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This page lists quote of the day proposals specifically for dates in the month of April, and quotes proposed should ideally have some relation to the day, or persons born on it, though sometimes exceptions can be made, usually for notable quotes that relate to recent events, such as the death of prominent individuals. Developing ideas of people or works to quote on specific days can be explored through the Wikipedia page: List of historical anniversaries. The numeric section heading of each date is also a direct link to the Wikipedia list of births, deaths, and other events which occured on that date.

See also: April 2008

Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used.
3 : Very Good - strong desire to see it used.
2 : Good - some desire to see it used.
1 : Acceptable - but with no particular desire to see it used.
0 : Not acceptable - not appropriate for use as a quote of the day.

Years ago my mother used to say to me... "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh-so-smart, or oh-so-pleasant." Well, for years I was smart — I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. ~ Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the film Harvey
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. ~ Otto von Bismarck (born 1 April 1815, and All Fools Day)
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. ~ Mark Twain (All Fool's Day/April Fool's Day)
Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. ~ Alexander Pope
What is unique about the "I" hides itself exactly in what is unimaginable about a person. All we are able to imagine is what makes everyone like everyone else, what people have in common. The individual "I" is what differs from the common stock, that is, what cannot be guessed at or calculated, what must be unveiled, uncovered, conquered. ~ Milan Kundera (born 1 April 1929)


All that we know is still infinitely less than all that still remains unknown. ~ William Harvey (born April 1, 1578)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:36, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 20:28, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Were I, who to my Cost already am
One of those strange, prodigious Creatures Man,
A Spirit free, to choose for my own Share,
What sort of Flesh and Blood I pleas’d to wear,
I’d be a Dog, a Monkey, or a Bear,
Or any thing, but that vain Animal,
Who is so proud of being Rational.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (born April 1, 1647)

Whilst the misguided Follower climbs with Pain,
Mountains of Whimsies, heapt in his own Brain,
Stumbling from Thought to Thought, falls headlong down
Into Doubt’s boundless Sea, where like to drown,
Books bear him up a-while, and make him try
To swim with Bladders of Philosophy.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

For Wits are treated just like Common Whores;
First they're enjoy'd, and then kickt out of Doors.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish. ~ Milan Kundera

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:36, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:28, 31 March 2007 (UTC) I have a strong tendency to prefer strong links to "All Fool's Day" on this date, but lean toward a 4 for this one despite this.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past. They are fighting for access to the laboratories where photographs are retouched and biographies and histories rewritten. ~ Milan Kundera

There's not a thing on earth that I can name,
So foolish, and so false, as common fame.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester ~

It is a good world to live in,
To lend, or to spend, or to give in;
But to beg or to borrow, or to get a man's own,
It is the very worst world that ever was known.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester ~

Great Negative, how vainly would the Wise
Enquire, define, distinguish, teach, devise,
Didst thou not stand to point their dull Philosophies?

Is, or is not, the Two great Ends of Fate,
And, true or false, the Subject of Debate,
That perfect, or destroy, the vast Designs of Fate.
~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester ~

Man differs more from Man, than Man from Beast. ~ John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

  • 3 Kalki 20:28, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:06, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is one of my alltime favorites. The man and beast comparison is an excellent one, one of sheer brilliance. Zarbon 23:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches. ~ Milan Kundera

Is not an event in fact more significant and noteworthy the greater the number of fortuities necessary to bring it about? ~ Milan Kundera

Chance and chance alone has a message for us... Only chance can speak to us. ~ Milan Kundera

Love is our freedom. ~ Milan Kundera

I avow myself the partisan of truth alone. ~ William Harvey

I've been to Sugartown/I shook the Sugar down/Now I'm trying to get to heaven before they close the door. ~ Bob Dylan

  • 0 Zarbon 23:10, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided — but by iron and blood. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 3 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

The wolf cannot help it that he was created by God the way he is, but one shoots him yet, if one can. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 3 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 3 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 2 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

They treat me like a fox, a cunning fellow of the first rank. But the truth is that with a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and when I have to deal with a pirate, I try to be a pirate and a half. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 3 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches. ~ Otto von Bismarck

  • 4 Zarbon 13:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life — It goes on. ~ Robert Frost
To be an artist is a blessing and a privilege. Artists must never betray their true hearts. Artists must look beneath the surface and show that there is more to this world than what meets the eye. ~ Marvin Gaye (born 2 April 1939)
Whether it is happy or unhappy, a man's life is the only treasure he can ever possess. ~ Giacomo Casanova (born 2 April 1725)
How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself. ~ Kenneth Tynan
Forgiveness is the offspring of a feeling of heroism, of a noble heart, of a generous mind, whilst forgetfulness is only the result of a weak memory, or of an easy carelessness, and still oftener of a natural desire for calm and quietness. Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom. ~ Giacomo Casanova


All writing is an antisocial act, since the writer is a man who can speak freely only when alone; to be himself he must lock himself up, to communicate he must cut himself off from all communication; and in this there is something always a little mad. ~ Kenneth Tynan (born 2 April 1927)

The man who reacts to the universe with a cry of impotent anguish is acceptable as an artist only if he can persuade us that he has sanely considered the other possible reactions and found them inadequate. ~ Kenneth Tynan

We shall be judged by what we do, not by how we felt while we were doing it. ~ Kenneth Tynan

Truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it. ~ Émile Zola (born 2 April 1840)

You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate.

You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today.

~ Marvin Gaye ~ (born 2 April 1939)

Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance against it. ~ Joan Vinge (born April 2)

  • 4 Zarbon 06:31, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: "What's Your Mood?: A Good Day, Bad Day, In-between Day Book" - by Kimberly Potts - Psychology - 2005

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they might have been. ~ William Hazlitt
Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece. ~ Pope John Paul II (recent death)
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place. ~ Washington Irving (born 13 April 1783)
There rise authors now and then, who seem proof against the mutability of language, because they have rooted themselves in the unchanging principles of human nature. ~ Washington Irving
Stretch or contract me, Thy poor debtor;
This is but tuning of my breast,
To make the music better.

Whether I fly with angels, fall with dust,
Thy hands made both, and I am there;
Thy power and love, my love and trust
Make one place ev'rywhere.

~ George Herbert ~



Be calm in arguing: for fierceness makes
Error a fault, and truth discourtesy.
~ George Herbert (born April 3, 1593)

Man is no star, but a quick coal

Of mortal fire:

Who blows it not, nor doth control

A faint desire,

Lets his own ashes choke his soul.~ George Herbert

And now in age I bud again,

After so many deaths I live and write;

I once more smell the dew and rain,

And relish versing: O my only light,

It cannot be
That I am he
On whom thy tempests fell all night.~ George Herbert

For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost. ~ George Herbert

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:19, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 12:30, 2 April 2007 (UTC) (with a strong lean toward a 4, but might do more sourcing of variants of this, including the famous one of Franklin's today, or sometime soon...)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:18, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Show me a liar, and I'll show thee a thief. ~ George Herbert

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use. ~ Washington Irving (born April 3, 1783)

A verse may find him, who a sermon flies. ~ George Herbert

Love your neighbor, yet pull not down your hedge. ~ George Herbert

One sword keeps another in the sheath. ~ George Herbert

  • 3 Kalki 12:30, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:00, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is true. Through the usage of one's own force and power, one keeps another from raising his sword. Very beautiful ideological perspective. Zarbon 23:18, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

None knows the weight of another's burden. ~ George Herbert

  • 3 Kalki 12:30, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:00, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because one understands one's own suffering better than all others. Zarbon 23:18, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

How convenient it would be to many of our great men and great families of doubtful origin, could they have the privilege of the heroes of yore, who, whenever their origin was involved in obscurity, modestly announced themselves descended from a god. ~ Washington Irving

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted. ~ Washington Irving

Where there is great love there are always miracles. ~ Willa Cather
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth...
When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonders of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.

