December 27

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Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Guillaume Apollinaire
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
The time is always right to do what is right ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
2004
Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight — always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary? ~ J. M. Barrie (100th Anniversary of first performance of Peter Pan)
2005
Except for the people who were there that one day they discovered the polio vaccine, being part of history is rarely a good idea. History is one war after another with a bunch of murders and natural disasters in between. ~ Sarah Vowell (born 27 December 1969)
2006
I am on the edge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner. ~ Louis Pasteur (born 27 December 1822)
2007
I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity. ~ Louis Pasteur
2008

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

Suggestions

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. ~ Louis Pasteur

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 27 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 17:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 20:43, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me... ~ Louis Pasteur

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 27 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 20:43, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Let me tell you the secret that has lead me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. ~ Louis Pasteur

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 27 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 20:43, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Owing to this struggle for life, any variation, however slight and from whatever cause proceeding, if it be in any degree profitable to an individual of any species, in its infinitely complex relationship to other organic beings and to external nature, will tend to the preservation of that individual, and will generally be inherited by its offspring. ~ Charles Darwin (Embarked on his "Voyage of the Beagle" on this date in 1831)

  • 3 Kalki 02:37, 27 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 because there are too many better Darwin quotes. Zarbon 20:43, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Whether or not Big Brother is watching us, we certainly have to watch him, which may be even worse. ~ Wilfrid Sheed (born December 27, 1930)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:06, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 20:43, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The desire not to destroy the palace but to move into it oneself has always been the occupational curse of revolutionaries. ~ Wilfrid Sheed

  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:06, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is true. In history, many have abolished and created revolutions only to do the same their predecessors have done or even worse. Well said Sheed. Zarbon 20:43, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

It is a fallacy to think that carping is the strongest form of criticism: the important work begins after the artist's mistakes have been pointed out, and the reviewer can't put it off indefinitely with sneers, although some neophytes might be tempted to try: "When in doubt, stick out your tongue" is a safe rule that never cost one any readers. But there's nothing strong about it, and it has nothing to do with the real business of criticism, which is to do justice to the best work of one's time, so that nothing gets lost. ~ Wilfrid Sheed

  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:10, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:06, 25 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 20:43, 26 April 2008 (UTC)