July 15

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Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
Victor Hugo
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so. ~ Bertrand Russell
Thar’s only two possibilities: Thar is life out there in the universe which is smarter than we are, or we’re the most intelligent life in the universe. Either way, it’s a mighty sobering thought. ~ Walt Kelly
Eternal vigilance must be maintained to guard against those who seek to stifle ideas, establish a narrow orthodoxy, and divide our nation along arbitrary lines of race, ethnicity, and religious belief or non-belief. ~ Jesse Ventura (born 15 July 1951)
Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice... No law will make a citizen a patriot. ~ Jesse Ventura
Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality. ~ Iris Murdoch (born 15 July 1919)
Try to put well in practice what you already know; and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. ~ Rembrandt (born 15 July 1606)


More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one ~ Napoleon Bonaparte who surrendered on July 15th.

A king should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination. Napoleon Bonaparte

I ran for governor to find out if the American dream still exists in anyone's heart other than mine. I'm living proof that the myths aren't true. The candidate with the most money isn't always the one who wins. You don't have to be a career politician to serve in public office. ~ Jesse Ventura (date of birth)

There's a great need in our government right now for honesty. I speak my mind. You might not always like what you hear, but you're gonna hear it anyway. I call it like I see it; I tell the truth. And if I don't know something, I'll say so. Then I'll try to find the answer. ~ Jesse Ventura (date of birth)

Choose only one master — Nature. ~ Rembrandt (born 15 July 1606)

There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. ~ Walter Benjamin

A well-wrapped statistic is better than Hitler's "big lie"; it misleads, yet it cannot be pinned on you. ~ Darrell Huff (date of birth)

There is terror in numbers... Perhaps we suffer from a trauma induced by grade-school arithmetic. ~ Darrell Huff (date of birth)