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

A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased, it's just like old times. ~ "Sir Humphrey" on European unity, in the comedy series Yes, Minister
  • celebrating the start of the British EU presidency on July 1, 2005
  • proposed by AllanHainey
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (date of birth)
It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (date of birth)
We're on a mission from God. ~ Elwood J. Blues, in The Blues Brothers


With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.

~ "O Canada" ~

Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (date of birth)

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (date of birth)

There are two kinds of truths: those of reasoning and those of fact. The truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; the truths of fact are contingent and their opposites are possible. ~ Gottfried Leibniz (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 12:57, 1 July 2007 (UTC) * 2 Kalki 30 June 2005 21:03 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 21:28, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Music is a hidden arithmetic exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting. ~ Gottfried Leibniz (date of birth)

Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last 500 years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now when it's worked so well? ~ "Sir Humphrey" in Yes, Minister

As head of a military structure I am responsible for the realization of military issues. If you want to have everlasting peace, you must be ready for war. ~ Seyran Ohanyan (born July 1)

  • 4 because sometimes peace can only be won through war, and better yet, sometimes fire must be fought with fire. Zarbon 04:54, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: "Information About Blitzkrieg Is Groundless" Published on April 19, 2006
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:28, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:44, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

It takes as much time and trouble to pull down a falsehood as to build up a truth. ~ Peter Mere Latham

Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents. ~ Peter Mere Latham

I don't consider myself a racist, I don't hate other peoples, but I certainly want to preserve my own. And I think that's true of all people. ~ David Duke

  • 3 and I agree with this. I believe that all races should be preserved and kept pure. That is what will always keep them culturally brilliant. This is also a nice way of going against interracial marriage, which I am strongly against. Zarbon 06:19, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 InvisibleSun 21:28, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 00:44, 1 July 2008 (UTC) I was briefly going to rank this a 1, as conceivably usable, in some fashion, but there is just no way I'd actually consider it Wikiquote QOTD material, and am simply being honest about that. ~ Kalki 01:04, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

With great power comes great responsibility. ~ Stan Lee
Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. ~ Hermann Hesse (born 2 July 1877)
When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do." ~ Hermann Hesse
There's no life
that couldn't be immortal
if only for a moment.

always arrives by that very moment too late.

In vain it tugs at the knob
of the invisible door.
As far as you've come can't be undone.

~ Wisława Szymborska ~

There are gains for all our losses,
There are balms for all our pain:
But when youth, the dream, departs,
It takes something from our hearts,
And it never comes again.

~ Richard Henry Stoddard ~


The world is a fine place and worth fighting for. ~ Ernest Hemingway, born that day

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:20, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC)
  • This quote has already been used as a quote of the day, in January 2005. Also, Hemingway's birthday is actually the 21st of July; he died on the 2nd.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. ~ Hermann Hesse

Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life. ~ Wisława Szymborska (born July 2, 1923)

And only we few who remain unstripped of fur,
untorn from bone, unplucked of soaring feathers,
esteemed in all our quills, scales, tusks, and horns,
and in whatever else that ingenious protein
has seen fit to clothe us with,
we, my lord, are your dream,
which finds you innocent for now.
~ Wisława Szymborska

The going's rough, and so we need the laugh
of bright incisors, molars of goodwill.
Our times are still not safe and sane enough
for faces to show ordinary sorrow.
~ Wisława Szymborska

Nothing's a gift, it's all on loan.
I'm drowning in debts up to my ears.
I'll have to pay for myself
with my self,
give up my life for my life.
~ Wisława Szymborska

Anything in overdose will destroy your liver. I mean, look at cigarettes and look at liquor. Cigarettes says on the packet, this will kill you; it will cause cancer; and you're still smoking it. ~ José Canseco

  • 2 for humorous intent by Canseco. Zarbon 14:38, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 05:02, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:36, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

He who has an opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave. ~ Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock

  • 3 Zarbon 14:38, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:02, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

We have two lives about us,
Two worlds in which we dwell,
Within us and without us,
Alternate Heaven and Hell:—
Without, the somber Real,
Within, our hearts of hearts, the beautiful Ideal.
~ Richard Henry Stoddard ~

Not what we would, but what we must
Makes up the sum of living;
Heaven is both more and less than just
In taking and in giving.
~ Richard Henry Stoddard ~

You don't understand. I could'a had class. I could'a been a contender. ~ Marlon Brando as "Terry Malloy" in On the Waterfront (recent death)
The splendor of life forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come. ~ Franz Kafka (born 3 July 1883)
I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead. ~ Tom Stoppard (born 3 July 1937)
We are sinful not merely because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. ~ Franz Kafka
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. ~ Franz Kafka (date of birth)


As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. ~ The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka born that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:22, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC) (But italicize title.)
  • 2 A famous line, but still a relatively obscure and simply puzzling statement to many people. ~ Kalki
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:20, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:53, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached. ~ Franz Kafka (date of birth)

It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting. ~ Tom Stoppard (born July 3, 1937)

How the hell do I know what I find incredible? Credibility is an expanding field... Sheer disbelief hardly registers on the face before the head is nodding with all the wisdom of instant hindsight. ~ Tom Stoppard

We shed as we pick up, like travellers who must carry everything in their arms, and what we let fall will be picked up by those behind. The procession is very long and life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. ~ Tom Stoppard

I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself. ~ Tom Stoppard

You can only be young once but you can be immature forever. ~ Dave Barry

This is what makes time travel possible: the flux capacitor! ~ Dr. Emmett Brown, Back to the Future, released July 3rd, 1985.

  • 4 Lyle 18:49, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 please be more thorough as to why this would make a good QOTD, if for some reason a person doesn't know what Back to the Future is. Zarbon 03:10, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:44, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 19:08, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

"...for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." ~ closing lines of The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States Of America written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, and approved as an official document of united will and determination, July 4, 1776.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ~ United States Declaration of Independence
It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne (born 4 July 1804)
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne


There are two Americas. One is the America of Lincoln and Adlai Stevenson; the other is the America of Teddy Roosevelt and the modern superpatriots. One is generous and humane, the other narrowly egotistical; one is self-critical, the other self-righteous; one is sensible, the other romantic; one is good-humored, the other solemn; one is inquiring, the other pontificating; one is moderate, the other filled with passionate intensity; one is judicious and the other arrogant in the use of great power." ~ J. William Fulbright, The Arrogance of Power, 1966 (United States independence)

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:25, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC) (I'm a bit uncomfortable with this one on this particular day.)
  • 1 Kalki 30 June 2005 21:48 (UTC)
  • 1 Aphaia 3 July 2005 02:27 (UTC) not only problematic, but a bit long.
  • 1 Jeff Q (talk) 16:32, 3 July 2007 (UTC). I love this quote even more than last year, but it still sounds too partisan for a good QotD.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 17:11, 3 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:58, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

What would a man do, if he were compelled to live always in the sultry heat of society, and could never bathe himself in cool solitude? ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. ~ Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America

  • 3 Kalki 16:19, 3 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3, with reservations about so many barbed political quotes of late (however apropos). Jeff Q (talk) 16:32, 3 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:11, 3 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:58, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The definitions of humanism are many, but let us here take it to be the attitude of those men who think it an advantage to live in society, and, at that, in a complex and highly developed society, and who believe that man fulfills his nature and reaches his proper stature in this circumstance. The personal virtues which humanism cherishes are intelligence, amenity, and tolerance; the particular courage it asks for is that which is exercised in the support of these virtues. The qualities of intelligence which it chiefly prizes are modulation and flexibility. ~ Lionel Trilling (born July 4, 1905)

We properly judge a critic's virtue not by his freedom from error but by the nature of the mistakes he does make, for he makes them, if he is worth reading, because he has in mind something besides his perceptions about art in itself — he has in mind the demands that he makes upon life. ~ Lionel Trilling

Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

So many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible. ~ Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (First version of the story first told upon 4 July 1862, and first published on 4 July 1865)

Well, if I eat it, and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door: so either way I'll get into the garden, and I don't care which happens! ~ Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (First version of the story told upon 4 July 1862, and first published on 4 July 1865)