~ Maya Angelou (born 4 April 1928)
There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory. ~ Sir Francis Drake (knighted 4 April 1581)
He who learns must suffer
And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget
Falls drop by drop upon the heart,
And in our own despite, against our will,
Comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.

~ Aeschylus ~ (Quoted, in variant form, by Robert F. Kennedy in a speech, 4 April 1968, after learning of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., which occurred that day.)


A military man can scarcely pride himself on having "smitten a sleeping enemy"; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack. ~ Isoroku Yamamoto (born April 4)

  • 3 because it is better to face your enemy head on rather than strike them behind their back. Beautiful quotation. Zarbon 05:55, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. ~ Maya Angelou

  • 2 because cynicism at a young age is a negative quality. To actually know nothing is one thing, but to believe in nothing is bitterness. Zarbon 16:10, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
    • Upon search, I have found that this quote was used on May 31, 2004. Zarbon 13:20, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it. ~ C.S. Lewis
Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools. ~ Thomas Hobbes (born 5 April 1588)
Do not that to another, which thou wouldest not have done to thy selfe. ~ Thomas Hobbes (born 5 April 1588)
The world is fast learning that of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. ~ Booker T. Washington (born 5 April 1856)
I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. I learned that assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; and that oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak. ~ Booker T. Washington

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


I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ~ Booker T. Washington (born April 5, 1856)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:11, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 12:53, 4 April 2007 (UTC) I would rank this higher, but a variant of this has already been used.
  • 2 because hatred would make one transform into the thing he avoids to become. To hate is to be the same as the hated. Zarbon 23:23, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

In any country, regardless of what its laws say, wherever people act upon the idea that the disadvantage of one man is the good of another, there slavery exists. Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists. ~ Booker T. Washington

My whole life has largely been one of surprises. I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements of this kind if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day of his life — that is, tries to make each day reach as nearly as possible the high-water mark of pure, unselfish, useful living. ~ Booker T. Washington

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; Yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves: For they see their own wit at hand, and other men's at a distance. ~ Thomas Hobbes

In the first place, I put for a general inclination of all mankind a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death. And the cause of this is not always that a man hopes for a more intensive delight than he has already attained to, or that he cannot be content with a moderate power, but because he cannot assure the power and means to live well, which he hath present, without the acquisition of more.. ~ Thomas Hobbes

Man gives indifferent names to one and the same thing from the difference of their own passions; as they that approve a private opinion call it opinion; but they that mislike it, heresy: and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.. ~ Thomas Hobbes

Such truth as opposeth no man's profit nor pleasure is to all men welcome.. ~ Thomas Hobbes

Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most. ~ Colin Powell (born April 5)

  • 3 because everyone can attack, but it takes a man of high caliber to restrain oneself. Zarbon 17:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. ~ Colin Powell (born April 5)

  • 3 because this is a principle to live by. Zarbon 17:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible. ~ Colin Powell (born April 5)

  • 3 Zarbon 17:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood. ~ Booker T. Washington

  • 3 because once mankind is growing, laws cannot repress knowledge. Zarbon 04:54, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Character, not circumstances, makes the man. ~ Booker T. Washington

  • 3 because everyone can be placed under the same circumstances...but sometimes, it is the man's character that differentiates him from others. Zarbon 04:54, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. ~ George Bernard Shaw
See, I write jokes for a living, man. I sit in my hotel at night and think of something that's funny and then I go get a pen and write 'em down. Or, if the pen's too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of ain't funny. ~ Mitch Hedberg (recent death)
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ~ Isaac Asimov (died 6 April 1992)
I am less concerned with expressing the motions of the soul and mind than to render visible, so to speak, the inner flashes of intuition which have something divine in their apparent insignificance and reveal magic, even divine horizons, when they are transposed into the marvellous effects of pure plastic art. ~ Gustave Moreau
I have never looked for dream in reality or reality in dream. I have allowed my imagination free play, and I have not been led astray by it. ~ Gustave Moreau


No one could have less faith in the absolute and definitive importance of the work created by man, because I believe that this world is nothing but a dream... ~ Gustave Moreau

I believe neither in what I touch nor what I see. I only believe in what I do not see, and solely in what I feel. ~ Gustave Moreau

  • 3 because this quote makes one think. If all the physical and sight apparent is an illusion, it's quite frankly a nice parallel illusion drawn here by Moreau. Zarbon 16:06, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of hell. ~ Saint Augustine
Out of the struggle at the center has come an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are, and what this life is for. At the center humankind struggles with collective powers for its freedom, the individual struggles with dehumanization for the possession of his soul. ~ Saul Bellow (recent death)
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

~ William Wordsworth (born 7 April 1770)
In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs — in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and things violently destroyed, the Poet binds together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society, as it is spread over the whole earth, and over all time. ~ William Wordsworth
I always work on the theory that the audience will believe you best if you believe yourself. ~ Charlton Heston (recent death)


This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie
Open unto the fields and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
~ William Wordsworth (born April 7, 1770)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:41, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:59, 6 April 2007 (UTC) But only if prefixed to begin with :
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
  • 1 Zarbon 23:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Is there not
An art, a music, and a stream of words
That shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?
~ William Wordsworth

Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
~ William Wordsworth

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished. ~ William Wordsworth

Love had he found in huts where poor men lie;
His daily teachers had been woods and rills,
The silence that is in the starry sky,
The sleep that is among the lonely hills.
~ William Wordsworth

Enough, if something from our hands have power
To live, and act, and serve the future hour.
~ William Wordsworth

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:41, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:59, 6 April 2007 (UTC) but would extend it :
I see what was, and is, and will abide;
Still glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide;
The Form remains, the Function never dies;
While we, the brave, the mighty, and the wise,
We Men, who in our morn of youth defied
The elements, must vanish; — be it so!

Enough, if something from our hands have power
To live, and act, and serve the future hour;
And if, as toward the silent tomb we go,
Through love, through hope, and faith's transcendent dower,
We feel that we are greater than we know.

  • 1 Zarbon 23:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge; it is the impassioned expression which is in the countenance of all Science. ~ William Wordsworth

Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows
Like harmony in music; there is a dark
Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles
Discordant elements, makes them cling together
In one society.
~ William Wordsworth

What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now forever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be.
~ William Wordsworth

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:41, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 15:27, 5 April 2008 (UTC) 3 15:59, 6 April 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean towards a 4
  • 1 Zarbon 23:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Them that's got shall get
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own.
~ Billie Holiday (born April 7, 1915) and Arthur Herzog, Jr.

