February 15

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. ~ Galileo Galilei (born 15 February 1564)
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use. ~ Galileo Galilei (born 15 February 1564)
The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires. ~ Susan B. Anthony (born 15 February 1920)
Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. ~ U.S. Congressman Abraham Lincoln, 15 February 1848 letter to William H. Herndon, opposing the Mexican-American War


If you love something let it go free. If it doesn't come back, you never had it. If it comes back, love it forever. ~ Doug Horton

  • proposed by user Sir John Alexander Macdonald
  • 1 Kalki 22:55, 14 February 2006 (UTC) The bulk of the quote derives from a well known proverb of the sixties that I doubt originated with Horton.
  • 1 Zarbon 22:23, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

One-half of the people of this nation to-day are utterly powerless to blot from the statute books an unjust law, or to write there a new and a just one. ~ Susan B. Anthony (born 15 February 1920)

  • 2 Kalki 18:28, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:43, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:23, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God." ~ Susan B. Anthony (born 15 February 1920)

  • 3 Kalki 18:28, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:43, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:23, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation. ~ Susan B. Anthony (born 15 February 1920)

  • 4 Kalki 18:28, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:43, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:23, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Religion will not regain its old power until it can face change in the same spirit as does science. Its principles may be eternal, but the expression of those principles requires continual development. ~ Alfred North Whitehead (born February 15, 1861)

It is the business of the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

A religious education is an education which inculcates duty and reverence. Duty arises from our potential control over the course of events. Where attainable knowledge could have changed the issue, ignorance has the guilt of vice. And the foundation of reverence is this perception, that the present holds within itself the complete sum of existence, backwards and forwards, that whole amplitude of time, which is eternity. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

The justification for a university is that it preserves the connection between knowledge and the zest of life, by uniting the young and the old in the imaginative consideration of learning. ~ Alfred North Whitehead