February 27

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What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter.
Peter F. Drucker
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
It must be so humiliating to have such a public break-up. ~ Ellen DeGeneres to Justin Timberlake
2005
The writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit — for gallantry in defeat — for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally-flags of hope and of emulation. I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man, has no dedication nor any membership in literature. ~ John Steinbeck (born 27 February 1902)
2006
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
"Life is but an empty dream!"
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (born 27 February 1807)
2007
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing.
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

2008
The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~
2009

Suggestions

In this sign, conquer. ~ Dream statement to Constantine I (born this day)

  • 3 Kalki 18:54, 24 February 2007 (UTC) Though I might prefer to use this on 28 October the date of the Battle of Milvian Bridge before which Constantine is said to have had his vision and dream. We also don't have a page on him yet, and I will probably create one by then. A more familiar and poetic but less precise variant translation of the Greek and Latin renderings is : "In this sign you shall conquer."
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:57, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:54, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world. ~ John Steinbeck

  • 3 Kalki 18:55, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:57, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:54, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Turn, turn, my wheel! All things must change
To something new, to something strange
...
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

  • 3 Kalki 18:54, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:57, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:54, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

  • 3 Kalki 18:54, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:57, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:54, 22 April 2008 (UTC)