August 27

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
He caught glimpses of everything, but saw nothing. ~Victor Hugo in Les Miserables
2004
Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. ~ Elie Wiesel
2005
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. ~ Confucius
2006
Not curiosity, not vanity, not the consideration of expediency, not duty and conscientiousness, but an unquenchable, unhappy thirst that brooks no compromise leads us to truth. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (born 27 August 1770)
2007
The most futile thing in this world is any attempt, perhaps, at exact definition of character. All individuals are a bundle of contradictions — none more so than the most capable. ~ Theodore Dreiser (born August 27, 1871)
2008
In every science, after having analysed the ideas, expressing the more complicated by means of the more simple, one finds a certain number that cannot be reduced among them, and that one can define no further. These are the primitive ideas of the science; it is necessary to acquire them through experience, or through induction; it is impossible to explain them by deduction. ~ Giuseppe Peano
2009

Suggestions

A young man should serve his parents at home and be respectful to elders outside his home. He should be earnest and truthful, loving all, but become intimate with humaneness. After doing this, if he has energy to spare, he can study literature and the arts. ~ Confucius (b. August 27, 551 BC)


The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (born 27 August 1770)

  • 3 Kalki 00:55, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:37, 26 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in providence, than to see their real import or value. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (born 27 August 1770)

  • 3 Kalki 00:55, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:37, 26 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because it's easy to critisize others and their opinions but to search for their positive values takes effort. So true. Zarbon 16:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. ~ Sun Tzu

—This unsigned comment is by 71.252.139.117 (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki 07:23, 26 August 2007 (UTC) no clear relation to the date
  • 2 Zarbon 16:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:35, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Our civilization is still in a middle stage — scarcely beast in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason. ~ Theodore Dreiser

  • 3 Kalki 21:47, 26 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 16:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:35, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

To comprehend what is, is the task of philosophy: and what is is Reason. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

  • 3 Kalki 21:47, 26 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:35, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Ambiguity of language is philosophy's main source of problems. That is why it is of the utmost importance to examine attentively the very words we use. ~ Giuseppe Peano

  • 3 Kalki 21:47, 26 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 16:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:35, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

And I just want to tell you this — we're in favor of a lot of things and we're against mighty few. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson


There is no issue of States' rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson


I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson


If two men agree on everything, you can be sure one of them is doing the thinking. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson


If you have had your foot on the neck of a man for three hundred years, and then take it off, do you expect him to get up and thank you? ~ Lyndon B. Johnson