October 11

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. - Benjamin Franklin
 : I don't really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem, and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me. All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. ~ Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize of 2004)
You always fall when you're training, that's sort of part of the process. If you're not falling, you're not training hard enough. ~ Michelle Trachtenberg (born 11 October 1985)
It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)
At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want — for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)
Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea. It is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the Buddha, you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment. No one can take it away from you. Other people can occupy your country, they can even put you in prison, but they cannot take away your true home and your freedom. ~ Nhat Hanh


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (date of birth)

  • 2 (the safe choice) ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 23:27, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Kalki 21:36, 8 October 2005 (UTC) a bit overused by many people... and often arguably untrue, or irrelevant.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:28, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

  • Eleven Rules of Life:

RULE 1 Life is not fair - get used to it.

RULE 2 The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

RULE 3 You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice president with car phone, until you earn both.

RULE 4 If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

RULE 5 Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping they called it Opportunity.

RULE 6 If you mess up,it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

RULE 7 Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

RULE 8 Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

RULE 9 Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

RULE 10 Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11 Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

    • Charles Sykes's eleven rules of life, taken from his book "Dumbing Down Our Kids". These rules were also mentioned by Bill Gates when giving advice to some high school students.
      • Rating: 5
        • R160K 00:11, 8 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1. There are a number of problems here:

1) The quote is far too long for a Quote of the Day.

2) The person being quoted doesn't even have a page on Wikiquote.

3) This quote, with its hostile and dismissive tone, is unsuitable.

4) There seems to be no reason to associate the quote with this day. I'm guessing it was chosen because it has 11 rules and this is for the 11th.

5) There is no rating of 5. - InvisibleSun 16:43, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

  • 0 for the list as a whole, though I might rank some portions of the list higher on a date such as Sykes' birthday. There are actually 15 rules in the complete list, and Bill Gates is not known to have ever quoted any of them, though all eleven of those above are often attributed to him; see Snopes.com ~ Kalki 20:23, 10 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 0 for the reasons already stated by Kalki and InvisibleSun. Zarbon 04:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 01:28, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

While accepting the fact that some of our press, our radio commentators, our prominent citizens and our movies may at times be blamed legitimately for things they have said and done, still I feel that the fundamental right of freedom of thought and expression is essential. If you curtail what the other fellow says and does, you curtail what you yourself may say and do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)

Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people? ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)

One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)

Whatever you can do, do it today and then old age will be a delicious fruit. ~ Nhat Hanh

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. ~ Nhat Hanh

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. ~ Nhat Hanh

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. ~ Nhat Hanh

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. ~ Nhat Hanh

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. ~ Nhat Hanh