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Quotes of the day from previous years:

It is circumstances which show what men are. ~ Epictetus
The sons of torture victims make good terrorists. ~ André Malraux
For the future, let all people live in harmony … Men should be taught and won over by reason, not by blows, insults, and corporal punishments. ~ Julian (died 26 June 363)
A knowledge of history as detailed as possible is essential if we are to comprehend the present and be prepared for the future. Fate … is not the blind superstition or helplessness that waits stupidly for what may happen. Fate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain result must follow, but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance. ~ Pearl S. Buck (born 26 June 1892)
Every event has had its cause, and nothing, not the least wind that blows, is accident or causeless. ~ Pearl S. Buck
Heal the world, make it a better place,
For you and for me and the entire human race,
There are people dying, but if you care enough for the living,
Make a better place for you and for me.

~ Michael Jackson ~ (recent death)
An intelligent, energetic, educated woman cannot be kept in four walls — even satin-lined, diamond-studded walls — without discovering sooner or later that they are still a prison cell. ~ Pearl S. Buck
All of us, without being taught, have attained to a belief in some sort of divinity, though it is not easy for all men to know the precise truth about it, nor is it possible for those who do know it to tell it to all men. ~ Julian
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and so they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.
~ Pearl S. Buck ~
So long as you are a slave to the opinions of the many you have not yet approached freedom or tasted its nectar … But I do not mean by this that we ought to be shameless before all men and to do what we ought not; but all that we refrain from and all that we do, let us not do or refrain from merely because it seems to the multitude somehow honorable or base, but because it is forbidden by reason and the god within us.
~ Julian ~
Choose your friends, then treat them as friends; do not regard them like slaves or servants, but associate with them frankly and simply and generously; not saying one thing of them and thinking something else.
~ Julian ~
To live among friends is the primary essential of happiness.
~ Lord Kelvin ~
  • proposed by N6n
Ah well, perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.
~ Pearl S. Buck ~
Nature loves to hide her secrets, and she does not suffer the hidden truth about the essential nature of the gods to be flung in naked words to the ears of the profane.
~ Julian ~
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Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. ~ Pearl S. Buck

  • 3 because beauty cannot be maintained if there is no order. One who loses order, eventually loses one's own beauty...and someone without order and beauty alike is given to misery. Zarbon 05:56, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:09, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:02, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 N6n 11:42, 9 September 2010 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:58, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Live while you live, the epicure would say,
And seize the pleasures of the present day;
Live while you live, the sacred preacher cries,
And give to God each moment as it flies.
Lord, in my views, let both united be:
I live in pleasure when I live to thee.
~ Philip Doddridge

  • 2 Zarbon 03:49, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:09, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:02, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 N6n 11:42, 9 September 2010 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:58, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Awake, my soul! stretch every nerve,
And press with vigour on;
A heavenly race demands thy zeal,
And an immortal crown.
~ Philip Doddridge ~

  • 3 Kalki 09:43, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 02:39, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 N6n 11:42, 9 September 2010 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:58, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

The end and aim of the Cynic philosophy, as indeed of every philosophy, is happiness, but happiness that consists in living according to nature, and not according to the opinions of the multitude. ~ Julian