December 5

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Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction. ~ Theodore Zeldin
2005
If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse. ~ Walt Disney (born 5 December 1901)
2006
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning. ~ Werner Heisenberg (born 5 December 1901)
  • proposed by Fys
2007
Leadership means that a group, large or small, is willing to entrust authority to a person who has shown judgement, wisdom, personal appeal, and proven competence. ~ Walt Disney
2008

Suggestions

Some things are so serious that one can only joke about them. ~ Werner Heisenberg.

  • 4. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 22:13, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:29, 4 December 2006 (UTC) I would rank this higher, but I can find no source definitely citing this as a Heisenberg statement, and would prefer not to use it until such a time as a definite citation of the original author can be found.
  • 1 Zarbon 15:38, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Girls bored me — they still do. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known. ~ Walt Disney

  • 2 because this quote is just plain...comical. I believe what he meant to say is that the image of Mickey Mouse entertained him moreso. But I like the comparison of a cartoon character to all females of the planet. We can see Disney's perspective is a cute one, assessing the difficulty women have most likely posed for him in his life, annoying him...and probably boring him as he stated. Zarbon 04:25, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

For every laugh, there should be a tear. ~ Walt Disney

  • 2 because laughter is all fine and good, but a drama and tragedy does so much more...for me at least. Zarbon 04:25, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. ~ Walt Disney

  • 2 because it's good to be optimistic, but one must also stay attuned and be realistic enough to expect difficulties under some circumstances. Zarbon 04:25, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Without inspiration, we would perish. ~ Walt Disney

  • 2 because inspiration keeps many people from cracking under pressure. Zarbon 04:25, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

To be defeated and not submit, is victory; to be victorious and rest on one's laurels, is defeat. ~ Józef Piłsudski (born December 5)

  • 4 because this is the ideology which I believe in most of all. This is the grand soldier principle, more important than petty squabbles and emotional derelict conversation. There is, quite frankly, a beauty in defeat without submission. But to be a slave to another country willingly is a fate worse than death. This is why some of the greatest rulers in history committed suicide before being captured by their enemies. Magnificent charm in never surrendering to the enemy, taking one's own life in order to be spared the wrath of the enemy. This is most commonly referenced in the Roman Emperor deaths, whom cut their own veins while laying in the bathtub in order to escape the clutches of the oncoming enemy. The same can be said of previous and future military minds that I hold respect for, for sheer honor and admiration comes from the ferocity of this, to choose to die by one's own hand instead of face the enemy knocking on heaven's door. What a charming quote this is. Zarbon 05:52, 3 May 2008 (UTC)