April 29

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it. ~ Muhammad Ali
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. ~ Jerry Seinfeld (born April 29 1954)
Despite the best that has been done by everyone — the gallant fighting of the military and naval forces, the diligence and assiduity of Our servants of the State, and the devoted service of Our one hundred million people — the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage, while the general trends of the world have all turned against her interest. ~ Hirohito (born 29 April 29 1901)
I have been in a multitude of shapes,
Before I assumed a consistent form.
I have been a sword, narrow, variegated,
I will believe when it is apparent.
I have been a tear in the air,
I have been the dullest of stars.
I have been a word among letters,
I have been a book in the origin.

~ Taliesin ~ (listed as born this date on the WIkipedia date page; traditionally said to have been born just before Beltane — the date of which varies slightly among traditions.)
The advance of science is not comparable to the changes of a city, where old edifices are pitilessly torn down to give place to new, but to the continuous evolution of zoologic types which develop ceaselessly and end by becoming unrecognizable to the common sight, but where an expert eye finds always traces of the prior work of the past centuries. ~ Henri Poincaré (born April 29, 1854)


If all the parts of the universe are interchained in a certain measure, any one phenomenon will not be the effect of a single cause, but the resultant of causes infinitely numerous. ~ Henri Poincaré

Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. ~ Henri Poincaré

Night has fallen and the barbarians haven't come.
And some of our men who have just returned from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.

Now what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.
~ Constantine P. Cavafy (born April 29, 1863)

We won't be deceived
by words such as Indispensable, Unique, and Great.
Someone else indispensable and unique and great
can always be found at a moment's notice.

~ Constantine P. Cavafy ~

When I consider the dead and their families, I cannot repress my mental agony. ~ Hirohito (born April 29)

It goes without saying that it is unbearable for me to see the brave and loyal fighting men of Japan disarmed. It is equally unbearable that others who have rendered me devoted service should now be punished as instigators of the war. Nevertheless, the time has come to bear the unbearable. ~ Hirohito (born April 29)

  • 3 because victory is a camouflage and sometimes true victory is had in admitting to one's defeat. Zarbon 14:47, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:36, 28 April 2008 (UTC)