April 27

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it. ~ Anatole France
2005
Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft (born 27 April 1759)
2006
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. ~ Edward Gibbon (born 27 April 1737 O.S. but actually 8 May in the Gregorian Calendar — confusions existed when this choice was made.)
2007
Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences. ~ Ulysses S. Grant
2008
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. ~ Herbert Spencer
2009

Suggestions

Progress, therefore, is not an accident, but a necessity. Instead of civilization being artificial, it is part of nature; all of a piece with the development of the embryo or the unfolding of a flower. ~ Herbert Spencer (born April 27, 1820)


The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have usually been wrong, must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong. ~ Herbert Spencer


In my view, the composer, just as the poet, the sculptor or the painter, is in duty bound to serve Man, the people. He must beautify human life and defend it. He must be a citizen first and foremost, so that his art might consciously extol human life and lead man to a radiant future. Such is the immutable code of art as I see it. ~ Sergei Prokofiev (born April 27, 1891)


They who in folly or mere greed
Enslaved religion, markets, laws,
Borrow our language now and bid
Us to speak up in freedom's cause.
~ Cecil Day Lewis (born April 27, 1904)


Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. ~ Coretta Scott King (born April 27, 1927)


When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Eastern Orthodox Easter 2008)

  • 4 Kalki 23:56, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 but I would have given it a 3 if it were trimmed to the last bit of the quote. I like this quote because it speaks of determination, a respectable quality, to endure and be saved in turn. Zarbon 00:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)