March 1

  • From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.

    Napoleon I of FranceThe ruler of France as First Consul of the French Republic from 1799-1804
  • Try to remember this: what you project
    Is what you will perceive; what you perceive
    With any passion, be it love or terror,
    May take on whims and powers of its own.

    Richard Wilbur(born 1 March 1921) American poet and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
  • Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.

    Frédéric ChopinPolish pianist and composer of classical music

March 2

  • In times like these, it's helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.

    Paul HarveyAmerican radio broadcaster
  • I'm telling you this 'cause you're one of my friends.
    My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!
    … So, on beyond Z!
    It's high time you were shown
    That you really don't know
    All there is to be known.

    Dr. Seuss(born 2 March 1904) Famous American writer and cartoonist
  • Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.

    Carl Schurz(born 2 March 1829) German revolutionist, American statesman and reformer

March 3

  • If there be such a thing as truth, it must infallibly be struck out by the collision of mind with mind.

    William Godwin(born 3 March 1756) British journalist, political philosopher, educationalist and novelist
  • Consent in virtue knit your hearts so fast,
    That still the knot, in spite of death, does last;
    For as your tears, and sorrow-wounded soul,
    Prove well that on your part this bond is whole,
    So all we know of what they do above,
    Is that they happy are, and that they love.
    Let dark oblivion, and the hollow grave,
    Content themselves our frailer thoughts to have;
    Well-chosen love is never taught to die,
    But with our nobler part invades the sky.

    Edmund Waller(born 3 March 1606) English poet
  • The proper method for hastening the decay of error, is not, by brute force, or by regulation which is one of the classes of force, to endeavour to reduce men to intellectual uniformity; but on the contrary by teaching every man to think for himself.

    William Godwin(born 3 March 1756) British journalist, political philosopher, educationalist and novelist

March 4

  • When I listen to love, I am listening to my true nature. When I express love, I am expressing my true nature. All of us love. All of us do it more and more perfectly. The past has brought us both ashes and diamonds. In the present we find the flowers of what we've planted and the seeds of what we are becoming. I plant the seeds of love in my heart. I plant the seeds of love in the hearts of others.

    Julia Cameron(born 4 March 1948) American writer and artist
  • Philosophy is based on speculation, on logic, on thought, on the synthesis of what we know and on the analysis of what we do not know. Philosophy must include within its confines the whole content of science, religion and art.

    P. D. Ouspensky(born 4 March 1878) Russian mystic philosopher
  • I honor my importance and the importance of others. None of us is dispensable, none of us is replacable. In the chorus of life each of us brings a True Note, a perfect pitch that adds to the harmony of the whole. I act creatively and consciously to actively endorse and encourage the expansion of those whose lives I touch. Believing in the goodness of each, I add to the goodness of all. We bless each other even in passing.

    Julia Cameron(born 4 March 1948) American writer and artist

March 5

  • The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.

    William Beveridge(born 5 March 1879) British economist and social reformer
  • Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision.

    Penn Jillette(born 5 March 1955) American illusionist, juggler and comedian
  • It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.

    Grace HopperU.S. Naval officer, and an early computer programmer

March 6

  • A man contains all that is needed to make up a tree; likewise, a tree contains all that is needed to make up a man. Thus, finally, all things meet in all things, but we need a Prometheus to distill it.

    Cyrano de Bergerac(born 6 March 1619) French dramatist and soldier
  • You imagine that what you can't understand is either spiritual or does not exist. The conclusion is quite wrong; rather there are obviously a million things in the universe that we would need a million quite different organs to understand … someone blind from birth cannot imagine the beauty of a landscape, the colors of a painting or the shadings of an iris. He will imagine them as something palpable, edible, audible or olfactory. Likewise, if I were to explain to you what I perceive by the senses you do not have, you would interpret it as something that could be heard, seen, touched, smelled or tasted; but it is not like that.

    Cyrano de Bergerac(born 6 March 1619) French dramatist and soldier
  • Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
    Who watches the Watchmen?

    JuvenalRoman satiric poet

March 7

  • Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.

    Thomas Aquinas(died 7 March 1274) Italian Catholic philosopher and theologian
  • Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.

