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This page lists quote of the day proposals specifically for dates in the month of January, 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: January 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.

2004
Jackie Biskupski is running for a seat in the Utah Legislature, and she's attracting a lot of attention because she's a lesbian. Her Republican opponent, Dan Alderson, is a staunch Mormon, and is running a negative ad campaign calling her lifestyle abnormal and deviant. His six wives agree. ~ Rick Mercer, on This Hour Has 22 Minutes (12 October 1998)
2005
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~
2006
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die. ~ E. M. Forster (date of birth)
2007
I do not believe in Belief. But this is an Age of Faith, and there are so many militant creeds that, in self defence, one has to formulate a creed of one's own. Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the pimp. Tolerance, good temper and sympathy — they are what matter really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come to the front before long. ~ E. M. Forster
2008
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote, and brings to birth in us also the creative impulse. ~ E. M. Forster
  • proposed by Fys
2009

Suggestions

I have good dispositions; my life has been hitherto harmless and in some degree beneficial; but a fatal prejudice clouds their eyes, and where they ought to see a feeling and kind friend, they behold only a detestable monster. ~ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, published that day

  • 2. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 13:52, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 07:36, 31 December 2006 (UTC) Not a great lead for any "New Year"...
  • 2 InvisibleSun 09:21, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal. ~ E. M. Forster

  • 3 Kalki 07:36, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:21, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If God could tell the story of the Universe, the Universe would become fictitious. ~ E. M. Forster


Most of us will be eclectics to this side or that according to our temperament. The human mind is not a dignified organ, and I do not see how we can exercise it sincerely except through eclecticism. And the only advice I would offer my fellow eclectics is: "Do not be proud of your inconsistency. It is a pity, it is a pity that we should be equipped like this. It is a pity that Man cannot be at the same time impressive and truthful." ~ E. M. Forster


Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. ~ Barry Goldwater

  • 3 Kalki 07:36, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:21, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

My faith in the future rests squarely on the belief that man, if he doesn't first destroy himself, will find new answers in the universe, new technologies, new disciplines, which will contribute to a vastly different and better world in the twenty-first century...To my mind the single essential element on which all discoveries will be dependent is human freedom. ~ Barry Goldwater

  • 3 Kalki 07:36, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:21, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Civilizations have been founded and maintained on theories which refused to obey facts. ~ Joe Orton (born January 1, 1933)


God will not forgive us if we fail. ~ Leonid Brezhnev (born January 1)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:41, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Understanding the Cold War: A Historian's Personal Reflections - Page 269 - by Adam Bruno Ulam - History - 2002

It is madness for any country to build its policy with an eye to nuclear war. ~ Leonid Brezhnev (born January 1)

  • 3 Zarbon 06:41, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Indefensible Weapons: The Political and Psychological Case Against Nuclearism - Page 224 by Robert Jay Lifton, Richard A. Falk - Political Science - 1982


2004
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. ~ Albert Einstein
2005
We are all in this together. ~ English proverb
2006
How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection...That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers. ~ Isaac Asimov (born c. 2 January 1920)
2007
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ~ Isaac Asimov
2008
When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise — even in their own field. ~ Isaac Asimov
2009

Suggestions

I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don't have to waste your time in either attacking or defending. ~ Isaac Asimov (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 01:10, 2 January 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 13:51, 1 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:51, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. ~ Isaac Asimov (date of birth)

  • 2 Kalki 01:10, 2 January 2006 (UTC) (A paraphrase of this by "anonymous" was onced used as QOTD prior to indications of this originating with Asimov, but I would eventually like to use this as well, IF we can find sourcing of it. I generally prefer to avoid "anonymous" quotes in QOTDs, and now would rank them highly only if they were some widely known "traditional" lyrics or proverb.)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:51, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~
2005
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee… ~ John Donne
2006
Not to know what happened before you were born is to be a child forever. For what is the time of a man, except it be interwoven with that memory of ancient things of a superior age? ~ Cicero (born 3 January 106 BC)
2007
Each comprehended only that part of the mind of Ilúvatar from which he came, and in the understanding of their brethren they grew but slowly. Yet ever as they listened they came to deeper understanding, and increased in unison and harmony. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
2008
The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. ~ "Gandalf" in The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
2009

Suggestions

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Let your desires be ruled by reason. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 because reasoning is more important than mere desires. Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 because without knowledge, we have emptiness. Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Friends, though absent, are present still. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 because death is not an end. The memory will always remain and linger. Magnificent. Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one. ~ Cicero (born January 3)

  • 3 because sometimes good comes from one's mistakes, elegant. Zarbon 17:05, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2005
I know this in no way alleviates the enormous amounts of pain and loss experienced by those who have suffered from the tsunami, but I hope it can make a difference. ~ Sandra Bullock on her large donation to tsunami relief efforts of the American Red Cross
2006
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. ~ Isaac Newton (born 4 January 1643)
2007
Men learn little from others' experience. But in the life of one man, never the same time returns. ~ T. S. Eliot, in Murder in the Cathedral (died 4 January 1965)
2008
The main Business of natural Philosophy is to argue from Phenomena without feigning Hypotheses, and to deduce Causes from Effects, till we come to the very first Cause, which certainly is not mechanical. ~ Isaac Newton (born 4 January 1643)
2009

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

  • To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things. ~ Isaac Newton

Suggestions

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. ~ Isaac Newton (born January 4, 1643)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:38, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:16, 3 January 2008 (UTC) A variant of this has already been used. ~ Kalki 16:16, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 17:53, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. ~ Isaac Newton

  • 3 Kalki 19:23, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:50, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because it is true, where civilization has not been able to find an explanation for many of mankind's follies. Zarbon 17:53, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. ~ Isaac Newton

  • 3 Kalki 19:23, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:50, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:53, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. ~ Carl Sagan
2005
I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do. ~ Helen Keller
2006
Evil spreads with the wind; truth is capable of speading even against it. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda (born 5 January 1893)
2007
All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense. ~ Principia Discordia
  • proposed by Kalki (for the anniversary of discovery of the "dwarf planet" Eris, named after the patron goddess of the Discordians)
2008
A dreaded society is not a civilized society. The most progressive and powerful society in the civilized sense, is a society which has recognized its ethos, and come to terms with the past and the present, with religion and science, with modernism and mysticism, with materialism and spirituality; a society free of tension, a society rich in culture. Such a society cannot come with hocus-pocus formulas and with fraud. It has to flow from the depth of a divine search. ~ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (born 5 January 1928)
2009

