November 2

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
We’d all like t’vote fer th’best man, but he’s never a candidate. ~ Kin Hubbard
2005
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end? ~ Marie Antoinette (born 2 November 1755)
2006
It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. ~ Marie Antoinette
2007
By the theory of our Government majorities rule, but this right is not an arbitrary or unlimited one. It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it. One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression. ~ James K. Polk (born 2 November 1795)
2008
You know, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"? It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Einstein said everything had changed since the atom was split, except the way we think. We have to think anew. ~ Studs Terkel (recent death)
2009

Suggestions

His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. ~ Arthur Balfour, in a letter sent that day.


I put on my rouge and wash my hands in front of the whole world! ~ Marie Antoinette (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 16:11, 1 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:28, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 17:15, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:38, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:42, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government myself rather than entrust the public business to subordinates, and this makes my duties very great. ~ James K. Polk

  • 3 because if you want something done, it's best to do it yourself. Zarbon 04:04, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:52, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:38, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:42, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long. ~ Marie Antoinette (born November 2)

  • 3 because this is a brilliant quote. To die quickly and save oneself the trouble of suffering. Damn brilliant. Zarbon 01:21, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:52, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 03:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:38, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:42, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again. ~ Stephen Grellet


I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights! ~ Warren G. Harding


The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


Hunting hawks do not belong in cages, no matter how much a man covets their grace, no matter how golden the bars. They are far more beautiful soaring free. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


Those who do not know their history are doomed to keep stepping in it. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


Seems to me the only difference between your friends and your enemies is how long they stand around chatting before they shoot you. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


If it ever came down to exerting power by force, it would mean I'd already lost it. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


Leadership is mostly a power over imagination, and never more so than in combat. The bravest man alone can only be an armed lunatic. The real strength lies in the ability to get others to do your work. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold