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Quotes of the Day for 14 September 2004 – Days

This day in 1752 was a bit odd in England and all her colonies. It was a Thursday. The day before had been a Wednesday, but the date had been 2 September - 11 days had vanished. There were riots as those who missed the chance to work those days realized they had to pay their landlords a full month's rent. And that wasn't the only problem with 1752. As always, the new year had started on 25 March, but the year would end on 31 December. Twenty percent of the days in the year vanished in changes to the calendar. If there's a point here, I think it's that we need to attend to each day for itself, lest the months and years be disappointing.

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The quotes:

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
     - Cesare Pavese, 1908 - 1950

If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two week's vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.
     - Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879 - 1958

The days you work are the best days.
     - Georgia O'Keefe, 1887 - 1986

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
     - P.D. James

The days come and go but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered?
     - Woody Allen


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