Suggestions

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. ~ Calvin Coolidge (Date of death)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 00:22, 2 January 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Kalki 00:04, 5 January 2007 (UTC) I would normally rank this a 3, if I were confident of it's authorship, but though this has been attributed to Coolidge, I have found no definitive source; though in one book I actually found the definite statement that he said this on the 4th of July 1872, this would be quite extraordinary, as that was the day he was born. Some attributions state that entrepreneur Ray Kroc used it as an "inspirational dictum" but not clearly stating any author, and thus I am doubtful of attributing it to Coolidge, and reluctant to use it until authorship is more clearly determined.
  • 3 Zarbon 17:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Reality is the original Rorschach. ~ Principia Discordia

  • 3 Kalki 00:04, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I am guiding you to seek truth from the facts of the historical conditions of our society and to identify the problems. The correct solutions will come with the correct identification of the problems. ~ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (born 5 January 1928)

  • 3 Kalki 19:14, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If people really stopped and realized how much art and creative people move the world versus politics and religion, I mean it's not even up for debate. An artist at least creates things, puts things into the world. Whereas these other people are destroying things, taking things out of the world. ~ Marilyn Manson

  • 3 Zarbon 15:07, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Sometimes we admire the feathers and ignore the dying bird. ~ Marilyn Manson

  • 3 Zarbon 15:07, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

...anything that is a church is really just far too close minded. ~ Marilyn Manson

  • 2 Zarbon 15:07, 1 July 2008 (UTC)


2004
All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly — right now. ~ Buckminster Fuller
2005
I know the biggest crime is just to throw up your hands and say "This has nothing to do with me, I just want to live as comfortably as I can." ~ Ani DiFranco
2006
In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want... everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear... anywhere in the world. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt
2007
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. ~ E.L. Doctorow (born 6 January 1931)
2008
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. ~ Khalil Gibran (born 6 January 1883)
2009

Suggestions

There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied. You cannot talk yourself into it or rouse it by straining at the emotions or by dedicating yourself solemnly to the service of mankind. Everyone has love, but it can only come out when he is convinced of the impossibility and the frustration of trying to love himself. This conviction will not come through condemnations, through hating oneself, through calling self love bad names in the universe. It comes only in the awareness that one has no self to love. ~ Alan Watts (born 6 January 1915)

  • 3 Kalki 00:43, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:57, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. ~ Khalil Gibran

  • 3 because enhancement [the betterment of already existing formulas and inventions] and advancement [the creation of entirely new formulas and inventions] are two different things. Zarbon 04:48, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Your thought sees power in armies, cannons, battleships, submarines, aeroplanes, and poison gas. But mine asserts that power lies in reason, resolution, and truth. ~ Khalil Gibran

  • 3 because I agree with Gibran here. It's true that my thought sees power in armies, cannons, battleships, submarines, aeroplanes, and poison gas. He forgot to mention atomic bombs, rocket launchers, tanks, and heat-seeking missiles...but yeah, he's right. He asserts furthermore that he finds power in reason, resolution, and truth. Not so sure how far that would go against an entire army, but it is a rather moral perspective painted by Gibran here, a dynamic comparison, if you will. Zarbon 04:48, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to. ~ Khalil Gibran

  • 3 because to see where a person's going, one must understand that person's aspirations. Zarbon 04:48, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining ...researching ...talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. ~ E. L. Doctorow

  • 3 because planning to do something and actually doing it are two different things. Zarbon 04:53, 1 May 2008 (UTC)


2004
Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
2005
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. ~ Abraham Lincoln
2006
There is no first world and third world. There is only one world, for all of us to live and delight in. ~ Gerald Durrell (born 7 January 1925)
2007
It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little more about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent? ~ Richard Feynman (speaking of art, reality, and Jupiter, which Galileo Galilei discovered to have moons on this day in 1610)
2008
You cannot begin to preserve any species of animal unless you preserve the habitat in which it dwells. Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it. So conservation means that you have to preserve forest and grassland, river and lake, even the sea itself. This is not only vital for the preservation of animal life generally, but for the future existence of man himself — a point that seems to escape many people. ~ Gerald Durrell (born 7 January 1925)
2009

Suggestions

Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. ~ Zora Neale Hurston (born January 7, 1891)


There are years that ask questions and years that answer. ~ Zora Neale Hurston

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:06, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 04:26, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because this has been taught by the course of history. Very nice quotation. Zarbon 17:59, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see. ~ Zora Neale Hurston


Love, I find is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much. ~ Zora Neale Hurston

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:06, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 04:26, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:59, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

When I take people round to see my animals, one of the first questions they ask (unless the animal is cute and appealing) is, "what use is it?" by which they mean, "what use is it to them?" To this one can reply "What use is the Acropolis?" Does a creature have to be of direct material use to mankind in order to exist? By and large, by asking the question "what use is it?" you are asking the animal to justify its existence without having justified your own. ~ Gerald Durrell

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:06, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 04:26, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:59, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Until we consider animal life to be worthy of the consideration and reverence we bestow upon old books and pictures and historic monuments, there will always be the animal refugee living a precarious life on the edge of extermination, dependent for existence on the charity of a few human beings. ~ Gerald Durrell

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:06, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 04:26, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:59, 22 April 2008 (UTC)



2004
True Love in this differs from gold and clay, That to divide is not to take away. Love is like understanding, that grows bright, Gazing on many truths. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
2005
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. ~ George Bernard Shaw
2006
For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk. ~ Stephen Hawking (born 8 January 1942)
2007
Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth. ~ Baltasar Gracián
2008
If you cannot make knowledge your servant, make it your friend. ~ Baltasar Gracián
2009

Suggestions

Some would be sages if they did not believe they were so already. ~ Baltasar Gracián (born January 8, 1601)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:00, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is highly true. Many would become better if they didn't already believe themselves to be. Very powerful meaning. Zarbon 18:00, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing. ~ Baltasar Gracián

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:00, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:00, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do. ~ Baltasar Gracián

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:00, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:00, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Ethical obligation has to subordinate itself to the totalitarian nature of war. ~ Karl Brandt (born January 8)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:19, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: 1947 Trial Documents


2004
Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy. ~ Spider Robinson
2005
Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~ Robert F. Kennedy
2006
Life will not perish! It will begin anew with love; it will start out naked and tiny; it will take root in the wilderness, and to it all that we did and built will mean nothing — our towns and factories, our art, our ideas will all mean nothing, and yet life will not perish! Only we have perished. Our houses and machines will be in ruins, our systems will collapse, and the names of our great will fall away like dry leaves. Only you, love, will blossom on this rubbish heap and commit the seed of life to the winds. ~ Karel Čapek (born 9 January 1890)
2007
I think it is possible, and that is the most dramatic element in modern civilization, that a human truth is opposed to another human truth no less human, ideal against ideal, positive worth against worth no less positive, instead of the struggle being as we are so often told, one between noble truth and vile selfish error. ~ Karel Čapek (date of birth)
2008
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
2009

Suggestions

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end. ~ Simone de Beauvoir (born January 9, 1908)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:10, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:41, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:01, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:10, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:41, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:01, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  • 4 Kalki 19:57, 8 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:10, 8 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:01, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2005
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
2006
Know that however ugly the parts appear
the whole remains beautiful...
... the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty
of the universe. Love that, not man
Apart from that, or else you will share man's pitiful confusions,
or drown in despair when his days darken.

