August 14

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Rainer Maria Rilke
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
I never met a man so stupid I could not learn something from him. ~ Galileo Galilei
2004
Life itself is the proper binge. ~ Julia Child
2005
There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. ~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton
2006
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. ~ Russell Baker (born August 14, 1925)
2007
It's always worth while before you do anything to consider whether it's going to hurt another person more than is absolutely necessary. ~ John Galsworthy
2008
Life seemed to be an educator's practical joke in which you spent the first half learning and the second half learning that everything you learned in the first half was wrong. ~ Russell Baker
2009

Suggestions

All of a sudden I had to remember some words that Marlowe had told me over fifteen years ago: 'Dead men don't wear plaid.' Hmm... Dead men don't wear plaid. I still don't know what it means. ~ Steve Martin as "Rigby Reardon" in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 10:26, 15 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity I need. My name in print. That really makes somebody. Things are going to start happening to me now! ~ Steve Martin as "Navin R. Johnson" in The Jerk (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 10:26, 15 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

You kill me and I'll see that you never work in this town again. ~ Steve Martin as "Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr" in The Man with Two Brains (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 10:26, 15 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

It's so hard to believe in anything anymore. If it weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch, I wouldn't believe in anything.. ~ Steve Martin (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 10:26, 15 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

You talk a great deal about building a better world for your children, but when you are young you can no more envision a world inherited by your children than you can conceive of dying. The society you mold, you mold for yourself. ~ Russell Baker

  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:21, 12 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

All politicians are humble, and seldom let you forget it. They go around the country boasting about their humility. They are proud of their humility. Many are downright arrogant about their humility and insist that it qualifies them to be President. ~ Russell Baker

  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:21, 12 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

A solved problem creates two new problems, and the best prescription for happy living is not to solve any more problems than you have to. ~ Russell Baker

  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:21, 12 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.
The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately to defeat him, and the three major classifications are based on the method each object uses to achieve its purpose. As a general rule, any object capable of breaking down at the moment when it is most needed will do so. ~ Russell Baker

  • 3 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Art is the one form of human energy in the whole world, which really works for union, and destroys the barriers between man and man. It is the continual, unconscious replacement, however fleeting, of oneself by another; the real cement of human life; the everlasting refreshment and renewal. ~ John Galsworthy

  • 3 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Come! Let us lay a lance in rest,
And tilt at windmills under a wild sky!
For who would live so petty and unblest
That dare not tilt at something ere he die;
Rather than, screened by safe majority,
Preserve his little life to little end,
And never raise a rebel cry!

~ John Galsworthy ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Time will rust the sharpest sword,
Time will consume the strongest cord;
That which molders hemp and steel,
Mortal arm and nerve must feel. ~ Walter Scott

  • 3 because even the most sturdy of swords can rust. Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Revenge is the sweetest morsel to the mouth, that ever was cooked in hell. ~ Walter Scott

  • 3 because sometimes, vengeance is sweet Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Vacant heart, and hand, and eye,
Easy live and quiet die. ~ Walter Scott

  • 3 because those who live without struggle, die a quiet death. Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum. ~ Walter Scott

  • 3 because there is to live and there is to live with glory. Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

And come he slow, or come he fast,
It is but Death who comes at last. ~ Walter Scott

  • 3 because sooner or later, we all die. Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

O, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive! ~ Walter Scott

  • 3 because deception is the pathway to corruption. Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 - InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears. ~ Walter Scott