    Gary GygaxAmerican writer and game designer, famous for "Dungeons & Dragons"
  • It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.

    Aristotle(died 7 March 322 BC) Greek philosopher and scientist

March 8

  • We no longer have a coherent conception of ourselves, and our universe, and our relation to one another and our world. We no longer know, as the Middle Ages did, where we come from, and where we are going, or why. That is, we don't know what information is relevant, and what information is irrelevant to our lives.

    Neil Postman(born 8 March 1931) American educator, media theorist and cultural critic
  • We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh enrichment.

    Johannes KeplerGerman Lutheran mathematician, astronomer and astrologer
  • I think it not improbable that man, like the grub that prepares a chamber for the winged thing it never has seen but is to be — that man may have cosmic destinies that he does not understand.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.(born 8 March 1841) American jurist

March 9

  • A philosopher is a lover of wisdom, not of knowledge, which for all its great uses ultimately suffers from the crippling effect of ephemerality. All knowledge is transient, linked to the world around it and subject to change as the world changes, whereas wisdom, true wisdom is eternal, immutable.

    Shashi Tharoor(born 9 March 1956) Indian author, journalist, and fellow of the USC Centre on Public Diplomacy
  • If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.

    Mickey Spillane(born 9 March 1918) American author of crime novels
  • Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!

    Yuri Gagarin(born 9 March 1934) Soviet cosmonaut and the first human in space

March 10

  • In men whom men condemn as ill
    I find so much of goodness still,
    In men whom men pronounce divine
    I find so much of sin and blot,
    I do not dare to draw a line
    Between the two, where God has not.

    Joaquin Miller(born 10 March 1841) American poet, essayist and fabulist
  • We are tired of having a "sphere" doled out to us, and of being told that anything outside that sphere is "unwomanly". We want to be natural just for a change … we must be ourselves at all risks.

    Kate Sheppard(born 10 March 1847) Social activist
  • I don't believe in hatred anymore.
    I hate to think of how it felt before
    When anger overwhelms your very soul
    It's hard to realize you'll ever know
    Love like we do.

    Edie Brickell(born 10 March 1966) American singer and songwriter

March 11

  • All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.

    Douglas Adams(born 11 March 1952) British author and satiris
  • The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it.

    Vannevar Bush(born 11 March 1890) American engineer, inventor, and politician
  • Perhaps if only once you did enjoy
    The thousandth part of all the happiness
    A heart beloved enjoys, returning love,
    Repentant, you would surely sighing say,
    "All time is truly lost and gone
    Which is not spent in serving love."

    Torquato Tasso(born 11 March 1544) Italian epic poet and dramatist, best known for "Rinaldo"

March 12

  • Life to each individual is a scene of continued feasting in a region of plenty; and when unexpected death arrests its course, it repays with small interest the large debt which it has contracted to the common fund of animal nutrition, from whence the materials of its body have been derived. Thus the great drama of universal life is perpetually sustained; and though the individual actors undergo continual change, the same parts are filled by another and another generation; renewing the face of the earth and the bosom of the deep with endless successions of life and happiness.

    William Buckland(born 12 March 1784) English geologist, paleontologist and Dean of Westminster
  • All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.

    Jack Kerouac(born 12 March 1922) American novelist, poet and artist
  • Who knows, my God, but that the universe is not one vast sea of compassion actually, the veritable holy honey, beneath all this show of personality and cruelty?

    Jack Kerouac(born 12 March 1922) American novelist, poet and artist

March 13

  • The joy of life discovered by the Greeks is not a profane type of enjoyment: it reveals the bliss of existing, of sharing — even fugitively — in the spontaneity of life and the majesty of the world. Like so many others before and after them, the Greeks learned that the surest way to escape from time is to exploit the wealth, at first sight impossible to suspect, of the lived instant.

    Mircea Eliade(born 13 March 1907) Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer and philosopher
  • Don’t give up! I believe in you all
    A person’s a person, no matter how small!
    And you very small persons will not have to die
    If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!

