July 2

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
With great power comes great responsibility. ~ Stan Lee
2005
Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. ~ Hermann Hesse (born 2 July 1877)
2006
When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do." ~ Hermann Hesse
2007
There's no life
that couldn't be immortal
if only for a moment.

Death
always arrives by that very moment too late.

In vain it tugs at the knob
of the invisible door.
As far as you've come can't be undone.

~ Wisława Szymborska ~

2008
There are gains for all our losses,
There are balms for all our pain:
But when youth, the dream, departs,
It takes something from our hearts,
And it never comes again.

~ Richard Henry Stoddard ~
2009

Suggestions

The world is a fine place and worth fighting for. ~ Ernest Hemingway, born that day

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:20, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC)
  • This quote has already been used as a quote of the day, in January 2005. Also, Hemingway's birthday is actually the 21st of July; he died on the 2nd.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. ~ Hermann Hesse


Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life. ~ Wisława Szymborska (born July 2, 1923)


And only we few who remain unstripped of fur,
untorn from bone, unplucked of soaring feathers,
esteemed in all our quills, scales, tusks, and horns,
and in whatever else that ingenious protein
has seen fit to clothe us with,
we, my lord, are your dream,
which finds you innocent for now.
~ Wisława Szymborska


The going's rough, and so we need the laugh
of bright incisors, molars of goodwill.
Our times are still not safe and sane enough
for faces to show ordinary sorrow.
~ Wisława Szymborska


Nothing's a gift, it's all on loan.
I'm drowning in debts up to my ears.
I'll have to pay for myself
with my self,
give up my life for my life.
~ Wisława Szymborska


Anything in overdose will destroy your liver. I mean, look at cigarettes and look at liquor. Cigarettes says on the packet, this will kill you; it will cause cancer; and you're still smoking it. ~ José Canseco

  • 2 for humorous intent by Canseco. Zarbon 14:38, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 05:02, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:36, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

He who has an opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave. ~ Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock

  • 3 Zarbon 14:38, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:02, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

We have two lives about us,
Two worlds in which we dwell,
Within us and without us,
Alternate Heaven and Hell:—
Without, the somber Real,
Within, our hearts of hearts, the beautiful Ideal.
~ Richard Henry Stoddard ~


Not what we would, but what we must
Makes up the sum of living;
Heaven is both more and less than just
In taking and in giving.
~ Richard Henry Stoddard ~