July 12

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The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity—love. And the story of a love is not important—what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
Helen Hayes
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ~ Harry S. Truman
2004
What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. ~ John F. Kennedy
2005
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~ Bill Cosby, (born 12 July 1937)
2006
In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king. ~ Desiderius Erasmus (died 12 July 1536)
2007
There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. ~ Henry David Thoreau (born 12 July 1817)
2008
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour. ~ Henry David Thoreau
2009

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • Who knows what beautiful and winged life, whose egg has been buried for ages under many concentric layers of woodenness in the dead dry life of society ... may unexpectedly come forth ... to enjoy its perfect summer life at last! ... such is the character of that morrow which mere lapse of time can never make to dawn. ... Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star. ~ Henry David Thoreau in Walden

Suggestions

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. - Desiderius Erasmus died today


This type of man who is devoted to the study of wisdom is always most unlucky in everything, and particularly when it comes to procreating children; I imagine this is because Nature wants to ensure that the evils of wisdom shall not spread further throughout mankind. - Desiderius Erasmus, The Praise of Folly

  • 4 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 14:06 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 8 July 2005 21:31 (UTC)
  • 2 Aphaia
  • 0 Jeff Q (talk) 10:43, 10 July 2006 (UTC). Don't know if this was supposed to be ironic, but it seems a rather seriously taken POV these days, to the point of ushering in a new Dark Age (IMHO).
    • If we do go for this quote, we really should include the title of the work (which I've added, thanks to InvisibleSun), lest we encourage folks to use it without irony. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 02:07, 12 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 08:27, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:25, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. ~ Henry David Thoreau (birth date)


You've been rejected more times than Doctor Octopus has arms! ~ Gregory Helms

  • 2 for comedic value. Zarbon 04:57, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 07:49, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 16:17, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

If you're not getting better, you're getting worse. ~ Gregory Helms


The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget. ~ William Osler


The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow. ~ William Osler


War is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death. It represents the total failure of the human spirit. ~ Robert Fisk

  • 2 although I don't particularly agree with Fisk here. Zarbon 04:57, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 07:49, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:17, 11 July 2008 (UTC)