~ Robinson Jeffers (born 10 January 1887)
2007
Science and mathematics
Run parallel to reality, they symbolize it, they squint at it,
They never touch it: consider what an explosion
Would rock the bones of men into little white fragments and unsky the world
If any mind for a moment touch truth.

~ Robinson Jeffers ~
2008
I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole. This whole is in all its parts so beautiful, and is felt by me to be so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled to love it and to think of it as divine. ~ Robinson Jeffers
2009

Suggestions

"You are the big drop of dew under the lotus leaf, I am the smaller one on its upper side," said the dewdrop to the lake. ~ Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds.

  • Posted on 7 January 2006, at the January 10th QotD page, by IP 67.37.190.144
  • 2 Kalki 23:47, 9 January 2006 (UTC) (no clear correlation to the date)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:03, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Corruption never has been compulsory; when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains.. ~ Robinson Jeffers (date of birth)


Look west at the hill of water: it is half the planet:
this dome, this half-globe, this bulging
Eyeball of water, arched over to Asia,
Australia and white Antartica: those are the eyelids that never close;
this is the staring unsleeping
Eye of the earth; and what it watches is not our wars. ~ Robinson Jeffers (born January 10, 1887)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:18, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:24, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:03, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack. ~ Robinson Jeffers

  • 3 Kalki 21:24, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:03, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2005
If men would consider not so much where they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world. ~ Joseph Addison
2006
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born 11 January 1755)
2007
Has it been found that bodies of men act with more rectitude or greater disinterestedness than individuals? The contrary of this has been inferred by all accurate observers of the conduct of mankind; and the inference is founded upon obvious reasons. Regard to reputation has a less active influence, when the infamy of a bad action is to be divided among a number than when it is to fall singly upon one. A spirit of faction, which is apt to mingle its poison in the deliberations of all bodies of men, will often hurry the persons of whom they are composed into improprieties and excesses, for which they would blush in a private capacity. ~ Alexander Hamilton
2008
I do indeed disbelieve that we or any other mortal men can attain on a given day to absolutely incorrigible and unimprovable truth about such matters of fact as those with which religions deal. But I reject this dogmatic ideal not out of a perverse delight in intellectual instability. I am no lover of disorder and doubt as such. Rather do I fear to lose truth by this pretension to possess it already wholly. ~ William James (born 11 January 1842)
2009

Suggestions

I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born January 11)

  • 3 because to be frank and blatant is sometimes the best course of action. Zarbon 04:56, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born January 11)

  • 3 because without some form of punishment, there would be anarchy. Zarbon 04:56, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born January 11)

  • 3 because this is very true. Many times, even when men may agree with an ideology, they will decline to go along with it simply because they may dislike who is saying it. Thickheadedness has been a supreme cause of man's sheer dogmatism and blindness for his own comrades. To throw away an opinion, plan, or idea just because of who is behind it...is clearly a sign of mental blindness, one far worse than the blindness of eyesight. Zarbon 04:56, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born January 11)

  • 3 because sometimes it is important to make the best of the worst situations. Zarbon 04:56, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born January 11)

  • 3 because moderation is for those whom have not tasted victory. One who is given to unparalleled power, will eventually know no boundaries out of self reliance and overconfidence. Zarbon 04:56, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born January 11)

  • 3 because there is truly no such thing as a "perfect man" in existence and therefore, a perfect work is that much inexistent. Zarbon 04:56, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint. ~ Alexander Hamilton (day of Birth)

  • Potus23 00:18, 10 January 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Kalki 23:53, 10 January 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 05:24, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 because a system of checking upon man's excesses is important. The institution of government should therefore rectify and prevent the damage of justice, furthermore constraining those who are intent on harming the government, its ideals, or being governed by their own principles not dictated by the sanctions of law. Zarbon 18:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit interests of so delicate and momentous a kind as those which concern its intercourse with the rest of the world to the sole disposal of a magistrate, created and circumstanced, as would be a President of the United States. ~ Alexander Hamilton (born January 11, 1755 or 1757)


Real culture lives by sympathies and admirations, not by dislikes and disdain — under all misleading wrappings it pounces unerringly upon the human core. ~ William James (born 11 January 1842)

  • 3 Kalki 23:27, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:24, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There is but one indefectibly certain truth, and that is the truth that pyrrhonistic scepticism itself leaves standing, — the truth that the present phenomenon of consciousness exists. ~ William James (born 11 January 1842)

  • 3 Kalki 23:27, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:24, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. ~ William James (born 11 January 1842)

  • 3 Kalki 23:27, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:24, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. ~ William James (born 11 January 1842)

  • 3 Kalki 23:27, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 05:24, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 18:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The normal process of life contains moments as bad as any of those which insane melancholy is filled with, moments in which radical evil gets its innings and takes its solid turn. The lunatic's visions of horror are all drawn from the material of daily fact. ~ William James

  • 4 InvisibleSun 05:24, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:47, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Man's chief difference from the brutes lies in the exuberant excess of his subjective propensities — his preeminence over them simply and solely in the number and in the fantastic and unnecessary character of his wants, physical, moral, aesthetic, and intellectual. Had his whole life not been a quest for the superfluous, he would never have established himself as inexpugnably as he has done in the necessary. ~ William James

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:24, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:47, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Away with all cars, they are the devil's work! ~ Kudno Mojesic. He was arrested in the street outside his Belgrade home attacking cars with an axe. Sunday Mirror, London UK: 11TH January 1976.

  • 4 ds238 03:46, 9 June 2008 (PST)

There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. It demands the same skill, devotion, insight, and even inspiration as the discovery of the simple physical laws which underlie the complex phenomena of nature. ~ C. A. R. Hoare (date of birth)

  • 4 Ningauble 17:20, 29 October 2008 (UTC) (I would also approve using this without the final sentence.)



