar (talk) 16:34, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
  • 2 ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 21:54, 30 October 2014 (UTC) but thus far a very weak 2, as I generally much prefer quotes for Halloween on this date.

Boasting a rich, complex history rooted in Celtic and Christian ritual, Halloween has evolved from ethnic celebration to a blend of street festival, fright night, and vast commercial enterprise...Drawing on a fascinating array of sources, from classical history to Hollywood films,... it emerged from the Celtic festival of Samhain (summer's end), picked up elements of the Christian Hallowtide (All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day), arrived in North America as an Irish and Scottish festival, and evolved into an unofficial but large-scale holiday by the early 20th century...Halloween is the definitive history of the most bewitching day of the year, illuminating the intricate history and shifting cultural forces behind this enduring trick-or-treat holiday. ~ Nicholas Rogers

  • 4 --Nvvchar (talk) 03:49, 27 October 2014 (UTC), for Halloween on 31 October
  • 1 for now, but usable ONLY IF the author of Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford University Press, 2003) is clearly identified as a person with a Wikiquote or Wikipedia article 0 until a definite source is found to a clearly identified individual "Nicholas Rogers" — rather than an unsourced quote attributed to an array of potential authors by such name — and then I could rank it a 2 ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 21:54, 30 October 2014 (UTC) — + revisions ~ ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 18:15, 30 October 2021 (UTC)

Some think I have lost that poetical ardour and fire 'tis said I once had — the fact is, perhaps I have; but, instead of that, I hope I shall substitute a more thoughtful and quiet power.
~ John Keats ~

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced — Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life has illustrated it.
~ John Keats ~

You are always new. The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest.
~ John Keats ~

The Genius of Poetry must work out its own salvation in a man: It cannot be matured by law and precept, but by sensation and watchfulness in itself — That which is creative must create itself … I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
~ John Keats ~

He ne'er is crown'd
With immortality, who fears to follow
Where airy voices lead.
~ John Keats ~

For to bear all naked truths,
And to envisage circumstance, all calm,
That is the top of sovereignty.
~ John Keats ~

A poet is the most unpoetical of anything in existence; because he has no identity — he is continually informing — and filling some other body.
~ John Keats ~