August 8

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
A man said to the Universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the Universe, "the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation." ~ Stephen Crane
It is certainly no part of religion to compel religion. ~ Tertullian
It seems that if one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress. ~ Paul Dirac (born 8 August 8 1902)
Better to die on your feet than live on your knees! ~ Emiliano Zapata (born 8 August 1879)
There is a quiet at the heart of love,
And I have pierced the pain and come to peace.

~ Sara Teasdale ~ (born 8 August 1884)
If I am peaceful, I shall see
Beauty's face continually;
Feeding on her wine and bread
I shall be wholly comforted,
For she can make one day for me
Rich as my lost eternity.

~ Sara Teasdale ~


To leave office before my term is completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as President I must put the interests of America first. America needs a full-time President and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad. ~ Richard Nixon, Resignation Speech, August 8, 1974

The ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one's acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act. ~ Francis Hutcheson (date of birth)

That Action is best which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions misery. ~ Francis Hutcheson (date of birth)

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in the case of poetry, it's the exact opposite! ~ Paul Dirac, born 8 August 1902

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. ~ The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, died 8 August 1965

  • 3 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:06, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 - Would prefer that this quote be moved to December 14, Jackson's date of birth. - InvisibleSun 10:08, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:46, 7 August 2007 (UTC) (but would prefer it on the date of birth)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Make songs for Death as you would sing to Love —
But you will not assuage him. He alone
Of all the gods will take no gifts from men.
~ Sara Teasdale

I am the pool of gold
When sunset burns and dies,—
You are my deepening skies,
Give me your stars to hold.
~ Sara Teasdale

If I can find out God, then I shall find Him,
If none can find Him, then I shall sleep soundly,
Knowing how well on earth your love sufficed me,
A lamp in darkness.
~ Sara Teasdale

O lovely chance, what can I do
To give my gratefulness to you?
You rise between myself and me
With a wise persistency;
I would have broken body and soul,
But by your grace, still I am whole.
~ Sara Teasdale

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

~ Sara Teasdale ~

  • 3 Kalki 23:46, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Two thousand years — much has gone by forever,
Change takes the gods and ships and speech of men —
But here on the beaches that time passes over
The heart aches now as then.

~ Sara Teasdale ~

  • 3 Kalki 23:46, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Military occupation causes terrorism. ~ Chris Eubank

  • 2 Zarbon 05:06, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:10, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Democracy cannot be exported with a gun. ~ Chris Eubank

  • 2 Zarbon 05:06, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:10, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Sleep peacefully people, there will not be a war. ~ Alija Izetbegović

  • 2 Zarbon 05:06, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:10, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

But the voice of anatomy, like the voice of all nature, never reaches the mental ear of the Great Commoner. It is the novel province of anatomy to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the structure, the origin and the history of man. ~ Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • 4 Fossil 21:34, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

This chain of human ancestors was totally unknown to Darwin. He could not have even dreamed of such a flood of proof and truth. ~ Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • 3 Fossil 21:34, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Care for the race, even if the individual must suffer -- this must be the keynote of our future. ~ Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • 3 Fossil 21:34, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

We have to be reminded over and over again that Nature is full of paradoxes. ~ Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • 3 Fossil 21:34, 7 November 2008 (UTC)