September 18

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We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
Marcus T. Cicero
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
Remember that time is money. ~ Benjamin Franklin
2004
The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God. ~ Andrew Dickson White
2005
Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. ~ Samuel Johnson (born 18 September 1709)
2006
I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark. ~ Samuel Johnson
2007
All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance; it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals. If a man was to compare the single stroke of the pickaxe, or of one impression of the spade, with the general design and the last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are leveled and oceans bounded by the slender force of human beings. ~ Samuel Johnson
2008
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. ~ Samuel Johnson (date of birth)
2009

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I have taken your horrible idea and turned it into a brilliant one!" ~ Peggy Hill, "King of the Hill"

  • 4 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.167.242.65 (talkcontribs) 05:05, 14 September 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 01:35, 13 September 2007 (UTC) * 2 Kalki 23:33, 17 September 2005 (UTC) No clear correlation with the date.
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The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words. ~ Samuel Johnson (date of birth)

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It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying, that there is so much falsehood in the world. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:35, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:35, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:08, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:35, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:35, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:08, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

It is always observable that silence propagates itself, and that the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find any thing to say. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 4 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
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  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

This world, where much is to be done and little to be known. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
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  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

He who praises everybody praises nobody. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
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  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
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  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 22:06, 17 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
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  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 3 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
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  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 3 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:06, 17 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. ~ Samuel Johnson

  • 3 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:06, 17 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of glory, honor, and patriotism to mask the cries of the wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering, and chest-pounding grief. ~ Chris Hedges

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
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...man...is a frail, lost creature, too weak to walk unaided. ~ William March

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
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  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

...To me it has always seemed that God is so sickened with men, and their unending cruelty to each other, that he covers the places where they have been as quickly as possible. ~ William March

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:06, 17 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

People are born in sorrow and move about the earth in patterns of sorrow without sense and without plan. Why should I take myself so seriously? I am no more important to the Creator than the trees or the vegetation which live with me on His earth. There is no eye to watch over me nor a hand to direct me, and there will be no preferred fate for me at the end, no matter what I am, or what I do with my life. ~ William March

  • 2 Zarbon 04:45, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:06, 17 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

As an experimental psychologist, I have been trained not to believe anything unless it can be demonstrated in the laboratory on rats or sophomores. ~ Steven Pinker

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  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)