March 6

day of the year
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Quotes of the day from previous years:

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. ~ John Milton
Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God: but only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries, and daub their natural faces unaware... ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (born 6 March 1806)
Give thought to life and liberty. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac (born 6 March 1619)
For all eternity has God not occupied His intellect with the cabbage's birth as well as yours? It also seems that He has necessarily provided more for the birth of the vegetable than for the thinking being... Will anyone say that we are born in the image of the Sovereign Being, while cabbages are not? ~ Cyrano de Bergerac
You imagine that what you can't understand is either spiritual or does not exist. The conclusion is quite wrong; rather there are obviously a million things in the universe that we would need a million quite different organs to understand … someone blind from birth cannot imagine the beauty of a landscape, the colors of a painting or the shadings of an iris. He will imagine them as something palpable, edible, audible or olfactory. Likewise, if I were to explain to you what I perceive by the senses you do not have, you would interpret it as something that could be heard, seen, touched, smelled or tasted; but it is not like that. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Who watches the Watchmen?
~ Juvenal ~
(release date of the Watchmen film)
A man contains all that is needed to make up a tree; likewise, a tree contains all that is needed to make up a man. Thus, finally, all things meet in all things, but we need a Prometheus to distill it. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac
Most men judge only by their senses and let themselves be persuaded by what they see... On top of that, insufferable vanity has convinced humans that nature has been made only for them, as though the sun, a huge body four hundred and thirty-four times as large as the earth, had been lit only to ripen our crab apples and cabbages. … Do people really think that because the sun gives us light every day and year, it was made only to keep us from bumping into walls? No, no, this visible god gives light to man by accident, as a king's torch accidentally shines upon a working man or burglar passing in the street. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. ~ Michelangelo
A famous writer who wants to continue writing has to be constantly defending himself against fame. I don't really like to say this because it never sounds sincere, but I would really have liked for my books to have been published after my death, so I wouldn't have to go through all this business of fame and being a great writer. In my case, the only advantage to fame is that I have been able to give it a political use. Otherwise, it is quite uncomfortable. The problem is that you're famous for twenty-four hours a day, and you can't say, "Okay, I won't be famous until tomorrow," or press a button and say, "I won't be famous here or now."
~ Gabriel García Márquez ~
Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why
Some are born, some men die,
Beneath one infinite sky?
There'll be war, there'll be peace,
But everything one day will cease,
All the iron turned to rust,
All the proud men turned to dust,
And so all things time will mend,
So this song will end.
~ David Gilmour ~
Even if a king defeats his enemy in battle, that still doesn't settle anything. There are other, less numerous armies of philosophers and scientists, and their contests determine the true triumph ordefeat of nations.
One scholar is matched with another; one creative mind with another; and one judicious temperament with his counterpart. A victory won on that field counts for three won by force of arms.
~ Cyrano de Bergerac ~
Politics: a Trojan horse race.
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~
If you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants flying in the sky, people will probably believe you.
~ Gabriel García Márquez ~
In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~
All is in the hands of Man. Therefore you should wash them often.
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~
All of our separate fictions add up to joint reality.
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~
So-called humanitarian corridors or other measures aimed at providing respite to those affected by conflict must be well planned and implemented with the agreement of the parties to the conflict.
Regardless of whether humanitarian corridors are implemented in the coming days, parties must continue to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure under international humanitarian law both for those who choose to leave and those who remain.
~ International Committee of the Red Cross ~
Life, struck sharp on death,
Makes awful lightning.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~
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The key to happiness is having dreams; the key to success is making them come true. ~ James Allen

  • initially proposed on the posting page (without author) by Tara who had "read it off a 'Hallmark e-card" 11:48, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:24, 4 March 2006 (UTC) no clear linkage to the date, but the suggestion prompted me to do some research and create a page for James Allen.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

I seek no copy now of life's first half:
Leave here the pages with long musing curled,
And write me new my future's epigraph,
New angel mine, unhoped for in the world!
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (born March 6, 1806)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:38, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Some people think that friendliness is a sign of weakness, when in reality it is a sign of strength. ~ Wolfgang Singer

  • I just kike this quote and think someday it should be qotm.--McNoddy 14:24, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC) This might fare better if placed on his birthdate (29 November), though I am assuming that Wolfgang Singer is Hans Wolfgang Singer.
  • 3, to be used on a more appropriate date. InvisibleSun 23:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3, but on a different date, as suggested above. UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Take from my head the thorn-wreath brown!
No mortal grief deserves that crown.
O supreme Love, chief misery,
The sharp regalia are for Thee
Whose days eternally go on!

