July 20

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If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
Oliver Goldsmith
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. ~ Education and the Social Order by Bertrand Russell
2004
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
2005
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. ~ Neil Armstrong on first stepping onto the surface of the moon, 20th July 1969.
2006
You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated. ~ Edmund Hillary (born 20 July 1919)
2007
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. ~ Edmund Hillary (this attribution may be erroneous)
2008
Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure. ~ Petrarch
2009

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Houston: Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. ~ (Neil Armstrong, first words of a human on the moon)

  • 3 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 27 June 2005 11:30 (UTC) Like this, but...well...it's a cliche and all, but the step quote is, quite possibly, the most recognized quote ever :)
  • 4 Kalki 01:14, 20 July 2008 (UTC) 1 Kalki 05:20, 17 July 2006 (UTC) I preferred to keep this one in reserve for the 40th anniversary of the landing in 2009; and thus ranked it at 1, but now give it a 4.
  • 1 per Kalki. Will {talk) 23:43, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 Zarbon 06:31, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it. ~ Edmund Hillary (born 20 July 1919)

  • 3 Kalki 05:20, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:31, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

A good death does honor to a whole life. ~ Petrarch

  • 4 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

To be able to say how much you love is to love but little. ~ Petrarch

  • 2 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

Books have led some to learning and others to madness, when they swallow more than they can digest. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

It is better to will the good than to know the truth. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. ~ Petrarch

  • 2 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

Love is the crowning grace of humanity. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 02:59, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

The powers, aspirations, and mission of man are such as to raise the study of his origin and nature, inevitably and by the very necessity of the case, from the mere physiological to the psychological stage of scientific operations. ~ Richard Owen

  • 3 Fossil 21:04, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Manifold subsequent experience has led to a truer appreciation and a more moderate estimate of the importance of the dependence of one living being upon another. ~ Richard Owen

  • 4 Fossil 21:04, 7 November 2008 (UTC)