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. ~ Elvis Presley
  • chosen by User:Nanobug, honoring Presley's first commercial hit, "That's All Right (Mama)", recorded on 5 July 1954. (This was not designated as a "Quote of the Day" but it did appear for a time in the earliest logos prior to the first official QOTD on 11 July 2003).
"We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness." ~ Thomas Jefferson in an early draft of The Declaration of Independence.
From time to time the exceptional is necessary. For events as well as for men, the stock company is not enough; geniuses are needed among men, and revolutions among events. Great accidents are the law; the order of things cannot get along without them; and, to see the apparitions of comets, one would be tempted to believe that Heaven itself is in need of star actors. ~ Victor Hugo in Les Misérables (marking the recent success of the Deep Impact space mission to comet Tempel 1)
True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. ~ Jean Cocteau (born 5 July 1889)
There are truths which one can only say after having won the right to say them. ~ Jean Cocteau
Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet’s job. The rest is literature. ~ Jean Cocteau


To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction; or, the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts. ~ Isaac Newton's third law of motion, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (published 5 July 1687)

News is not at all an easy thing to do on television. A good many of the main news items are not easily made visual — therefore we have the problem of giving news with the same standards that the corporation has built up in sound. ~ BBC director General Sir Ian Jacob

  • The televised BBC News was launched on 5 July 1954.
  • 1 Jeff Q (talk) 12:59, 3 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:46, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:01, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Eternal Salvation or TRIPLE Your Money Back! ~ Church of the SubGenius "guarantee"

  • "X-Day", the day the world was supposedly destroyed, occurred 5 July 1998.
  • 1 Jeff Q (talk) 13:03, 3 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:46, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:01, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

If I had know it was harmless, I would have killed it myself. ~ Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

  • 1 Kalki 17:27, 4 July 2007 (UTC) No clear relation to the date.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 but on a more relevant date. Zarbon 05:01, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The world is nearly all parcelled out, and what there is left of it is being divided up, conquered and colonised. To think of these stars that you see overhead at night, these vast worlds which we can never reach. I would annex the planets if I could; I often think of that. It makes me sad to see them so clear and yet so far. ~ Cecil Rhodes

The world may end up under a Sword of Damocles...on a tightrope over the abyss. ~ Andrei Gromyko

NOTE: P. T. Barnum was born 5 July 1810. He should be able to contribute plenty of quotes, but our article is currently a stub and has no sources. (Please remove this post after adding sourced Barnum quotes.) ~ Jeff Q (talk) 13:14, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

I've done a little research on Barnum, but haven't got much ready yet for this year. ~ Kalki 22:29, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." ~ Opening statement of The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America, composed primarily by Thomas Jefferson (Third of three from The Declaration of Independence or drafts of it, that were quoted July 4,5, & 6 of 2004)
I have not yet begun to fight! ~ John Paul Jones (born 6 July 1747)
They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality. ~ Frida Kahlo (born 6 July 1907)
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935)
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way. ~ John Paul Jones


Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about. ~ George W. Bush, born that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:32, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Too many topics around America. A bit bored. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Aphaia (talkcontribs) 02:09, 5 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 0. Jeff Q (talk) 16:59, 4 July 2006 (UTC) Concur with Aphaia.
  • 1 Kalki 19:27, 9 July 2007 (UTC) Would prefer something more remarkable by Bush, if he were to be quoted on his birthday.
  • 0 Strongly concur with Aphaia and Jeffq. Zarbon 05:03, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 00:01, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (date of birth)

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Søren Kierkegaard
The more you love, the more you can love — and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent and just. ~ Robert A. Heinlein (born 7 July 1907)
Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other 'sins' are invented nonsense. ~ Robert A. Heinlein (born 7 July 1907)
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it. ~ Robert A. Heinlein
Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect. ~ Robert A. Heinlein


There was so much to grok, so little to grok from. ~ Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein, born that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:38, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC) (Enh... I think we can do better.)
  • 2 Kalki 5 July 2005 22:39 (UTC) This is actually one of my favorite Heinlein statements, in that it regularly goes through my mind, but "grok" still remains a somewhat obscure term to most people.
  • 2 Jeff Q (talk) 00:44, 6 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:05, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. ~ Robert A. Heinlein

Nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail. ~ Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London; anniversary of the 7 July 2005 London bombings

This has now already been used, on 17 June 2007. ~ Kalki 00:44, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

  • 1 Zarbon 05:05, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and powerful, it was not aimed at presidents or prime ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jews, young and old; an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any consideration for age, for castes, for religions, whatever. That isn't an ideology, that isn't even a perverted faith. It is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder. ~ Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London; anniversary of the 7 July 2005 London bombings

  • originally suggested by Kalki for July 13, 2005
  • 4 Jeff Q (talk) 10:49, 10 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:44, 6 July 2007 (UTC) I might possibly rank this higher someday, but Ken Livingstone was quoted just last month, and Heinlein is one of those few authors who I am strongly inclined to favor nearly any year on their birthday. ~ Kalki 00:44, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:05, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. ~ Robert A. Heinlein

  • 3 Kalki 18:41, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:02, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Magic is not science, it is a collection of ways to do things — ways that work but often we don't know why. ~ Robert A. Heinlein in Glory Road

  • 3 Kalki 18:41, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:02, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. ~ Robert A. Heinlein

  • 3 Kalki 20:02, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:02, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

There's a hope for every woe,
And a balm for every pain,
But the first joys of our heart
Come never back again! ~ Robert Gilfillan

  • 3 Zarbon 04:02, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Let us be clear. Prison works. It ensures that we are protected from murderers, muggers and rapists, and it makes many who are tempted to commit crime think twice. ~ Michael Howard

  • 2 Zarbon 04:02, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~ Gustav Mahler

  • 3 Zarbon 04:02, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 08:07, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. ~ Satchel Paige

  • 2 Zarbon 04:02, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Why is all around us here as if some lesser god had made the world, but had not force to shape it as he would, till the High God behold it from beyond, and enter it, and make it beautiful? Or else as if the world were wholly fair, but that these eyes of men are dense and dim, and have not power to see it as it is: perchance, because we see not to the close... ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people. ~ Jean de La Fontaine (born 8 July 1621)
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive — to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (born 8 July 1926)
Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it. ~ Jean de La Fontaine
As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory. ~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter#Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), published that day

By the work one knows the workman. ~ Jean de La Fontaine (date of birth)

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. ~ Jean de La Fontaine (date of birth)

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (date of birth)

We make progress in society only if we stop cursing and complaining about its shortcomings and have the courage to do something about them. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (date of birth)

And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away. - (Ozymandias of Egypt -1818) Percy Bysshe Shelley died this day

  • 3 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 13:38 (UTC)
  • 0. This quotation was already used on August 4, 2005. InvisibleSun 08:14, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:09, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

There must be understanding between the artist and the people. In the best ages of art that has always been the case. Genius can probably run on ahead and seek out new ways. But the good artists who follow after genius — and I count myself among these — have to restore the lost connection once more. ~ Käthe Kollwitz (born July 8, 1867)

Passion is power,
And, kindly tempered, saves. All things declare
Struggle hath deeper peace than sleep can bring. ~ William Vaughn Moody

But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet’s word;
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be. ~ Fitz-Greene Halleck

The day of small nations has passed away; the day of Empires has come. ~ Joseph Chamberlain

I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers. ~ John D. Rockefeller

I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything. ~ John D. Rockefeller

Why can't you harness Might so that it works for Right? I know it sounds nonsense, but, I mean, you can't just say there is no such thing. The Might is there, in the bad half of people, and you can't neglect it. You can't cut it out but you might be able to direct it, if you see what I mean, so that it was useful instead of bad. ~ T. H. White in The Once and Future King
God never deserted our people. Right through the ages there were Jews. Through the ages they suffered, but it also made us strong. ~ Anne Frank, who went into the infamous attic on 9 July 1942 (Note: Wikipedia's July 9 page earlier claimed that Anne Frank and her family moved to the attic on this date. However, both her diary and the Müller biography state this happened on 6 July 1942.Wikipedia articles for July 9, July 6, and Anne Frank have been updated to reflect this.)
I can get excitement watching rain on a puddle. And then I paint it. Now, I admit, there are not too many people who would find that exciting. But I would. And I want life thrilling and rich. And it is. I make sure it is. ~ David Hockney (born 9 July 1937)
There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death. ~ Bertrand Russell (in the Russell-Einstein Manifesto issued on 9 July 1955).
Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. ~ U. G. Krishnamurti


You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold. - William Jennings Bryan delivered the "Cross of Gold" speech this day

Any artist will tell you he's really only interested in the stuff he's doing now. He will, always. It's true, and it should be like that. ~ David Hockney

The way we see things is constantly changing. At the moment the way we see things has been left a lot to the camera. That shouldn't necessarily be. ~ David Hockney

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:21, 7 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:51, 8 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Jeff Q (talk) 20:24, 8 July 2006 (UTC). I'm getting heavy-message indigestion.
  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

We have to learn to think in a new way. We have to learn to ask ourselves, not what steps can be taken to give military victory to whatever group we prefer, for there no longer are such steps; the question we have to ask ourselves is: what steps can be taken to prevent a military contest of which the issue must be disastrous to all parties? ~ Bertrand Russell (in the Russell-Einstein Manifesto issued on 9 July 1955).

