November 19

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Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
Charles Dickens
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
2004
Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have. ~ Oprah Winfrey
2005
In a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. ~ Abraham Lincoln, "Gettysburg Address" (delivered 19 November 1863)
2006
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore,
And the individual withers, and the world is more and more.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (became Poet Laureate that day)
2007
It is the high privilege and sacred duty of those now living to educate their successors and fit them, by intelligence and virtue, for the inheritance which awaits them. In this beneficent work sections and races should be forgotten and partisanship should be unknown. ~ James A. Garfield
2008
Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained. ~ James A. Garfield

Suggestions

We should not mourn for men of high ideals. Rather we should rejoice that we had the privilege of having had them with us, to inspire us by their radiant personalities. ~ Indira Gandhi (born November 19, 1917)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:53, 18 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:39, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 Zarbon 06:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis. ~ James A. Garfield

  • 3 Kalki 16:58, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:57, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty. ~ James A. Garfield

  • 3 Kalki 16:58, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:57, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Nothing is more uncertain than the result of any one throw; few things are more certain than the result of many throws. ~ James A. Garfield

  • 3 Kalki 16:58, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:57, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

You must remember that we persecute nobody for religion. We regard religion as an error and fight it with education. ~ Mikhail Kalinin (born November 19)

  • 3 because battling the lures of religion with education is a powerful principle and ideology. Zarbon 06:44, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Stalin's Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945 - Page 109 by Steven Merritt Miner - History - 2003
  • 1 Kalki 18:42, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Every man loves what he is good at. ~ Thomas Shadwell

  • 2 Zarbon 01:46, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:42, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one's sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence. Legitimate self-confidence is a winner. The true test of self-confidence is the courage to be open — to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source. ~ Jack Welch

  • 2 Zarbon 01:46, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:42, 14 November 2008 (UTC) but would extend it to end with "Self-confident people aren't afraid to have their views challenged. They relish the intellectual combat that enriches ideas."
  • 3 Ningauble 18:44, 17 November 2008 (UTC) extended version

Normal is not something to aspire to, it is something to get away from. ~ Jodie Foster

  • 2 Zarbon 01:46, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:42, 14 November 2008 (UTC)