November 29

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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
Find the good — and praise it. ~ Alex Haley
2005
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ~ C. S. Lewis (born 29 November 1898)
2006
The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There's not one of them which won't make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it isn't. If you leave out justice you'll find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials "for the sake of humanity" and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man. ~ C.S. Lewis (date of birth)
2007
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date. ~ C.S. Lewis
2008

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

Suggestions

I can imagine no man who will look with more horror on the End than a conscientious revolutionary who has, in a sense sincerely, been justifying cruelties and injustices inflicted on millions of his contemporaries by the benefits which he hopes to confer on future generations: generations who, as one terrible moment now reveals to him, were never going to exist. Then he will see the massacres, the faked trials, the deportations, to be all ineffaceably real, an essential part, his part, in the drama that has just ended: while the future Utopia had never been anything but a fantasy. ~ C.S. Lewis (date of birth)


Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. ~ Louisa May Alcott (date of birth)

  • 2 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:30, 27 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 28 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 07:05, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Some people think that friendliness is a sign of weakness, when in reality it is a sign of strength. ~ Hans Wolfgang Singer

  • I just kike this quote and think someday it should be qotm.--McNoddy 14:24, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC) copied this quote and rankings for it here from it's original placement by McNoddy as a suggestion for 6 March.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 07:05, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Revolutions are not made; they come. A revolution is as natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the past. Its foundations are laid far back. ~ Wendell Phillips

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Whether in chains or in laurels, Liberty knows nothing but victories. ~ Wendell Phillips

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Write on my gravestone: "Infidel, Traitor.", infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people. ~ Wendell Phillips

  • 3 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

All the things that satisfy our instincts only satisfy the animal in us. I want to be proud of myself. I want more. I want to look up to myself and when I die, I want to smile because of the things I have done, not cry for the things I haven't done. ~ Tom Hurndall

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Our house is burning and we look elsewhere. Nature mutilated, overexploited is not able to recover and we refuse to admit it. From North to South, it suffers from ill-development, and we are indifferent. Earth and humanity are in great peril and we are accountable. ~ Jacques Chirac

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)