Food, clothing and shelter- these are the basic needs. Beyond that, if you want anything, it is the beginning of self-deception. ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

The body is not interested in anything 'you' are interested in; that is the battle that is going on all the time. ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

  • 3 because humans abuse and misuse their bodies. Zarbon 15:34, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 03:51, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 19:48, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

As a human body it is an extraordinary piece of creation. But as a human being he is rotten because of the culture. ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

  • 3 because the surrounding corrupts. Zarbon 15:34, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 19:48, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Fear is a hammer, and when the people are beaten finally to the conviction that their existence hangs by a frayed thread, they will be led where they need to go. ~ Dean Koontz

If you have the courage to touch life for the first time, you will never know what hit you. Everything man has thought, felt and experienced is gone, and nothing is put in its place. ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! ~ Michael Palin as "Dennis" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combatted, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle. ~ Nikola Tesla (born 10 July 1856)
The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of a planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation of those who are to come and point the way. ~ Nikola Tesla (born 10 July 1856)
The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is. ~ Marcel Proust
Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity. ~ Nikola Tesla


Tesla has contributed more to electrical science than any man up to his time. ~ Lord Kelvin. Nikola Tesla was born that day.

  • 1 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:59 (UTC) (Surely wtih the likes of Cheryl Wheeler and Arlo Guthrie born on this day, we can do better!)
  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 27 June 2005 11:27 (UTC) (Better than Tesla, to whom all people are indebted to? Tesla made mass-use of computers which generate large amount of electricity possible with alternating current. There are not many people who contributed more to humanity than Tesla has, and very few who got as little thanks).
  • 3 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 13:55 (UTC)
  • 1 Sorry, but bored. Aphaia 21:26, 9 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Jeff Q (talk) 10:15, 8 July 2006 (UTC). Better a quote from Telsa himself.
  • 1 Kalki 20:11, 9 July 2007 (UTC) Agree that quotes by Tesla are superior to quotes about him as commemorations of his birthday.
  • 0 because I agree with Jeffq. Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Universal peace as a result of cumulative effort through centuries past might come into existence quickly — not unlike a crystal that suddenly forms in a solution which has been slowly prepared. ~ Nikola Tesla (date of birth)

That's all, folks! ~ Porky Pig voiced by Mel Blanc who died on this day.

  • 3 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 13:55 (UTC)
  • 2 Without context, it sounds not significant. --Aphaia 21:26, 9 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 11:22, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:57, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

  • "Eh... what's up, doc?" - Bugs Bunny by Mel Blanc
  • 3 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 13:55 (UTC) both just so that there is a few to choose from.
  • 2 Without context, it sounds not significant. --Aphaia 21:26, 9 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 11:22, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:57, 9 July 2007 (UTC) would be better on Blanc's birthday perhaps.
  • 0 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Doubtless all arbitrary powers, well executed, are the most convenient, yet let it be again remembered, that delays, and little inconveniences in the forms of justice, are the price that all free nations must pay for their liberty in more substantial matters; that these inroads upon this sacred bulwark of the nation are fundamentally opposite to the spirit of our constitution; and that, though begun in trifles, the precedent may gradually increase and spread, to the utter disuse of juries in questions of the most momentous concern. ~ William Blackstone (born July 10, 1723)

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer. ~ William Blackstone

Even in the most insignificant details of our daily life, none of us can be said to constitute a material whole, which is identical for everyone, and need only be turned up like a page in an account-book or the record of a will; our social personality is created by the thoughts of other people. ~ Marcel Proust (born July 10, 1871)

When from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection. ~ Marcel Proust

We passionately long that there may be another life in which we shall be similar to what we are here below. But we do not pause to reflect that, even without waiting for that other life, in this life, after a few years we are unfaithful to what we have been, to what we wished to remain immortally. ~ Marcel Proust

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full. ~ Marcel Proust

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:22, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:57, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because suffering can indeed teach. Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains. ~ Marcel Proust

Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child's play. ~ Carl Orff (born 10 July 1895)

Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand. ~ Carl Orff

  • 3 Kalki 20:11, 9 July 2007 (UTC) (I would probably rank this a 4, but I haven't been able to definitely source it; though specifically cited to Orff and no one else, it has sometimes also been cited as an "ancient proverb" or "old chinese proverb" though it seems precisely characteristic of Orff's teaching philosophy.)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic! If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature. ~ Nikola Tesla

  • 3 Kalki 04:05, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 17:11, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

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.
  • First "Quote of the Day" at Wikiquote, selected by Nanobug
The old order changeth, yielding place to new, and God fulfils himself in many ways lest one good custom should corrupt the world. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse. ~ John Quincy Adams (born 11 July 1767)
Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. ~ John Quincy Adams (born 11 July 1767)
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~ E. B. White
Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed. ~ E. B. White


In God we trust, all others must submit an X.509 Certificate - Source unknown

  • "In God We Trust" was added to the dollar on July 11th
  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:51, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC) (I love this, but I think it may be too esoteric for a general audience.)
  • 1 AllanHainey June 27, 2005 11:37 (UTC) (X.509 don't know what it is but sounds like a USA tax thing - too obscure)
    • Actually, it's an ITU standard. Your browser almost certainly implements it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 121a0012 (talkcontribs) 02:41, 28 June 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

"In God We Trust." I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true. — Mark Twain

I can never join with my voice in the toast which I see in the papers attributed to one of our gallant naval heroes. I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. Fiat justitia, pereat coelum. My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right. ~ John Quincy Adams (birth date)

  • In response to Stephen Decatur's famous phrase, "our country, right or wrong". The Latin phrase is an ancient one that can be translated as : "Let justice be done though heaven should fall."
  • 3 Kalki 8 July 2005 22:19 (UTC)
  • 3 Jeff Q (talk) 10:32, 8 July 2006 (UTC). Would that we had a single JQ Adams in this age.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:31, 8 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because even when wrong, one's loyalty and devotion makes it right. Zarbon 05:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. ~ E. B. White (born July 11, 1899)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:31, 8 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:06, 11 July 2007 (UTC) but would prefer to extend this to "Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. It is the feeling of privacy in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries, the feeling of vitality everywhere."
  • 1 Zarbon 05:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy. ~ E. B. White

It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet; the bylaws are shorter, and he is personally acquainted with the other members. ~ E. B. White

New York is part of the natural world. I love the city, I love the country, and for the same reasons. The city is part of the country. When I had an apartment on East Forty-Eighth Street, my backyard during the migratory season yielded more birds than I ever saw in Maine. ~ E. B. White

Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth. They accept, almost without question, anything you present them with, as long as it is presented honestly, fearlessly, and clearly. ~ E. B. White

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. ~ E. B. White

Life's meaning has always eluded me and I guess it always will. But I love it just the same. ~ E. B. White

I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. ~ E. B. White

  • 3 Kalki 21:59, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:58, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. ~ E. B. White


Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. ~ E. B. White

  • 4 for both versions. Zarbon 22:25, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ~ Harry S. Truman
What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. ~ John F. Kennedy
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~ Bill Cosby, (born 12 July 1937)
In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king. ~ Desiderius Erasmus (died 12 July 1536)
There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. ~ Henry David Thoreau (born 12 July 1817)
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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

  • Who knows what beautiful and winged life, whose egg has been buried for ages under many concentric layers of woodenness in the dead dry life of society ... may unexpectedly come forth ... to enjoy its perfect summer life at last! ... such is the character of that morrow which mere lapse of time can never make to dawn. ... Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star. ~ Henry David Thoreau in Walden


When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. - Desiderius Erasmus died today