2004
Dignity does not come in possessing honors, but in deserving them. ~ Aristotle
2005
Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. ~ Horace Mann
2006
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)
2007
Society is indeed a contract... it is not a partnership in things subservient only to the gross animal existence of a temporary and perishable nature. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are to be born. ~ Edmund Burke
2008
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)
2009

Suggestions

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)

  • 3 Kalki 23:29, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)

  • 3 Kalki 23:29, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)

  • 3 Kalki 23:29, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts. ~ Edmund Burke

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 12 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. ~ Edmund Burke

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 12 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all. ~ Edmund Burke

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 12 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep them both: it is not necessary that I should sacrifice either. ~ Edmund Burke

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 12 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I think that women are wonderful but I've never met one yet who didn't show more feeling than logic. ~ Hermann Göring (born January 12)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:35, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Nuremberg Interviews by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004 - Page 120

Every bullet which leaves the barrel of a police pistol now is my bullet. If one calls this murder, then I have murdered: I ordered all this. I back it up. I assume the responsibility, and I am not afraid to do so. ~ Hermann Göring (born January 12)

  • 3 because courage to admit and take responsibility is an admirable quality. Zarbon 04:35, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat. ~ Hermann Göring (born January 12)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:35, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

The victor will always be the judge, and the vanquished the accused. ~ Hermann Göring (born January 12)

  • 3 because next to the victor, the weak shall be the vanquished. A magnificent narrative of Darwinism, where the strong survive and the weak perish. Zarbon 17:08, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

You could not claim for yourself that which you were not prepared to grant others. ~ Pieter Willem Botha (born January 12)

  • 3 because giving and claiming are all a nicely knit package of morality, compensation isn't always had. Zarbon 03:44, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

I never have the nagging doubt of wondering whether perhaps I am wrong. ~ Pieter Willem Botha (born January 12)

  • 2 because sometimes thinking too much of one's own errors would cause further errors, like a chain reaction, so to speak. Zarbon 03:44, 27 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
There may be love without jealousy, but there is none without fear. ~ Miguel de Cervantes
2005
Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance. ~ Anthony de Mello
2006
I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. ~ Émile Zola (J'accuse published 13 January 1898)
2007
I still feel that sincerity and realism are avant-garde, or can be, just as I did when I started out. ~ Edmund White (born January 13, 1940)
2008
The explorers of the past were great men and we should honour them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find. ~ Sir Edmund Hillary‎
  • proposed by Kalki (recent death)
2009

Suggestions

Sometimes I look at the battered exteriors of apartment buildings in New York and think how these sorry shells have housed such a long procession of styles. The money! The effort! One tenant mirrors everything, the next panels the walls, the third lines them with mylar, the fourth turns to toile de Jouy, the fifth to pegboard or handblocked rice paper. The expensive if often shoddy interiors installed only to be dismantled, the exterior left untouched as it turns yet another shade sootier — this transience seems a fitting emblem for the way we stay up-to-date without ever changing. ~ Edmund White


Being up on something is a way of dismissing it. To espouse any point of view is a danger — it might leave us stuck with last year's cause. Prized for their novelty alone, ideas, gimmicks, trends become equivalent, interchangeable. ~ Edmund White

  • 3 Kalki 00:06, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:09, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy — in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other ~ Robert Heinlein in Stranger In A Strange Land
2005
Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen. ~ Æschylus
2006
Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. ~ Albert Schweitzer (born 14 January 1875)
2007
Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.
Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd. ~ Robert Anton Wilson (recent death)
2008
At no time are we ever in such complete possession of a journey, down to its last nook and cranny, as when we are busy with preparations for it. After that, there remains only the journey itself, which is nothing but the process through which we lose our ownership of it. ~ Yukio Mishima (born January 14, 1925)
2009

Suggestions

Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another. ~ Benedict Arnold (born January 14)

  • 3 because this is a perfect example of one trying to gain redemption for one's own betrayal. Beautiful. Zarbon 16:24, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Morning of America - Page 209 by Frank Joseph Klingberg - United States - 1941

The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. That is possible for him who never argues and strives with men and facts, but in all experience retires upon himself, and looks for the ultimate cause of things in himself. ~ Albert Schweitzer

  • 3 because blaming others is easy, but taking responsibility for one's own life is admirable. Zarbon 05:04, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

The only way out of today's misery is for people to become worthy of each other's trust. ~ Albert Schweitzer

  • 3 because trust is not easily earned. Zarbon 05:04, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

It does not matter so much what you do. What matters is whether your soul is harmed by what you do. If your soul is harmed, something irreparable happens, the extent of which you won't realize until it will be too late. ~ Albert Schweitzer

  • 3 because the damaged soul begs for redemption. Zarbon 05:04, 1 May 2008 (UTC)


2004
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. ... There is another theory which states that this has already happened. ~ Douglas Adams
2005
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (born 15 January 1929)
2006
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. ~ Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia Day — Wikipedia started 15 January 2001)
2007
I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else; that is the alpha and omega of my argument: to others I leave the business of governing the world. ~ Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
  • selected by Kalki (no other proposals existed)
2008
I'm concerned about justice. I'm concerned about brotherhood. I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
2009

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

  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Used 11 June 2003, as first Wikiquote "Quote of the Day".
  • Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity comes along and asks the question, "Is it popular?" But Conscience asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood... I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today... ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love... I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Suggestions

Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • 3 Kalki 15:02, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:32, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:11, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • 3 Kalki 15:02, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:32, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:11, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn't popular to talk about it in some circles today. I'm not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I'm talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate... I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • 3 Kalki 15:02, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:32, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:11, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Communism violates the sovereignty of the conscience, and equality: the first, by restricting spontaneity of mind and heart, and freedom of thought and action; the second, by placing labor and laziness, skill and stupidity, and even vice and virtue on an equality in point of comfort. For the rest, if property is impossible on account of the desire to accumulate, communism would soon become so through the desire to shirk. ~ Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

  • 3 Kalki 15:02, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:32, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:11, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Those whose conduct gives room for talk
Are always the first to attack their neighbors.
~ Molière (born January 15, 1622)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:32, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:11, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If everyone were clothed with integrity,
If every heart were just, frank, kindly,
The other virtues would be well-nigh useless,
Since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience
The injustice of our fellows.
~ Molière

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:32, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:11, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one. ~ Molière

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:32, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:11, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There's no system foolproof enough to defeat a sufficiently great fool. ~ Edward Teller (born January 15)

  • 3 because a sufficiently great fool will assume control of any system. Zarbon 22:49, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly. ~ Edward Teller (born January 15)

  • 2 because there is a dynamic shroud of imagery surrounding angels, flight, and furthermore, the unknown. Zarbon 22:49, 29 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
2005
If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. ~ Ernest Hemingway
2006
What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love... I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (Martin Luther King Day 2006 in U.S.)
2007
To me, literature is a calling, even a kind of salvation. It connects me with an enterprise that is over 2,000 years old. What do we have from the past? Art and thought. That's what lasts. That's what continues to feed people and give them an idea of something better. A better state of one's feelings or simply the idea of a silence in one's self that allows one to think or to feel. Which to me is the same. ~ Susan Sontag (born January 16, 1933)
2008
I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up. ~ Susan Sontag
2009

Suggestions

Complete honesty has nothing to do with "purity" or naivety. The full truth is unattainable to naivety, and the completely honest artist is not pure in heart. ~ Clement Greenberg (born January 16, 1909)


