April 1

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
Years ago my mother used to say to me... "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh-so-smart, or oh-so-pleasant." Well, for years I was smart — I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. ~ Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the film Harvey
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. ~ Otto von Bismarck (born 1 April 1815, and All Fools Day)
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. ~ Mark Twain (All Fool's Day/April Fool's Day)
Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. ~ Alexander Pope
What is unique about the "I" hides itself exactly in what is unimaginable about a person. All we are able to imagine is what makes everyone like everyone else, what people have in common. The individual "I" is what differs from the common stock, that is, what cannot be guessed at or calculated, what must be unveiled, uncovered, conquered. ~ Milan Kundera (born 1 April 1929)


All that we know is still infinitely less than all that still remains unknown. ~ William Harvey (born April 1, 1578)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:36, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 20:28, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Were I, who to my Cost already am
One of those strange, prodigious Creatures Man,
A Spirit free, to choose for my own Share,
What sort of Flesh and Blood I pleas’d to wear,
I’d be a Dog, a Monkey, or a Bear,
Or any thing, but that vain Animal,
Who is so proud of being Rational.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (born April 1, 1647)

Whilst the misguided Follower climbs with Pain,
Mountains of Whimsies, heapt in his own Brain,
Stumbling from Thought to Thought, falls headlong down
Into Doubt’s boundless Sea, where like to drown,
Books bear him up a-while, and make him try
To swim with Bladders of Philosophy.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

For Wits are treated just like Common Whores;
First they're enjoy'd, and then kickt out of Doors.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish. ~ Milan Kundera

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:36, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:28, 31 March 2007 (UTC) I have a strong tendency to prefer strong links to "All Fool's Day" on this date, but lean toward a 4 for this one despite this.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past. They are fighting for access to the laboratories where photographs are retouched and biographies and histories rewritten. ~ Milan Kundera

There's not a thing on earth that I can name,
So foolish, and so false, as common fame.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester ~

It is a good world to live in,
To lend, or to spend, or to give in;
But to beg or to borrow, or to get a man's own,
It is the very worst world that ever was known.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester ~

Great Negative, how vainly would the Wise
Enquire, define, distinguish, teach, devise,
Didst thou not stand to point their dull Philosophies?

Is, or is not, the Two great Ends of Fate,
And, true or false, the Subject of Debate,
That perfect, or destroy, the vast Designs of Fate.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester ~

Man differs more from Man, than Man from Beast. ~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

  • 3 Kalki 20:28, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:06, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is one of my alltime favorites. The man and beast comparison is an excellent one, one of sheer brilliance. Zarbon 23:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches. ~ Milan Kundera

Is not an event in fact more significant and noteworthy the greater the number of fortuities necessary to bring it about? ~ Milan Kundera

Chance and chance alone has a message for us... Only chance can speak to us. ~ Milan Kundera

Love is our freedom. ~ Milan Kundera

I avow myself the partisan of truth alone. ~ William Harvey

I've been to Sugartown/I shook the Sugar down/Now I'm trying to get to heaven before they close the door. ~ Bob Dylan

  • 0 Zarbon 23:10, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided — but by iron and blood. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 3 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

The wolf cannot help it that he was created by God the way he is, but one shoots him yet, if one can. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 3 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 3 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 2 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

They treat me like a fox, a cunning fellow of the first rank. But the truth is that with a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and when I have to deal with a pirate, I try to be a pirate and a half. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 3 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 4 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)