July 8

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There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Benjamin Franklin
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
Why is all around us here as if some lesser god had made the world, but had not force to shape it as he would, till the High God behold it from beyond, and enter it, and make it beautiful? Or else as if the world were wholly fair, but that these eyes of men are dense and dim, and have not power to see it as it is: perchance, because we see not to the close... ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people. ~ Jean de La Fontaine (born 8 July 1621)
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive — to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (born 8 July 1926)
Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it. ~ Jean de La Fontaine
As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory. ~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter#Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), published that day

By the work one knows the workman. ~ Jean de La Fontaine (date of birth)

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. ~ Jean de La Fontaine (date of birth)

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (date of birth)

We make progress in society only if we stop cursing and complaining about its shortcomings and have the courage to do something about them. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (date of birth)

And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away. - (Ozymandias of Egypt -1818) Percy Bysshe Shelley died this day

  • 3 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 13:38 (UTC)
  • 0. This quotation was already used on August 4, 2005. InvisibleSun 08:14, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:09, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

There must be understanding between the artist and the people. In the best ages of art that has always been the case. Genius can probably run on ahead and seek out new ways. But the good artists who follow after genius — and I count myself among these — have to restore the lost connection once more. ~ Käthe Kollwitz (born July 8, 1867)

Passion is power,
And, kindly tempered, saves. All things declare
Struggle hath deeper peace than sleep can bring. ~ William Vaughn Moody

But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet’s word;
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be. ~ Fitz-Greene Halleck

The day of small nations has passed away; the day of Empires has come. ~ Joseph Chamberlain

I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers. ~ John D. Rockefeller

I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything. ~ John D. Rockefeller