February 18

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To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.
Anna Strong
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts. ~ George Bernard Shaw
2005 
Teachers are those who use themselves as bridges, over which they invite their students to cross; then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis (born 18 February 1883)
2006 
At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don't need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can. ~ Toni Morrison (born 18 February 1931)
2007
The doors of heaven and hell are adjacent and identical. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
2008
 ;My prayer is not the whimpering of a beggar nor a confession of love. Nor is it the petty reckoning of a small tradesman: Give me and I shall give you. My prayer is the report of a soldier to his general: This is what I did today, this is how I fought to save the entire battle in my own sector, these are the obstacles I encountered, this is how I plan to fight tomorrow. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
2009

Suggestions

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~ Mark Twain (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time)

  • proposed by user Sir John Alexander Macdonald
  • 0 Kalki 19:50, 16 February 2007 (UTC) 2 Kalki 23:38, 17 February 2006 (UTC) I would rank this higher with a stronger date tie-in, but I don't believe it's actually from Huckleberry Finn I had suspected this wasn't Twain, but was pretty certain that it wasn't from Huckleberry Finn; as JeffQ's research below indicates there is no reason to accept Twain as the author of this.
  • 0 Jeff Q (talk) 04:51, 29 April 2006 (UTC), unless we can find the correct source. Neither Wikisource nor Project Gutenberg, both of which include Huckleberry Finn, appear to have any Twain work with both the words "belittle" and "ambitions", so we can't even confirm Twain said it, let alone the appropriateness of this date.
  • 0 Zarbon 22:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

You forgot the first rule of the fanatic: when you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy. ~ Michael O'Hare as "Jeffrey Sinclair", Babylon 5 episode "Infection" (first aired 18 February 1994)

  • 2 Jeff Q (talk) 04:51, 29 April 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:33, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 11:09, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is true. Many times opponents have become the very thing they hate. I like this quote. Zarbon 22:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The highest point a man can obtain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe! ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

  • 3 Kalki 19:33, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:09, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

  • 3 Kalki 19:33, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:09, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)