    Dr. Seuss(born 13 March 1904) Famous American writer and cartoonist
  • For those to whom a stone reveals itself as sacred, its immediate reality is transmuted into supernatural reality. In other words, for those who have a religious experience all nature is capable of revealing itself as cosmic sacrality.

    Mircea Eliade(born 13 March 1907) Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer and philosopher

March 14

  • Only the individual can think, and thereby create new values for society — nay, even set up new moral standards to which the life of the community conforms. Without creative, independently thinking and judging personalities the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community.
    The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion.

    Albert Einstein(born 14 March 1879) German-Swiss-Austrian-American physicist, best known for his "Theories of Relativity"
  • Today we must abandon competition and secure cooperation. This must be the central fact in all our considerations of international affairs; otherwise we face certain disaster. Past thinking and methods did not prevent world wars. Future thinking must prevent wars … The stakes are immense, the task colossal, the time is short. But we may hope — we must hope — that man’s own creation, man’s own genius, will not destroy him.

    Albert Einstein(born 14 March 1879) German-Swiss-Austrian-American physicist, best known for his "Theories of Relativity"
  • This land is your land, this land is my land
    From California to the New York Island,
    From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters,
    This land was made for you and me.

    Woody GuthrieAmerican folk musician, famous for his song "This Land Is Your Land"

March 15

  • Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.

    Andrew Jackson(born 15 March 1767) The seventh President of the United States from 1829-1837
  • As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of person and property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending.

    Andrew Jackson(born 15 March 1767) The seventh President of the United States from 1829-1837
  • It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society — the farmers, mechanics, and laborers — who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government.

    Andrew Jackson(born 15 March 1767) The seventh President of the United States from 1829-1837

March 16

  • Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.

    Nathaniel HawthorneAmerican novelist and short story writer
  • Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents.

    James Madison(born 16 March 1751) The fourth President of the United States from 1809–1817
  • I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

    James Madison(born 16 March 1751) The fourth President of the United States from 1809–1817

March 17

  • Man dwells apart, though not alone,
    He walks among his peers unread;
    The best of thoughts which he hath known
    For lack of listeners are not said.

    Jean Ingelow(born 17 March 1820) English poet and novelist
  • Let anyone laugh and taunt if he so wishes. I am not keeping silent, nor am I hiding the signs and wonders that were shown to me by the Lord many years before they happened, who knew everything, even before the beginning of time.

    Saint Patrick(died 17 March 493) Christian bishop and missionary, and the patron saint of Ireland
  • Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
    Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ on my right, Christ on my left
    Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
    Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
    Christ in every eye that sees me,
    Christ in every ear that hears me.

    Saint Patrick(died 17 March 493) Christian bishop and missionary, and the patron saint of Ireland

March 18

  • Candor is always a double-edged sword; it may heal or it may separate.

    Wilhelm Stekel(born 18 March 1868) Austrian psychologist and psychoanalyst
  • The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.

    Wilhelm Stekel(born 18 March 1868) Austrian psychologist and psychoanalyst
  • I am inventing a language which must necessarily burst forth from a very new poetics, that could be defined in a couple of words: Paint, not the thing, but the effect it produces.

    Stéphane Mallarmé(born 18 March 1842) French symbolist poet and critic

March 19

  • "Fools rush where Angels fear to tread!" Angels and Fools have equal claim
    To do what Nature bids them do, sans hope of praise, sans fear of blame!

    Richard Francis Burton(born 19 March 1821) British consul, explorer, translator and writer
  • Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause;
    He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.

    Richard Francis Burton(born 19 March 1821) British consul, explorer, translator and writer
  • Cease, Man, to mourn, to weep, to wail; enjoy thy shining hour of sun;
    We dance along Death's icy brink, but is the dance less full of fun?

    Richard Francis Burton(born 19 March 1821) British consul, explorer, translator and writer

March 20

  • What is all that men have done and thought over thousands of years, compared with one moment of love. But in all Nature, too, it is what is nearest to perfection, what is most divinely beautiful! There all stairs lead from the threshold of life. From there we come, to there we go.

    Friedrich Hölderlin(born 20 March 1770) German lyric poet
  • If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one — the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.

    Arthur C. ClarkeBritish author, inventor and futurist
  • A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.

