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DAY
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The day are ever divine as to the first Aryans. They are of the least pretension, and of the greatest capacity of anything that exists. They come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Works and Days

For there is no day however beautiful that is not followed by night.
  [Fr., Car il n'est si beau jour qui n'amene sa nuit.]
      - Epitaph,
        on the tombstone of Jean d'Orbesan at Padua

Cease not to learn until thou cease to live;
  Think that day lost wherein thou draw'st no letter,
    To make thyself learneder, wiser, better.
      [Fr., Jusqu'au cercuil (mon fils) vueilles apprendre,
        Et tien perdu le jour qui s'est passe,
          Si tu n'y as quelque chose ammasse,
            Pour plus scavant et plus sage te rendre.]
      - Guy de Faur, Lord of Pibrac,
        Collections of Quatrains (no. 31),
        translated by Joshua Sylvester

After the day there cometh the derke night;
  For though the day be never so longe,
    At last the belles ringeth to evensonge.
      - Stephen Hawes, Pastime of Pleasure

Our Creator would never have made such lovely days and have given us the dep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The better day, the worse deed.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Genesis, III)

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
  The bridal of the earth and sky,
    The dew shall weep thy fall to-night;
      For thou must die.
      - George Herbert, The Temple--Virtue

I think the better day, the better deed.
      - Sir John Holt, Judgment Reports (1028)

Not all Apollo's Pythian treasures hold can bribe the poor possession of a day.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

As vanquished day lit camp-fires in the west.
      - James Barron Hope, Approach to Jamestown

Let not a day so fair be without its white chalk mark.
  [Lat., Cressa ne careat pulchra dies nota.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. I, 36, 10)

Day is pushed out by day, and each new moon hastens to its death.
  [Lat., Truditur dies die,
    Novaeque pergunt interire lunae.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. II, 18, 15)

In the midst of hope and anxiety, in the midst of fear and anger, believe every day that has dawned to be your last; happiness which comes unexpected will be the more welcome.
  [Lat., Inter spem curamque, timores inter et iras,
    Omnem crede diem tibi diluxisse supremum:
      Grata superveniet, quae non sperabitur, hora.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (bk. I, 4, 13)

To be marked with white chalk or charcoal? (i.e. good or bad.)
  [Lat., Creta an carbone notandi?]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (bk. II, 3, 246)

O sweet, delusive Noon,
  Which the morning climbs to find,
    O moment sped too soon,
      And morning left behind.
      - Helen Hunt Jackson (Helen Hunt),
        Verses--Noon

Well, this is the end of a perfect day,
  Near the end of a journey, too;
    But it leaves a thought that is big and strong,
      With a wish that is kind and true.
        For mem'ry has painted this perfect day
          With colors that never fade,
            And we find at the end of a perfect day,
              The soul of a friend we've made.
      - Carrie Jacobs Bond, A Perfect Day

He who has lived a day has lived an age.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

O beautiful, awful summer day, what hast thou given, what taken away?
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Out of the shadows of night,
  The world rolls into light;
    It is daybreak everywhere.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Bells of San Blas

O summer day beside the joyous sea!
  O summer day so wonderful and white,
    So full of gladness and so full of pain!
      Forever and forever shalt thou be
        To some the gravestone of a dead delight,
          To some the landmark of a new domain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Summer Day by the Sea

Hide me from day's garish eye.
      - John Milton, Il Penseroso (l. 141)

How troublesome is day!
  It calls us from our sleep away;
    It bids us from our pleasant dreams awake,
      And sends us forth to keep or break
        Our promises to pay.
          How troublesome is day!
      - Thomas Love Peacock,
        Fly-by-Night--Paper Money Lyrics

The longest day soon comes to an end.
  [Lat., Longissimus dies cito conditur.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (IX, 36)

O happy day, and one to be marked for me with the whitest of chalk.
  [Lat., O diem laetum, notandumque mihi candidissimo calculo.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (VI, 11)

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
  Light will repay
    The wrongs of night; sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems
         (bk. I, em. 14, st. 5)


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