August 30

From Quotes
Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
Quentin Crisp
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
2005
No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success. Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. ~ Mary Shelley (born 30 August 1797, and also relating to the recent landfall of Hurricane Katrina
2006
We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves — such a friend ought to be — do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures.. ~ Mary Shelley (date of birth)
2007
Live, and be happy, and make others so. ~ Mary Shelley
2008
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. ~ Warren Buffett
2009

Suggestions

The animals of the Burgess Shale are holy objects…. We do not place them on pedestals and worship from afar. We climb mountains and dynamite hillsides to find them. We quarry them, split them, carve them, draw them, and dissect them, struggling to wrest their secrets. … They are grubby little creatures of a sea floor 530 million years old, but we greet them with awe because they are the Old Ones, and they are trying to tell us something. Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life
(The Burgess Shale fossils were discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott on August 30, 1909.)

  • 3 121a0012 04:21, Jun 25, 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 07:18, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:45, 30 August 2005 (UTC) The quote is about an important subject, and might be selected in coming years, perhaps on the centennial of this important discovery. It points to notable facts, familiar to many students of Life's history, but it is also to some extent flawed as a presentation of scientific perspectives. One can agree that "The animals of the Burgess Shale are holy objects..." and they indeed have lessons for us that we should be trying to learn, but they are not "trying to tell us" anything. They simply are forever what they are, within the complex patterns of Eternity and Time, manifestations of the patterns of Life's awareness and being, which we might seek to be ever more aware and appreciative of— but, in keeping with both scientific and rational principles, we should avoid implying purposes or intentions on the part of specimens or of their fossils that are not likely to exist. I have added 4 quotes by this author which I believe superior to this one to the suggestions for the author's birthdate. If this one eventually is used I would prefer to use the entire quote, without ellipses:
The animals of the Burgess Shale are holy objects—in the unconventional sense that this word conveys in some cultures. We do not place them on pedestals and worship from afar. We climb mountains and dynamite hillsides to find them. We quarry them, split them, carve them, draw them, and dissect them, struggling to wrest their secrets. We vilify and curse them for their damnable intransigence. They are grubby little creatures of a sea floor 530 million years old, but we greet them with awe because they are the Old Ones, and they are trying to tell us something.

My mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose. So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein — more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation. ~ Mary Shelley (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:58, 29 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:27, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:51, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

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If you're in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent. ~ Warren Buffett


Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. ~ Warren Buffett


Can you really explain to a fish what it's like to walk on land? One day on land is worth a thousand years of talking about it, and one day running a business has exactly the same kind of value. ~ Warren Buffett


Take me as an example. I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I'd been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can't run very fast. I'm not particularly strong. I'd probably end up as some wild animal's dinner. ~ Warren Buffett

  • 3 Zarbon 02:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)