One cannot condemn tendencies in art; one can only condemn works of art. To be categorically against a current art tendency or style means, in effect, to pronounce on works of art not yet created and not yet seen. It means inquiring into the motives of artists instead of into results. Yet we all know — or are supposed to know — that results are all that count in art. ~ Clement Greenberg

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:40, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:51, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:15, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Once efficiency is universally accepted as a rule, it becomes an inner compulsion and weighs like a sense of sin, simply because no one can ever be efficient enough, just as no one can ever be virtuous enough. ~ Clement Greenberg

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:40, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:21, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:15, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Ours is an age which consciously pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness. The truths we respect are those born of affliction. We measure truth in terms of the cost to the writer in suffering — rather than by the standard of an objective truth to which a writer's words correspond. Each of our truths must have a martyr. ~ Susan Sontag

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:40, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:21, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:15, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The principal instances of mass violence in the world today are those committed by governments within their own legally recognized borders. ~ Susan Sontag


Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. ~ Susan Sontag


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~ Voltaire

  • 4 In particular I think this is an important quote in these days when the Pope cannot speak in Rome University in Italy...
—This unsigned comment is by 151.48.89.127 (talkcontribs) .
  • 1 Kalki 19:51, 15 January 2008 (UTC) no clear relation to the date, and though I would like to use this someday, it is actually Evelyn Beatrice Hall.
  • 4 because this is a very powerful quote and it emphasizes the devotion complex which I wholeheartedly love. If only it were related to the date and the author were corrected, it should definitely eventually be used. Zarbon 18:15, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2005
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
2006
Human felicity is produc'd not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day. ~ Benjamin Franklin (born 17 January 1706)
2007
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin
2008
All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. Whether this be the case with my history or not, I am hardly competent to judge. I sometimes think it might prove useful to some, and entertaining to others; but the world may judge for itself. Shielded by my own obscurity, and by the lapse of years, and a few fictitious names, I do not fear to venture; and will candidly lay before the public what I would not disclose to the most intimate friend. ~ Anne Brontë (born 17 January 1820)
2009

Suggestions

We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. ~ Benjamin Franklin

  • 3 Kalki 14:17, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:51, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:16, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

What is this life? A frenzy, an illusion,
A shadow, a delirium, a fiction.
The greatest good's but little, and this life
Is but a dream, and dreams are only dreams.
~ Pedro Calderón de la Barca (born January 17, 1600)


Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired. ~ David Lloyd George (born January 17, 1863)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 12:12, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:27, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:16, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The finest eloquence is that which gets things done; the worst is that which delays them. ~ David Lloyd George

  • 3 InvisibleSun 12:12, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:27, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is a great quote. If you're going to do something, do not hesitate to do it, for you may not have the chance to do it always. Very enigmatic and charming. Zarbon 18:16, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Over the years my religion has changed and my spirituality has evolved. Religion and spirituality are very different, but people often confuse the two. Some things cannot be taught, but they can be awakened in the heart. Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn't belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone. ~ Muhammad Ali

  • 3 Kalki 18:29, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:16, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

In a competition of love we'll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first. ~ Muhammad Ali

  • 3 Kalki 18:29, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:16, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


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

Suggestions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2004
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune
2005
My experience of men has neither disposed me to think worse of them, or indisposed me to serve them; nor in spite of failures, which I lament, of errors which I now see and acknowledge; or of the present aspect of affairs; do I despair of the future.
The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope. ~ Robert E. Lee
2006
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~ Edgar Allan Poe (born 19 January 1809)
2007
Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. ~ Art Buchwald (recent death)
2008
From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were — I have not seen
As others saw — I could not bring
My passions from a common spring —
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow — I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov'd— I lov'd alone.

~ Edgar Allan Poe ~
2009

Suggestions

Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart — one of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of man. Who has not, a hundred times, found himself commiting a vile or a stupid action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgement, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such? ~ Edgar Allan Poe

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:59, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 21:54, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:29, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:59, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 21:54, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:29, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It is well that war is so terrible — lest we should grow too fond of it. ~ Robert E. Lee


2004
No man can justly censure or condemn another, because indeed no man truly knows another ~ Sir Thomas Browne
2005
The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. ~ George W. Bush
2006
I don't understand politics. I don't understand the concept of two sides. And I think that probably there's good on both sides, bad on both sides, and there's a middle ground. But it never seems to come to the middle ground. And it's very frustrating watching it, and seemingly we're not moving forward. ~ David Lynch (born 20 January 1946]
2007
What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one.... It’s this in-between that I’m calling a province, this frontier country between the tangible world and the intangible one — which is really the realm of the artist. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)
2008
I love child things because there's so much mystery when you're a child. When you're a child, something as simple as a tree doesn't make sense. You see it in the distance and it looks small, but as you go closer, it seems to grow — you haven't got a handle on the rules when you're a child. We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experienced is a narrowing of the imagination. ~ David Lynch
2009

Suggestions

A created thing is never invented and it is never true: it is always and ever itself. ~ Federico Fellini (born January 20, 1920)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:39, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:53, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:31, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)

  • 3 Kalki 16:53, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:46, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:31, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)

  • 3 Kalki 16:53, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:46, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:31, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Experience is what you get while looking for something else. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)

  • 3 Kalki 16:53, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:46, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:31, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)

  • 3 Kalki 09:08, 20 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:31, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. ~ G. K. Chesterton
2005
An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. ~ Thomas Paine
2006
So far as prejudice, or prepossession of opinion prevails over our minds, in the same proportion, reason is excluded from our theory or practice. Therefore if we would acquire useful knowledge, we must first divest ourselves of those impediments and sincerely endeavor to search out the truth: and draw our conclusions from reason and just argument, which will never conform to our inclination, interest or fancy but we must conform to that if we would judge rightly. ~ Ethan Allen
2007
A revelation, that may be supposed to be really of the institution of God, must also be supposed to be perfectly consistent or uniform, and to be able to stand the test of truth... Reason therefore must be the standard by which we determine the respective claims of revelation; for otherwise we may as well subscribe to the divinity of the one as of the other, or to the whole of them, or to none at all. ~ Ethan Allen
2008
If the general government should persist in the measures now threatened, there must be war. It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. They do not know its horrors. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils. ~ Stonewall Jackson
2009

Suggestions

That which is above comprehension we cannot perceive to be contradictory, nor on the other hand can we perceive its rationality or consistency. ~ Ethan Allen (born January 21, 1738)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:37, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:42, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Was a revelation to be made known to us, it must be accommodated to our external senses, and also to our reason, so that we could come at the perception and understanding of it, the same as we do to that of things in general. We must perceive by our senses, before we can reflect with the mind. ~ Ethan Allen

