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Quotes of the Day for 2 February 2012 – Shadows

Today is Candlemas, forty days past Christmas. Traditionally, the candles that would be used in a church during the year were blessed on this day. In medieval England it was thought the day's weather could forecast the end of Winter. "If Candlemas Day be fair and bright; Come Winter, have another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain; go wit and come not again." Watching groundhogs, prairie dogs, badgers, or bears for their shadows is a more recent trend. (See Punxsutawney Phil ( or rent the movie Groundhog Day.) Whether Winter will soon be over or wait until the Equinox in March, here are some thoughts on Shadows.

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The quotes:

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
     - Ursula K. Le Guin

The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
     - Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867 - 1959

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
     - Samuel Smiles, 1812 - 1904

I do not believe that ever any building was truly great, unless it had mighty masses, vigorous and deep, of shadow mingled with its surface.
     - John Ruskin, 1819 - 1900

I saw the clear afternoon, casting the shadows of chairs one way in the room, so that the season was as clear within a house as out of doors. The shadows had the time of day written into them, as well as the look of autumn.
     - Louise Bogan, 1897 - 1970

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
     - J. R. R. Tolkien, 1892 - 1973

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