For us, — whatever's undergone,
Thou knowest, willest what is done,
Grief may be joy misunderstood;
Only the Good discerns the good.
I trust Thee while my days go on.

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

  • 3 Kalki 23:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

As when, O lady mine!
With chiselled touch
The stone unhewn and cold
Becomes a living mould.
The more the marble wastes,
The more the statue grows.
~ Michelangelo

  • 4 Zarbon 02:37, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 02:50, 3 March 2009 (UTC) Though I might rank it a 2 or even a 3 some other year.
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Yet I am learning. ~ Michelangelo

  • 2 Zarbon 02:37, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:50, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

A little work, a little play
To keep us going—and so good-day!

A little warmth, a little light
Of love’s bestowing—and so, good-night.

A little fun, to match the sorrow
Of each day’s growing—and so, good-morrow!

A little trust that when we die
We reap our sowing—and so—good-bye!
~ George du Maurier

Ah, brief is Life,
Love’s short sweet way,
With dreamings rife,
And then—Good-day!

And Life is vain—
Hope’s vague delight,
Grief’s transient pain,
And then—Good-night.
~ George du Maurier

  • 3 Zarbon 02:49, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:53, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • This is not by DuMaurier; as the article shows, it is by Léon Montenaeken. InvisibleSun 23:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Mortality, behold and fear!
What a change of flesh is here!
Think how many royal bones
Sleep within this heap of stones:
Here they lie had realms and lands,
Who now want strength to stir their hands.
~ Francis Beaumont (birth unknown/date of death)

  • 3 and strong lean toward a 4. Zarbon 02:49, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:53, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC) - I like the quote, but I'm not sure what ties it to this date.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. ~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec (date of birth)

There were grammatical errors even in his silence. ~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec (born 1909 March 6)

Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it holds integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtue, not vices. It is this superlatively moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventative law, snooping bureaucrats, and the chronic goad of fear. ~ Alan Greenspan (born 1926 March 6)

If displeased with any man, do all you can to prevent his seeing it, for otherwise he will become estranged. And occasions often arise when he might and would have served you had you not lost him by showing your dislike. Of this I have had experience to my own profit. For once and again I have felt ill-disposed towards some one who not being aware of my hostility has afterwards helped me when I needed help and proved my good friend. ~ Francesco Guicciardini (born 1483 March 6)

I'm a little embarrassed about how long it took me to see the folly of most government intervention. It was probably 15 years before I really woke up to the fact that almost everything government attempts to do, it makes worse. ~ John Stossel (born 1947 March 6)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness.
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~

It is the high priests that make demands — not the gods they serve.
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~

He who had dug his own grave
looks attentively
at the gravedigger's work,
but not pedantically:
for this one
digs a grave
not for himself.
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~

Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec ~

I reiterate, . . nothing's small!
No lily-muffled hum of a summer-bee,
But finds some coupling with the spinning stars;
No pebble at your foot, but proves a sphere;
No chaffinch, but implies the cherubim:
And, — glancing on my own thin, veined wrist, —
In such a little tremour of the blood
The whole strong clamour of a vehement soul
Doth utter itself distinct. Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries,
And daub their natural faces unaware
More and more, from the first similitude.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

Whatever's lost, it first was won;
We will not struggle nor impugn.
Perhaps the cup was broken here,
That Heaven's new wine might show more clear.
I praise Thee while my days go on.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

The face, which, duly as the sun,
Rose up for me with life begun,
To mark all bright hours of the day
With hourly love, is dimmed away —
And yet my days go on, go on.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

Unless you can muse in a crowd all day
On the absent face that fixed you;
Unless you can love, as the angels may,
With the breadth of heaven betwixt you;
Unless you can dream that his faith is fast,
Through behoving and unbehoving;
Unless you can die when the dream is past —
Oh, never call it loving!
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~