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
~ William Wordsworth ~

  • 3 Kalki 15:59, 6 April 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean towards a 4
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:16, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar...
~ William Wordsworth ~

  • 3 Kalki 15:59, 6 April 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean towards a 4
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:16, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Men are we, and must grieve when even the Shade
Of that which once was great, is passed away.
~ William Wordsworth ~

  • 3 Kalki 15:59, 6 April 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean towards a 4
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:16, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:28, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.
~ William Wordsworth ~

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous. ~ Zhuang Zi
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. ~ Gautama Buddha
  • selected by Kalki; 8 April is Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival), the fixed-date celebration of Buddha's Birthday in Japan.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule. ~ Gautama Buddha
Blessed are the poor in spirit:
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn:
    for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek:
    for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
    for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful:
    for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart:
    for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers:
    for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake:
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) ~ (for Easter Sunday 2007 in both the Gregorian calendar and Eastern Orthodox reckonings)
Look, look, look to the rainbow
Follow it over the hill and stream
Look, look, look to the rainbow
Follow the fellow who follows a dream.

~ Yip Harburg ~ (born 8 April 1896)


Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiots would fight a war on twelve fronts. ~ Londo Mollari, Babylon 5, "Ceremonies of Light and Dark"; first broadcast 8 April 1996

  • 3 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 05:36, 10 May 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:00, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:29, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

~ Yip Harburg ~ (born 8 April 1896)

  • 3 Kalki 15:58, 5 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:29, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done. ~ Kofi Annan (born April 8)

  • 2 because sometimes, everything isn't nice and peaceful. Sometimes, the use of force is required. Zarbon 05:02, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

We have entered the third millennium through a gate of fire. If today...we see better, and we see further — we will realize that humanity is indivisible. ~ Kofi Annan (born April 8)

  • 2 and this was trimmed in order to deliver its meaning, the fact that we have entered the third millennium and the realization of humanity is indivisible according to Annan. Zarbon 05:02, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~ John Vance Cheney
Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. ~ Richard Feynman
I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another, and I know there are people in the world who do not love their fellow human beings — and I hate people like that! ~ Tom Lehrer (born 9 April 1928)
It is at once by way of poetry and through poetry, as with music, that the soul glimpses splendors from beyond the tomb; and when an exquisite poem brings one’s eyes to the point of tears, those tears are not evidence of an excess of joy, they are witness far more to an exacerbated melancholy, a disposition of the nerves, a nature exiled among imperfect things, which would like to possess, without delay, a paradise revealed on this very same earth. ~ Charles Baudelaire (born 9 April 1821)
Imagination is the queen of truth, and possibility is one of the regions of truth. She is positively akin to infinity. ~ Charles Baudelaire


To be wicked is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that you are; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil from stupidity. ~ Charles Baudelaire

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. As it turns out, work is less boring than amusing oneself. ~ Charles Baudelaire

These tall and handsome ships, swaying imperceptibly on tranquil waters, these sturdy ships, with their inactive, nostalgic appearance, don’t they say to us in a speechless tongue: When do we cast off for happiness? ~ Charles Baudelaire

An artist is only an artist thanks to his exquisite sense of beauty — a sense which provides him with intoxicating delights, but at the same time implying and including a sense, equally exquisite, of all deformity and disproportion. ~ Charles Baudelaire

There is in a word, in a verb, something sacred which forbids us from using it recklessly. To handle a language cunningly is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery. ~ Charles Baudelaire

A field marshal is born, not made! ~ Erich Ludendorff (born April 9)

  • 3 because this is true. You cannot create the great character in a person, he must have it within. I love this militant mindset. Zarbon 06:42, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: World War I: A Student Encyclopedia - Page 1137 by Spencer Tucker, Priscilla Mary Roberts - History - 2005

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. ~ Henry James
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. ~ William Hazlitt (born 10 April 1778)
Any relations in a social order will endure if there is infused into them some of that spirit of human sympathy, which qualifies life for immortality. ~ George William Russell (born 10 April 1867)
To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead. ~ William Hazlitt (born 10 April 1778)
They knew me from the dawn of time: if Hermes beats his rainbow wings,
If Angus shakes his locks of light, or golden-haired Apollo sings,
It matters not the name, the land; my joy in all the gods abides:
Even in the cricket in the grass some dimness of me smiles and hides.

~ Æ ~ [George William Russell] (born 10 April 1867)


Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity, who drink of that flood of glory as of a river, and refresh our wings in it for future flight. ~ William Hazlitt (born April 10, 1778)

It is well that there is no one without a fault; for he would not have a friend in the world. ~ William Hazlitt

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:27, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 08:22, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is extremely true. No one is without fault. If ever a person of this caliber were to exist, it is true that this person would be alone. I love this one strongly. Zarbon 23:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he exacts. ~ William Hazlitt

It was the wise all-seeing soul
Who counselled neither war nor peace:
"Only be thou thyself that goal
In which the wars of time shall cease."

~ Æ ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:24, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The lights grew thicker unheeded,
For silent and still were we;
Our hearts were drunk with a beauty
Our eyes could never see.

~ Æ ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:24, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Oh Master of the Beautiful,
Creating us from hour to hour,
Give me this vision to the full
To see in lightest things thy power!
This vision give, no heaven afar,
No throne, and yet I will rejoice,
Knowing beneath my feet a star,
Thy word in every wandering voice.

~ Æ ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:24, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism. ~ Howard Thurman (date of death, exact date of birth unknown)

  • 4 Zarbon 06:39, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: "Jesus and the Disinherited" - Page 74 - by Howard Thurman - Religion - 1996

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. ~ Yeshua of Galilee (Jesus Christ) (Easter Sunday 2004)
Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope. It is important to remember, as has well been said, 'the essential characteristic of true liberty is that under its shelter many different types of life and character and opinion and belief can develop unmolested and unobstructed'. ~ Charles Evans Hughes (born 11 April 1862)
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others. ~ Leo Rosten (born 11 April 1908)
Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them. ~ Leo Rosten (born 11 April 1908)
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. ~ Charles Evans Hughes


I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong. ~ Leo Rosten

Unused suggestions initially made for 14 April 2007 relating to death of Kurt Vonnegut on 11 April 2007:

I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I’m dead. ~ Kurt Vonnegut (recent death)

  • 1 Zarbon 23:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, "Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favorite joke. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

  • 1 Zarbon 23:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Vonnegut also delivered at least 2 variants on this theme:

When my own time comes to join the choir invisible or whatever, God forbid, I hope someone will say, "He's up in Heaven now." Who really knows? I could have dreamed all this.
My epitaph in any case? "Everything was beautiful. Nothing hurt."
If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
  • 2 Zarbon 23:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

So it goes. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

  • 1 Zarbon 23:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. ~ Pierre Trudeau (on Canadian relations with the US)
A living body is not merely an integration of limbs and flesh but it is the abode of the soul which potentially has perfect perception, perfect knowledge, perfect power, and perfect bliss. ~ Mahavira (599 or 549 BC) Mahavira Jayanti 2005 celebrating Mahavira's birth (Cregorian calendar and the traditional Jain calculations do not correspond precisely from year to year).
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. ~ Tom Clancy (born 12 April 1947)
Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle. ~ Tom Clancy
The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. - Henry Clay (born 12 April 1777)



No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it. Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there's somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, "Oh, you can't do that..." ~ Tom Clancy

