October 7

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Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.
James Joyce
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
One of the basic tenets of Zen Buddhism is that there is no way to characterize what Zen is. No matter what verbal space you try to enclose Zen in, it resists, and spills over... ~ Douglas Hofstadter in Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. ~ U Thant
The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. ~ Niels Bohr (born 7 October 1885)
It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature. ~ Niels Bohr
We depend on our words ... Our task is to communicate experience and ideas to others. We must strive continually to extend the scope of our description, but in such a way that our messages do not thereby lose their objective or unambiguous character ... We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. The word "reality" is also a word, a word which we must learn to use correctly. ~ Niels Bohr
Chaos needs no allies, for it dwells like a poison in every one of us. ~ Steven Erikson


Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." ~ Edgar Allan Poe (death date)

  • 3 Kalki 23:31, 6 October 2005 (UTC) This was suggested without a ranking by Inhuman14. When good quotes by someone have been found, I generally prefer to to use them on birth dates rather than death dates, though Poe's death date seems one good case for an exception. Though I have some desire to see this used, as it does refer to the act of quotation, there are many other passages of Poe I would prefer, including "Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?" - even though this is very similar to another line from the same poem that has already been used.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:05, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:20, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 19:55, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

I'll be back. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger (became governor that day)

  • 4 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 23:09, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 11:49, 6 October 2007 (UTC) 2 Kalki 23:31, 6 October 2005 (UTC) I think this could be used in some context in the future, but don't feel an urgency to use it at this time... I'm sure it will be back...
  • 1 Zarbon 04:05, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:20, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 19:55, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

When I was on my way to the podium a gentleman stopped me and said I was as good a politician as I was an actor. What a cheap shot. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger (became governor that day)

This is a page of glory in our history, which has never been written and is never to be written.... ~ Heinrich Himmler (born October 7)

The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don't ask for their love; only for their fear. ~ Heinrich Himmler (born October 7)

  • 4 because fear has always been a powerful weapon. The spreading of fear allows for the highest amount of respect to be given, a respect dominated strongly by the will to survive. A very similar quotation is said by Darth Maul in Star Wars and is one of my favorites. Both in fiction and history, this ideology is powerful and enigmatic. Zarbon 04:39, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Visions of Reality - A Study of Abnormal Perception and Behavior By Alberto Rivas -Psychology - 2007 - Page 162
  • 1 Kalki 19:27, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:20, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 19:55, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

An army that waits is soon an army at war with itself. ~ Steven Erikson

Death cannot be struggled against, brother. It ever arrives, defiant of every hiding place, of every frantic attempt to escape. Death is every mortal's shadow, his true shadow, and time is its servant, spinning that shadow slowly round, until what stretched before one now stretched before him. ~ Steven Erikson

They call war peace, they call tyranny liberty. On which side of the shadow you stand decides a word's meaning. Words are the weapons used by those who see others with contempt. ~ Steven Erikson

People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don't want to learn it themselves. ~ Vladimir Putin

Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain. ~ Vladimir Putin

...we also need to build our home and make it strong and well protected. We see, after all, what is going on in the world. The Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, as the saying goes. It knows who to eat and is not about to listen to anyone. ~ Vladimir Putin

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. ~ Ronald David Laing

We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love. ~ Ronald David Laing

Creative people who can't help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane. ~ Ronald David Laing

A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons. ~ Desmond Tutu

You don't choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. ~ Desmond Tutu

God has such a deep reverence for our freedom that he'd rather let us freely go to Hell than be compelled to go to Heaven. ~ Desmond Tutu

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. ~ Desmond Tutu

We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low. ~ Desmond Tutu

We who advocate peace are becoming an irrelevance when we speak peace. The government speaks rubber bullets, live bullets, tear gas, police dogs, detention, and death. ~ Desmond Tutu