March 21

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
Always, Sir, set a high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord, will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you. ~ Samuel Johnson
Between individuals, as between nations, respect for the rights of others is peace. ~ Benito Juárez (born 21 March 1806)
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. ~ Jean Cocteau
Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly — and Lo! The Bird is on the Wing.

~ Omar Khayyám ~ (Quote relating to Spring, on the date of the Vernal equinox for most of the world this year.)
If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity. To most men only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous and the perpetual exercise of God's power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


"Let the strivings of us all, prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war. Let the efforts of us all, prove that he was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold." - Nelson Mandela, acceptance and Nobel lecture, 1993-12-10

  • proposed by Jeandré
  • 3 Kalki 21:51, 20 March 2007 (UTC) but without the hyperlinks within the quote: I generally have avoided these in QOTDs, and generally commend them for quotes on any page only for use of persons (as they are here with MLK) and on relatively obscure words or concepts, vs common ones (such as "war"). Despite the merits of the quote, I am inclined to seek to use it another day, and focus on "Spring" quotes for this date.
  • 3, to be used on a day associated with King or Mandela. - InvisibleSun 23:23, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:25, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

In the scenery of spring,
nothing is better, nothing worse;
The flowering branches are
of themselves, some short, some long.

~ Ryōkan ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:51, 20 March 2007 (UTC) This too is short and simple, but for this year I am slightly inclined to favor the Omar Khayyam verse.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:23, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:25, 23 April 2008 (UTC)