Historically, anything that gets information to people is good for the world. The most important human being whoever lived, if you want to leave out religious figures, would be Johannes Gutenberg... that's when the liberation of human thought happened, because people could read the thoughts of people across the world, and have thoughts of their own, and publish them and spread information around. Anything that gets information to people is good. ~ Tom Clancy

The average guy is smart enough to know the difference between what works and what doesn't, and if you have bad information, sooner or later, you figure it out and you get onto something else. ~ Tom Clancy

The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity — unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity. - Henry Clay

I have heard something said about allegiance to the South. I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance... The Union, sir, is my country. - Henry Clay

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the limits of the law" because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. ~ Thomas Jefferson (born 13 April 1743 (N.S.))
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson
The secular state is the guarantee of religious pluralism. This apparent paradox, again, is the simplest and most elegant of political truths. ~ Christopher Hitchens
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. ~ Thomas Jefferson (bprn April 13, 1743)


It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism — free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence ~ Thomas Jefferson

We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. ~ Thomas Jefferson

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:35, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • This was already used on 21 December 2003. ~ Kalki 13:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Unfathomable mind, now beacon, now sea. ~ Samuel Beckett (born April 13, 1906)

These things I say, and shall say, if I can, are no longer, or are not yet, or never were, or never will be, or if they were, if they are, if they will be, were not here, are not here, will not be here, but elsewhere. ~ Samuel Beckett

Perhaps it's done already, perhaps they have said me already, perhaps they have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, it will be the silence, where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on. ~ Samuel Beckett

The fact is that serious trials and fearless investigations often are the cause of great division, and rightly so. ~ Christopher Hitchens (born April 13, 1949)

All the excitements of a prohibited book had their usual effect, one of which, as always, is to expose the fact that the censors don't know what they are talking about. ~ Christopher Hitchens

Yes, in my life, since we must call it so, there were three things, the inability to speak, the inability to be silent, and solitude, that’s what I’ve had to make the best of. ~ Samuel Beckett

To know nothing is nothing, not to want to know anything likewise, but to be beyond knowing anything, to know you are beyond knowing anything, that is when peace enters in, to the soul of the incurious seeker. ~ Samuel Beckett

We are all born mad. Some remain so. ~ Samuel Beckett

Let us do something while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for once the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! ~ Samuel Beckett

I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. ~ Thomas Jefferson

There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give. ~ Thomas Jefferson

So Billy experiences death for a while. It is simply violet light and a hum. There isn't anybody else there. Not even Billy Pilgrim is there. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nahum Reduta (talkcontribs) on April 13, 2007 at 7:21 (UTC)

  • 2 No longer connected with this date. InvisibleSun 05:03, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. ~ James Branch Cabell (born 14 April 1879)
Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Good Friday 2006)
All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist... It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever... Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is "So it goes." ~ Kurt Vonnegut (recent death)
What really matters is that there is so much faith and love and kindliness which we can share with and provoke in others, and that by cleanly, simple, generous living we approach perfection in the highest and most lovely of all arts. ... But you, I think, have always comprehended this. ~ James Branch Cabell

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


And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.

Alien they seemed to be;
No mortal eye could see
The intimate welding of their later history,

Or sign that they were bent
By paths coincident
On being anon twin halves of one august event,

Till the Spinner of the Years
Said "Now!" And each one hears,
And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.
Thomas Hardy, "The Convergence of the Twain (Lines on the loss of the Titanic)" (1912)

  • The "convergence" of the Titanic and the iceberg was on April 14, 1912.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:46, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:42, 13 April 2008 (UTC) but I might prefer to hold this one in reserve until the 100th anniversary in 2012, on which date I would certainly give it a 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Criticism, whatever may be its pretensions, never does more than to define the impression which is made upon it at a certain moment by a work wherein the writer himself noted the impression of the world which he received at a certain hour. ~ James Branch Cabell

  • 3 Kalki 22:42, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It is necessary that I climb very high because of my love for you, and upon the heights there is silence. ~ James Branch Cabell

  • 3 Kalki 22:42, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr. ~ Will Rogers (US income tax filing deadline, April 15)
Here forms, here colours, here the character of every part of the universe are concentrated to a point; and that point is so marvellous a thing ... Oh! marvellous, O stupendous Necessity — by thy laws thou dost compel every effect to be the direct result of its cause, by the shortest path. These are miracles... ~ Leonardo da Vinci (born 15 April 1452)
Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena. ~ Leonhard Euler (born 15 April 1707)
We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art. ~ Henry James
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. It is the very atmosphere of the mind; and when the mind is imaginative — much more when it happens to be that of a man of genius — it takes to itself the faintest hints of life, it converts the very pulses of the air into revelations. ~ Henry James


A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it. ~ Henry James (born April 15, 1843)

If we pretend to respect the artist at all we must allow him his freedom of choice, in the face, in particular cases, of innumerable presumptions that the choice will not fructify. Art derives a considerable part of its beneficial exercise from flying in the face of presumptions, and some of the most interesting experiments of which it is capable are hidden in the bosom of common things. ~ Henry James

Life being all inclusion and confusion, and art being all discrimination and selection, the latter, in search of the hard latent value with which it alone is concerned, sniffs round the mass as instinctively and unerringly as a dog suspicious of some buried bone. ~ Henry James

We are divided of course between liking to feel the past strange and liking to feel it familiar. ~ Henry James

Perversely adorable always — and I scarce know why — the late afternoon light in deserted haunts of study; with the secret of supreme dignity lurking, above all, in high, dusky, wainscoted chambers where the sound of one's footfall lingers, to one's pleasure, like a caress, and where portraits of the appurtenant worthies, the heroes and patrons, grow vague in the twilight. It is a tribute to the forces of idealism lurking again and again, over the country, in the amenity of the general Collegiate appearance, that the last thing these conditions overtly suggest, or seem to accept as their imputed virtue, is this precipitation of the young intelligence into the mere vociferous market. ~ Henry James

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Gentlemen, that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it must be the truth. ~ Benjamin Peirce on the equation known as Euler's identity (Leonhard Euler born 15 April 1707)

  • 3 Kalki 00:45, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:49, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Curse on all laws but those which love has made! ~ Alexander Pope
In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. ~ Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator (born 16 April 1889)
The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Easter Sunday 2006)
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. ~ Anatole France (born 16 April 1844)
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~ Anatole France


It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill. This I conceive to be fortunate, for man, by reason of his greater intellect, can more reasonably hope to equal birds in knowledge than to equal nature in the perfection of her machinery... ~ Wilbur Wright (born 16 April 1867)

There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones. ~ Kingsley Amis (born 16 April 1922)

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. ~ Anatole France (born 16 April 1844)

The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. ~ B. F. Skinner
We ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning. ~ Thornton Wilder (born 17 April 1897)
Where the storyteller is loyal, eternally and unswervingly loyal to the story, there, in the end, silence will speak. Where the story has been betrayed, silence is but emptiness. But we, the faithful, when we have spoken our last word, will hear the voice of silence. ~ Karen Blixen (born 17 April 1885)
Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day. ~ Thornton Wilder
I am not a novelist, really not even a writer; I am a storyteller. One of my friends said about me that I think all sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them, and perhaps this is not entirely untrue. To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern. And I feel in life such an infinite, truly inconceivable fantasy. ~ Karen Blixen


Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value. ~ Thornton Wilder

It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves. ~ Thornton Wilder

A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it. ~ Thornton Wilder

The best of my nature reveals itself in play, and play is sacred. ~ Karen Blixen

Africa, amongst the continents, will teach it to you: that God and the Devil are one, the majesty coeternal, not two uncreated but one uncreated, and the Natives neither confounded the persons nor divided the substance. ~ Karen Blixen

The real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom. It is not the freedom of the dictator, who enforces his own will on the world, but the freedom of the artist, who has no will, who is free of will. ~ Karen Blixen

Terrorism has no motherland and terrorists have no nationality. ~ Karen Demirchyan (born April 17)

  • 3 because it is very true. Those who terrorize for no reason have commitment to absolutely no ideals and belong to no race, religion, or land. They serve no one. - Zarbon 04:13, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: BBC Archive - NewsBank - Oct 20, 1999

The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. ~ Bill Hicks
Music can be all things to all persons. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction.... Music makes us feel that the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands. ~ Leopold Stokowski (born 18 April 1882)
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means. ~ Clarence Darrow (born 18 April 1857)
History repeats itself. That’s one of the things wrong with history. ~ Clarence Darrow
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free. ~ Clarence Darrow


If there is to be any permanent improvement in man and any better social order, it must come mainly from the education and humanizing of man. I am quite certain that the more the question of crime and its treatment is studied the less faith men have in punishment. ~ Clarence Darrow

The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along. ~ Clarence Darrow

As long as the world shall last, there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. ~ Clarence Darrow

The German Romantics had to destroy the same bastions we do. Logocentrism and idealism, theology, all supports of the repressive society. Property's pillars. Reason which always homogenizes and reduces, represses and unifies phenomena or actuality into what can be perceived and so controlled. The subjects, us, are now stable and socializable. Reason is always in the service of the political and economic masters. It is here that literature strikes, at this base, where the concepts and actings of order impose themselves. Literature is that which denounces and slashes apart the repressing machine at the level of the signified. ~ Kathy Acker


Literature is that which denounces and slashes apart the repressing machine at the level of the signified. ~ Kathy Acker

  • 3 Kalki 22:11, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:55, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Every book, remember, is dead until a reader activates it by reading. Every time that you read you are walking among the dead, and, if you are listening, you just might hear prophecies. ~ Kathy Acker

  • 4 Kalki 22:11, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:55, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Materialists and madmen never have doubts. ~ G. K. Chesterton
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. ~ Benjamin Disraeli (died 19 April 1881)
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled farmers stood;
And fired the shot heard round the world.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought on 19 April 1775)
Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth. ~ Jehanne Darc (Joan of Arc) (Official Beatification by the Roman Catholic Church in 1903)
When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don't turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist. ~ Albert Hofmann (for Bicycle Day)


War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. ~ Jimmy Carter

Byron was dead! I thought the whole world was at an end. I thought everything was over and finished for everyone — that nothing else mattered. I remembered I walked out alone, and carved "Byron is dead" into the sandstone. - Alfred Tennyson

If they had said that the sun or the moon had gone out of the heavens, it could not have struck me with the idea of a more awful and dreary blank in creation than the words: "Byron is dead!" - Jane Welsh Carlyle

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. ~ Elbert Hubbard
Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the Lord's vineyard. The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. ~ Pope Benedict XVI (recent papal election)
Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~ Dinah Craik (born 20 April 1826)
It may often be noticed, the less virtuous people are, the more they shrink away from the slightest whiff of the odour of un-sanctity. The good are ever the most charitable, the pure are the most brave. ~ Dinah Craik
The true secret in being a hero lies in knowing the order of things. ... Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story. ~ Peter S. Beagle in The Last Unicorn


Society, in the aggregate, is no fool. It is astonishing what an amount of "eccentricity" it will stand from anybody who takes the bull by the horns, too fearless or too indifferent to think of consequences. ~ Dinah Craik

Let every one of us cultivate, in every word that issues from our mouth, absolute truth. I say cultivate, because to very few people — as may be noticed of most young children — does truth, this rigid, literal veracity, come by nature. To many, even who love it and prize it dearly in others, it comes only after the self-control, watchfulness, and bitter experience of years. ~ Dinah Craik

  • 3 Kalki 18:38, 18 April 2007 (UTC) I like this one even more than the one above, but have private reasons I do not to wish to use it until 2009.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:48, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:58, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There was never a night that had no morn. ~ Dinah Craik

  • 3 Kalki 18:38, 18 April 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean towards a 4, but for tactical reasons ranking the first Craik quote a 4 for this year.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 07:48, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:58, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower. ~ Adolf Hitler (born April 20)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:12, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:13, 19 April 2008 (UTC) The statements and innumerable hypocrisies of Hitler are not such things as if find to be great material for qoute of the day.

I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses. ~ Adolf Hitler (born April 20)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:12, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:13, 19 April 2008 (UTC) I might have some desire to use this eventually, but no strong desire to use anything by Hitler for quote of the day.

The god of war has gone over to the other side. ~ Adolf Hitler (born April 20)

  • 4 Zarbon 06:12, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:13, 19 April 2008 (UTC) I have some desire to use this eventually, but no desire to use it any time soon.

Life never forgives weaknesses. ~ Adolf Hitler (born April 20)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:12, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:13, 19 April 2008 (UTC) I might have some desire to use this eventually, but no strong desire to use anything by Hitler for quote of the day.

Schmendrick stepped out into the open and said a few words. They were short words, undistinguished either by melody or harshness, and Schmendrick himself could not hear them for the Red Bull's dreadful bawling. But he knew what they meant, and he knew exactly how to say them, and he knew that he could say them again when he wanted to, in the same way or in a different way. Now he spoke them gently and with joy, and as did so he felt his immortality fall from him like an armour, or like a shroud. ~ Peter S. Beagle in The Last Unicorn

The rebels are not the despicable rabble too many have supposed them to be. ... In all their wars against the French they never showed such conduct, attention, and perseverance as they do now. ~ General Thomas Gage, on the Siege of Boston, which began on 20 April 1776

  • 3 Kalki 20:48, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:58, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. ~ Molière
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. ~ John Muir (born 21 April 1838)
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. ~ John Muir (born 21 April 1838)
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. ~ Charlotte Brontë
How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountaintop it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make — leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone — we all dwell in a house of one room — the world with the firmament for its roof — and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track. ~ John Muir


Is not the real experience of each individual very limited? And, if a writer dwells upon that solely or principally, is he not in danger of repeating himself, and also of becoming an egotist? Then, too, imagination is a strong, restless faculty, which claims to be heard and exercised: are we to be quite deaf to her cry, and insensate to her struggles? When she shows us bright pictures, are we never to look at them, and try to reproduce them? And when she is eloquent, and speaks rapidly and urgently in our ear, are we not to write to her dictation? ~ Charlotte Brontë (born April 21, 1816)

It is not violence that best overcomes hate — nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury. ~ Charlotte Brontë

No right way is easy in this rough world. We must risk our lives to save them. ~ John Muir (born April 21, 1838)

A barrister's job is to put the case for the defense as effectively and clearly as would his client if he had an advocate's skills. The barrister's belief or disbelief in the truth of the story is irrelevant: it's for the jury to decide this often difficult question. ~ John Mortimer (born April 21, 1923)

