February 12

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. ~ John F. Kennedy
The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less. ~ Arthur Miller (recent death)
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. ~ Abraham Lincoln (born 12 February 1809)
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. ~ Charles Darwin (born 12 February 1809)


Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. ~ Abraham Lincoln (Birth date)

  • proposed by Liquidice5
  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 11 February 2007 (UTC) 2 Kalki 23:39, 11 February 2006 (UTC) but I would wish to extend it with "Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose" if it were to be used.
  • 3, with extension. InvisibleSun 18:49, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:14, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. ~ Abraham Lincoln

  • 4 ~ Kalki 00:10, 12 February 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 00:29, 11 February 2007 (UTC) was leaning toward this for 2008, but preferred to save it for Lincoln's 200th birthday in 2009. ~ Kalki 23:51, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:49, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:14, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

He defended and praised slavery, which I abominated, and told me that he had just visited a great slave-owner, who had called up many of his slaves and asked them whether they were happy, and whether they wished to be free, and all answered "No." I then asked him, perhaps with a sneer, whether he thought that the answer of slaves in the presence of their master was worth anything? ~ Charles Darwin

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:49, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:51, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:14, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Not till the fire is dying in the grate,
Look we for any kinship with the stars.
Oh, wisdom never comes when it is gold,
And the great price we pay for it full worth:
We have it only when we are half earth.
~ George Meredith (born February 12, 1828)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:49, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:51, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:14, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

More brain, O Lord, more brain! or we shall mar
Utterly this fair garden we might win.
~ George Meredith

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:49, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:51, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:14, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I would not have believed such an inferno could open up on earth. Men died but they did not retreat. ~ Vasily Chuikov (born February 12)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:07, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Europe in Our Time, 1914 to the Present - Page 571 by Robert Reinhold Ergang -Europe - 1948

He who knows the truth and does not speak it is a miserable coward. - Julius Streicher

  • 3 Zarbon 16:57, 25 September 2008 (UTC)