March 26

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. ~ Aldous Huxley
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, that wants it down. ~ Robert Frost (born 26 March 1874)
He acts without contact,
instructs without meeting,
guides without pointing.
Desires do not conflict with Him,
thoughts do not mingle with Him:
His essence is without qualification,
His action without effort.

~ Mansur al-Hallaj (died 26 March 922)
The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear. It is an immensely exciting experience to be born in the world, born in the universe, and look around you and realise that before you die you have the opportunity of understanding an immense amount about that world and about that universe and about life and about why we're here. We have the opportunity of understanding far, far more than any of our predecessors ever. That is such an exciting possibility, it would be such a shame to blow it and end your life not having understood what there is to understand. ~ Richard Dawkins (born 26 March 1941)
People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about. ~ Joseph Campbell (born 26 March 1904)


If Man exalt himself, I humble him,
If he humble himself, I exalt him;
And I always contradict him,
Until he understands
That he is an incomprehensible monster.
Blaise Pascal (Born June 19 1623) proposed by Pluke 00:01, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

  • 2 due to lack of connection to this particular day. - InvisibleSun 08:29, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 03:11, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:37, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

But men at whiles are sober
And think by fits and starts,
And if they think, they fasten
Their hands upon their hearts.
~ A. E. Housman (born March 26, 1859)

And how am I to face the odds
Of man’s bedevilment and God’s?
I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.
~ A. E. Housman

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:29, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 03:11, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:37, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out ... and perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. ~ A. E. Housman

Most of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor.
~ Robert Frost (born March 26, 1874)

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
~ Robert Frost

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:29, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 03:11, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is one of my favorite ones by Frost. Basically, nothing lasts forever is a key principle to understand. Zarbon 04:37, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

And were an epitaph to be my story
I'd have a short one ready for my own.
I would have written of me on my stone:
I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
~ Robert Frost

Wind goes from farm to farm in wave on wave,
But carries no cry of what is hoped to be.
There may be little or much beyond the grave,
But the strong are saying nothing until they see.
~ Robert Frost

We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us — the labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world. ~ Joseph Campbell

Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion. ~ Tennessee Williams (born March 26, 1911)

A lion wants to eat an antelope's body, but the antelope has very different plans for its body. This is not normally regarded as competition for a resource, but logically it is hard to see why not. ~ Richard Dawkins (born March 26, 1941)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:29, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 03:11, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because it makes a lot of sense. Zarbon 04:37, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

I think that the appetite for mystery, the enthusiasm for that which we do not understand, is healthy and to be fostered. It is the same appetite which drives the best of true science, and it is an appetite which true science is best qualified to satisfy. ~ Richard Dawkins

If you have a faith, it is statistically overwhelmingly likely that it is the same faith as your parents and grandparents had. No doubt soaring cathedrals, stirring music, moving stories and parables, help a bit. But by far the most important variable determining your religion is the accident of birth. The convictions that you so passionately believe would have been a completely different, and largely contradictory, set of convictions, if only you had happened to be born in a different place. Epidemiology, not evidence. ~ Richard Dawkins

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. ~ Richard Dawkins

Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not. ~ Richard Dawkins (date of birth)

  • 4 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 05:02, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 because this is strong. It holds truth to destroying myth and faith which has falsely captivated many. Zarbon 04:37, 23 April 2008 (UTC)