October 24

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A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. ~ Dorothy Thompson
2005
The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those who feel. ~ Horace Walpole
2006
Poems present their testimony as circumstantial evidences, not as closing argument. Where Wallace Stevens says, “God and the imagination are one,” I would say that the imagination, which synergizes intellect, emotion and instinct, is the perceptive organ through which it is possible, though not inevitable, to experience God. ~ Denise Levertov (born 24 October 1923)
  • proposed by Fys
2007
Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry.

I who don't know the
secret wrote
the line. ...

I love them
for finding what
I can't find,

and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that

a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other
lines

in other
happenings.

~ Denise Levertov ~

2008
We present a dramatically different approach to time management. This is a principle-centered approach. It transcends the traditional prescriptions of faster, harder, smarter, and more. Rather than offering you another clock, this approach provides you with a compass — because more important than how fast you're going, is where you're headed. ~ Stephen Covey
2009

Suggestions

The poet
never must lose despair. ~ Denise Levertov, born 24 October 1923

  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 00:04, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:36, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 for a poet works best under conditions of despair. Brilliant. Zarbon 05:34, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 20:14, 23 October 2008 (UTC) 2 Kalki 20:42, 16 October 2008 (UTC) I like the phrase in context, but standing alone, apart from other portions of the poem much of the meaning and significance is lost, and Levertov seems to actually be quoting someone else, another poet or a translator in that portion of the poem.
  • 2 Waheedone 02:46, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Praise
the invisible sun burning beyond
the white cold sky, giving us
light and the chimney's shadow.

~ Denise Levertov ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:28, 18 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:33, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 and InvisibleSun's username is in it! This is the second quote we've come across with his username in it. The sun's invisibility is a perfect camouflage to the untrained eye, hindered by the rays of light which tear the skies asunder! Zarbon 05:34, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:46, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

It was no longer sounds only that made the music:
he spoke, and as no tree listens I listened, and language
came into my roots
out of the earth,
into my bark
out of the air,
into the pores of my greenest shoots
gently as dew
and there was no word he sang but I knew its meaning.

~ Denise Levertov ~


I was run over by the truth one day.
Ever since the accident I've walked this way ~ Adrian Mitchell


Alas, this industrialized twelve-tone horse, dull on the outside and empty inside, constantly being perfected and dragged to a new Troy in shadow of an ideological war long since fought and won by responsible minds like Schoenberg, with neither systems nor scholarship for armor! ~ Luciano Berio


<math>\textstyle\frac{3}{4}</math> of world problems and bewilderment would be lost if we understood our opponents. ~ Stephen Covey


The moment of making choice is the moment of truth! ~ Stephen Covey

  • 3 Kalki 20:42, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:38, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:46, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:22, 23 October 2008 (UTC)