January 18

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2005
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class. ~ Lord Acton
2006
There is absolutely nothing that can be taken for granted in this world. ~ Robert Anton Wilson (born 18 January 1932)
2007
It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything. ~ Robert Anton Wilson
2008
The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed. ~ Charles de Montesquieu (born 18 January 1689)
2009

Suggestions

Most animals, including most domesticated primates (humans) show a truly staggering ability to "ignore" certain kinds of information — that which does not "fit" their imprinted/conditioned reality-tunnel. We generally call this "conservatism" or "stupidity", but it appears in all parts of the political spectrum, and in learned societies as well as in the Ku Klux Klan. ~ Robert Anton Wilson

  • 3 Kalki 15:34, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The worst that can happen under monarchy is rule by a single imbecile, but democracy often means the rule by an assembly of three or four hundred imbeciles. ~ Robert Anton Wilson

  • 3 Kalki 15:34, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Beyond a certain point, the whole universe becomes a continuous process of initiation. ~ Robert Anton Wilson

  • 3 Kalki 15:34, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

"Is," "is." "is" — the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment. ~ Robert Anton Wilson

  • 3 Kalki 15:34, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude...we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves. ~ Charles de Montesquieu (born January 18, 1689)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people. ~ Charles de Montesquieu

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on Earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. ~ Daniel Webster (born January 18, 1782)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The law: It has honored us; may we honor it. ~ Daniel Webster

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization. ~ Daniel Webster

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. ~ John Stuart Mill

  • Naglem 20:47, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC) (though I would rank it 3 or perhaps even a 4, if proposed for a date with which it had some clear correlation).
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I'm back. ~ Michael Jordan (Announcing his return to the Bulls, 03/18/1995).

  • Naglem 12:36, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:02, 18 January 2007 (UTC) This was originally proposed on the page for the 19th; I have moved it here to have a stronger relation to the date.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)