January 3

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee… ~ John Donne
Not to know what happened before you were born is to be a child forever. For what is the time of a man, except it be interwoven with that memory of ancient things of a superior age? ~ Cicero (born 3 January 106 BC)
Each comprehended only that part of the mind of Ilúvatar from which he came, and in the understanding of their brethren they grew but slowly. Yet ever as they listened they came to deeper understanding, and increased in unison and harmony. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. ~ "Gandalf" in The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien


Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Let your desires be ruled by reason. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 because reasoning is more important than mere desires. Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 because without knowledge, we have emptiness. Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Friends, though absent, are present still. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 because death is not an end. The memory will always remain and linger. Magnificent. Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 because sometimes good comes from one's mistakes, elegant. Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)