March 28

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More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them.
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows. ~ Epictetus
2005
A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice. ~ James Callaghan (recent death)
2006
I'd like just to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs, and had a hell of a time. ~ Buck Owens (recent death)
2007
We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or not. Be sure that, in proportion as you advance in fraternal charity, you are increasing your love of God... ~ Teresa of Avila
2008
Just as we cannot stop the movement of the heavens, revolving as they do with such speed, so we cannot restrain our thought. And then we send all the faculties of the soul after it, thinking we are lost, and have misused the time that we are spending in the presence of God. Yet the soul may perhaps be wholly united with Him in the Mansions very near His presence, while thought remains in the outskirts of the castle, suffering the assaults of a thousand wild and venomous creatures and from this suffering winning merit. So this must not upset us, and we must not abandon the struggle, as the devil tries to make us do. Most of these trials and times of unrest come from the fact that we do not understand ourselves. ~ Teresa of Avila
2009

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I am really much more afraid of those people who have so great a fear of the devil, than I am of the devil himself. ~ Teresa of Avila (born March 28, 1515)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:13, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:14, 27 March 2008 (UTC) 4 Kalki 03:28, 27 March 2007 (UTC) But I would extend it for more context to: "I do not understand those terrors which make us cry out, Satan, Satan! when we may say, God, God! and make Satan tremble. Do we not know that he cannot stir without the permission of God? ... I am really much more afraid of those people who have so great a fear of the devil, than I am of the devil himself. Satan can do me no harm whatever, but they can trouble me very much, particularly if they be confessors." ~ Teresa of Avila
  • 2 either in its entirety or the short version, either way Zarbon 04:41, 23 April 2008 (UTC)