December 20

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. ~ Joseph Campbell
2005
For most of human history we have searched for our place in the cosmos. Who are we? What are we? We find that we inhabit an insignificant planet of a hum-drum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions, and by the depth of our answers. ~ Carl Sagan (died 20 December 1996)
2006
Learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy. ~ Edwin Abbott Abbott (Born 20 December 1838)
2007
This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost. ~ John Steinbeck
2008

Suggestions

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. ~ John Steinbeck (Date of death)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 - --Mister Six 11:10, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 12:59, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 11:48, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:48, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism. ~ Carl Sagan (Date of death)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 - --Mister Six 11:10, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 12:59, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
  • This has now been used, on Sagan's birthday, 9 November. ~ Kalki 11:48, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:48, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Man is his own star, and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man
Commands all light, all influence, all fate.
Nothing to him falls early, or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still. ~ John Fletcher (baptized December 20, 1579)


There is no jesting with edge tools. ~ John Fletcher

  • 3 Kalki 23:39, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:48, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

You call me a Circle; but in reality I am not a Circle, but an infinite number of Circles... For even a Sphere — which is my proper name in my own country — if he manifest himself at all to an inhabitant of Flatland — must needs manifest himself as a Circle. ~ Edwin Abbott Abbott (Born 20 December 1838)

  • 3 Kalki 23:39, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:48, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

I looked, and, behold, a new world!  There stood before me, visibly incorporate, all that I had before inferred, conjectured, dreamed, of perfect Circular beauty.  What seemed the centre of the Stranger's form lay open to my view:  yet I could see no heart, nor lungs, nor arteries, only a beautiful harmonious Something — for which I had no words; but you, my Readers in Spaceland, would call it the surface of the Sphere. ~ Edwin Abbott Abbott

  • 3 Kalki 23:39, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:48, 26 April 2008 (UTC)