December 8

day of the year

Quotes of the day from previous years:

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one; I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will live as one. ~ John Lennon (died 8 December 1980)
It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. ~ James Thurber (born 8 December 1894)
May memory restore again and again
The smallest color of the smallest day:
Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.

~ Delmore Schwartz ~ (born 8 December 1913)
A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously that can only work at moments. It can't be a lasting thing. That's not saying that people shouldn't keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence. Someday, who knows, we might conquer death, disease and war. ~ Jim Morrison (born 8 December 1943)
The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people — that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature. ~ James Thurber
I am not bound over to swear allegiance to any master; where the storm drives me I turn in for shelter. ~ Horace
Better than a thousand hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.
Better than a thousand hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.
Better than a hundred hollow lines
Is one line of the law, bringing peace.
~ Gautama Buddha (Bodhi Day a traditional date of celebration of his enlightenment)
Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame. ~ Gautama Buddha (Bodhi Day a traditional date of celebration of his enlightenment)
How could I think the brief years were enough
To prove the reality of endless love?
~ Delmore Schwartz ~
It is difficult to speak of what is common in a way of your own.
~ Horace ~
No one saves us but ourselves,
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path
Buddhas merely teach the way.
By ourselves is evil done,
By ourselves we pain endure,
By ourselves we cease from wrong,
By ourselves become we pure.
~ Gautama Buddha ~
as translated by
~ Paul Carus ~
Whence, if ever, shall come the actuality
Of a voice speaking the mind's knowing,
The sunlight bright on the green windowshade,
And the self articulate, affectionate, and flowing,
Ease, warmth, light, the utter showing,
When in the white bed all things are made.
~ Delmore Schwartz ~
Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.
~ Horace ~
Semel emissum volat irrevocabile verbum.
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
~ Horace ~
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin!
~ Horace ~
There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.
~ James Thurber ~
When I look at a body I know it gives me choices of what to put in a painting; what will suit me and what won't. There is a distinction between fact and truth. Truth has an element of revelation about it. If something is true, it does more than strike one as merely being so.
~ Lucian Freud ~
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door.
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before.
"Relax," said the night man,
"We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
but you can never leave!"
~ Eagles ~
I want to say thank you. And I want to say thank you to my mother, who is here tonight. You’ll see her in a little while. But she grew up in the 1950s, in Waycross, Georgia, picking somebody else’s cotton and somebody else’s tobacco. But tonight she helped pick her youngest son to be a United States senator.
~ Raphael Warnock ~
Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then, as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.
~ Gautama Buddha ~
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Bodhi Day
DOB: Lucian Freud · Horace · Jim Morrison · Delmore Schwartz · James Thurber

The covetous man is ever in want. ~ Horace

He wins every hand who mingles profit with pleasure, by delighting and instructing the reader at the same time. ~ Horace

Child labor! The child must carry
His fathers on his back.
~ Delmore Schwartz (born December 8, 1913)

For we are incomplete and know no future,
And we are howling or dancing out our souls
In beating syllables before the curtain:
We are Shakespearean, we are strangers.
~ Delmore Schwartz

All we are saying is give peace a chance! ~ John Lennon (Died that die in 1980 after being shot by Mark David Chapman)

—This unsigned comment is by Mrfandango (talkcontribs) .

It is sweet and honorable to die for one's country. ~ Horace

  • 4 Zarbon 04:10, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:09, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 13:59, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:40, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 DanielTom (talk) 15:27, 7 July 2014 (UTC) (Cf. Bertrand Russell: "Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country.")

I very much consider the Internet a garden, and I'm a gardener, and I plant things in it and I work within the framework of the soil, the seasons, the climate, and the temperature, to produce plants. ~ Mark Pesce

  • 3 Zarbon 04:10, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:09, 29 November 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 3.
  • 3 Antiquary 13:59, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:40, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Horace

  • 3 Kalki 20:10, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:40, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:52, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

The great thing about multiculturalism is it doesn't involve knowing anything about other cultures - the capital of Bhutan, the principal exports of Malawi, who cares? All it requires is feeling good about other cultures. It's fundamentally a fraud, and I think was subliminally accepted on that basis. Most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal don't want to live in anything but an advanced Western society. ~ Mark Steyn