March 1

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Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
John H. Vincent
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think. ~ John Stuart Mill
2005
Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. ~ Jef Raskin (recent death)
2006
I dreamt the past was never past redeeming:
But whether this was false or honest dreaming
I beg death's pardon now. And mourn the dead.

~ Richard Wilbur (born 1 March 1921)
2007
We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found. ~ Tzvetan Todorov ( born 1 March 1922)
  • proposed by Fys
2008
Try to remember this: what you project
Is what you will perceive; what you perceive
With any passion, be it love or terror,
May take on whims and powers of its own.

~ Richard Wilbur ~
2009

Suggestions

Military cemeteries in every corner of the world are silent testimony to the failure of national leaders to sanctify human life. ~ Yitzhak Rabin, born 1 March 1922

  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 10:12, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

I am standing on the threshold of another trembling world. May God have mercy on my soul. ~ Diary entry by Bobby Sands, 1 March 1981.

  • 4. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 10:12, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

People who believe themselves to be the incarnation of good have a distorted view of the world. ~ Tzvetan Todorov, born 1 March 1939.

  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 10:12, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full. ~ Lucius Cornelius Sulla (sacking of Athens occurred on this date)

  • 2 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because revenge is sweet and loyalty is that much sweeter. Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte (returned to France from Elba on this date)

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is somewhat true. Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things' selves for a second finding, to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.

~ Richard Wilbur ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

A thrush, because I'd been wrong,
Burst rightly into song
In a world not vague, not lonely,
Not governed by me only.

~ Richard Wilbur ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

The relation between the artist and reality is an oblique one, and indeed there is no good art which is not consciously oblique. If you respect the reality of the world, you know that you can approach that reality only by indirect means. ~ Richard Wilbur

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC) (but leaning towards a 4)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)