January 23

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Eben Eugene Rexford
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love. ~ Eleanor Farjeon
2005
So long as there is death there will be sorrow, and so long as there is sorrow it can be no part of the duty of human beings to increase its amount, in spite of the fact that a few rare spirits know how to transmute it. ~ Bertrand Russell
2006
To minimize suffering and to maximize security were natural and proper ends of society and Caesar. But then they became the only ends, somehow, and the only basis of law — a perversion. Inevitably, then, in seeking only them, we found only their opposites: maximum suffering and minimum security. ~ Walter M. Miller, Jr. (born 23 January 1923)
2007
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. ~ William Pitt the Younger (anniversary of death)
2008
Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us. To know men thoroughly, to judge events sanely is, therefore, a great step towards happiness. ~ Stendhal
2009

Suggestions

I return you many thanks for the honour you have done me; but Europe is not to be saved by any single man. England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example. ~ William Pitt the Younger (anniversary of death). This was Pitt's last speech in public.

  • 4 Tamino 20:09, 17 January 2007 (UTC) A classic, and in a way appropriate given that it was his last public speech.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:40, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC) Out of the context of his times and circumstances (responding to a toast to him as "Savior of Europe") this can (somewhat ironically) seem a bit chauvinistic, but if this were to be used, I think it should begin at "Europe is not to be saved by any single man..."
  • 1 Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

One can acquire everything in solitude — except character. ~ Stendhal (born January 23, 1783)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:40, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is rather true. Character is something that you are born with, not learned from experience, nor trials, nor tribulations. Excellent. Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There is no such thing as "natural law": this expression is nothing but old nonsense. Prior to laws, what is natural is only the strength of the lion, or the need of the creature suffering from hunger or cold, in short, need. ~ Stendhal

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:40, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I see but one rule: to be clear. If I am not clear, all my world crumbles to nothing. ~ Stendhal

  • 3 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one. ~ Stendhal

  • 3 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)