June 18

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A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. ~ G. K. Chesterton
2005
In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. ~ Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942)
2006
Will you still need me,
will you still feed me,
when I'm sixty-four?
~ Paul McCartney, "When I'm Sixty-Four" (McCartney turned 64 on 18 June 2006)
2007
The day after Columbine, I was interviewed... The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?" No, I said, I wouldn't say that... The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song ... The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous..." ~ Roger Ebert
2008
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won. ~ Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, on the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815)
2009

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I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it. ~ Roger Ebert's famous review of the 1994 Rob Reiner comedy North

—This unsigned comment is by Waluigi Twin (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki 19:11, 17 June 2007 (UTC) Good quote, but I would prefer to use one of his more profound statements about life issues in general.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:11, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

It is an interesting law of romance that a truly strong woman will chose a strong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along. Strength demands intelligence, intelligence demands stimulation, and weakness is boring. It is better to find a partner you can contend with for a lifetime than one who accommodates you because he doesn't really care. ~ Roger Ebert

  • 3 Kalki 19:11, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:16, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:11, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 20:47, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

I believe we are born with our minds open to wonderful experiences, and only slowly learn to limit ourselves to narrow tastes. We are taught to lose our curiosity by the bludgeon-blows of mass marketing, which brainwash us to see "hits," and discourage exploration. ~ Roger Ebert


A plot is about things that happen. A story is about people who behave. To admire a story you must be willing to listen to the people and observe them. ~ Roger Ebert


There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else. ~ Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis


The ability of so many people to live comfortably with the idea of capital punishment is perhaps a clue to how so many Europeans were able to live with the idea of the Holocaust: Once you accept the notion that the state has the right to kill someone and the right to define what is a capital crime, aren't you halfway there? ~Roger Ebert

  • 3 Lyle 21:00, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:58, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:23, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:10, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

The history of a battle, is not unlike the history of a ball. Some individuals may recollect all the little events of which the great result is the battle won or lost, but no individual can recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which, they occurred, which makes all the difference as to their value or importance. ~ Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, on the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815)


Waterloo will wipe out the memory of my forty victories; but that which nothing can wipe out is my Civil Code. That will live forever. ~ Napoleon I of France, on the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815), and the Napoleonic code.