January 6

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly — right now. ~ Buckminster Fuller
2005
I know the biggest crime is just to throw up your hands and say "This has nothing to do with me, I just want to live as comfortably as I can." ~ Ani DiFranco
2006
In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want... everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear... anywhere in the world. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt
2007
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. ~ E.L. Doctorow (born 6 January 1931)
2008
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. ~ Khalil Gibran (born 6 January 1883)
2009

Suggestions

There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied. You cannot talk yourself into it or rouse it by straining at the emotions or by dedicating yourself solemnly to the service of mankind. Everyone has love, but it can only come out when he is convinced of the impossibility and the frustration of trying to love himself. This conviction will not come through condemnations, through hating oneself, through calling self love bad names in the universe. It comes only in the awareness that one has no self to love. ~ Alan Watts (born 6 January 1915)

  • 3 Kalki 00:43, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:57, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. ~ Khalil Gibran

  • 3 because enhancement [the betterment of already existing formulas and inventions] and advancement [the creation of entirely new formulas and inventions] are two different things. Zarbon 04:48, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Your thought sees power in armies, cannons, battleships, submarines, aeroplanes, and poison gas. But mine asserts that power lies in reason, resolution, and truth. ~ Khalil Gibran

  • 3 because I agree with Gibran here. It's true that my thought sees power in armies, cannons, battleships, submarines, aeroplanes, and poison gas. He forgot to mention atomic bombs, rocket launchers, tanks, and heat-seeking missiles...but yeah, he's right. He asserts furthermore that he finds power in reason, resolution, and truth. Not so sure how far that would go against an entire army, but it is a rather moral perspective painted by Gibran here, a dynamic comparison, if you will. Zarbon 04:48, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to. ~ Khalil Gibran

  • 3 because to see where a person's going, one must understand that person's aspirations. Zarbon 04:48, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining ...researching ...talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. ~ E. L. Doctorow

  • 3 because planning to do something and actually doing it are two different things. Zarbon 04:53, 1 May 2008 (UTC)