August 21

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
The barge she sat in, like a burnishd throne, burnd on the water; the poop was beaten gold, purple the sails, and so perfumed, that the winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver, which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made the water which they beat to follow faster, as amorous of their strokes. For her own person, it beggard all description ~ "Enobarbus" on Cleapatra, in Antony and Cleopatra Act II sc. ii by William Shakespeare
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. ~ Thomas Carlyle
If you want the world to know
We won't let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart.

~ Jackie DeShannon ~ (born 21 August 1944)
Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and vileness, and enjoy it to the full. ~ Leon Trotsky (died 21 August 1940)
Another day goes by
Still the children cry
Put a little love in your heart.

~ Jackie DeShannon ~
A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified. ~ Leon Trotsky


Until the Yom Kippur War, in 1973, until then Israel didn't have a chance but to fight for her life. We were attacked five times, outgunned, outnumbered, on a small piece of land, and our main challenge was to remain alive. ~ Shimon Peres (b. August 21, 1923)

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 07:04, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • Comment: It's not my fault Peres's birthday is one day after the finalization of the Oslo Accords! :) ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 07:04, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3, but I'd say use 1 or the other but not both, we shouldn't have 2 days relating to Israel v Palestine.
  • 1 Zarbon 15:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Socialism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen. ~ Leon Trotsky, died this day.

Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain—at least in a poor country like Russia—and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect. ~ Leon Trotsky, died this day

Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here. ~ Vice President Dan Quayle; Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state on 21 August 1959

  • 3 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 17:18, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 4 Sveden 13:22, 3 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:58, 20 August 2006 (UTC) If we do honor Hawaii, perhaps on the 50th anniversary of its statehood in 2009, I would hope it would be with something more than Quayle's fumblings.
  • 1 Zarbon 15:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:14, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other. ~ Leon Trotsky

  • 3 Kalki 16:58, 20 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:14, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

I can feel a something pounding in my brain
Just any time that someone speaks your name
Trumpets sound and I hear thunder boom
Every time that you walk in the room.

~ Jackie DeShannon ~

  • 3 Kalki 23:44, 19 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:14, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Friend, I haven't a dollar in the world, but if thee knows a fugitive who needs a breakfast, send him to me. ~ Thomas Garrett

Strategic missiles are precisely the weapons which can deliver a decisive blow against the enemy's primary targets — his armed forces, and first of all, his strategic nuclear attack weapons. As a result of such a strike, the political objectives of a war can be attained in the first days of the conflict. ~ Sergei Biriuzov