May 19

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
It is love alone that gives worth to all things. ~ St. Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Jesús)
Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else. ~ Malcolm X (born 19 May 1925)
Faith is a continuum, and we each fall on that line where we may. By attempting to rigidly classify ethereal concepts like faith, we end up debating semantics to the point where we entirely miss the obvious — that is, that we are all trying to decipher life's big mysteries, and we're each following our own paths of enlightenment. ~ Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code; film adaptation released worldwide on 19 May 2006)
With all reverence, I would say, let God do His work, we will see to ours. Bring in the candles. ~ Abraham Davenport (Statement on 19 May 1780, "New England's Dark Day" which many feared might be the coming of the Last Judgment; as quoted by John Greenleaf Whittier.
Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say "What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?" If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness. ~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (precise birthdate unknown, but celebrated on May 19)


Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your thought pattern, you change your — your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it changes your behavior pattern and then you go on into some action. ~ Malcolm X

If the Tiger does not stop fighting the Elephant, the Elephant will die of exhaustion. ~ Ho Chi Minh (born May 19)

  • 3 because this is so true. A battle can be won by tiring the greater enemy into defeat. I love this quote wholeheartedly. It sets the idea of david and goliath into an understandable and moral realm. Zarbon 06:23, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: A Short History of Communism - Page 137 - by Robert Harvey - Political Science - 2004
  • 3 Kalki 00:08, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Men, I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die. ~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (born May 19)

  • 3 because in this one statement, the leader explains to the soldiers how low their chances of survival would be in one assault, yet in this honest situation, gives courage and strikes honor and valor, allowing the soldier to serve full-throttle and serve to the bitter end. Zarbon 05:08, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:08, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 09:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment: Although Atatürk's birthdate is unknown, this is a good day for posting quotes for him because it has become the Turkish national holiday in his honor. - InvisibleSun 09:32, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment: But I could've sworn he's born on May 19th. Maybe it's not listed on the wikipedia pages, but it is listed in numerous other sites, for reference purposes. Zarbon 16:52, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
His birthdate isn't listed on Wikipedia because they evidently concluded, based on the information shown here, that his birthdate could not be determined. - InvisibleSun 21:40, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Humankind consists of two sexes, woman and man. Is it possible that a mass is improved by the improvement of only one part and the other ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains and the other half can soar into skies? ~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (born May 19)

  • 4 because women and men are constantly feuding over equality for the sexes...and this quote says a lot, especially when assuming that one is bound to the ground. Of course both male and female are both needed and as important, hence the visual enigmatic reference here. Zarbon 05:08, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:08, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 09:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Eventually it comes to you: the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. ~ Lorraine Hansberry (born May 19, 1930)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:21, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 because those who are bound to being exceptional are bound to loneliness. Nice. Zarbon 16:54, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, "They lived happily ever after" and the following quarter century warning that they'll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are entering a third era, in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know, it just might work. ~ Nora Ephron (born May 19, 1941)