November 18

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation. ~ James Thurber
2005
We're all puppets, Laurie. I'm just a puppet who can see the strings. ~ Alan Moore in Watchmen (born 18 November 1953)
2006
It's a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography — but if you write your biography, it's equally assumed you're lying your head off. ~ Margaret Atwood (born 18 November 1939)
2007
Whatever the scientists may come up with, writers and artists will continue to portray altered mental states, simply because few aspects of our nature fascinate people so much. The so-called mad person will always represent a possible future for every member of the audience — who knows when such a malady may strike? ~ Margaret Atwood
2008
War is what happens when language fails. ~ Margaret Atwood
2009

Suggestions

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize. ~ George Bernard Shaw, said that day, when refusing the money from the Nobel prize.

  • 2 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 21:19, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:36, 17 November 2007 (UTC) humourous, but I have no strong desire to use it for QOTD.
  • 2 Zarbon 06:39, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. ~ Niels Bohr (date of death)


Do not let the bastards grind you down. ~ Margaret Atwood (date of birth)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1. Too general, and I find it difficult to believe any one person could have coined such a phrase. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 21:19, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:36, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 23:25, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

A lot of being a poet consists of willed ignorance. If you woke up from your trance and realized the nature of the life-threatening and dignity-destroying precipice you were walking along, you would switch into actuarial sciences immediately. ~ Margaret Atwood (born November 18, 1939)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 21:19, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:36, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 23:25, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own. ~ Clarence Day

  • 4 because one must first stand for oneself before standing for others. Zarbon 00:30, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:32, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health. ~ Clarence Day

  • 2 because an excess of anything is harmful. Zarbon 00:30, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:32, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting. ~ Alan Dean Foster

  • 3 because the freedom to do anything with any limits results in chaos. Zarbon 00:30, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:32, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

We're shooting handcuffed prisoners in the back of the head, execution-style, instantly "liberating" their souls from their bodies. ~ Justin Raimondo

  • 2 because the terminology of liberation has been used from different perspectives to describe different opinions. Zarbon 00:30, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:32, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:14, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Antiquary 23:25, 17 November 2008 (UTC)