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Quotes of the Day for 5 March 2003 – Dust and Ash

Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Christians around the world will gather, presumably including many who celebrated so diligently yesterday, to observe the change of the season. The penitent will approach their priest or pastor who will say "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" while making the sign of the cross in black ashes on each person's forehead.

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The quotes:

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Yet after brick and steel and stone are gone, and flesh and blood are dust, the dream lives on.
     - Anderson H. Scruggs

Life is real! Life is earnest!
  And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
  Was not spoken of the soul.
     - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 - 1882

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
     - Jack London, 1876 - 1916

You lack the courage to be consumed in flames and to become ashes: so you will never become new, and never young again!
     - Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844 - 1900

His very words are instinct with spirit; each is as a spark, a burning atom of inextinguishable thought; and many yet lie covered in the ashes of their birth and pregnant with a lightning which has yet found no conductor.
     - Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 - 1822


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