  • 4 InvisibleSun 11:37, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:40, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

To suppose that God Almighty has confined his goodness to this world, to the exclusion of all others, is much similar to the idle fancies of some individuals in this world, that they, and those of their communion or faith, are the favorites of heaven exclusively; but these are narrow and bigoted conceptions, which are degrading to a rational nature, and utterly unworthy of God, of whom we should form the most exalted ideas. ~ Ethan Allen

  • 3 Kalki 08:18, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It is bad policy to fear the resentment of an enemy. ~ Ethan Allen

  • 3 Kalki 08:18, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I yield to no man in sympathy for the gallant men under my command; but I am obliged to sweat them tonight, so that I may save their blood tomorrow. ~ Stonewall Jackson

  • 3 Kalki 08:18, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is another excellent quote. Fight with bravery and everything you've got so that tomorrow you may rest. A princely quote. Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I am convinced that in times such as these, every man must be a soldier, in substance as well as in name. ~ Seishirō Itagaki

  • 3 Zarbon 05:06, 19 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. ~ Douglas Adams
2005
Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim over another. You are brothers. ~ Muhammad
2006
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing. ~ Robert E. Howard (born 22 January 22 1906)
2007
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. ~ Francis Bacon (born 22 January 1561)
2008
So, we'll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.

~ George Gordon, Lord Byron ~ (born 22 January 1788)

2009

Suggestions

These times are the ancient times, when the world is ancient, and not those which we account ancient ordine retrogrado, by a computation backward from ourselves. ~ Francis Bacon (born January 22, 1561)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:05, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:58, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule. ~ Francis Bacon

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:05, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:58, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince's part to pardon. ~ Francis Bacon

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:05, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:58, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 18:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

All rising to great place is by a winding stair. ~ Francis Bacon

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:05, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:58, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.
~ George Gordon, Lord Byron ~ (born January 22, 1788)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:05, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 15:31, 20 January 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 14:58, 21 January 2007 (UTC) but I would append the first stanza as well:
    So, we'll go no more a roving
    So late into the night,
    Though the heart be still as loving,
    And the moon be still as bright.
  • 2 Zarbon 18:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Near this spot

Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the Virtues of Man without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of

BOATSWAIN, a DOG
~ George Gordon, Lord Byron ~
  • 4 InvisibleSun 11:05, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:03, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Great Galileo was debarr'd the Sun
Because he fix'd it; and, to stop his talking,
How Earth could round the solar orbit run,
Found his own legs embargo'd from mere walking:
The man was well-nigh dead, ere men begun
To think his skull had not some need of caulking;
But now, it seems, he's right — his notion just:
No doubt a consolation to his dust.
~ George Gordon, Lord Byron ~

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:05, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 15:03, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love. ~ Eleanor Farjeon
2005
So long as there is death there will be sorrow, and so long as there is sorrow it can be no part of the duty of human beings to increase its amount, in spite of the fact that a few rare spirits know how to transmute it. ~ Bertrand Russell
2006
To minimize suffering and to maximize security were natural and proper ends of society and Caesar. But then they became the only ends, somehow, and the only basis of law — a perversion. Inevitably, then, in seeking only them, we found only their opposites: maximum suffering and minimum security. ~ Walter M. Miller, Jr. (born 23 January 1923)
2007
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. ~ William Pitt the Younger (anniversary of death)
2008
Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us. To know men thoroughly, to judge events sanely is, therefore, a great step towards happiness. ~ Stendhal
2009

Suggestions

I return you many thanks for the honour you have done me; but Europe is not to be saved by any single man. England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example. ~ William Pitt the Younger (anniversary of death). This was Pitt's last speech in public.

  • 4 Tamino 20:09, 17 January 2007 (UTC) A classic, and in a way appropriate given that it was his last public speech.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:40, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC) Out of the context of his times and circumstances (responding to a toast to him as "Savior of Europe") this can (somewhat ironically) seem a bit chauvinistic, but if this were to be used, I think it should begin at "Europe is not to be saved by any single man..."
  • 1 Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

One can acquire everything in solitude — except character. ~ Stendhal (born January 23, 1783)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:40, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is rather true. Character is something that you are born with, not learned from experience, nor trials, nor tribulations. Excellent. Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There is no such thing as "natural law": this expression is nothing but old nonsense. Prior to laws, what is natural is only the strength of the lion, or the need of the creature suffering from hunger or cold, in short, need. ~ Stendhal

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:40, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I see but one rule: to be clear. If I am not clear, all my world crumbles to nothing. ~ Stendhal

  • 3 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one. ~ Stendhal

  • 3 Kalki 20:37, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2005
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. ~ Albert Einstein
2006
Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.

~ William Congreve (born 24 January 1670)
2007
Everything that's realistic has some sort of ugliness in it. Even a flower is ugly when it wilts, a bird when it seeks its prey, the ocean when it becomes violent. ~ Sharon Tate (born 24 January 1943)
2008
Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive. ~ Edith Wharton (born 24 January 1862)
2009

Suggestions

Well, first of all, let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years. It was one of those phobias that really didn’t pay off. — (Warren Zevon b. 1/24/47 - d. 9/7/03 interview on "Late Show with David Letterman")

--Naglem 17:44, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:16, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:17, 23 January 2007 (UTC) But cut down to begin with "I might have made a tactical error..."
  • 1 Zarbon 18:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. ~ Edith Wharton

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:16, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:17, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them & invent others that (one is fairly sure) don't exist — or exist in a less measure. ~ Edith Wharton

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:16, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:17, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Enjoy every sandwich. ~ Warren Zevon

  • 3 Kalki 20:17, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:10, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There are two ways of spreading light: to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~ Edith Wharton

  • 3 Kalki 20:17, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:10, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 because this is a very powerful dual dynamic. In reference to the master and the henchman, the leader and the follower, this is about being two different types of people: one who leads and one who follows. Very, very awesome moral meaning and I respect the actual meaning moreso than the message itself, since I have high respect for masters and henchmen alike. Excellent to say the least. Zarbon 18:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. ~ Edith Wharton

  • 3 Kalki 20:17, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:10, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Defer not till tomorrow to be wise,
Tomorrow's sun to thee may never rise.

