June 3

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ~ W. Clement Stone
2005
A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense. Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt. The "taken for granted" is the test of sanity... In these times, the hardest task for social or political activists is to find a way to get people to wonder again about what we all believe is true. The challenge is to sow doubt. ~ Lawrence Lessig (born 3 June 1961)
2006
It's a bumper sticker culture. People have to get it like that, and if they don't, if it takes three seconds to make them understand, you're off their radar screen. Three seconds to understand, or you lose. This is our problem. ~ Lawrence Lessig
2007
We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut." ~ Lawrence Lessig
2008
When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place. ~ Lawrence Lessig
2009

Suggestions

You can't incent a dead person. No matter what we do, Hawthorne will not produce any more works, no matter how much we pay him. ~ Lawrence Lessig

  • 4 because the dead remains dead...and the dead doesn't continue to please the public. The hint of this is to cherish something while it is still alive. Zarbon 17:13, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

The object of preaching is, constantly to remind mankind of what mankind are constantly forgetting; not to supply the defects of human intelligence, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions. ~ Sydney Smith (born June 3)

  • 2 because he says it as it is. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of every thing. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 3 because there's ignorance of some things, and there's complete ignorance of all things around, which can abound to weakness. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Every day sends to their graves a number of obscure men who have only remained obscure because their timidity has prevented them from making a first effort. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 3 because I agree. Many people who are timid, don't make an effort...but the possibilities would be endless if they did. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

No man can ever end with being superior, who will not begin with being inferior. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 3 because everyone starts inferior at something. It takes time to become superior, it doesn't happen overnight. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 2 Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 04:14, 4 June 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC) This I would normally rank a 4, but for this year, I am preferring another Lessig quote.
  • 4 Lyle 18:11, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they can not be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 2 because this one is rather comical, although it holds some abundant truth to it. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)