    Henrik Ibsen(born 20 March 1828) Norwegian playwright

March 21

  • The creative process lies not in imitating, but in paralleling nature — translating the impulse received from nature into the medium of expression, thus vitalizing this medium. The picture should be alive, the statue should be alive, and every work of art should be alive.

    Hans Hofmann(born 21 March 1880) Abstract expressionist painter in New York
  • If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity. To most men only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous and the perpetual exercise of God's power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be.

    Henry Wadsworth LongfellowAmerican poet
  • In the scenery of spring,
    nothing is better, nothing worse;
    The flowering branches are
    of themselves, some short, some long.


March 22

  • I buoyed me on the wings of dream,
    Above the world of sense;
    I set my thought to sound the scheme,
    And fathom the Immense;
    I tuned my spirit as a lute
    To catch wind-music wandering mute. Yet came there never voice nor sign;
    But through my being stole
    Sense of a Universe divine,
    And knowledge of a soul
    Perfected in the joy of things,
    The star, the flower, the bird that sings. Nor I am more, nor less, than these;
    All are one brotherhood;
    I and all creatures, plants, and trees,
    The living limbs of God;
    And in an hour, as this, divine,
    I feel the vast pulse throb in mine.

    Francis William Bourdillon(born 22 March 1852) British poet and translator
  • Music and silence… combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.

    Marcel Marceau(born 22 March 1923) French entertainer and mime
  • To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.

    Marcel Marceau(born 22 March 1923) French entertainer and mime

March 23

  • I believe that none can "save" his fellow man by making a choice for him. To help him, he can indicate the possible alternatives, with sincerity and love, without being sentimental and without illusion. The knowledge and awareness of the freeing alternatives can reawaken in an individual all his hidden energies and put him on the path to choosing respect for "life" instead of for "death."

    Erich Fromm(born 23 March 1900) German-American psychologist and humanistic philosopher
  • Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

    Haile Selassie I of EthiopiaEmperor of Ethiopia from 1916 – 1936
  • Society must be organized in such a way that man's social, loving nature is not separated from his social existence, but becomes one with it. If it is true, as I have tried to show, that love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence, then any society which excludes, relatively, the development of love, must in the long run perish of its own contradiction with the basic necessities of human nature.

    Erich Fromm(born 23 March 1900) German-American psychologist and humanistic philosopher

March 24

  • Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one's life well and happily…

    Wilhelm Reich(born 24 March 1897) Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
  • I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.

    William Morris(born 24 March 1834) English textile designer, artist, writer, socialist and Marxist
  • Love is enough: though the World be a-waning
    And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
    Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
    The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
    Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
    And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over,
    Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
    The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
    These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.

    William Morris(born 24 March 1834) English textile designer, artist, writer, socialist and Marxist

March 25

  • Freedom is the very essence of life, the impelling force in all intellectual and social development, the creator of every new outlook for the future of mankind. The liberation of man from economic exploitation and from intellectual and political oppression, which finds its finest expression in the world-philosophy of Anarchism, is the first prerequisite for the evolution of a higher social culture and a new humanity.

    Rudolf Rocker(born 25 March 1873) Anarcho-syndicalist writer, historian and prominent social activist
  • Political rights do not exist because they have been legally set down on a piece of paper, but only when they have become the ingrown habit of a people, and when any attempt to impair them will meet with the violent resistance of the populace. Where this is not the case, there is no help in any parliamentary Opposition or any Platonic appeals to the constitution. One compels respect from others when he knows how to defend his dignity as a human being.

    Rudolf Rocker(born 25 March 1873) Anarcho-syndicalist writer, historian and prominent social activist
  • The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.

    William FaulknerAmerican novelist and poet

March 26

  • I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
    I took the one less travelled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Robert Frost(born 26 March 1874) American poet, winner of four Pulitzer Prizes
  • People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about.

    Joseph Campbell(born 26 March 1904) American professor, writer, and orator
  • I have kept hidden in the instep arch
    Of an old cedar at the waterside
    A broken drinking goblet like the Grail
    Under a spell so the wrong ones can't find it,
    So can't get saved, as Saint Mark says they mustn't.
    (I stole the goblet from the children's playhouse.)
    Here are your waters and your watering place.
    Drink and be whole again beyond confusion.