~ William Congreve ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:17, 22 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 18:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing. ~ William Congreve

  • 3 Kalki 20:17, 22 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2005
If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants. ~ Isaac Newton on his intellectual debt to those who preceded him.
2006
While fame impedes and constricts, obscurity wraps about a man like a mist; obscurity is dark, ample, and free; obscurity lets the mind take its way unimpeded. Over the obscure man is poured the merciful suffusion of darkness. None knows where he goes or comes. He may seek the truth and speak it; he alone is free; he alone is truthful, he alone is at peace. ~ Orlando: A Biography, by Virginia Woolf (born 25 January 1882)
2007
I do not believe they are right who say that the defects of famous men should be ignored. I think it is better that we should know them. Then, though we are conscious of having faults as glaring as theirs, we can believe that that is no hindrance to our achieving also something of their virtues. ~ W. Somerset Maugham (born 25 January 1874)
2008
If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie. ~ W. Somerset Maugham
2009

Suggestions

What mean and cruel things men can do for the love of God. ~ A Writer's Notebook, by W. Somerset Maugham


It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:39, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:56, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:43, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, and a' that;
But an honest man's aboon his might,
Guid faith, he mauna fa' that. ~ Robert Burns (born January 25, 1759)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:39, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:56, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:43, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

For a' that and a' that,
It's coming yet, for a' that,
That man to man the world o'er
Shall brothers be for a' that. ~ Robert Burns

  • 4 InvisibleSun 10:39, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:56, 23 January 2008 (UTC) I might rank this higher eventually
  • 1 Zarbon 18:43, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible; Shakespeare's plays, for instance, seem to hang there complete by themselves. But when the web is pulled askew, hooked up at the edge, torn in the middle, one remembers that these webs are not spun in midair by incorporeal creatures, but are the work of suffering human beings, and are attached to the grossly material things, like health and money and the houses we live in. ~ Virginia Woolf (born January 25, 1882)


Here on this ring of grass we have sat together, bound by the tremendous power of some inner compulsion. The trees wave, the clouds pass. The time approaches when these soliloquies shall be shared. We shall not always give out a sound like a beaten gong as one sensation strikes and then another. Children, our lives have been gongs striking; clamour and boasting; cries of despair; blows on the nape of the neck in gardens. ~ Virginia Woolf

  • 4 InvisibleSun 10:39, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:56, 23 January 2008 (UTC) I might rank this 3 eventually
  • 1 Zarbon 18:43, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Once you begin to take yourself seriously as a leader or as a follower, as a modern or as a conservative, then you become a self-conscious, biting, and scratching little animal whose work is not of the slightest value or importance to anybody. ~ Virginia Woolf

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:39, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:56, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:43, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The strongest natures, when they are influenced, submit the most unreservedly: it is perhaps a sign of their strength. ~ Virginia Woolf

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:39, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:56, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:43, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus
2005
Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world. ~ Archimedes
2006
I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes... But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. ~ Douglas MacArthur (born 26 January 1880)
2007
The only gold is love,
A coin that we have minted from the light
Of others who have cared for us on Earth
And who have deposited in us the power
That nerves our nerves to seize the burning stars.

~ Philip José Farmer ~
2008
Prometheus, I have no Titan's might,
Yet I, too, must each dusk renew my heart,
For daytime's vulture talons tear apart
The tender alcoves built by love at night.

~ Philip José Farmer ~
2009

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

  • Duty, Honor, Country — those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. ~ Douglas MacArthur

Suggestions

The real superhuman, man or woman, is the person who's rid himself of all prejudices, neuroses, and psychoses, who realizes his full potential as a human being, who acts naturally on the basis of gentleness, compassion, and love, who thinks for himself and refuses to follow the herd. That's the genuine dyed-in-the-wool superman. ~ Philip José Farmer

  • 3 Kalki 00:56, 25 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

We hope to breed a race of men whose power
Dwells in hearts as open as all Space
Itself, who ask for nothing but the light
That rinses the heart of hate so that the stars
Above will be below when man has Love.
~ Philip José Farmer ~

  • 3 Kalki 00:56, 25 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:06, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If you don't have enemies, you don't have character. ~ Paul Newman

  • 3 Zarbon 15:27, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
    • The rest of these Newman quotes can be moved to September 26, his date of death, after we see which we want to use for his recent death. - Zarbon 15:35, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 I would recommend moving any unused quotes to his DOB, January 26. - InvisibleSun 17:29, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:52, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned. ~ Paul Newman

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 This quote isn't on his page. - InvisibleSun 17:29, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
    • The quote has now been sourced - Zarbon 05:13, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Just when things look darkest, they go black. ~ Paul Newman

  • 3 Zarbon 15:27, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 This quote isn't on his page. - InvisibleSun 17:29, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
    • The quote has now been sourced. - Zarbon 05:13, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked. ~ Paul Newman

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 This quote isn't on his page. - InvisibleSun 17:29, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
    • The quote has now been sourced. - Zarbon 05:13, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Men experience many passions in a lifetime. One passion drives away the one before it. ~ Paul Newman

  • 2 Zarbon 15:29, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:29, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:52, 27 September 2008 (UTC)




2004
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring
2005
Remind yourself that all men assert that wisdom is the greatest good, but that there are few who strenuously seek out that greatest good. ~ Pythagoras
2006
If you drink much from a bottle marked "poison" it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later. ~ Lewis Carroll (born 27 January 1832)
2007
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master — that's all."
~ Lewis Carroll ~
2008
"In that direction," the Cat said, waving its right paw round, "lives a Hatter: and in that direction," waving the other paw, "lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad."
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
~ Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ~
2009

Suggestions

It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied. ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (born January 27, 1756)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:44, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:13, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I never lie down at night without reflecting that — young as I am — I may not live to see another day. Yet no one of all my acquaintances could say that in company I am morose or disgruntled. ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:44, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:13, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it. ~ Lewis Carroll

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:44, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 because I want this engraved on my tombstone. Zarbon 19:13, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.' ~ Lewis Carroll

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:44, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:13, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday — but never jam to-day. ~ Lewis Carroll

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:44, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:13, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The format of the nightly newscasts is still very much 1981 — "Tremble, onlookers! I am the anchorman and now here is a miracle: a report by satellite from many thousands of miles away. I will return to introduce another one in due course." ~ Keith Olbermann (born January 27, 1959)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:44, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:40, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:13, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. If you're in a public media setting and you're not expressing something of yourself, turn it over to someone who will. Just get out. Just go away and put somebody on who has a point of view, because the most dangerous thing about TV is its equalizing factor, its lowest common denominator factor. And that's what I fight against all the time. ~ Keith Olbermann

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:44, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:40, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:13, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2005
Wise men don't need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.

~ Lao Zi ~
2006
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. ~ Colette (born 28 January 1873)
2007
Man needs to go outside himself in order to find repose and reveal himself. ~ José Martí
2008
For the sincere friend
Who gives me his frank hand.
And for the cruel man who pulls out of me
the heart with which I live,
I grow neither nettles nor thorns:
I grow a white rose.