A "war against terrorism" is an impracticable conception if it means fighting terrorism with terrorism. ~ John Mortimer

Beliefs about how you live your life, matters of private decision, views best kept for private enjoyment, prejudice or entertainment, can't be imposed by the operation of criminal law. Attempts to enforce such views can only make the government the subject of ridicule. ~ John Mortimer

I often said that never in the history of the world did one man receive so much faith and trust as Hitler. Similary, no one has ever betrayed so many people and abused so much good faith as he did. ~ Hans Fritzsche (born April 21)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:27, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 20:40, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Nuremberg Interviews by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004 - Page 71

I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. ~ Anne Frank
Act only on that maxim which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law. ~ Immanuel Kant (born 22 April 1724)
I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more. ~ Vladimir Nabokov (born 22 April 1899) {10 April O.S.}
It is certainly not then — not in dreams — but when one is wide awake, at moments of robust joy and achievement, on the highest terrace of consciousness, that mortality has a chance to peer beyond its own limits, from the mast, from the past and its castle tower. And although nothing much can be seen through the mist, there is somehow the blissful feeling that one is looking in the right direction. ~ Vladimir Nabokov
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. ~ Marshall McLuhan (quote for Earth Day)


I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~ E. B. White (quote for Earth Day)

We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives, so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption that what is good for the world will be good for us. ... We must recover the sense of the majesty of the creation and the ability to be worshipful in its presence. For it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it. ~ Wendell Berry (quote for Earth Day)

The earth is what we all have in common ... it is what we are made of and what we live from, and we cannot damage it without damaging those with whom we share it. ~ Wendell Berry (quote for Earth Day)

The death of dogma is the birth of morality. ~ Immanuel Kant

  • 3 Kalki 21:39, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:40, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because I love this quote and this is something I wish many people could grasp. Zarbon 00:05, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one's intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! is therefore the motto of the enlightenment. ~ Immanuel Kant

All that is required for this enlightenment is freedom; and particularly the least harmful of all that may be called freedom, namely, the freedom for man to make public use of his reason in all matter. ~ Immanuel Kant

Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. ~ Immanuel Kant

Her intense and pure religiousness took the form of her having equal faith in the existence of another world and in the impossibility of comprehending it in terms of earthly life. All one could do was to glimpse, amid the haze and the chimeras, something real ahead, just as persons endowed with an unusual persistence of diurnal cerebration are able to perceive in their deepest sleep, somewhere beyond the throes of an entangled and inept nightmare, the ordered reality of the waking hour. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Art at its greatest is fantastically deceitful and complex. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

  • 3 Kalki 21:47, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 19:40, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 00:05, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

What is this jest in majesty? This ass in passion? How do God and Devil combine to form a live dog? ~ Vladimir Nabokov

And we know that as long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress. ~ Robert Oppenheimer (born April 22)

  • 3 because the regression of science is the death of mankind. Zarbon 22:45, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

It is perfectly obvious that the whole world is going to hell. The only possible chance that it might not is that we do not attempt to prevent it from doing so. ~ Robert Oppenheimer (born April 22)

  • 3 because the entire world is full of people who have sheer hatred for one another and that is moreso a fact than anything else. The very prevention of this hatred will result in even worse a fate for everyone...maintaining that prevention can end up being deadlier than the actual act which will send one to "hell". Zarbon 22:45, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I need physics more than friends. ~ Robert Oppenheimer (born April 22)

  • 3 because friends are plenty, but physics will allow for much more. Zarbon 22:45, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now I become Death, the destroyer of worlds." ~ Robert Oppenheimer (born April 22)

  • 3 for the full version or just trimmed to "Now I become Death, the destroyer of worlds" in reference to the old scripture and the usage of the atomic bomb as a dual dynamic. But 3 either way. Zarbon 03:04, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Man's consciousness not only reflects the objective world, but creates it. ~ Vladimir Lenin

  • 3 Zarbon 03:17, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

The natural scientist must be a modern materialist, a conscious adherent of the materialism represented by Marx, i.e., he must be a dialectical materialist. ~ Vladimir Lenin

  • 2 Zarbon 03:17, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

One cannot live in society and be free from society. ~ Vladimir Lenin

  • 3 Zarbon 03:17, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

To picture world history as advancing smoothly and steadily without sometimes taking gigantic strides backward is undialectical, unscientific and theoretically wrong. ~ Vladimir Lenin

  • 3 because for better or for worse, history repeats itself. Zarbon 03:17, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State. ~ Vladimir Lenin

  • 2 Zarbon 03:17, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

The state does not function as desired. The car does not obey. A man is at the wheel and he seems to lead it, but the car does not drive in the desired direction. It moves as another force wishes. ~ Vladimir Lenin

  • 2 Zarbon 03:17, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go. ~ Martha Washington
We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep. ~ "Prospero" in The Tempest by William Shakespeare (birth traditionally celebrated 23 April 1564, died 23 April 1616 O.S.)
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. ~ William Shakespeare in As You Like It (birth traditionally celebrated 23 April 1564, died 23 April 1616 O.S.)
We defy augury; there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all. ~ "Hamlet" in Hamlet by William Shakespeare
We all were sea-swallow'd, though some cast again:
And by that destiny, to perform an act
Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.

~ William Shakespeare in The Tempest ~


The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless’d;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
~ William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:34, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 20:20, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 00:10, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
~ William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

  • 4 InvisibleSun 05:34, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 20:20, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 00:10, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain;
But that's all one, our play is done,
And we'll strive to please you every day.
~ William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:34, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 20:20, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 00:10, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

~ "Ariel" in The Tempest by William Shakespeare~

How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't!
~ "Miranda" in The Tempest by William Shakespeare ~

Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent. ~ George Steiner (born April 23, 1929)

It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past. These are often as highly structured and selective as myths. Images and symbolic constructs of the past are imprinted, almost in the manner of genetic information, on our sensibility. ~ George Steiner

For many human beings, religion has been the music which they believe in. ~ George Steiner

We are still waging Peloponnesian wars. Our control of the material world and our positive science have grown fantastically. But our very achievements turn against us, making politics more random and wars more bestial. ~ George Steiner

We cannot turn back. We cannot choose the dreams of unknowing. We shall, I expect, open the last door in the castle, even if it leads, perhaps because it leads, on to realities which are beyond the reach of human comprehension and control. And we shall do so with that desolate clairvoyance, so marvellously rendered in Bartok's music, because opening doors is the tragic merit of our identity. ~ George Steiner

The ordinary man casts a shadow. In a way we do not quite understand, the man of genius casts light. Instinctively, we flinch from this light. We assure ourselves that genius must pay a terrible price. Often history bears us out: the creator, the supreme artist, the master of politics carries the scars of his greatness. ~ George Steiner

O masters, lords and rulers in all lands
How will the Future reckon with this Man?
How answer his brute question in that hour
When whirlwinds of rebellion shake all shores?
How will it be with kingdoms and with kings —
With those who shaped him to the thing he is —
When this dumb Terror shall rise to judge the world.
After the silence of the centuries?