    Robert Frost(born 26 March 1874) American poet, winner of four Pulitzer Prizes

March 27

  • There’s a good time coming, boys!
    A good time coming.
    We may not live to see the day,
    But earth shall glisten in the ray
    Of the good time coming.
    Cannon-balls may aid the truth
    But thought’s a weapon stronger;
    We’ll win our battles by its aid,
    Wait a little longer.

    Charles Mackay(born 27 March 1814) Scottish poet, journalist, and song writer
  • In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practised, and, both by precept and example, inculcated on mankind.

    Samuel AdamsAmerican revolutionary and organizer of the Boston Tea Party
  • Non-evaluative insight into history does not inevitably lead to relativism, but rather to relationism. Knowledge, as seen in the light of the total conception of ideology, is by no means an illusory experience, for ideology in its relational concept is not at all identical with illusion. Knowledge arising out of our experience in actual life situations, though not absolute, is knowledge none the less.

    Karl Mannheim(born 27 March 1893) Hungarian-born social philosopher and sociologist

March 28

  • I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.

    Paul NewmanAmerican actor and film director
  • 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(born 28 March 1515) Spanish mystic, philosopher and Catholic saint
  • I perceive the world in fragments. It is somewhat like being on a very fast train and getting glimpses of things in strange scales as you pass by. A person can be very, very tiny. And a billboard can make a person very large. You see the corner of a house or you see a bird fly by, and it's all fragmented. Somehow, in painting I try to make some logic out of the world that has been given to me in chaos. I have a very pretentious idea that I want to make life, I want to make sense out of it. The fact that I am doomed to failure — that doesn't deter me in the least.

    Grace Hartigan(born 28 March 1922) American Abstract Expressionist painter

March 29

  • On seeing his shadow fall on such ancient rocks, he had to question himself in a different context and ask the same old question as before, "Who am I?", and the answer now came more emphatically than ever before, "No-one."
    But a no-one with a crown of light about his head. He would remember a verse from Pindar: "Man is a dream about a shadow. But when some splendour falls upon him from God, a glory comes to him and his life is sweet."

    R. S. Thomas(born 29 March 1913) Welsh poet and Anglican Clergyman
  • I have known exile and a wild passion
    Of longing changing to a cold ache.
    King, beggar and fool, I have been all by turns,
    Knowing the body’s sweetness, the mind’s treason;
    Taliesin still, I show you a new world, risen,
    Stubborn with beauty, out of the heart’s need.

    R. S. Thomas(born 29 March 1913) Welsh poet and Anglican Clergyman
  • She is young. Have I the right
    Even to name her? Child,
    It is not love I offer
    Your quick limbs, your eyes;
    Only the barren homage
    Of an old man whom time

    R. S. Thomas(born 29 March 1913) Welsh poet and Anglican Clergyman

March 30

  • The best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding Him better, that is what I keep telling myself. But you must love with a sublime, genuine, profound sympathy, with devotion, with intelligence, and you must try all the time to understand Him more, better and yet more.

    Vincent van Gogh(born 30 March 1853) Dutch painter
  • Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there life revives.

    Vincent van Gogh(born 30 March 1853) Dutch painter
  • Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm, all along, out along, down along lea. A laugh is a great natural stimulator, a pushful entry into life; and once we can laugh, we can live. It is the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.

    Seán O'Casey(born 30 March 1880) Irish playwright and memoirist

March 31

  • Cogito ergo sum
    I think, therefore I am.

    René Descartes(born 31 March 1596) French philosopher, mathematician, physicist and writer
  • Let us roll all our strength and all
    Our sweetness up into one ball,
    And tear our pleasures with rough strife
    Thorough the iron gates of life:
    Thus, though we cannot make our sun
    Stand still, yet we will make him run.

    Andrew Marvell(born 31 March 1621) English metaphysical poet
  • History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.

    Cesar Chavez(born 31 March 1927) Mexican American labour organiser and social activist
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