May 13

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The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.
William Lyon Phelps
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. ~ William Faulkner
2005
It behoved that there should be sin — but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. ~ Julian of Norwich (her famous visions occurred on 13 May 1373)
2006
"Fire" does not matter, "earth" and "air" and "water'" do not matter. "I" do not matter. No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. ~ Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light (born 13 May 1937)
2007
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~ Washington Irving (Mother's Day U.S., Canada)
2008
Death and Light are everywhere, always, and they begin, end, strive, attend, into and upon the Dream of the Nameless that is the world, burning words within Samsaara, perhaps to create a thing of beauty. ~ Roger Zelazny in Lord of Light
2009

Suggestions

I made a great discovery. I don't believe in anything anymore. Objects do not exist for me, except that there is a harmonious relationship among them, and also between them and myself. When one reaches this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual void. This was everything becomes possible, everything becomes legitimate, and life is a perpetual revelation. This is true song. ~ Georges Braque (born 1882-05-13)

  • 3 Aphaia
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:13, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3. This quote was unsourced. I sourced it and replaced the unsourced version in the article. The quote now reads: "I have made a great discovery. I no longer believe in anything. Objects don't exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them or between them and myself. When one attains this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual non-existence — what I can only describe as a sense of peace, which makes everything possible and right. Life then becomes a perpetual revelation. That is true poetry." My vote is then for the sourced quote. - InvisibleSun 07:20, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Either it possesses a certain element of irrationality itself, like living things, or it is an intelligence of such an order that some of its processes only seem irrational to lesser beings. Either explanation amounts to the same from a practical standpoint. ~ Roger Zelazny Prince of Chaos

  • 3 Aphaia
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:13, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2. What is the "it" in the first sentence? - InvisibleSun 07:20, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Not living in fear is a great gift, because certainly these days we do it so much. And do you know what I like about comedy? You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time — of anything. If you're laughing, I defy you to be afraid. ~ Stephen Colbert (born May 13, 1964)

  • 4 InvisibleSun 07:20, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 because this one is rather nice. Although I'd much prefer to settle with the fear principle than that of laughter. It's like a choice in movies so to speak, better to go with all genres and comedy last. But I still think it's a good quote. Zarbon 15:54, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 14 May 2008 (UTC)