This type of man who is devoted to the study of wisdom is always most unlucky in everything, and particularly when it comes to procreating children; I imagine this is because Nature wants to ensure that the evils of wisdom shall not spread further throughout mankind. - Desiderius Erasmus, The Praise of Folly

  • 4 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 14:06 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 8 July 2005 21:31 (UTC)
  • 2 Aphaia
  • 0 Jeff Q (talk) 10:43, 10 July 2006 (UTC). Don't know if this was supposed to be ironic, but it seems a rather seriously taken POV these days, to the point of ushering in a new Dark Age (IMHO).
    • If we do go for this quote, we really should include the title of the work (which I've added, thanks to InvisibleSun), lest we encourage folks to use it without irony. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 02:07, 12 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 08:27, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:25, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. ~ Henry David Thoreau (birth date)

You've been rejected more times than Doctor Octopus has arms! ~ Gregory Helms

  • 2 for comedic value. Zarbon 04:57, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 07:49, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 16:17, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

If you're not getting better, you're getting worse. ~ Gregory Helms

The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget. ~ William Osler

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow. ~ William Osler

War is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death. It represents the total failure of the human spirit. ~ Robert Fisk

  • 2 although I don't particularly agree with Fisk here. Zarbon 04:57, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 07:49, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:17, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. ~ G. K. Chesterton
I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others — that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail. ~ Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London (responding to the subway bombings of 7 July 2005)
To-morrow comes, true copy of to-day,
And empty shadow of what is to be;
Yet cheated Hope on future still depends,
And ends but only when our being ends.

~ John Clare ~ (born 13 July 1793)
Changes in the structure of society are not brought about solely by massive engines of doctrine. The first flash of insight which persuades human beings to change their basic assumptions is usually contained in a few phrases. ~ Kenneth Clark
People sometimes tell me that they prefer barbarism to civilisation. I doubt if they have given it a long enough trial. Like the people of Alexandria, they are bored by civilisation; but all the evidence suggests that the boredom of barbarism is infinitely greater. ~ Kenneth Clark


Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. ~ Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Star Wars IV: A New Hope

  • Harrison Ford born that day.
  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:01, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • Comment: I would also go for something from Indiana Jones, if anyone would choose something as recognizable. ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 27 June 2005 11:28 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:01, 12 July 2005 (UTC) Good quote, but I prefer the Jedi view on things...
  • 2 Jeff Q (talk) 10:53, 10 July 2006 (UTC). Concur with Kalki.
  • 2 Here's a nice Star Wars quote but I still feel there are lots of better, more elegant and charming dark side quotes that haven't been used, by Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, and Grand Moff Tarkin, to name a few. Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

O how I feel, just as I pluck the flower
And stick it to my breast — words can't reveal;
But there are souls that in this lovely hour
Know all I mean, and feel whate'er I feel.
~ John Clare (born July 13, 1793)

The riddle nature could not prove
Was nothing else but secret love.
~ John Clare

The ivyed oaks dark shadow falls
Oft picking up with wondering gaze
Some little thing of other days
Saved from the wreck of time.
~ John Clare

A man who has a million dollars is as well off as if he were rich. ~ John Jacob Astor IV (date of birth)

Serve the classes, live with the masses. Serve the masses, live with the classes. ~ John Jacob Astor IV (date of birth)

There is (gentle reader) nothing (the works of God only set apart) which so much beautifies and adorns the soul and mind of man as does knowledge of the good arts and sciences. ~ John Dee (date of birth)

It is by the straight line and the circle that the first and most simple example and representation of all things may be demonstrated, whether such things be either non-existent or merely hidden under Nature's veils. ~ John Dee (date of birth)

Energy is eternal delight; and from the earliest times human beings have tried to imprison it in some durable hieroglyphic. It is perhaps the first of all the subjects of art. ~ Kenneth Clark (born July 13, 1903)

The eye instinctively looks for analogies and amplifies them, so that a face imagined in the pattern of a wallpaper may become more vivid than a photograph. ~ Kenneth Clark

"What is too silly to be said may be sung" — well, yes; but what is too subtle to be said, or too deeply felt, or too revealing or too mysterious — these things can also be sung and can only be sung. ~ Kenneth Clark

We have not to fear anything, except fear itself. ~ Julius Caesar (born July 13)

  • 3 and this is something that defines powerful characteristics. Fear nothing and success is but definite. I love this quote. Zarbon 06:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • I remain dubious as to the authenticity of this attribution, as I can only find internet sources ascribing it or its Latin version to Julius Caesar, and no earlier published sources which do so. ~ Kalki 22:18, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 pending better sourcing, if any. InvisibleSun 23:35, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves. ~ Kenneth Clark

It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation. We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs. ~ Kenneth Clark

If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it? ~ Albert Einstein
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~
We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal. ~ Ingmar Bergman (born 14 July 1918)
Regardless of whether I believe or not, whether I am a Christian or not, I would play my part in the collective building of the cathedral. ~ Ingmar Bergman
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land is made for you and me.

~ Woody Guthrie ~ (born 14 July 1912)
The note of hope is the only note that can help us or save us from falling to the bottom of the heap of evolution, because, largely, about all a human being is, anyway, is just a hoping machine, a working machine ... don't worry — the human race will sing this way as long as there is a human to race. The human race is a pretty old place. ~ Woody Guthrie


I have always admired [Ingmar Bergman], and I wish I could be a equally good filmaker as he is, but it will never happen. His love for the cinema almost gives me a guilty conscience. ~ Steven Spielberg. Ingmar Bergman was born that day.

Freedom is not an exchange — it is freedom. ~ André Malraux

  • 1789 - French Revolution: Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille and free seven prisoners.
  • 3 Aphaia 5 July 2005 06:37 (UTC)
  • 2 Jeff Q (talk) 20:01, 11 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 13 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls. ~ Ingmar Bergman (date of birth)

Regardless of my own beliefs and my own doubts, which are unimportant in this connection, it is my opinion that art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from worship. It severed an umbilical cord and now lives its own sterile life, generating and degenerating itself. In former days the artist remained unknown and his work was to the glory of God... The ability to create was a gift. In such a world flourished invulnerable assurance and natural humility. ~ Ingmar Bergman (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 21:16, 13 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Jeff Q (talk) 20:01, 11 July 2006 (UTC). Humility is hardly the sole domain of the devout. Scientists, regardless of their beliefs, must grasp a greater humility — that they can never truly know the universe. True art requires inspiration, emotion, and imagination, not piety or humility. Sorry, Ingmar. (In fact, I think "invulnerable assurance" is the scariest, most dangerous attitude that exists in humankind. It shouldn't be pined for; it should be pruned away.)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 13 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work. ~ Woody Guthrie (born 14 July 1912)

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island,
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

~ Woody Guthrie ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:49, 13 July 2008 (UTC) * 4 Kalki 17:41, 13 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 13 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The Only Church That Illuminates Is A Burning Church. ~ Buenaventura Durruti

  • 3 Zarbon 02:06, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so. ~ Bertrand Russell
Thar’s only two possibilities: Thar is life out there in the universe which is smarter than we are, or we’re the most intelligent life in the universe. Either way, it’s a mighty sobering thought. ~ Walt Kelly
Eternal vigilance must be maintained to guard against those who seek to stifle ideas, establish a narrow orthodoxy, and divide our nation along arbitrary lines of race, ethnicity, and religious belief or non-belief. ~ Jesse Ventura (born 15 July 1951)
Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice... No law will make a citizen a patriot. ~ Jesse Ventura
Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality. ~ Iris Murdoch (born 15 July 1919)
Try to put well in practice what you already know; and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. ~ Rembrandt (born 15 July 1606)


More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one ~ Napoleon Bonaparte who surrendered on July 15th.

