December 14

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Arthur Schopenhauer
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Quotes of the day from previous years:


2004
Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies. ~ The Talmud
2005
My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned but not bought. ~ Margaret Chase Smith (born 14 December 1897)
2006
My deepest impulses are optimistic; an attitude that seems to me as spiritually necessary and proper as it is intellectually suspect. ~ Ellen Willis (born 14 December 1941)
2007
I had determined to go as far as declaring in abstruse and puzzling utterances the future causes of the "common advent", even those truly cogent ones that I have foreseen. Yet lest whatever human changes may be to come should scandalise delicate ears, the whole thing is written in nebulous form, rather than as a clear prophecy of any kind. ~ Nostradamus‎ (born 14 December 1503)
2008

Suggestions

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company. ~ George Washington (Date of death)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:14, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 19:51, 13 December 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 18:14, 13 December 2006 (UTC) This isn't actually a quote of Washington himself but one of lessons he copied out of a book as a school boy.
  • 0 because for one I do not agree with it and second, because it wasn't said by him originally. Zarbon 16:23, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

I think that it is high time that we remembered that the Constitution, as amended, speaks not only of the freedom of speech but also of trial by jury instead of trial by accusation. ~ Margaret Chase Smith (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:54, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:14, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:23, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Individuals bearing witness cannot do the work of social movements, but they can break a corrosive and demoralizing silence. ~ Ellen Willis (born December 14, 1941)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:14, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:14, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 16:23, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

It's as crucial to defend secular culture as to preserve secular law. And in fact the two projects are inseparable: When religion defines morality, the wall between church and state comes to be seen as immoral. ~ Ellen Willis

  • 4 InvisibleSun 07:14, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:14, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 16:23, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The project of organizing a democratic political movement entails the hope that one's ideas and beliefs are not merely idiosyncratic but speak to vital human needs, interests and desires, and therefore will be persuasive to many and ultimately most people. But this is a very different matter from deciding to put forward only those ideas presumed (accurately or not) to be compatible with what most people already believe. ~ Ellen Willis

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:14, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:14, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 02:39, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

In recent years, conservatives bent on reinstating an essentially religious vocabulary of absolute good and evil as the only legitimate framework for discussing social values have redefined "relative" as "arbitrary." That conflation has been reinforced by social theorists and advocates of identity politics who argue that there is no universal morality, only the value systems of particular cultures and power structures. ~ Ellen Willis

  • 3 Kalki 18:14, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:23, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Tis well. ~ George Washington

  • 3 Kalki 19:51, 13 December 2007 (UTC) Last words. (died 14 December 1799)
  • 0 Zarbon 16:23, 26 April 2008 (UTC)