March 18

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ~ Booker T. Washington
We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable. ~ John Updike (born 18 March 1932)
The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party. ~ John C. Calhoun (born 18 March 1782)
I mistake the American people if they favor the odious doctrine that there is no such thing as international morality; that there is one law for a strong nation and another for a weak one, and that even by indirection a strong power may with impunity despoil a weak one of its territory. ~ Grover Cleveland (born 18 March 1837)
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. ~ Wilhelm Stekel


Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings. ~ John Updike

  • 3 because this is a very nice personification of "moments". The idea that a thief exists, taking more than giving, in the form of but a chiefly grand understanding, for one grows older and physically gains nothing from it. Zarbon 01:09, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few. ~ John Updike

  • 2 because this is somewhat true. What Updike is trying to dictate here is the bitterness of life. Although the attribution of being a spy is admirable to some degree, the fact that life holds few surprises and secrets is what is being stressed. This image is well illustrated with this statement. Zarbon 01:09, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Candor is always a double-edged sword; it may heal or it may separate. ~ Wilhelm Stekel

  • 3 because this is very true. One person's freedom from malice equates to another's agony from it. Something good for someone may not be good for another. Zarbon 01:14, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Truth is not always the best basis for happiness. There are certain lies which may constitute a far better and more secure foundation of happiness. There are people who perish when their eyes are opened. ~ Wilhelm Stekel

  • 3 because sometimes is is better to live a lie than to open eyes to see the truth. The truth may make things more difficult than they are, hence maintaining a camouflage of one's foundation of happiness will furthermore create happiness for that person. I love this quote. Zarbon 01:14, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority. ~ John C. Calhoun

  • 3 because death is nowhere near as terrible as comparative to being lesser...being pathetic...or best described, unaccomplished. Zarbon 01:18, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty. ~ John C. Calhoun

  • 2 because obtaining is easier than maintaining, sustaining, and in the long run, preserving. Zarbon 01:18, 3 May 2008 (UTC)