July 11

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • First "Quote of the Day" at Wikiquote, selected by Nanobug
The old order changeth, yielding place to new, and God fulfils himself in many ways lest one good custom should corrupt the world. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse. ~ John Quincy Adams (born 11 July 1767)
Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. ~ John Quincy Adams (born 11 July 1767)
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~ E. B. White
Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed. ~ E. B. White


In God we trust, all others must submit an X.509 Certificate - Source unknown

  • "In God We Trust" was added to the dollar on July 11th
  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:51, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC) (I love this, but I think it may be too esoteric for a general audience.)
  • 1 AllanHainey June 27, 2005 11:37 (UTC) (X.509 don't know what it is but sounds like a USA tax thing - too obscure)
    • Actually, it's an ITU standard. Your browser almost certainly implements it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 121a0012 (talkcontribs) 02:41, 28 June 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

"In God We Trust." I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true. — Mark Twain

I can never join with my voice in the toast which I see in the papers attributed to one of our gallant naval heroes. I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. Fiat justitia, pereat coelum. My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right. ~ John Quincy Adams (birth date)

  • In response to Stephen Decatur's famous phrase, "our country, right or wrong". The Latin phrase is an ancient one that can be translated as : "Let justice be done though heaven should fall."
  • 3 Kalki 8 July 2005 22:19 (UTC)
  • 3 Jeff Q (talk) 10:32, 8 July 2006 (UTC). Would that we had a single JQ Adams in this age.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:31, 8 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because even when wrong, one's loyalty and devotion makes it right. Zarbon 05:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. ~ E. B. White (born July 11, 1899)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:31, 8 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:06, 11 July 2007 (UTC) but would prefer to extend this to "Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. It is the feeling of privacy in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries, the feeling of vitality everywhere."
  • 1 Zarbon 05:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy. ~ E. B. White

It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet; the bylaws are shorter, and he is personally acquainted with the other members. ~ E. B. White

New York is part of the natural world. I love the city, I love the country, and for the same reasons. The city is part of the country. When I had an apartment on East Forty-Eighth Street, my backyard during the migratory season yielded more birds than I ever saw in Maine. ~ E. B. White

Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth. They accept, almost without question, anything you present them with, as long as it is presented honestly, fearlessly, and clearly. ~ E. B. White

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. ~ E. B. White

Life's meaning has always eluded me and I guess it always will. But I love it just the same. ~ E. B. White

I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. ~ E. B. White

  • 3 Kalki 21:59, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:58, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. ~ E. B. White


Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. ~ E. B. White

  • 4 for both versions. Zarbon 22:25, 28 October 2008 (UTC)