October 5

From Quotes
We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration. It is to the heart what spring is to the earth, making every root, and bud, and bough desire to be more. -
Henry Ward Beecher
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. ~ Marie Curie
2005
Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respect for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence. ~ Václav Havel (born 5 October 1936)
2006
Almost all men, and those that seem to be very miserable, love life, because they cannot bear to lose sight of such a beautiful and lovely world. The ideas, that every moment whilst we live have a beauty that we take not distinct notice of, brings a pleasure that, when we come to the trial, we had rather live in much pain and misery than lose. ~ Jonathan Edwards
2007
The philosopher forms his principles on an infinity of particular observations. ... He does not confuse truth with plausibility; he takes for truth what is true, for false what is false, for doubtful what is doubtful, and probable what is probable. ... The philosophical spirit is thus a spirit of observation and accuracy. ~ Denis Diderot
2008
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not. ~ Václav Havel
2009

Suggestions

There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint. ~ Denis Diderot (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:33, 4 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:52, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 because it takes a princely quality to admit one's own fault. Zarbon 04:01, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility. ~ Václav Havel (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:53, 3 October 2005 (UTC) Fits in well with Hawking quote used for the 4th.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:52, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:01, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

When I am giving the relation of a thing, remember to abstain from altering either in the matter or manner of speaking, so much, as that, if every one, afterwards, should alter as much, it would at last come to be properly false. ~ Jonathan Edwards (born 5 October 1703)


Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge. ~ Jonathan Edwards

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:52, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:22, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:01, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

The beauty of the world consists wholly of sweet mutual consents, either within itself or with the supreme being. ~ Jonathan Edwards


A thing is not proved just because no one has ever questioned it. What has never been gone into impartially has never been properly gone into. Hence skepticism is the first step toward truth. It must be applied generally, because it is the touchstone. ~ Denis Diderot


A good heavy book holds you down. It’s an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic. ~ Roy Blount, Jr.


It's easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor. ~ Ray Kroc

  • 2 because principles are the foundation. Zarbon 03:53, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:17, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:44, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. ~ Ray Kroc

  • 2 because luck comes to those who try. Zarbon 03:53, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:17, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:44, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

None of us is as good as all of us. ~ Ray Kroc

  • 3 for the emphasis on "divided we fall, united we stand" message. Zarbon 03:53, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:17, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:44, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

No seed shall perish which the soul hath sown. ~ John Addington Symonds


She smiled, and the shadows departed;
She shone, and the snows were rain;
And he who was frozen-hearted
Bloomed up into love again. ~ John Addington Symonds


Gods fade; but God abides and in man's heart
Speaks with the clear unconquerable cry
Of energies and hopes that can not die. ~ John Addington Symonds


Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken. ~ Chester A. Arthur