A king should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination. Napoleon Bonaparte

I ran for governor to find out if the American dream still exists in anyone's heart other than mine. I'm living proof that the myths aren't true. The candidate with the most money isn't always the one who wins. You don't have to be a career politician to serve in public office. ~ Jesse Ventura (date of birth)

There's a great need in our government right now for honesty. I speak my mind. You might not always like what you hear, but you're gonna hear it anyway. I call it like I see it; I tell the truth. And if I don't know something, I'll say so. Then I'll try to find the answer. ~ Jesse Ventura (date of birth)

Choose only one master — Nature. ~ Rembrandt (born 15 July 1606)

There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. ~ Walter Benjamin

A well-wrapped statistic is better than Hitler's "big lie"; it misleads, yet it cannot be pinned on you. ~ Darrell Huff (date of birth)

There is terror in numbers... Perhaps we suffer from a trauma induced by grade-school arithmetic. ~ Darrell Huff (date of birth)

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde
When we wish to correct with advantage and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken and that he only failed to see all sides. ~ Blaise Pascal
By the declining day, man is a state of loss, save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance. ~ The Qur'an, Surah 103.
If you build it, he will come. ~ "The Voice" in Field of Dreams (Shoeless Joe Jackson born 16 July 1888)
You'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them — if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry. ~ J. D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye
Ignorance perpetuates itself just as knowledge does. Men write false documents, they preach false doctrine, and those beliefs survive to inspire wickedness in later generations. ... Conversely, some men write and teach about the truth, only to be declared heretic by the wicked. In such cases evil has the advantage, for it will do anything to suppress truth, but the good man limits what he will do to suppress falsehood.
One might almost make a rule of it: "Whoever declares another heretic is himself a devil. Whoever places a relic or artifact above justice, kindness, mercy, or truth is himself a devil and the thing elevated is a work of evil magic." ~ Sheri S. Tepper


It's true — a lot of people have gotten into comedy because of certain influences in their lives or events that were painful, and I really have wracked my brain to figure it out. I pretty much have had a normal childhood. Maybe it was too normal. ~ Will Ferrell (born 16 July 1967)

For the most part, I don't have too many fears. It's like: Why am I even doing it if I'm not going to enjoy it and just go for it? And that manifests itself in different ways. ~ Will Ferrell (born 16 July 1967)

  • 3 Kalki 01:39, 11 July 2007 (UTC) * 2 Kalki 04:23, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:01, 15 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I'm going apply myself when I go back to school next September. It's such a stupid question, in my opinion. I mean how do you know what you're going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don't. I think I am, but how do I know? I swear it's a stupid question. ~ J. D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye (first published on this date in 1951)

What I mean is, lots of time you don't know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn't interest you most. I mean you can't help it sometimes. What I think is, you're supposed to leave somebody alone if he's at least being interesting and he's getting all excited about something. I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice. ~ J. D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye

Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one's own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality. ~ Sheri S. Tepper

Mankind accepts good fortune as his due, but when bad occurs, he thinks it was aimed at him, done to him, a hex, a curse, a punishment by his deity for some transgression, as though his god were a petty storekeeper, counting up the day's receipts... ~ Sheri S. Tepper

To my mind, the expression of divinity is in variety, and the more variable the creation, the more variable the creatures that surround us, botanical and zoological, the more chance we have to learn and to see into life itself, nature itself. ... we need variety. We came from that, we were born from that, it's our world, the world in which we became what we have become. ~ Sheri S. Tepper

I have always lived in a world in which I'm just a spot in history. My life is not the important point. I'm just part of the continuum, and that continuum, to me, is a marvelous thing. The history of life, and the history of the planet, should go on and on and on and on. I cannot conceive of anything in the universe that has more meaning than that. ~ Sheri S. Tepper

Further ideas:
The Trinity explosion 1945
Apollo 11 launch 1969

All animals are equal — but some animals are more equal than others. ~ Animal Farm by George Orwell
Of all the creatures that creep, swim or fly,
Peopling the earth, waters and the sky,
From Rome to Iceland, Paris to Japan,
I really think, the greatest fool is man.

~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux ~
Most of the books, music and movies ever released are not available for sale, anywhere in the world. In the brief time that P2P nets have flourished, the ad-hoc masses of the Internet have managed to put just about everything online. What's more, they've done it far cheaper than any other archiving/revival effort ever. ~ Cory Doctorow (born 17 July 1971)
Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or grasp the ocean with my span,
I must be measured by my soul;
The mind's the standard of the man.

~ Isaac Watts ~ (born 17 July 1674)
Maintain a constant watch at all times against a dogmatical spirit: fix not your assent to any proposition in a firm and unalterable manner, till you have some firm and unalterable ground for it, and till you have arrived at some clear and sure evidence. ~ Isaac Watts
Error is a hardy plant; it flourisheth in every soil;
In the heart of the wise and good, alike with the wicked and foolish;
For there is no error so crooked, but it hath in it some lines of truth;
Nor is any poison so deadly, that it serveth not some wholesome use.

~ Martin Farquhar Tupper ~


The Bitchun Society has had much experience with restores from backup — in the era of the cure for death, people live pretty recklessly. Some people get refreshed a couple dozen times a year. ~ Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Cory was born that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:17, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC) (OK; markup needs work)
  • 1 Kalki 22:20, 16 July 2005 (UTC) this uses obscure terms without much context to go on; I have added a few Cory Doctorow quotes below, that I think would be better.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

First-time novelists have a tough row to hoe. Our publishers don't have a lot of promotional budget to throw at unknown factors like us. Mostly, we rise and fall based on word-of-mouth. ~ Cory Doctorow

  • 2 Kalki 21:47, 16 July 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 22:20, 16 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:53, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

I'd seen how Imagineering worked when they were on their own, building prototypes and conceptual mockups — I knew that the real bottleneck was the constant review and revisions, the ever-fluctuating groupmind consensus of the ad-hoc that commissioned their work. ~ Cory Doctorow

  • 2 Kalki 21:45, 16 July 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 22:20, 16 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:53, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

The Bitchun Society had all but done away with any sort of dull, repetitious labor, and what remained—tending bar, mopping toilets —commanded Whuffie aplenty and a life of leisure in your off-hours.

  • 2 Kalki 22:20, 16 July 2005 (UTC) this also uses obscure terms, as the first suggestion for Doctorow did, but fuller context is implied a bit more clearly.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:53, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Of all the people who failed to buy one of my books today, the vast majority did so because they never heard of them, not because they got a free digital copy from the Internet. ~ Cory Doctorow

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!

~ Isaac Watts ~ (born 17 July 1674)

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

~ Isaac Watts ~

Never give up! it is wiser and better
Always to hope, than once to despair. ~ Martin Farquhar Tupper

  • 3 Zarbon 12:00, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:44, 16 July 2008 (UTC) But would extend this to follow with:
    Fling off the load of Doubt's cankering fetter,
    And break the dark spell of tyrannical care.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:53, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

“Let byegones be byegones,”—they foolishly say,
And bid me be wise and forget them;
But old recollections are active to-day,
And I can do nought but regret them. ~ Martin Farquhar Tupper

Your assumption, and the truth, dine at totally separate tables. ~ J. Michael Straczynski

  • 3 Zarbon 12:03, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:44, 16 July 2008 (UTC) I am inclined to believe such an expression predates this use of it.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:53, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages. ~ Adam Smith, he died on July 17, 1790

  • —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Blueshadow (talkcontribs) May 13, 2007 at 22:16 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:44, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3; would prefer it, however, for June 16 (Smith's birthdate). InvisibleSun 22:53, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love in all he doeth,
Love, a brilliant fire, to gladden or consume:
The wicked work their woe by looking upon love, and hating it:
The righteous find their joys in yearning on its loveliness for ever. ~ Martin Farquhar Tupper

They told us not to wish in the first place, not to aspire, not to try; to be quiet, to play nice, to shoot low and aspire not at all. They are always wrong. Follow your dreams. Make your wishes. Create the future. And above all, believe in yourself. ~ J. Michael Straczynski

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time; and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. ~ Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918)
  • proposed by Aphaia
  • Very similar statements are attributed to others, but this particular form seems to be sourced to his autobiography.
To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; and to forgo even ambition when the end is gained — who can say this is not greatness? ~ William Makepeace Thackeray (born 18 July 1811)
The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray
When I die, my money's not gonna come with me. My movies will live on for people to judge what I was as a person. I just want to stay curious. - Interview for London's Sunday Telegraph magazine, November 2007 ~ Heath Ledger (release date for his final major movie role as The Joker in The Dark Knight) (FYI, Ledger unexpectedly died earlier this year and this is his last film)


Any violence which does not spring from a spiritual base, will be wavering and uncertain. It lacks the stability which can only rest in a fanatical outlook. ~ Adolf Hitler, from Mein Kampf (published that day)

  • 2 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:20, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 23:17, 17 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 but on a more relative date. Zarbon 06:27, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Good humour may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

I'm not good at future planning. I don't plan at all. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow. I don't have a day planner and I don't have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future. ~ Heath Ledger

  • 2 Kalki 01:21, 20 July 2008 (UTC) 4 Kalki 21:03, 17 July 2008 (UTC) different quote was used for actual opening day of The Dark Night]] thus downgrading my ranking of this one.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:28, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Other ideas:
Oops, we have no Thomas Kuhn quote ...