~ Edwin Markham ~

In war, you win or lose, live or die — and the difference is just an eyelash. ~ Douglas MacArthur
Everything seems an echo of something else. ~ Robert Penn Warren (born 24 April 1905)
The end of man is knowledge but there's one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn't got and which if he had it would save him. ~ Robert Penn Warren (born 24 April 1905)
I judge a man by his actions with men, much more than by his declarations Godwards. When I find him to be envious, carping, spiteful, hating the successes of others, and complaining that the world has never done enough for him, I am apt to doubt whether his humility before God will atone for his want of manliness. ~ Anthony Trollope


There can only be peace when they will start to love their children more than they hate us. ~ Golda Meir

  • 3. Nominated for Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzma'ut) 2007. LordAmeth 18:46, 23 May 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:41, 23 April 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 11:11, 23 April 2007 (UTC) No longer associated with this date — Yom Ha'atzmaut, falls on 8 May this year, and there remains no definite source for this statement. In 2007 I ranked it 3 and remarked: leaning towards a four, but only for 2007, as the Gregorian date varies for Yom Ha'atzma'ut, which is based on the Hebrew calendar. It also fits in well with the previous QOTD by Shakespeare. But I would prefer to use one of the better sourced or more widely used variants:
Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.
Peace will come when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us.
Despite believing these sentiments probably originated with a statement of Meir somewhere, and liking this much in a more universal sense, of there being peace when people start loving their children more than they hate each other, there is not yet a definitely reliable source for this, and I am declining to use it for this date. Hopefully some definite source of Meir's exact statement can be found in the months ahead, and this can be used at some other date. ~ Kalki 21:50, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 00:12, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Life is so unlike theory. ~ Anthony Trollope (born 24 April 1815)

There is no such mischievous nonsense in all the world as equality. What men ought to want is liberty. ~ Anthony Trollope

  • 3 Kalki 11:11, 23 April 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:54, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 00:12, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

I cannot hold with those who wish to put down the insignificant chatter of the world. ~ Anthony Trollope

The best way to be thankful is to use the goods the gods provide you. ~ Anthony Trollope

In separateness only does love learn definition. ~ Robert Penn Warren

The poem... is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see — it is, rather, a light by which we may see — and what we see is life. ~ Robert Penn Warren

So little time we live in Time,
And we learn all so painfully,
That we may spare this hour's term
To practice for Eternity.

~ Robert Penn Warren ~

  • 3 Kalki 22:23, 23 April 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4
  • 1 Zarbon 00:12, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:19, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

...the basic principles of the military services are unchangeable. Courage and candor, obedience and comradeship, love of fatherland and loyalty to the State: these are ever the distinguishing characteristics of the soldier and sailor. Building character through intelligent training and education is always the first and greatest goal. ~ Erich Raeder

  • 3 Zarbon 04:19, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Gautama Buddha
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them. ~ Edward R. Murrow (born 25 April 1908)
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue. ~ Edward R. Murrow (born 25 April 1908)
It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts. ~ Boris Yeltsin (recent death)
The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it. ~ Edward R. Murrow


In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. ~ Solomon

  • 3 because to know more is to suffer more, knowledge heightens suffering, beautiful. Zarbon 16:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I will either find a way, or make one. ~ Hannibal

  • 3 because determination is powerful. Zarbon 16:42, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC) No relation to the date, but I do like this one, as perhaps the best of the spate of Zarbon suggestions for today and considered using it, but prefer one by Murrow.

Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because teaching can lead to truth rather than blind persuasion. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because discipline is a beautiful principle all by itself. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:21, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Out of the frying pan into the fire. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because when trying to avoid one disaster, one may fall into another one that is much worse. Beautiful imagery to go with climactic moral. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because a smart victory is respected. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because a smart warrior will know how to trick his enemy. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

It is best to keep one’s own state intact; to crush the enemy’s state is only second best. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because maintaining one's own control and sustaining conditions are very important, moreso than defeating the opponent. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because a swift victory is respected. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices. ~ Edward R. Murrow

  • 3 Kalki 00:19, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 02:30, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Nothing is better than the unintended humor of reality. ~ Steve Allen
If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein (born 26 April 1889)
Search men's governing principles, and consider the wise, what they shun and what they cleave to. ~ Marcus Aurelius (born 26 April 121)
They say that each generation inherits from those that have gone before; if this were so there would be no limit to man's improvements or to his power of reaching perfection. But he is very far from receiving intact that storehouse of knowledge which the centuries have piled up before him; he may perfect some inventions, but in others, he lags behind the originators, and a great many inventions have been lost entirely. What he gains on the one hand, he loses on the other. ~ Eugène Delacroix
I had the good fortune and opportunity to come home and to tell the truth; many soldiers, like Pat Tillman... did not have that opportunity. The truth of war is not always easy. The truth is always more heroic than the hype. ~ Jessica Lynch (date of birth)


When you are outraged by somebody's impudence, ask yourself at once, "Can the world exist without impudent people?" It cannot; so do not ask for impossibilities. ~ Marcus Aurelius

  • 3 Kalki 00:22, 26 April 2006 (UTC) (date of birth)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:43, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 00:16, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web. ~ Marcus Aurelius

  • 3 Kalki 00:22, 26 April 2006 (UTC) (date of birth)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:43, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 00:16, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common. If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution; if this be so, the Universe is a kind of Commonwealth. ~ Marcus Aurelius

I believe it safe to say that all progress must lead, not to further progress, but finally to the negation of progress, a return to the point of departure. ~ Eugène Delacroix (born April 26, 1798)

Nature creates unity even in the parts of a whole. ~ Eugène Delacroix

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. Philosophy does not result in 'philosophical propositions', but rather in the clarification of propositions. Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein (born April 26, 1889)

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

A man should be upright, not kept upright. ~ Marcus Aurelius (born April 26)

When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it. ~ Anatole France
Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft (born 27 April 1759)
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. ~ Edward Gibbon (born 27 April 1737 O.S. but actually 8 May in the Gregorian Calendar — confusions existed when this choice was made.)
Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences. ~ Ulysses S. Grant
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. ~ Herbert Spencer


Progress, therefore, is not an accident, but a necessity. Instead of civilization being artificial, it is part of nature; all of a piece with the development of the embryo or the unfolding of a flower. ~ Herbert Spencer (born April 27, 1820)

The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have usually been wrong, must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong. ~ Herbert Spencer

In my view, the composer, just as the poet, the sculptor or the painter, is in duty bound to serve Man, the people. He must beautify human life and defend it. He must be a citizen first and foremost, so that his art might consciously extol human life and lead man to a radiant future. Such is the immutable code of art as I see it. ~ Sergei Prokofiev (born April 27, 1891)

They who in folly or mere greed
Enslaved religion, markets, laws,
Borrow our language now and bid
Us to speak up in freedom's cause.
~ Cecil Day Lewis (born April 27, 1904)

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. ~ Coretta Scott King (born April 27, 1927)

When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Eastern Orthodox Easter 2008)

  • 4 Kalki 23:56, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 but I would have given it a 3 if it were trimmed to the last bit of the quote. I like this quote because it speaks of determination, a respectable quality, to endure and be saved in turn. Zarbon 00:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. ~ Terry Pratchett (born 28 April 1948)
War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost. ~ Karl Kraus (born 28 April 1874)
The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret. ~ Terry Pratchett
The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp. ~ Terry Pratchett


My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious. ~ Karl Kraus

Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis. ~ Karl Kraus

Love and art do not embrace what is beautiful but what is is made beautiful by this embrace. ~ Karl Kraus

