October 10

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The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority.
John C. Calhoun
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication. ~ Terry Pratchett
2004
You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence. ~ Robert Frost
2005
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 (born 10 October 1900)
2006
I would like to make the point that we cannot undo the past but we can learn from it, and we cannot predict the future but we can shape and build it. ~ Epeli Ganilau (born 10 October 1951)
2007
The search for the truth is the most important work in the whole world — and the most dangerous. ~ James Clavell (born 10 October 1924)
2008
When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty. When there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace. When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice. ~ Lin Yutang
2009

Suggestions

One is always considered mad when one perfects something that others cannot grasp. ~ Ed Wood (date of birth)

  • 2 Kalki 01:02, 9 October 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 21:36, 8 October 2005 (UTC) memorable line attributed to the director of Plan 9 from Outer Space, but I can't find any reliable source for this.
  • 3 because many people label something mad when they don't understand it. Zarbon 04:11, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 pending source for quote. InvisibleSun 22:29, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:23, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Gautama Buddha

  • Capitalistpiglet 14:50, 6 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:53, 18 October 2007 (UTC) No clear relation to the date, and no definitely reliable source for this attribution, as yet.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:11, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 because of being unrelated to date and pending source for quote. InvisibleSun 22:29, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:23, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral down into ever-increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline — training — is about. ~ James Clavell


Now dig my grave
Beneath the bay willows' boughs
And with blackness cover it over again,
There for evermore
Go from my domain:
I wish to slumber in peace. ~ Aleksis Kivi


Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~ Lin Yutang


When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. ~ Lin Yutang


I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colours richer, and it is tinged a little with sorrow and a premonition of death. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and is content. From a knowledge of those limitations and its richness of experience emerges a symphony of colours, richer than all, its green speaking of life and strength, its orange speaking of golden content and its purple of resignation and death. ~ Lin Yutang


In the West, the insane are so many that they are put in an asylum, in China the insane are so unusual that we worship them. ~ Lin Yutang


It is not when he is working in his office but when he is lying idly on the sand that his soul utters, "Life is beautiful." ~ Lin Yutang


When the mirror meets with an ugly woman, when a rare ink-stone finds a vulgar owner, and when a good sword is in the hands of a common general, there is utterly nothing to be done about it. ~ Lin Yutang


I disagree that I'm on the wrong side. I'm just not on your side. ~ Francis Escudero


In a democracy, you must follow the will of the majority, which may be right or wrong, moral or immoral, just or unjust. If that's the ruling of the majority that is what you should follow, respect, and obey — although you may continue to disagree with it. ~ Francis Escudero


Winning doesn't necessarily mean you're right. History will be a better judge of that. But that's the beauty of democracy - you believe what you believe, I believe what I believe. ~ Francis Escudero


If you rest, you rust. ~ Helen Hayes


The good die young — but not always. The wicked prevail — but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre. ~ Helen Hayes


Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it did alright by me. ~ Helen Hayes


Age is not important unless you're a cheese. ~ Helen Hayes


From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings. ~ Helen Hayes


For too long, we have allowed fear to dictate our politics and suspicions, to shape how we perceive other communities. ~ Epeli Ganilau


Race is a fact of life and is not a problem unless people make it out to be so. ~ Epeli Ganilau


In bed we laugh, in bed we cry;
And, born in bed, in bed we die.
The near approach a bed may show
Of human bliss to human woe. ~ Isaac de Benserade (date of death)