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Quotes of the day from previous years:

I got some new underwear the other day. Well, new to me. ~ Emo Philips
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (born 25 May 1803)
They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (born 25 May 1803)

Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain,
And found out what I could of all desire;
I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone
In the deep center of the voice and fire.

I know the motion of the deepest stone.
Each one's himself, yet each one's everyone.

~ Theodore Roethke ~

Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with. ~ Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. May 25th is Towel Day
You will hear every day the maxims of a low prudence. You will hear, that the first duty is to get land and money, place and name. "What is this Truth you seek? What is this Beauty?" men will ask, with derision. If, nevertheless, God have called any of you to explore truth and beauty, be bold, be firm, be true. When you shall say, "As others do, so will I. I renounce, I am sorry for it, my early visions; I must eat the good of the land, and let learning and romantic expectations go, until a more convenient season." — then dies the man in you; then once more perish the buds of art, and poetry, and science, as they have died already in a thousand thousand men. The hour of that choice is the crisis of your history; and see that you hold yourself fast by the intellect. … Bend to the persuasion which is flowing to you from every object in Nature, to be its tongue to the heart of man, and to show the besotted world how passing fair is wisdom. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be an artist superior to tricks of art. Show frankly, as a saint would do, all your experience, your methods, tools, and means. Welcome all comers to the freest use of the same. And out of this superior frankness and charity, you shall learn higher secrets of your nature, which gods will bend and aid you to communicate. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

~ Theodore Roethke ~
The less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
I've always believed in numbers. In the equations and logics that lead to reason. But after a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask, what truly is logic? Who decides reason? My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional, and back — and I have made the most important discovery of my career — the most important discovery of my life: It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found.
~ John Forbes Nash, Jr. ~
as portrayed in
~ A Beautiful Mind ~
  • proposed by DanielTom, in response to the recent death of Nash and his wife in a traffic accident.
I have been writing & speaking what were once called novelties, for twenty five or thirty year, & have not now one disciple. Why? Not that what I said was not true; not that it has not found intelligent receivers but because it did not go from any wish in me to bring men to me, but to themselves.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
This must be Thursday... I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
~ Douglas Adams ~
~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ~
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Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used. (This is the utmost ranking and should be used only for one quote at a time, per person, for each date.)
3 : Very Good - strong desire to see it used.
2 : Good - some desire to see it used.
1 : Acceptable - but with no particular desire to see it used.
0 : Not acceptable - not appropriate for use as a quote of the day.


Remember, the Force will be with you, always. ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, released on May 25, 1977.

  • 3 Aphaia 23:43, 12 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 06:31, 24 May 2007 (UTC) (but a variant of this has already been used
    • 2 I changed my vote to avoid feeling of duplication. --Aphaia 10:10, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:04, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Herby talk thyme 14:13, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 If only it were as compelling as something Darth Sidious said in Episode III Zarbon 05:39, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 14:45, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Death was not. I lived in a simple drowse:
Hands and hair moved through a dream of wakening blossoms.
Rain sweetened the cave and the dove still called;
The flowers leaned on themselves, the flowers in hollows;
And love, love sang toward.
~ Theodore Roethke (born May 25, 1908)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:04, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 10:10, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:52, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:39, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Lyle 14:45, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

  • I'll seek my own meekness.
    What grace I have is enough.
    The lost have their own pace.
    The stalks ask something else.
    What the grave says,
    The nest denies.
    ~ Theodore Roethke
  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:04, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 10:10, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Herby talk thyme 14:13, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:52, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:39, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

The moon draws back its waters from the shore.
By the lake's edge, I see a silver swan,
And she is what I would. In this light air,
Lost opposites bend down —
Sing of that nothing of which all is made,
Or listen into silence, like a god.

~ Theodore Roethke

I have gone into the waste lonely places
Behind the eye.
~ Theodore Roethke

God bless the roots! — Body and soul are one!
The small become the great, the great the small;
The right thing happens to the happy man.
~ Theodore Roethke

Try not. Do, or do not, there is no try. ~Master Yoda, as played by Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  • 4 Lyle 14:45, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 this was already used on October 17, 2004. Zarbon 05:02, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions. People die, and nothing changes. ~ Terry Pratchett, Night Watch, for Lilac Day

Ninety per cent of most magic merely consists of knowing one extra fact. ~ Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

People on the side of The People always ended up disappointed, in any case. They found that The People tended not to be grateful or appreciative or forward-thinking or obedient. The People tended to be small-minded and conservative and not very clever and were even distrustful of cleverness. And so the children of the revolution were faced with the age-old problem: it wasn't that you had the wrong kind of government, which was obvious, but that you had the wrong kind of people.
As soon as you saw people as things to be measured, they didn't measure up... ~ Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, — and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whosoever hereafter shall name my name, shall not record a malefactor, but a benefactor in the earth. If there be power in good intention, in fidelity, and in toil, the north wind shall be purer, the stars in heaven shall glow with a kindlier beam, that I have lived. I am primarily engaged to myself to be a public servant of all the gods, to demonstrate to all men that there is intelligence and good will at the heart of things, and ever higher and yet higher leadings. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • 3 Kalki 16:32, 19 May 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 02:41, 20 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

I dance with William Blake
For love, for Love's sake;

And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on

~ Theodore Roethke ~

I'll seek my own meekness.
What grace I have is enough.
The lost have their own pace.
The stalks ask something else.
What the grave says,
The nest denies.
~ Theodore Roethke ~

Bless me and the maze I'm in!
Hello, thingy spirit.
~ Theodore Roethke ~

There's time enough.
Behold, in the lout's eye, love.
~ Theodore Roethke ~

Poetry is not a mere shuffling of dead words or even a corralling of live ones.
~ Theodore Roethke ~

The poem, even a short time after being written, seems no miracle; unwritten, it seems something beyond the capacity of the gods.
~ Theodore Roethke ~

Let others probe the mystery if they can.
Time-harried prisoners of Shall and Will
The right thing happens to the happy man.
~ Theodore Roethke ~

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It's what everything else isn't.
~ Theodore Roethke ~

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion: to he worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to have an oratory in my own heart, and present spotless sacrifices of dignified kindness in the temple of humanity; to spread no opinions glaringly out like show-plants, and yet leave the garden gate ever open for the chosen friend and the chance acquaintance: to make no pretenses to greatness; to seek no notoriety; to attempt no wide influence; to have no ambitious projects; to let my writings be the daily bubbling spring flowing through constancy, swelled by experiences, into the full, deep river of wisdom; to listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never; … in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.
~ William Henry Channing ~

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.—'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.'—Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~