October 21

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
It doesn't matter if we were down 3-0. You've just got to keep the faith. The game is not over until the last out. ~ David Ortiz
2005
Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. ~ Thomas Alva Edison (tested first practical light bulb 21 October 1879)
2006
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~

2007
All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
All are but ministers of Love,
And feed his sacred flame.

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~
2008
You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in Equilibrium. A wizard's power of Changing and Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power. It is most perilous. It must follow knowledge, and serve need. To light a candle is to cast a shadow. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
2009

Suggestions

I pass, like night, from land to land;
I have strange power of speech;
That moment that his face I see,
I know the man that must hear me:
To him my tale I teach.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge (born October 21, 1772)


The Earth with its scarred face is the symbol of the Past; the Air and Heaven, of Futurity. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge


He told me that facts gave birth to, and were the absolute ground of, principles; to which I said, that unless he had a principle of selection, he would not have taken notice of those facts upon which he grounded his principle. You must have a lantern in your hand to give light, otherwise all the materials in the world are useless, for you cannot find them; and if you could, you could not arrange them. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge


If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us! ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Should children be permitted to read Romances, & Relations of Giants & Magicians, & Genii? — I know all that has been said against it; but I have formed my faith in the affirmative. — I know no other way of giving the mind a love of "the Great," & "the Whole." — Those who have been led by the same truths step by step thro' the constant testimony of their senses, seem to me to want a sense which I possess — They contemplate nothing but parts — and all parts are necessarily little — and the Universe to them is but a mass of little things. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • 4 InvisibleSun 03:23, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:59, 20 October 2006 (UTC) I like this, and most of the Coleridge statements thus far suggested here, but I feel it is a bit too complex in structure to be an ideal QOTD, and will probably make some further suggestions for next year. ~ Kalki 00:17, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:17, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry. ~ Martin Gardner


If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied. ~ Alfred Nobel


My dynamite will sooner lead to peace than a thousand world conventions. As soon as men will find that in one instant, whole armies can be utterly destroyed, they surely will abide by golden peace. ~ Alfred Nobel


O time, arrest your flight! and you, propitious hours, arrest your course! Let us savor the fleeting delights of our most beautiful days! ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


What is our life but a succession of preludes to that unknown song whose first solemn note is sounded by death? ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


I am often asked how I got into the business. I didn't. The business got into me. ~ Leo Burnett


We are not saved because we're good. We're good because we're saved. ~ Rich Mullins


Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours. ~ Rich Mullins


My political opponents can have their pound of flesh, and they do, but they will not eat into my beliefs, what I stand for and have done in politics. That is the inner steel in me. ~ Peter Mandelson


In my orchestra, I hate slackness, idle talk and lost time. I always hated this and still hate it. But I can achieve much more when I am quiet and not shouting. ~ Georg Solti


Between the two men, somewhere, a truth is lying, and that is what I try to find. ~ Georg Solti


To hear, one must be silent. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin


Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death, lying
together like lovers in kemmer,
like hands joined together,
like the end and the way. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin


I haven't any strength, I haven't any character, I'm a born tool. I haven't any destiny. All I have is dreams. And now other people run them. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin


It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin