October 30

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Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
Oliver Goldsmith
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
It’s always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth. ~ Malcolm Forbes
2005
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. ~ John Adams (born 30 October 1735)
2006
The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical. ~ John Adams
2007
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. ~ John Adams
2008
Date not the life which thou hast run by the mean of reckoning of the hours and days, which though hast breathed: a life spent worthily should be measured by a nobler line, — by deeds, not years... ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan
2009

Suggestions

I turned myself from a 97 pound weakling into the World's Most Perfectly Developed Man. ~ Charles Atlas, born that day.

  • 3 brings back memories of the old comic books with the cool comic book ads. ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 19:54, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 (braggadocio, memorable tho it may be) ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small,
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all.
Go ask Alice when she's ten feet tall.

~ Grace Slick (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall,
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call.

~ Grace Slick (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

When logic and proportion have fallen softly dead,
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!",
Remember what the dormouse said:
"Feed your head! Feed your head!"
~
Grace Slick (date of birth)

  • 4 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC) I feel it to be a good time to finally use this one, though yet another one by John Adams (who has been used for the last 3 years) is nearly equal to it in my preferences. * 3 ~ Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Wording may be a performance variant. This diff seems right to me, but I don't have the source. ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.. ~ John Adams (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 but I would give this a 4 if it were trimmed to just "I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy." Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
One of those I'm inclined to give a 4 some year, but I much prefer the full version. Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.. ~ John Adams (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC) I rank this with about an equal preference to the Grace Slick quote which I am giving a 4 for this year.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 I like this version's greater elaboration on what it was. ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

OR, a very similar statement he made on another occasion:

As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people.

  • 3 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC) I rank this with about an equal preference to the Grace Slick quote which I am giving a 4 for this year, and perhaps prefer this slightly to the similar expression above, though eventually both could be used on different years, or perhaps even on the 4th of July or similarly significant dates.
  • 1 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 This version would be a good admonition for July 4. ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't want to do something for the sake of it. I am prepared to wait. If I wait until I am buried, too bad. ~ Michael Winner


Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (Science is much misunderstood in popular culture today. This doesn't help.) ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations. ~ Paul Valéry


That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false. ~ Paul Valéry


God created man, and finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a female companion so that he might feel his solitude more acutely. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 because with all the company in the world, man is still alone. Beautiful. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike — no bail, no demurrer. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 because this is magnificent and elegant. Beautiful to conjure death as a debt, paid in full and in the end. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:31, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

You are not like Cerberus, three gentlemen at once, are you? ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 nice attachment to mythological character Cerberus and the changing of personality. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

The quarrel is a very pretty quarrel as it stands; we should only spoil it by trying to explain it. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 because some things are best left unexplained. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

I know too well the poison and the sting
Of things too sweet. ~ Adelaide Anne Procter

  • 3 because beauty is only skin deep. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)