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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way. ~ Ronald Reagan (recent death)
2005
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads. ~ William Styron (born 11 June 1925)
2006
In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be.

~ Ben Jonson (born 11 June 1572)
2007
The world is wide; no two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from one another. ~ John Constable
2008
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. ~ Ben Jonson (born June 11, 1572)
2009

Suggestions

Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant; and of all tame, a flatterer. ~ Ben Jonson (born June 11, 1572)


Robes loosely flowing, hair as free,
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all the adulteries of art:
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.

~ Ben Jonson ~ (born June 11, 1572)


Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.

~ Ben Jonson ~ (born June 11, 1572)


The great vice of the present day is bravura, an attempt to do something beyond the truth. In endeavouring to do something better than well, they do what in reality is good for nothing. Fashion always had, & will have, its day — but truth (in all things) only will last, and can only have just claims on posterity. ~ John Constable (born June 11, 1776)


There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, — light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. ~ John Constable

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:18, 10 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 21:33, 10 June 2007 (UTC) Though I don't agree with all the ways by which this statement might be interpreted, it is a powerful statement. I do believe that there is actually ugliness in the world, which exists as a quality in many situations, but apart from circumstances, and most especially the circumstances of how they are perceived, there are no absolutely ugly "things" as such.
  • 2 Zarbon 13:35, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

We see nothing truly till we understand it. ~ John Constable