November 14

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. ~ George Eliot
2004
If I want to understand something, I must observe, I must not criticize, I must not condemn, I must not pursue it as pleasure or avoid it as non-pleasure. There must merely be the silent observation of a fact. ~ J. Krishnamurti
2005
The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru (born 14 November 1889)
2006
Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
2007
A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru (date of birth)
2008
To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
2009

Suggestions

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago —never mind how long precisely —having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. ~ Moby-Dick, published that day in the United States (in 1851; but first published on October 18 in England).

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 1 Zarbon 06:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:54, 13 November 2008 (UTC) 4 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC) But trimmed so as to not include the last sentence.
  • 1 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 But I would prefer this to be reduced to the first, short sentence only. Lyle 20:07, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. ~ P. J. O'Rourke (born 14 November 1947)

  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then get elected and prove it. ~ P. J. O'Rourke

  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Great causes and little men go ill together. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 3 because "little men" or better described...men of small caliber...cannot grasp the concept behind a great cause. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 2 because the polar opposite of existence is destruction, both done simultaneously by man. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 4 because history remains a stagnant reminder of the past, imperfect and perfect, a cognitive construct that can never be erased, especially not by trying to conceal the truth. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)