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. ~ Otto von Bismarck
Truth is never ugly when one can find in it what one needs. ~ Edgar Degas (born 19 July 1834)
The museums are here to teach the history of art and something more as well, for, if they stimulate in the weak a desire to imitate, they furnish the strong with the means of their emancipation. ~ Edgar Degas
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty. ~ Edgar Degas


I've fallen and I can't get up. ~ Dorothy McHugh as Mrs. Fletcher in a famous commercial. Dorothy died on July 19th. See w:I've fallen and I can't get up

It is very good to copy what one sees; it is much better to draw what you can't see any more but is in your memory. It is a transformation in which imagination and memory work together. You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary. ~ Edgar Degas (born 19 July 1834)

You have to have a high conception, not of what you are doing, but of what you may do one day: without that, there's no point in working. ~ Edgar Degas (born 19 July 1834)

I should like to be famous and unknown. ~ Edgar Degas

War does not determine who is right — only who is left. ~ Bertrand Russell

  • proposed by IP, no clear relation to date.
  • 1 Kalki 14:30, 18 July 2007 (UTC) good quote, but no clear relation to date.
  • 4 if it were used on the right date Zarbon 06:29, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Father Ted (series two episode, "Hell") Father Dougal's take on July 19: Would that be the day the Ice Age ended?

  • proposed by IP something or other, no clear relation to date.

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. ~ Education and the Social Order by Bertrand Russell
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. ~ Neil Armstrong on first stepping onto the surface of the moon, 20th July 1969.
You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated. ~ Edmund Hillary (born 20 July 1919)
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. ~ Edmund Hillary (this attribution may be erroneous)
Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure. ~ Petrarch


Houston: Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. ~ (Neil Armstrong, first words of a human on the moon)

  • 3 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:52 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 27 June 2005 11:30 (UTC) Like this, but...well...it's a cliche and all, but the step quote is, quite possibly, the most recognized quote ever :)
  • 4 Kalki 01:14, 20 July 2008 (UTC) 1 Kalki 05:20, 17 July 2006 (UTC) I preferred to keep this one in reserve for the 40th anniversary of the landing in 2009; and thus ranked it at 1, but now give it a 4.
  • 1 per Kalki. Will {talk) 23:43, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 Zarbon 06:31, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it. ~ Edmund Hillary (born 20 July 1919)

  • 3 Kalki 05:20, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:31, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

A good death does honor to a whole life. ~ Petrarch

  • 4 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

To be able to say how much you love is to love but little. ~ Petrarch

  • 2 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

Books have led some to learning and others to madness, when they swallow more than they can digest. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

It is better to will the good than to know the truth. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. ~ Petrarch

  • 2 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

Love is the crowning grace of humanity. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 02:59, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

The powers, aspirations, and mission of man are such as to raise the study of his origin and nature, inevitably and by the very necessity of the case, from the mere physiological to the psychological stage of scientific operations. ~ Richard Owen

  • 3 Fossil 21:04, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Manifold subsequent experience has led to a truer appreciation and a more moderate estimate of the importance of the dependence of one living being upon another. ~ Richard Owen

  • 4 Fossil 21:04, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

The barge she sat in, like a burnishd throne, burnd on the water; the poop was beaten gold, purple the sails, and so perfumed, that the winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver, which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made the water which they beat to follow faster, as amorous of their strokes. For her own person, it beggard all description ~ "Enobarbus" in Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~ Elbert Hubbard
We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for awhile, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. ~ Carl Sagan
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. ~ Ernest Hemingway (date of birth)
If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. ~ J. K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (a quote from the first "Harry Potter" book on the date of release of the 7th and last of the series.)
No one thing is true. It's all true. ~ Ernest Hemingway


The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. ~ Marshall McLuhan (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 13:36, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The medium is the message. ~ Marshall McLuhan (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 13:36, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ~ Ernest Hemingway (date of birth)

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It's been that way all this year. It's been that way so many times. All of war is that way. ~ Ernest Hemingway (date of birth)

  • 4 Kalki 22:11, 20 July 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 13:36, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:21, 19 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. ~ Robin Williams (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 13:36, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Don't you feel a change a coming from another side of time, breaking down the walls of silence, lifting shadows from your mind. ~ Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 13:59, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come and I believe it could be, something good has begun. ~ Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 13:59, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. ~ J. K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (a quote from the first "Harry Potter" book on the date of release of the 7th and last of the series.)

  • 3 Kalki 17:50, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because actions speak louder than words and to remain asleep is to kill your chances of doing anything else. Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

One can no more prevent the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. In the case of the sailor, this is called a tide; in the case of the guilty, it is called remorse. ~ Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
What a folly to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal. ~ John Howe
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
~ Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus" (born 22 July 1849)
We thought we were done with these things but we were wrong.
We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
We thought the long train would run to the end of Time.
We thought the light would increase.
Now the long train stands derailed and the bandits loot it.
Now the boar and the asp have power in our time.
Now the night rolls back on the West and the night is solid.
Our fathers and ourselves sowed dragon's teeth.
Our children know and suffer the armed men.

~ Stephen Vincent Benét ~ (born 22 July 1898)
Life is not lost by dying! Life is lost
Minute by minute, day by dragging day,
In all the thousand, small, uncaring ways,
The smooth appeasing compromises of time,
Which are King Herod and King Herod's men,
Always and always. Life can be
Lost without vision but not lost by death,
Lost by not caring, willing, going on
Beyond the ragged edge of fortitude
To something more — something no man has ever seen.

~ Stephen Vincent Benét ~
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.

~ Emma Lazarus ~


Do not disturb my circles! ~ Archimedes to Roman soldier, in honor of Pi Approximation Day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:42, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:15, 22 July 2008 (UTC) * 2 Kalki 22:12, 20 July 2005 (UTC) I would like to use this eventually, and as there are few other dates with any clear relation, I'm willing to settle with this.
  • 2. Since the quote would need an explanation of context, it doesn't really work well for QOTD. - InvisibleSun 22:42, 21 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.' ~ Winston Churchill
I'll tell you this — No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn. ~ Jim Morrison
The private detective of fiction is a fantastic creation who acts and speaks like a real man. He can be completely realistic in every sense but one, that one sense being that in life as we know it such a man would not be a private detective. ~ Raymond Chandler (born 23 July 1888)
Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor. He talks as the man of his age talks, that is, with rude wit, a lively sense of the grotesque, a disgust for sham, and a contempt for pettiness. ~ Raymond Chandler (born 23 July 1888)
Our system presumes that there are certain principles that are more important than the temper of the times. ~ Anthony Kennedy (born 23 July 1936)
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph. ~ Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia (born 23 July 1892)


I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn't need a gun, you'd better take one along that worked. ~ Raymond Chandler (born 23 July 1888)

  • 3 Kalki 21:53, 22 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:19, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because trust is fine, but sometimes it is better to be prepared. Zarbon 06:36, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled. ~ Raymond Chandler (born 23 July 1888)

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency. ~ Raymond Chandler (born 23 July 1888)

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is beside the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech. ~ Anthony Kennedy (born July 23, 1936)

We must never lose sight of the fact that the law has a moral foundation, and we must never fail to ask ourselves not only what the law is, but what the law should be. ~ Anthony Kennedy

The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act — and if necessary, to suffer and die — for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied. These lessons must be learned anew by each succeeding generation, and that generation is fortunate indeed which learns from other than its own bitter experience. ~ Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

  • 3 Kalki 17:35, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:36, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. ~ Will Rogers
Had we but world enough, and time, this coyness, Lady, were no crime. ~ Andrew Marvell
Thro' many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home. ~ John Newton, in "Amazing Grace"
There is one story and one story only.
Dwell on her graciousness, dwell on her smiling,
Do not forget what flowers
The great boar trampled down in ivy time.
Her brow was creamy as the long ninth wave,
Her sea-blue eyes were wild.
But nothing promised that is not performed.

