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Quotes of the Day for 31 October 2000 – Halloween

All Hallow's Eve, the old Celtic New Year, said to be a day for human sacrifice among the Druids, the holiday that paid for your dentist's BMW. And, it turns out, a tricky day to find quotes that fit. These almost do ...

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The quotes:

Some say no evil thing that walks by night,
In fog or fire, by lake or moorish fen,
Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost
That breaks his magic chains at curfew time,
No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine,
Hath hurtful power o'er true virginity.

     - John Milton (1608-1674), Comus

A sad tale's best for winter. I have one of sprites and goblins. When daffodils begin to peer, With heigh! the doxy, over the dale, Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year; For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale.
     - William Shakespeare, "The Winter's Tale," II. i. (24)

They still believe in God, the family, angels, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other obsolete stuff.
     - Isaac Singer, on why he began writing for children

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