July 24

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. ~ Will Rogers
2004
Had we but world enough, and time, this coyness, Lady, were no crime. ~ Andrew Marvell
2005
Thro' many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home. ~ John Newton, in "Amazing Grace"
2006
There is one story and one story only.
Dwell on her graciousness, dwell on her smiling,
Do not forget what flowers
The great boar trampled down in ivy time.
Her brow was creamy as the long ninth wave,
Her sea-blue eyes were wild.
But nothing promised that is not performed.

~ Robert Graves ~
2007
New beginnings and new shoots
Spring again from hidden roots
Pull or stab or cut or burn,
Love must ever yet return.

~ Robert Graves ~
2008
Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil. I am content to observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape from it, and with this I begin and end. ~ John Newton
2009

Suggestions

What is the world at its best but a little round field of the moving pictures with two walking together in it? ~ O. Henry, released from prison that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:48, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:29, 23 July 2007 (UTC) But more inclined to use it on O. Henry's birthdate.
  • 2 --Coyote 23:03, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

War was return of earth to ugly earth,
War was foundering of sublimities,
Extinction of each happy art and faith
By which the world had still kept head in air.
~ Robert Graves (born 24 July 1895)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:35, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:29, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 --Coyote 23:03, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Take your delight in momentariness,
Walk between dark and dark — a shining space
With the grave’s narrowness, though not its peace.
~ Robert Graves

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:35, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:29, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 --Coyote 23:03, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

When a dream is born in you
With a sudden clamorous pain,
When you know the dream is true
And lovely, with no flaw nor stain,
O then, be careful, or with sudden clutch
You'll hurt the delicate thing you prize so much.

~ Robert Graves ~

  • 3 Kalki 17:29, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:00, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 --Coyote 23:03, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

How will I ever get out of this labyrinth? ~ Simón Bolívar (born July 24)

  • 3 Zarbon 17:25, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Art and Anger: Essays on Politics and the Imagination - Page 55 by Ilan Stavans - Political Science - 2001
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

If Nature is against us, we shall fight Nature, and make it obey. ~ Simón Bolívar (born July 24)

  • 3 because this is a pure depiction of using mighty nature in comparison to any obstacle. Power can be won over anything. Zarbon 17:25, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Birth of a World: Bolivar in Terms of His Peoples - Page 55 by Waldo David Frank - 1951
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

The art of victory is learned in defeat. ~ Simón Bolívar (born July 24)

  • 4 because one may never win if one does not understand defeat. Zarbon 17:25, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Birth of a World: Bolivar in Terms of His Peoples - Page 315 - by Waldo David Frank - 1951
  • 3 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Sleeping on a plank has one advantage - it encourages early rising. ~ Alexandre Dumas

  • 2 Zarbon 19:35, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

~ John Newton ~

  • 4 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:35, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

The three greatest fools of History have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote . . . and me! ~ Simón Bolívar (born July 24)

  • 3 Kalki 23:56, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:47, 25 July 2008 (UTC)