~ Robert Graves ~
New beginnings and new shoots
Spring again from hidden roots
Pull or stab or cut or burn,
Love must ever yet return.

~ Robert Graves ~
Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil. I am content to observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape from it, and with this I begin and end. ~ John Newton


What is the world at its best but a little round field of the moving pictures with two walking together in it? ~ O. Henry, released from prison that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:48, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:29, 23 July 2007 (UTC) But more inclined to use it on O. Henry's birthdate.
  • 2 --Coyote 23:03, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

War was return of earth to ugly earth,
War was foundering of sublimities,
Extinction of each happy art and faith
By which the world had still kept head in air.
~ Robert Graves (born 24 July 1895)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:35, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:29, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 --Coyote 23:03, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Take your delight in momentariness,
Walk between dark and dark — a shining space
With the grave’s narrowness, though not its peace.
~ Robert Graves

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:35, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:29, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 --Coyote 23:03, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

When a dream is born in you
With a sudden clamorous pain,
When you know the dream is true
And lovely, with no flaw nor stain,
O then, be careful, or with sudden clutch
You'll hurt the delicate thing you prize so much.

~ Robert Graves ~

  • 3 Kalki 17:29, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:00, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 --Coyote 23:03, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

How will I ever get out of this labyrinth? ~ Simón Bolívar (born July 24)

  • 3 Zarbon 17:25, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Art and Anger: Essays on Politics and the Imagination - Page 55 by Ilan Stavans - Political Science - 2001
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

If Nature is against us, we shall fight Nature, and make it obey. ~ Simón Bolívar (born July 24)

  • 3 because this is a pure depiction of using mighty nature in comparison to any obstacle. Power can be won over anything. Zarbon 17:25, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Birth of a World: Bolivar in Terms of His Peoples - Page 55 by Waldo David Frank - 1951
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

The art of victory is learned in defeat. ~ Simón Bolívar (born July 24)

  • 4 because one may never win if one does not understand defeat. Zarbon 17:25, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Birth of a World: Bolivar in Terms of His Peoples - Page 315 - by Waldo David Frank - 1951
  • 3 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Sleeping on a plank has one advantage - it encourages early rising. ~ Alexandre Dumas

  • 2 Zarbon 19:35, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

~ John Newton ~

  • 4 Kalki 23:49, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:35, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

The three greatest fools of History have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote . . . and me! ~ Simón Bolívar (born July 24)

  • 3 Kalki 23:56, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:47, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. ~ William Blake
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge (died 25 July 1834)
There seem to be magic days once in a while, with some rare quality of light that hold a body spellbound... Then comes the hard part: how to plan a picture so as to give to others what has happened to you. To render in paint an experience, to suggest the sense of light and color, air and space... ~ Maxfield Parrish (born 25 July 1870)
To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance. ~ Eric Hoffer (born 25 July 1902)
Though ours is a godless age, it is the very opposite of irreligious. The true believer is everywhere on the march, and both by converting and antagonizing he is shaping the world in his own image. ~ Eric Hoffer


Good and evil grow up together and are bound in an equilibrium that cannot be sundered. The most we can do is try to tilt the equilibrium toward the good. ~ Eric Hoffer (born 25 July 1902)

  • 4 Kalki 18:29, 25 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:09, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 09:13, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Coyote 20:32, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 I prefer the dark side of the Force. Good is but a perspective. Zarbon 06:42, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

In a big picture you can see what o'clock it is afternoon or morning if it's hot or cold winter or summer & what kind of people are there & what they are doing and why they are doing it. The sentiments run beyond words. If a man makes a hot day he makes it like a hot day he once saw or is seeing if a sweet face a face he once saw or which he imagines from old memories or parts of memories & his knowledge and he combines never creates but at the very first combination no man & less of all himself could ever disentangle the feelings that animated him just then & refer each one to its right place. ~ Thomas Eakins (born July 25, 1844)

I have but little patience with the false modesty which is the greatest enemy to all figure painting. I see no impropriety in looking at the most beautiful of Nature's works, the naked figure. ~ Thomas Eakins

If by politeness then is meant goodness, it is appreciated by me as I trust it always has been, but if it is to mean the string of ceremonies generally used for concealing ill nature, and which have been found necessary to the existence of every society whose members are wanting in self respect and morality, I detest it more than ever. ~ Thomas Eakins

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. ~ Eric Hoffer

  • 4 Zarbon 06:21, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is. ~ Carl Jung (born 26 July 1875)
Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. ~ Carl Jung (born 26 July 1875)
Pardon him, Theodotus; he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature. ~ George Bernard Shaw (born 26 July 1856)
To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves. ~ Aldous Huxley (born July 26, 1894)
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy. ~ Carl Jung


Lingvo internacia de la venontaj generacioj estos sole kaj nepre nur lingvo arta. Ludoviko Zamenhof, in honor of w:Unua Libro being published that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:59, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Quotes of the day for en: should be in en unless they are well-known in en literature in their original language (cf. Caesar). 121a0012 15:40, Jun 25, 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction." Potsdam Declaration, made this day in 1945
(Text from Wikisource.)

An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door opened, Attlee got out. ~ Winston Churchill Clement Attlee became British PM on this day

All great truths begin as blasphemies.. ~ George Bernard Shaw (date of birth)

The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.. ~ George Bernard Shaw (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:59, 25 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:14, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because I like the comparison between a good pilot and a great pilot. Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

We are so captivated by and entangled in our subjective consciousness that we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions. ~ Carl Jung (date of birth)

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it. ~ Carl Jung (date of birth)

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. ~ Aldous Huxley

If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. ~ Aldous Huxley

The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. ~ Aldous Huxley

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. ~ Aldous Huxley

Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw

  • melonduh :]
  • 2 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. ~ George Bernard Shaw (date of birth)

  • 2 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane. ~ Kevin Spacey

  • 2 Zarbon 19:42, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

As the rising sun melts thinly frozen ice, so the Japanese Army is overcoming Chinese troops. ~ Shunroku Hata

  • 3 Zarbon 05:31, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

We should not miss the present opportunity or we shall be blamed by posterity. ~ Shunroku Hata

  • 4 Zarbon 05:31, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists from Man and Superman

  • 4 ~ UDScott 19:49, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:41, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq. ~ Paul Wolfowitz
When I was a kid my parents used to tell me: "Don't go near the cellar door, Emo!" One day when they were away, I went to the door and opened it... and I saw birds and trees... ~ Emo Philips
From quiet homes and first beginning, Out to the undiscovered ends, There's nothing worth the wear of winning, But laughter and the love of friends. ~ Hilaire Belloc (born 27 July 1870)
In soft deluding lies let fools delight. A shadow marks our days, which end in Night. ~ Hilaire Belloc
A heart, a heart that hurts, is a heart, a heart that works. ~ Juliana Hatfield‎ (born 27 July 1967)
It was my shame, and now it is my boast, That I have loved you rather more than most. ~ Hilaire Belloc


Hello Fry, I am...[stops mid-sentence, throws multi-sided dice]...pleased to meet you" (Gary Gygax, born that day, voicing himself on Futurama)

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 10:02, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 121a0012 June 28, 2005 02:36 (UTC) (I've never seen a single-sided die.)
  • 1 because there are hundreds if not thousands of better Futurama quotes. Zarbon 14:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Quamquam haec severa matromonia. -- Tacitus

  • However there the marriage is serious
  • 3 Aphaia (very personal preference, this day is our marriage day ;-)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game. ~ Gary Gygax

The books I write because I want to read them, the games because I want to play them, and stories I tell because I find them exciting personally. ~ Gary Gygax

Of courtesy it is much less than courage of heart or holiness, yet in my walks it seems to me that the Grace of God is in courtesy. ~ Hilaire Belloc (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 19:52, 26 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 14:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. ~ Sherlock Holmes

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  • 2 Kalki 20:33, 26 July 2007 (UTC) No clear relation to the date.
  • 3 Coyote 23:38, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

I have never been ecstatic
Had a flower but it never bloomed
In the darkness of my wasted youth
It was hiding in the shadows
Learning to become invisible.
Uncover me.