~ José Martí ~
2009

Suggestions

A grain of poetry suffices to season a century. ~ José Martí (born January 28, 1853)


I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer. ~ Colette (born January 28, 1873)

  • 4 InvisibleSun 12:18, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:48, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 because it tells people to let go of what they no longer have. It's a very enthralling idea. Zarbon 19:15, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

By means of an image we are often able to hold on to our lost belongings. But it is the desperateness of losing which picks the flowers of memory, binds the bouquet. ~ Colette

  • 3 InvisibleSun 12:18, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:48, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:15, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Perhaps the only misplaced curiosity is that which persists in trying to find out here, on this side of death, what lies beyond the grave. ~ Colette


Life on earth is a hand-to-hand mortal combat... between the law of love and the law of hate. ~ José Martí

  • 3 Kalki 20:29, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:23, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:15, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. ~ Stephen Grellet
2005
Time's glory is to command contending kings,
To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.

~ William Shakespeare ~
2006
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera
2007
I speak an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity. To me, who have not only refused offers, because I thought them improper, but have declined rewards I might with reputation have accepted, it is no wonder that meanness and imposition appear disgustful. Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good. ~ Thomas Paine
2008
The fear of freedom is strong in us. We call it chaos or anarchy, and the words are threatening. We live in a true chaos of contradicting authorities, an age of conformism without community, of proximity without communication. We could only fear chaos if we imagined that it was unknown to us, but in fact we know it very well. ~ Germaine Greer (born 29 January 1939)
2009

Suggestions

Man is not the enemy of man but through the medium of a false system of government. ~ Thomas Paine (born January 29, 1737)


Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. ~ Thomas Paine

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. ~ Thomas Paine

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 00:29, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them. ~ Thomas Paine

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

People who live alone always have something on their minds that they would willingly share. ~ Anton Chekhov (born January 29, 1860)


Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other. Though it's disorderly it's not so dull, and besides, neither really loses anything through my infidelity. ~ Anton Chekhov


He who doesn’t know how to be a servant should never be allowed to be a master; the interests of public life are alien to anyone who is unable to enjoy others’ successes, and such a person should never be entrusted with public affairs. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Despicable means used to achieve laudable goals render the goals themselves despicable. ~ Anton Chekhov


The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 00:29, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

We're all undesireable elements from somebody's point of view. ~ Edward Abbey (born January 29, 1927)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there. ~ Edward Abbey

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because it's true. People want many things although they may never need them. It's a perplex explanation of the human spirit and the will for things, and refuge would suffice as a perfect example, for someone to want to have it regardless of ever needing it. Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had the eyes to see. ~ Edward Abbey

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 00:29, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Next time round Hitler will be a machine. ~ Germaine Greer


Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace, and wit, reminders of order, calm, and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep, and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still, and absorbed. ~ Germaine Greer

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Women over fifty already form one of the largest groups in the population structure of the western world. As long as they like themselves, they will not be an oppressed minority. In order to like themselves they must reject trivialization by others of who and what they are. A grown woman should not have to masquerade as a girl in order to remain in the land of the living. ~ Germaine Greer


When a person doesn’t understand something, he feels internal discord: however he doesn’t search for that discord in himself, as he should, but searches outside of himself. Thence a war develops with that which he doesn’t understand. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because people search for fault in others when it may lie in themselves. Very true and very well said, climactic. Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms. ~ Anton Chekhov (born 29 January 1860)

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It’s not a matter of old or new forms; a person writes without thinking about any forms, he writes because it flows freely from his soul. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Each of us is full of too many wheels, screws and valves to permit us to judge one another on a first impression or by two or three external signs. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. ~ Thomas Paine (born 29 January 1737)

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 4 Zarbon 06:18, 22 November 2008 (UTC)


2005
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe... No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. ~ Winston Churchill
2006
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (born 30 January 1882)
2007
If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
2008
We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization.
Faith — in the soundness of democracy in the midst of dictatorships.
Hope — renewed because we know so well the progress we have made.
Charity — in the true spirit of that grand old word. For charity literally translated from the original means love, the love that understands, that does not merely share the wealth of the giver, but in true sympathy and wisdom helps men to help themselves. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
2009

Suggestions

Pissing in your shoes won't keep your feet warm for long. ~ Icelandic proverb

  • 4~preschooler.at.heart
  • 0 ~ Kalki 23:58, 29 January 2006 (UTC) Amusing, but not really great "Quote of the day" material; no tie in for the date, and as I heard it in Newfoundland, rather than Iceland, the proverb actually was "boots" rather than "shoes".
  • 0 Zarbon 19:24, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (born January 30, 1882)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:07, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:21, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:24, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I wish I could keep war from all Nations; but that is beyond my power. I can at least make certain that no act of the United States helps to produce or to promote war. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:07, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:21, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:24, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • 3 Kalki 21:09, 29 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:24, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace. ~ Richard Brautigan (date of birth)



2005
I have one major rule: everybody is right. More specifically, everybody — including me — has some important pieces of the truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace. ~ Ken Wilber
2006
Everyone does magic all the time in different ways. 'Life' plus 'significance' = magic. ~ Grant Morrison
2007
Science is clearly one of the most profound methods that humans have yet devised for discovering truth, while religion remains the single greatest force for generating meaning. ... if some sort of reconciliation between science and religion is not forthcoming, the future of humanity is, at best, precarious. ~ Ken Wilber
2008
At this point in history, the most radical, pervasive, and earth-shaking transformation would occur simply if everybody truly evolved to a mature, rational, and responsible ego, capable of freely participating in the open exchange of mutual self-esteem. There is the "edge of history." There would be a real New Age. ~ Ken Wilber
2009

Suggestions

"Real life?" What's that? ~ Grant Morrison (date of birth)


A full-spectrum approach to human consciousness and behavior means that men and women have available to them a spectrum of knowing — a spectrum that includes, at the very least, the eye of flesh, the eye of mind, and the eye of spirit. ~ Ken Wilber

  • 3 Kalki 13:44, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:35, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:26, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Anybody can they say they are being "spiritual" — and they are, because everybody has some type and level of concern. Let us therefore see their actual conception, in thought and action, and see how many perspectives it is in fact concerned with, and how many perspectives it actually takes into account, and how many perspectives it attempts to integrate, and thus let us see how deep and how wide runs that bodhisattva vow to refuse rest until all perspectives whatsoever are liberated into their own primordial nature. ~ Ken Wilber

  • 3 Kalki 13:44, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:35, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:26, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Everything is literally entangled, it can all be communicated with and affected "at a distance" because there is no distance, only a simulation of apparent separation which our limited consciousness feeds us second by second at 11 bits. The "telepathy" which brings people together is no more or less supernatural or unlikely than the "telepathy" which brings two of your fingers together when you think about it. Patience, participation and constant close observation of what's going on, on the inside and on the outside will soon make you a fine sorcerer, if that's what you want to be. ~ Grant Morrison

  • 3 Kalki 13:44, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:35, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:26, 22 April 2008 (UTC)



Ranking system:

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