April 14

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. ~ James Branch Cabell (born 14 April 1879)
Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Good Friday 2006)
All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist... It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever... Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is "So it goes." ~ Kurt Vonnegut (recent death)
What really matters is that there is so much faith and love and kindliness which we can share with and provoke in others, and that by cleanly, simple, generous living we approach perfection in the highest and most lovely of all arts. ... But you, I think, have always comprehended this. ~ James Branch Cabell

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:


And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.

Alien they seemed to be;
No mortal eye could see
The intimate welding of their later history,

Or sign that they were bent
By paths coincident
On being anon twin halves of one august event,

Till the Spinner of the Years
Said "Now!" And each one hears,
And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.
Thomas Hardy, "The Convergence of the Twain (Lines on the loss of the Titanic)" (1912)

  • The "convergence" of the Titanic and the iceberg was on April 14, 1912.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:46, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:42, 13 April 2008 (UTC) but I might prefer to hold this one in reserve until the 100th anniversary in 2012, on which date I would certainly give it a 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Criticism, whatever may be its pretensions, never does more than to define the impression which is made upon it at a certain moment by a work wherein the writer himself noted the impression of the world which he received at a certain hour. ~ James Branch Cabell

  • 3 Kalki 22:42, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It is necessary that I climb very high because of my love for you, and upon the heights there is silence. ~ James Branch Cabell

  • 3 Kalki 22:42, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)