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Quotes of the day from previous years:
The battle of the sexes will never be won as long as we keep sleeping with the enemy. ~ Emo Phillips
Long live freedom and damn the ideologies. ~ Robinson Jeffers
TCP implementations will follow a general principle of robustness: be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others. ~ Jonathan B. Postel, RFC 793, entire text of section 2.10
Education, for most people, means trying to lead the child to resemble the typical adult of his society... But for me, education means making creators... You have to make inventors, innovators, not conformists. ~ Jean Piaget
You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for — if you are honest — you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one. ~ P. L. Travers (born 9 August 1899)
The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered. ~ Jean Piaget


I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president by your ballots, so I ask you to confirm me with your prayers. ~ Gerald Ford, became president on 9 August after Nixon's resignation.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 11:31, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 don't want to use this if we use Nixon on 8th AllanHainey 12:00, 26 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:32, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:12, 7 August 2007 (UTC); ditto on "not after Nixon"
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:15, 8 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. - Thomas Edison got telegraph patent today

If you are not ready, and did not know what to do, it could hurt you in different ways. It could knock you down, hard, or throw you against a tree or a wall. It is such a big explosion, it can smash in buildings and knock signboards over, and break windows all over town, but if you duck and cover, like Bert [the Turtle], you will be much safer. ~ Duck and Cover (1951), about protecting yourself from an atomic explosion; the last-ever nuclear attack (so far) occurred on this date

Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond, more or less adequately, to reality... Knowledge, then, is a system of transformations that become progressively adequate. ~ Jean Piaget

For me there are no answers, only questions, and I am grateful that the questions go on and on. I don't look for an answer, because I don't think there is one. I'm very glad to be the bearer of a question. ~ P. L. Travers

  • 3 Kalki 21:35, 8 August 2007 (UTC) am somewhat leaning towards a 4 on this
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:15, 8 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

What magical trick makes us intelligent? The trick is that there is no trick. The power of intelligence stems from our vast diversity, not from any single, perfect principle. ~ Marvin Minsky

No man can lose what he never had. ~ Izaak Walton

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy. ~ Izaak Walton

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue. ~ Izaak Walton

We rarely recognize how wonderful it is that a person can traverse an entire lifetime without making a single really serious mistake — like putting a fork in one's eye or using a window instead of a door. ~ Marvin Minsky