April 19

day of the year

Quotes of the day from previous years:

Materialists and madmen never have doubts. ~ G. K. Chesterton
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. ~ Benjamin Disraeli (died 19 April 1881)
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled farmers stood;
And fired the shot heard round the world.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought on 19 April 1775)
Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth. ~ Jehanne Darc (Joan of Arc) (Official Beatification by the Roman Catholic Church in 1903)
When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don't turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist. ~ Albert Hofmann (for Bicycle Day)
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Easter Sunday by the reckonings of the Eastern Orthodox traditions 2009
I share the belief of many of my contemporaries that the spiritual crisis pervading all spheres of Western industrial society can be remedied only by a change in our world view. We shall have to shift from the materialistic, dualistic belief that people and their environment are separate, toward a new consciousness of an all-encompassing reality, which embraces the experiencing ego, a reality in which people feel their oneness with animate nature and all of creation. ~ Albert Hofmann‎ (for Bicycle Day)
We painters use the same license as poets and madmen. ~ Paolo Veronese
I do not yet want to form a hypothesis to test, because as soon as you make a hypothesis, you become prejudiced. Your mind slides into a groove, and once it is in that groove, has difficulty noticing anything outside of it. During this time, my sense must be sharp; that is the main thing — to be sharp, yet open. ~ Bernd Heinrich
Of greatest significance to me has been the insight that I attained as a fundamental understanding from all of my LSD experiments: what one commonly takes as "the reality," including the reality of one's own individual person, by no means signifies something fixed, but rather something that is ambiguous — that there is not only one, but that there are many realities, each comprising also a different consciousness of the ego.
~ Albert Hofmann‎‎ ~
There is a beauty in discovery. There is mathematics in music, a kinship of science and poetry in the description of nature, and exquisite form in a molecule. Attempts to place different disciplines in different camps are revealed as artificial in the face of the unity of knowledge. All literate men are sustained by the philosopher, the historian, the political analyst, the economist, the scientist, the poet, the artisan and the musician.
~ Glenn T. Seaborg ~

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
Of justice yet must God in fine restore,
This noble crowne unto the lawful heire
For right will alwayes live, and rise at length,
But wrong can never take deepe roote to last.
~ Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset ~
In studying the literature connected with my work, I became aware of the great universal significance of visionary experience. It plays a dominant role, not only in mysticism and the history of religion, but also in the creative process in art, literature, and science. More recent investigations have shown that many persons also have visionary experiences in daily life, though most of us fail to recognize their meaning and value. Mystical experiences, like those that marked my childhood, are apparently far from rare.
~ Albert Hofmann ~
For heaven's sake enjoy life. Don't cry over things that were or things that aren't. Enjoy what you have now to the fullest. In all honesty you really only have two choices; you can like what you do OR you can dislike it. I choose to like it and what fun I have had. The other choice is no fun and people do not want to be around a whiner. We can always find people who are worse off and we don't have to look far! Help them and forget self!
I would certainly say, above all, seek God. He will come to you if you look. There is absolutely NO down side.
~ Barbara Bush ~
And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
~ Gospel of Luke ~
Language is not a handmaiden to perception; it is perception; it gives shape to what would otherwise be inert and dead. The shaping power of language cannot be avoided. We cannot choose to distance ourselves from it. We can only choose to employ it in one way rather than another.
~ Stanley Fish ~
It's very, very dangerous to lose contact with living nature. … In the big cities, there are people who have never seen living nature, all things are products of humans … The bigger the town, the less they see and understand nature.
~ Albert Hofmann ~
It can now be stated that Russian troops have begun the battle for Donbas, for which they have been preparing for a long time. A very large part of the entire Russian army is now focused on this offensive.
No matter how many Russian soldiers are driven there, we will fight. We will defend ourselves. We will do it daily. We will not give up anything Ukrainian, and we do not need what’s not ours.
~ Volodymyr Zelenskyy ~
I paint my pictures with all the considerations which are natural to my intelligence, and according as my intelligence understands them.
~ Paolo Veronese ~
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
~ Jimmy Carter ~

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Byron was dead! I thought the whole world was at an end. I thought everything was over and finished for everyone — that nothing else mattered. I remembered I walked out alone, and carved "Byron is dead" into the sandstone. - Alfred Tennyson

  • Byron died on April 19, 1824
  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:02, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

If they had said that the sun or the moon had gone out of the heavens, it could not have struck me with the idea of a more awful and dreary blank in creation than the words: "Byron is dead!" - Jane Welsh Carlyle

Age is deformed, youth unkind,
We scorn their bodies, they our mind. ~ Thomas Bastard

  • 3 Zarbon 04:34, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

A good film is one that requires the viewer to create, through an orchestration of impressions, the meaning of its events. It is, in the end, our ability to create meaning out of the raw experience of life that makes us human. It is the exercise of our faculty to discover meaning which is the purpose of art. The didactic imparting of moral or political messages is emphatically not the purpose of art — that is what we call propaganda. ~ Peter Chung

  • 3 Zarbon 04:34, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

The wrathfull winter proching on apace,
With blustering blasts had all ybarde the treene,
And olde Saturnus, with his frosty face
With chilling cold had pearst the tender greene. ~ Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset

  • 2 Zarbon 04:34, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 18 April 2009 (UTC) but this might be better as a suggestion towards the end of fall, rather than in spring...

And sorrowing I to see the sommer flowers,
The lively greene, the lusty lease, forlorne,
The sturdy trees so shattred with the showers,
The fieldes so fade, that florisht so beforne:
It taught mee well, all earthly things be borne
To dye the death: for nought long time may last:
The sommer's beauty yeeldes to winter's blast. ~ Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset

  • 2 Zarbon 04:34, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:14, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

His drinke, the running streame, his cup, the bare
Of his palme cloasde, his bed, the hard cold ground:
To this poore life was Misery ybound. ~ Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset

  • 3 Zarbon 04:34, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:14, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Crookebackt hee was, toothshaken, and blere eyed,
Went on three feete, and somtyme, crept on fowre,
With olde lame boanes, that ratled by his syde,
His scalpe all pild, and hee with eld forlore:
His withred fist still knocking at Death's dore,
Fumbling, and driveling, as hee drawes his breath,
For briefe, the shape and messenger of Death. ~ Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset

  • 3 Zarbon 04:34, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:14, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Conditions are seldom ideal, and if one waits long enough for ideal conditions one is just making excuses. ~ Bernd Heinrich

  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:19, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

The idea - the core idea of humanism - is that the act of reading about great deeds will lead you to imitate them,... ~ Stanley Fish