April 25

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Gautama Buddha
2005
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them. ~ Edward R. Murrow (born 25 April 1908)
2006
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue. ~ Edward R. Murrow (born 25 April 1908)
2007
It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts. ~ Boris Yeltsin (recent death)
2008
The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it. ~ Edward R. Murrow
2009

Suggestions

In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. ~ Solomon

  • 3 because to know more is to suffer more, knowledge heightens suffering, beautiful. Zarbon 16:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I will either find a way, or make one. ~ Hannibal

  • 3 because determination is powerful. Zarbon 16:42, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC) No relation to the date, but I do like this one, as perhaps the best of the spate of Zarbon suggestions for today and considered using it, but prefer one by Murrow.

Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because teaching can lead to truth rather than blind persuasion. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because discipline is a beautiful principle all by itself. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:21, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Out of the frying pan into the fire. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because when trying to avoid one disaster, one may fall into another one that is much worse. Beautiful imagery to go with climactic moral. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because a smart victory is respected. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because a smart warrior will know how to trick his enemy. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

It is best to keep one’s own state intact; to crush the enemy’s state is only second best. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because maintaining one's own control and sustaining conditions are very important, moreso than defeating the opponent. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because a swift victory is respected. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices. ~ Edward R. Murrow

  • 3 Kalki 00:19, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 02:30, 25 April 2008 (UTC)