April 20

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The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living that are desired when dying.
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. ~ Elbert Hubbard
2005
Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the Lord's vineyard. The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. ~ Pope Benedict XVI (recent papal election)
2006
Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~ Dinah Craik (born 20 April 1826)
2007
It may often be noticed, the less virtuous people are, the more they shrink away from the slightest whiff of the odour of un-sanctity. The good are ever the most charitable, the pure are the most brave. ~ Dinah Craik
2008
The true secret in being a hero lies in knowing the order of things. ... Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story. ~ Peter S. Beagle in The Last Unicorn
2009

Suggestions

Society, in the aggregate, is no fool. It is astonishing what an amount of "eccentricity" it will stand from anybody who takes the bull by the horns, too fearless or too indifferent to think of consequences. ~ Dinah Craik


Let every one of us cultivate, in every word that issues from our mouth, absolute truth. I say cultivate, because to very few people — as may be noticed of most young children — does truth, this rigid, literal veracity, come by nature. To many, even who love it and prize it dearly in others, it comes only after the self-control, watchfulness, and bitter experience of years. ~ Dinah Craik

  • 3 Kalki 18:38, 18 April 2007 (UTC) I like this one even more than the one above, but have private reasons I do not to wish to use it until 2009.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:48, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:58, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There was never a night that had no morn. ~ Dinah Craik

  • 3 Kalki 18:38, 18 April 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean towards a 4, but for tactical reasons ranking the first Craik quote a 4 for this year.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 07:48, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:58, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower. ~ Adolf Hitler (born April 20)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:12, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:13, 19 April 2008 (UTC) The statements and innumerable hypocrisies of Hitler are not such things as if find to be great material for qoute of the day.

I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses. ~ Adolf Hitler (born April 20)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:12, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:13, 19 April 2008 (UTC) I might have some desire to use this eventually, but no strong desire to use anything by Hitler for quote of the day.

The god of war has gone over to the other side. ~ Adolf Hitler (born April 20)

  • 4 Zarbon 06:12, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:13, 19 April 2008 (UTC) I have some desire to use this eventually, but no desire to use it any time soon.

Life never forgives weaknesses. ~ Adolf Hitler (born April 20)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:12, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:13, 19 April 2008 (UTC) I might have some desire to use this eventually, but no strong desire to use anything by Hitler for quote of the day.

Schmendrick stepped out into the open and said a few words. They were short words, undistinguished either by melody or harshness, and Schmendrick himself could not hear them for the Red Bull's dreadful bawling. But he knew what they meant, and he knew exactly how to say them, and he knew that he could say them again when he wanted to, in the same way or in a different way. Now he spoke them gently and with joy, and as did so he felt his immortality fall from him like an armour, or like a shroud. ~ Peter S. Beagle in The Last Unicorn


The rebels are not the despicable rabble too many have supposed them to be. ... In all their wars against the French they never showed such conduct, attention, and perseverance as they do now. ~ General Thomas Gage, on the Siege of Boston, which began on 20 April 1776

  • 3 Kalki 20:48, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:58, 22 April 2008 (UTC)