  • 3 Kalki 01:17, 28 April 2007 (UTC) (I have modified this from its current listing on the Kraus page, because I believe this form makes more sense. We have at least about a year to check out which is more accurate depiction of the German original.)
  • 1 Zarbon 00:17, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 pending resolution of this form of the quote. - InvisibleSun 10:18, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Too much magic could wrap time and space around itself, and that wasn't good news for the kind of person who had grown used to things like effects following things like causes. ~ Terry Pratchett

You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage. ~ Terry Pratchett

Everything makes sense a bit at a time. But when you try to think of it all at once, it comes out wrong. ~ Terry Pratchett

Soup is never eaten as hot as it is cooked. ~ Heinrich Müller (born April 28)

  • 2 Zarbon 17:00, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1. The quote is unsourced and should therefore be avoided as a QOTD choice. - InvisibleSun 10:18, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The SS, Alibi of a Nation, 1922-1945 - Page 33 by Gerald Reitlinger - History - 1989 (I can provide sources for all the quotes if they are necessary) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Zarbon (talkcontribs) at 17:56 on April 27, 2008 (UTC)

Let us not allow disorder enter where order prevails. ~ António de Oliveira Salazar (born April 28)

  • 2 Zarbon 04:28, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1. The quote is unsourced and should therefore be avoided as a QOTD choice. - InvisibleSun 10:18, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

If you knew how hard it is to command, you would only want to obey. ~ António de Oliveira Salazar (born April 28)

  • 2 because most of the time, it is best to follow orders. Zarbon 06:14, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

I call on you not to hate, because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking. ~ Saddam Hussein

  • 3 Zarbon 03:36, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it. ~ Muhammad Ali
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. ~ Jerry Seinfeld (born April 29 1954)
Despite the best that has been done by everyone — the gallant fighting of the military and naval forces, the diligence and assiduity of Our servants of the State, and the devoted service of Our one hundred million people — the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage, while the general trends of the world have all turned against her interest. ~ Hirohito (born 29 April 29 1901)
I have been in a multitude of shapes,
Before I assumed a consistent form.
I have been a sword, narrow, variegated,
I will believe when it is apparent.
I have been a tear in the air,
I have been the dullest of stars.
I have been a word among letters,
I have been a book in the origin.

~ Taliesin ~ (listed as born this date on the WIkipedia date page; traditionally said to have been born just before Beltane — the date of which varies slightly among traditions.)
The advance of science is not comparable to the changes of a city, where old edifices are pitilessly torn down to give place to new, but to the continuous evolution of zoologic types which develop ceaselessly and end by becoming unrecognizable to the common sight, but where an expert eye finds always traces of the prior work of the past centuries. ~ Henri Poincaré (born April 29, 1854)


If all the parts of the universe are interchained in a certain measure, any one phenomenon will not be the effect of a single cause, but the resultant of causes infinitely numerous. ~ Henri Poincaré

Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. ~ Henri Poincaré

Night has fallen and the barbarians haven't come.
And some of our men who have just returned from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.

Now what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.
~ Constantine P. Cavafy (born April 29, 1863)

We won't be deceived
by words such as Indispensable, Unique, and Great.
Someone else indispensable and unique and great
can always be found at a moment's notice.

~ Constantine P. Cavafy ~

When I consider the dead and their families, I cannot repress my mental agony. ~ Hirohito (born April 29)

It goes without saying that it is unbearable for me to see the brave and loyal fighting men of Japan disarmed. It is equally unbearable that others who have rendered me devoted service should now be punished as instigators of the war. Nevertheless, the time has come to bear the unbearable. ~ Hirohito (born April 29)

  • 3 because victory is a camouflage and sometimes true victory is had in admitting to one's defeat. Zarbon 14:47, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:36, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. ~ Robert J. Hanlon
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss (born 30 April 1777)
You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss (born 30 April 1777)
In a political struggle, never get personal — else the dagger digs too deep. ~ Jack Valenti (recent death)
The Gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools. ~ Larry Niven


If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower. ~ Adolf Hitler (died April 30)

  • 3 because one's willpower serves as a strong device for motivation, even when short of artillery. It is a magnificent source of attaining courage even in the darkest hour of the battle. Zarbon 06:14, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 08:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC) I hold that to even consider Hitler a spokesman for freedom in any admirable way is disgusting and contemptible. The type of "freedom" Hitler stood for was the freedom to oppress, the freedom to lie, the freedom to murder, and no matter how bold and brazen a liar and oppressor might be, or how strong they may become because of the will of other fools and cowards and the lack of will among many other fools and cowards, they are ultimately in many extreme ways craven fools and cowards themselves, who are afraid to speak, to hear, or to allow others to hear or to speak many important truths.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses. ~ Adolf Hitler (died April 30)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:14, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 08:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC) This quote seems to be a concise summary of many of Hitler's policies and attitudes, but I have no great desire to use it any time soon.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

The god of war has gone over to the other side. ~ Adolf Hitler (died April 30)

  • 3 because it brings the Greek god Ares into play and it is only fitting that his reference be made when war's end is at hand. Zarbon 06:14, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 08:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC) A war's end is not necessarily at hand, no "god of war", or favor in battle has clearly gone to any "other" side, and though the recognition of the avoidable and ultimately detrimental effects of most military aggression is in many ways growing among many people, any final rejection of large scale military aggression between nations and major population groups seems to remain but a distant prospect.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Life never forgives weaknesses. ~ Adolf Hitler (died April 30)

  • 3 because life is brutal and difficult. Zarbon 06:14, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 08:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC) An apparent advocation of viciousness, but to a great extent I feel this applies to the vicious themselves, who despite the powers which they may come to wield amidst confused times are truly a weak-minded fools, who misuse, wastefully use and ultimately loose much of whatever power and potential they have.
    Life can indeed be very brutal and difficult, especially if it is made that way by fools who believe whatever paltry strength and will they might attain provides them some sort of right as well as the means to misuse it to needlessly and unjustly oppress others less powerful. It can also be very beautiful and splendid where most people are not so deluded as to follow paths of needless contention, destruction, and ultimate stupidity.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss (born April 30)

  • 2 because careful planning and preparedness is key to reaching one's goals. Zarbon 14:40, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 08:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC) because it speaks of the value of intuition as well as the importance of logic and effort.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal themselves in all their beauty only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss (born April 30)

  • 2 because those who are truly determined will unlock the beauty of science. Zarbon 14:40, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 08:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss

I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss

There are problems to whose solution I would attach an infinitely greater importance than to those of mathematics, for example touching ethics, or our relation to God, or concerning our destiny and our future; but their solution lies wholly beyond us and completely outside the province of science. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss

Anything you don't understand is dangerous until you do understand it. ~ Larry Niven

To receive everything, one must open one's hands and give. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 06:28, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Think with your whole body. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 06:28, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 06:28, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

You have to practice until you die. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 06:28, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 06:28, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 06:28, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

If you have a glass full of liquid you can discourse forever on its qualities, discuss whether it is cold, warm, whether it is really and truly composed of H-2-O, or even mineral water, or saki. Meditation is Drinking it. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 11:43, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

We feel our shell keeps us safe, but it crushes us and others, and keeps out light and sun. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 11:43, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

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