January 1

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
Jackie Biskupski is running for a seat in the Utah Legislature, and she's attracting a lot of attention because she's a lesbian. Her Republican opponent, Dan Alderson, is a staunch Mormon, and is running a negative ad campaign calling her lifestyle abnormal and deviant. His six wives agree. ~ Rick Mercer, on This Hour Has 22 Minutes (12 October 1998)
2005
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~
2006
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die. ~ E. M. Forster (date of birth)
2007
I do not believe in Belief. But this is an Age of Faith, and there are so many militant creeds that, in self defence, one has to formulate a creed of one's own. Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the pimp. Tolerance, good temper and sympathy — they are what matter really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come to the front before long. ~ E. M. Forster
2008
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote, and brings to birth in us also the creative impulse. ~ E. M. Forster
  • proposed by Fys
2009

Suggestions

I have good dispositions; my life has been hitherto harmless and in some degree beneficial; but a fatal prejudice clouds their eyes, and where they ought to see a feeling and kind friend, they behold only a detestable monster. ~ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, published that day

  • 2. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 13:52, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 07:36, 31 December 2006 (UTC) Not a great lead for any "New Year"...
  • 2 InvisibleSun 09:21, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal. ~ E. M. Forster

  • 3 Kalki 07:36, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:21, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If God could tell the story of the Universe, the Universe would become fictitious. ~ E. M. Forster


Most of us will be eclectics to this side or that according to our temperament. The human mind is not a dignified organ, and I do not see how we can exercise it sincerely except through eclecticism. And the only advice I would offer my fellow eclectics is: "Do not be proud of your inconsistency. It is a pity, it is a pity that we should be equipped like this. It is a pity that Man cannot be at the same time impressive and truthful." ~ E. M. Forster


Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. ~ Barry Goldwater

  • 3 Kalki 07:36, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:21, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

My faith in the future rests squarely on the belief that man, if he doesn't first destroy himself, will find new answers in the universe, new technologies, new disciplines, which will contribute to a vastly different and better world in the twenty-first century...To my mind the single essential element on which all discoveries will be dependent is human freedom. ~ Barry Goldwater

  • 3 Kalki 07:36, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:21, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Civilizations have been founded and maintained on theories which refused to obey facts. ~ Joe Orton (born January 1, 1933)


God will not forgive us if we fail. ~ Leonid Brezhnev (born January 1)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:41, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Understanding the Cold War: A Historian's Personal Reflections - Page 269 - by Adam Bruno Ulam - History - 2002

It is madness for any country to build its policy with an eye to nuclear war. ~ Leonid Brezhnev (born January 1)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:41, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Indefensible Weapons: The Political and Psychological Case Against Nuclearism - Page 224 by Robert Jay Lifton, Richard A. Falk - Political Science - 1982