December 16

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange. ~ G. K. Chesterton
2005
Fear... can make you do more wrong than hate or jealousy. If you're afraid you don't commit yourself to life completely; fear makes you always, always hold something back. ~ Philip K. Dick (born 16 December 1928)
2006
What renders man an imaginative and moral being is that in society he gives new aims to his life which could not have existed in solitude: the aims of friendship, religion, science, and art. ~ George Santayana (born 16 December 1863)
2007
Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
2008

Suggestions

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. ~ Mao Zedong in the Little Red Book, published in Beijing that day.

  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 09:56, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:53, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 because the assurance of artillery is a very true factor to rely on. However, I'd prefer to see this on his date of birth (December 26). Zarbon 16:32, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
    • I would also like to mention that MosheZadka gave this one a 3 on the date of September 9. Zarbon 16:35, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven (Date of birth)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 09:56, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Liquidice5 18:02, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:53, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is very true. It is easy to search for error in others, but to find it in oneself is majestic and remains a difficult task, and for someone of nobility, that much harder. Zarbon 16:32, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. ~ Arthur C. Clarke (Date of birth)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:56, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:53, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 16:32, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones. ~ William Somerset Maugham (Date of death)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:56, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:53, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 16:32, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The world is a king, and like a king, desires flattery in return for favor; but true art is selfish and perverse — it will not submit to the mold of flattery. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven (born December 16, 1770)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:56, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is rather true. Artists who want their work kept in its originality will not submit to any offers, because their art is who they are. Zarbon 16:32, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. ~ Jane Austen (born December 16, 1775)


The present has its élan because it is always on the edge of the unknown and one misunderstands the past unless one remembers that this unknown was once part of its nature. ~ V. S. Pritchett (born December 16, 1900)


The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons. ~ Arthur C. Clarke (born 16 December 1917)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:56, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:53, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 16:32, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing. ~ Philip K. Dick (born December 16, 1928)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:56, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:53, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:32, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ~ Arthur C. Clarke

  • 3 Kalki 05:27, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:57, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:32, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

If I had know it was harmless, I would have killed it myself. Philip K. Dick

  • 3 Zarbon 03:13, 5 July 2008 (UTC)