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HOLIDAYS
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The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.
      - John Quincy Adams,
        in a letter to Mrs. Adams

There were his young barbarians all at play
  There was their Dacian mother--he, their sire,
    Butcher'd to make a Roman holiday.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 141)

And that was the way
  The deuce was to pay
    As it always is, at the close of the day
      That gave us--
        Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
          (With some restrictions, the fault-finders say)
            That which, please God, we will keep for aye
              Our National Independence!
      - Will Carleton, How We Kept the Day

I have a great confidence in the revelations which holidays bring forth.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The holiest of all holidays are those
  Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
    The secret anniversaries of the heart,
      When the full river of feeling overflows;--
        The happy days unclouded to their close;
          The sudden joys that our of darkness start
            As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
              Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Holidays
         (l. 1)

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.
      - John Boynton Priestley

Come, woo me, woo me; for now I am in holiday humor and like enough to consent.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at IV, i)

If all the year were playing holidays,
  To sport would be as tedious as to work;
    And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at I, ii)

Being holiday, the beggar's shop is shut.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at V, i)

You sunburnt sicklemen, of August weary,
  Come hither from the furrow and be merry.
    Make holiday: your rye-straw hats put on,
      And these fresh nymphs encounter every one
        In country footing.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Iris at IV, i)

Holiday or no, the world goes on.
      - James Michael Ullman,
        in the Chicago Tribune, December 1, 1963

Time for work,--yet take
  Much holiday for art's and friendship's sake.
      - George James de Wilde,
        Sonnet--On the Arrival of Spring


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