July 5

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. ~ Elvis Presley
  • chosen by User:Nanobug, honoring Presley's first commercial hit, "That's All Right (Mama)", recorded on 5 July 1954. (This was not designated as a "Quote of the Day" but it did appear for a time in the earliest logos prior to the first official QOTD on 11 July 2003).
"We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness." ~ Thomas Jefferson in an early draft of The Declaration of Independence.
From time to time the exceptional is necessary. For events as well as for men, the stock company is not enough; geniuses are needed among men, and revolutions among events. Great accidents are the law; the order of things cannot get along without them; and, to see the apparitions of comets, one would be tempted to believe that Heaven itself is in need of star actors. ~ Victor Hugo in Les Misérables (marking the recent success of the Deep Impact space mission to comet Tempel 1)
True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. ~ Jean Cocteau (born 5 July 1889)
There are truths which one can only say after having won the right to say them. ~ Jean Cocteau
Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet’s job. The rest is literature. ~ Jean Cocteau


To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction; or, the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts. ~ Isaac Newton's third law of motion, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (published 5 July 1687)

News is not at all an easy thing to do on television. A good many of the main news items are not easily made visual — therefore we have the problem of giving news with the same standards that the corporation has built up in sound. ~ BBC director General Sir Ian Jacob

  • The televised BBC News was launched on 5 July 1954.
  • 1 Jeff Q (talk) 12:59, 3 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:46, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:01, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Eternal Salvation or TRIPLE Your Money Back! ~ Church of the SubGenius "guarantee"

  • "X-Day", the day the world was supposedly destroyed, occurred 5 July 1998.
  • 1 Jeff Q (talk) 13:03, 3 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:46, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:01, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

If I had know it was harmless, I would have killed it myself. ~ Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

  • 1 Kalki 17:27, 4 July 2007 (UTC) No clear relation to the date.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 but on a more relevant date. Zarbon 05:01, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The world is nearly all parcelled out, and what there is left of it is being divided up, conquered and colonised. To think of these stars that you see overhead at night, these vast worlds which we can never reach. I would annex the planets if I could; I often think of that. It makes me sad to see them so clear and yet so far. ~ Cecil Rhodes

The world may end up under a Sword of Damocles...on a tightrope over the abyss. ~ Andrei Gromyko

NOTE: P. T. Barnum was born 5 July 1810. He should be able to contribute plenty of quotes, but our article is currently a stub and has no sources. (Please remove this post after adding sourced Barnum quotes.) ~ Jeff Q (talk) 13:14, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

I've done a little research on Barnum, but haven't got much ready yet for this year. ~ Kalki 22:29, 4 July 2006 (UTC)