~ Juliana Hatfield‎ ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:33, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Oh! once the harp of Innisfail
Was strung full high to notes of gladness;
But yet it often told a tale
Of more prevailing sadness. ~ Thomas Campbell

  • 3 Zarbon 19:48, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~ Oprah Winfrey
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve. ~ Karl Popper (born 28 July 1902) in Objective Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach (1972)
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong. ~ Karl Popper
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure. ~ Karl Popper
If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, "Tell the Truth." If I got three more words, I'd add, "All the time." ~ Randy Pausch


One man can make a difference and every man should try. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (born 28 July 1929)

  • 3 Kalki 00:10, 28 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:43, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Minimum information given with maximum politeness. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 00:10, 28 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:43, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you. ~ Karl Popper (date of birth)

Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite. ~ Karl Popper (date of birth)

We do not choose political freedom because it promises us this or that. We choose it because it makes possible the only dignified form of human coexistence, the only form in which we can be fully responsible for ourselves. Whether we realize its possibilities depends on all kinds of things — and above all on ourselves. ~ Karl Popper

Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain. ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins (born July 28, 1844)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:28, 23 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 12:26, 27 July 2007 (UTC) This just doesn't strike me as a strong statement of much.
  • 2 Zarbon 14:43, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap
May who ne'er hung there.
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things. ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:28, 23 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 12:26, 27 July 2007 (UTC) No clear context as is. If used I would prefer to add at least:
    All is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
    Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

    And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things...

— but even extended thus I would probably still only rank it at 2. A stronger statement from the same poem is proposed below.
  • 1 Zarbon 14:43, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The World is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?

~ Gerard Manley Hopkins ~

  • 3 Kalki 12:26, 27 July 2007 (UTC) A stronger and clearer statement from the poem suggested above, which could also be extended further to include the above lines, but I am still inclined to prefer something by Popper at this point.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:45, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:43, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

When imperialism feels weak, it resorts to brute force. ~ Hugo Chávez

  • 2 Zarbon 20:02, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:12, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

And the Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulphur still today. ~ Hugo Chávez

  • 4 Zarbon 20:02, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 15:12, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army. ~ John Ashbery

  • 2 Zarbon 20:02, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:12, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free. ~ Henry David Thoreau
In all people I see myself, none more and not one a barley-corn less, and the good or bad I say of myself I say of them. ~ Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass
All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can't get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer. ~ IBM maintenance manual, 1925
  • proposed by MosheZadka in honor of ENIAC, the world's first digital computer, being reactivated on 29 July 1947, after a memory upgrade that took the better part of a year
No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville (born 29 July 1805)
God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld (date of birth)
The Congress hereby declares that it is the policy of the United States that activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind. ~ "National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958" creating NASA (signed by President Dwight Eisenhower on the 29th of July 1958; 50th anniversary of NASA in 2008)


Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. A mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld (born 29 July 1905)

Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend to them. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld (date of birth)

For all that has been: Thanks. For all that will be: Yes. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld (date of birth)

what man calls civilization always results in deserts ~ Don Marquis (date of birth)

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. ~ Don Marquis (date of birth)

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; But if you really make them think, they'll hate you. ~ Don Marquis (date of birth)

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville (date of birth)

The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville (date of birth)

Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville (date of birth)

Fascism is definitely and absolutely opposed to the doctrines of liberalism, both in the political and economic sphere. ~ Benito Mussolini (date of birth)

Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. ~ Benito Mussolini (date of birth)

Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts. ~ Benito Mussolini (born July 29)

  • 3 because courage and preparedness are key to victory. Zarbon 16:51, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 15:04, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

For my part I prefer fifty thousand rifles to five million votes. ~ Benito Mussolini (born July 29)

  • 4 because having power is important, moreso than having every single person agree with it. Zarbon 16:51, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:04, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

It's good to trust others, but not to do so is much better. ~ Benito Mussolini (born July 29)

  • 3 because trust is good, but it is always good to be prepared. Zarbon 16:51, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:04, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The effective execution of a Plan is what counts and not mere planning on paper; it is not what we put on our plate or even what we eat that provides nourishment and growth, but what we digest. ~ J. R. D. Tata

  • 2 Zarbon 20:10, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:39, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

  • On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament!], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. ~ Charles Babbage
I just know that something good is going to happen. I don't know when — but just saying it could even make it happen. ~ Kate Bush (born 30 July 1958)
No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heaven's glories shine,
And Faith shines equal, arming me from Fear.

~ Emily Brontë ~ (born 30 July 1818)
What am I singing?
A song of seeds
The food of love.
Eat the music.

~ Kate Bush ~
Just being alive
It can really hurt.
These moments given
Are a gift from time.
Just let us try
To give these moments back
To those we love
To those who will survive.

~ Kate Bush ~
I don't know you,
And you don't know me.
It is this that brings us together.

~ Kate Bush ~


Vain are the thousand creeds that move men's hearts: unutterably vain... ~ Emily Brontë (date of birth)

  • 2 Kalki 18:11, 29 July 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 21:59, 29 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 14:49, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

With wide-embracing love
Thy Spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.

Though earth and moon were gone,
And suns and universes ceased to be,
And Thou wert left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.

There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou —THOU art Being and Breath,
And what THOU art may never be destroyed.
~ Emily Brontë ~

  • 2 Kalki 18:11, 29 July 2007 (UTC) From one of my favorite poems, and I might someday rank it a 4, but not this year... 3 Kalki 21:59, 29 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:49, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Moving stranger,
Does it really matter,
As long as you're not afraid to feel?
Touch me, hold me.
How my open arms ache!
Try to fall for me.
~ Kate Bush ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:59, 29 July 2005 (UTC) Or just the first three lines... I've varying preferences on it.
  • 1 Zarbon 14:49, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn't know what all the yelling was about. I didn't realize that my body was moving. It's a natural thing to me. So to the manager backstage I said, 'What'd I do? What'd I do?' And he said, 'Whatever it is, go back and do it again.
- Elvis Presley - Interview (March/April, 1972)

  • 3 --Revera 09:47, 26 July 2008 (UTC) (30 July 1954 was the date Elvis Presley made his debut as a public performer).
  • 2 Zarbon 15:09, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

"Fortunes may come and Fortunes may go, but a bankrupt spirit only God can know."
- C.L. Mareydt (2008)

History would be an excellent thing if only it were true. ~ Leo Tolstoy
Blue Moon, now I'm no longer alone, without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own. ~ Lorenz Hart (a Blue moon occurred on 31 July 2004)
I think I'd most like to spend a day with Harry. I'd take him out for a meal and apologise for everything I've put him through. ~ J. K. Rowling, (born 31 July 1965)
I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible. ~ Milton Friedman (born 31 July 1912)
In order for the wheel to turn, for life to be lived, impurities are needed, and the impurities of impurities in the soil, too, as is known, if it is to be fertile. Dissension, diversity, the grain of salt and mustard are needed: Fascism does not want them, forbids them, and that’s why you’re not a Fascist; it wants everybody to be the same, and you are not. But immaculate virtue does not exist either, or if it exists it is detestable. ~ Primo Levi


I beg the reader not to go in search of messages. It is a term that I detest because it distresses me greatly, for it forces on me clothes that are not mine, which in fact belong to a human type that I distrust; the prophet, the soothsayer, the seer. I am none of these; I’m a normal man with a good memory who fell into a maelstrom and got out of it more by luck than by virtue. ~ Primo Levi (born July 31, 1919)

In history and in life one sometimes seems to glimpse a ferocious law which states: "to he that has, will be given; from he that has not, will be taken away." ~ Primo Levi

The bond between a man and his profession is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood completely only when it is broken: by exile or emigration in the case of one's country, by retirement in the case of a trade or profession. ~ Primo Levi

The future of humanity is uncertain, even in the most prosperous countries, and the quality of life deteriorates; and yet I believe that what is being discovered about the infinitely large and infinitely small is sufficient to absolve this end of the century and millennium. What a very few are acquiring in knowledge of the physical world will perhaps cause this period not to be judged as a pure return of barbarism. ~ Primo Levi

Intolerance is inclined to censor, and censorship promotes ignorance of the arguments of others and thus intolerance itself: a rigid, vicious circle that is hard to break. ~ Primo Levi

The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well. ~ J. K. Rowling

  • 2 Kalki 22:00, 30 July 2007 (UTC) Very significant line of the Harry Potter series, but no strong desire to use it this year.
  • 1 Zarbon 14:52, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used. (Perhaps, at most, only one quote per day should be ranked thus by any user, as to avoid confusions.)
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.