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This page lists quote of the day proposals specifically for dates in the month of June, 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: June 2008

Ranking system:

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

2004
In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff
2005
I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it. ~ Alanis Morissette (born 1 June 1974)
  • This was the last quotation that was selected from the Quote of the Day proposals page, prior to setting up the current system of ranking quotes to be used for each day of the year. It was first proposed on that page on 8 August 2004 by IP 24.167.93.227 ~ Kalki
2006
Surprise becomes effective when we suddenly face the enemy at one point with far more troops than he expected. This type of numerical superiority is quite distinct from numerical superiority in general: it is the most powerful medium in the art of war. ~ Carl von Clausewitz (born 1 June 1780)
2007
Strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one’s balance in spite of them. Even with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still function like a ship’s compass, which records the slightest variations however rough the sea. ~ Carl von Clausewitz
2008
There are times when the utmost daring is the height of wisdom. ~ Carl von Clausewitz
2009

Suggestions

Intelligence alone is not courage, we often see that the most intelligent people are irresolute. Since in the rush of events a man is governed by feelings rather than by thought, the intellect needs to arouse the quality of courage, which then supports and sustains it in action. ~ Carl von Clausewitz

  • 3 because those who are smart aren't always those who are the victors in a dangerous situation. Sometimes it takes more than intellect to overcome unparalleled odds. And this quote I cherish because many people can write and fight with words, but few can actually show action. Zarbon 17:06, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

The invention of gunpowder and the constant improvement of firearms are enough in themselves to show that the advance of civilization has done nothing practical to alter or deflect the impulse to destroy the enemy, which is central to the very idea of war. ~ Carl von Clausewitz

  • 3 because this is true. The very existence of these vast improvements in artillery signal that the idea of war will always be stagnant. Zarbon 17:06, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

...the side that feels the lesser urge for peace will naturally get the better bargain. ~ Carl von Clausewitz

  • 4 because those who are far from heavy sympathy and peacefulness are those who end up obtaining most of the power, and hence, "the better bargain". Zarbon 17:06, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Beauty cannot be defined by abscissas and ordinates; neither are circles and ellipses created by their geometrical formulas. ~ Carl von Clausewitz

  • 3 because something that is beautiful for one may not be beautiful for another and vice versa. Zarbon 17:06, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Where execution is dominant, as it is in the individual events of a war whether great or small, then intellectual factors are reduced to a minimum. ~ Carl von Clausewitz

  • 3 because execution is the final judgment, but alas, a weaker form of proving a point where intellect fails. Zarbon 17:06, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

...it intuitively seems correct that the brain is just some sort of computer—it just seems natural. ... But it has undermined almost all of our work to build intelligent machines and understand thinking. It's just wrong ... the brain isn't like a computer at all. ~ Jeff Hawkins (born June 1)

  • 2 because the functions of the brain and its capacity in similarity to the workings of a computer have been compared often. Zarbon 16:15, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

I never have hurt any person any other way except with this unruly member, my tongue. ~ Brigham Young (born June 1)

  • 2 because words are a weapon. Zarbon 16:15, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Angels are those beings who have been on an earth like this, and have passed through the same ordeals that we are now passing through...All the difference between men and angels is, men are passing through the day of trial that angels have already passed through. ~ Brigham Young

  • 2 eh, I just like the credit given to angels having experience beforehand. I shortened the quote since it was rather long. Zarbon 16:15, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Never let a day so pass that you will have cause to say, "I will live better tomorrow." ~ Brigham Young

  • 3 because the desired tomorrow may never come. Zarbon 16:15, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

I want to live perfectly above the law, and make it my servant instead of my master. ~ Brigham Young

  • 2 I think what Young is trying to say here is that making the law one's servant is the same as serving the law...which is actually corresponding with law. To master the law, would actually be going against it...nice way of putting it, a little confusing, but nice nonetheless. Zarbon 16:15, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Any complex activity, if it is to be carried on with any degree of virtuosity, calls for appropriate gifts of intellect and temperament. If they are outstanding and reveal themselves in exceptional achievements, their possessor is called a "genius". ~ Carl von Clausewitz


With uncertainty in one scale, courage and self-confidence should be thrown into the other to correct the balance. The greater they are, the greater the margin that can be left for accidents. ~ Carl von Clausewitz


If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead. ~ Carl von Clausewitz


Great things alone can make a great mind, and petty things will make a petty mind unless a man rejects them as completely alien. ~ Carl von Clausewitz



2004
The difference between a hooker and a ho ain't nothin' but a fee. ~ Cheryl James ("Salt" of the rap group "Salt 'N' Pepa")
  • proposed by IP 66.157.59.118
2005
I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat. ~ W. Mark Felt (recent revelation of identity)
2006
A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms. ~ Thomas Hardy (born 2 June 1840)
2007
To find themselves utterly alone at night where company is desirable and expected makes some people fearful; but a case more trying by far to the nerves is to discover some mysterious companionship when intuition, sensation, memory, analogy, testimony, probability, induction — every kind of evidence in the logician's list — have united to persuade consciousness that it is quite in isolation. ~ Thomas Hardy
2008
The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people. ~ Cornel West
2009

Suggestions

If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time. ~ Billy Joel

—This unsigned comment is by Mrfandango (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki 20:53, 1 June 2007 (UTC) Good quote but no clear relation to the date; the one by Martha Washington (upon a similar theme) that I've added below is related to her birthday today.
  • 1 Zarbon 13:19, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

I am fond of only what comes from the heart. ~ Martha Washington

  • 3 Kalki 20:53, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1. This is an unsourced quote. InvisibleSun 22:46, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 13:19, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

~ Thomas Hardy ~


Above the plain rose the hill, above the hill rose the barrow, and above the barrow rose the figure. Above the figure was nothing that could be mapped elsewhere than on a celestial globe. ~ Thomas Hardy


The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people. ~ Cornel West


To be an intellectual really means to speak a truth that allows suffering to speak. ~ Cornel West


They don't pay me to think, they pay me to be an Admiral. ~ Archibald Berkeley Milne

  • 3 Zarbon 06:22, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1. This is an unsourced quote. InvisibleSun 22:12, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen! ~ John Godfrey Saxe


2004
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ~ W. Clement Stone
2005
A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense. Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt. The "taken for granted" is the test of sanity... In these times, the hardest task for social or political activists is to find a way to get people to wonder again about what we all believe is true. The challenge is to sow doubt. ~ Lawrence Lessig (born 3 June 1961)
2006
It's a bumper sticker culture. People have to get it like that, and if they don't, if it takes three seconds to make them understand, you're off their radar screen. Three seconds to understand, or you lose. This is our problem. ~ Lawrence Lessig
2007
We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut." ~ Lawrence Lessig
2008
When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place. ~ Lawrence Lessig
2009

Suggestions

You can't incent a dead person. No matter what we do, Hawthorne will not produce any more works, no matter how much we pay him. ~ Lawrence Lessig

  • 4 because the dead remains dead...and the dead doesn't continue to please the public. The hint of this is to cherish something while it is still alive. Zarbon 17:13, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

The object of preaching is, constantly to remind mankind of what mankind are constantly forgetting; not to supply the defects of human intelligence, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions. ~ Sydney Smith (born June 3)

  • 2 because he says it as it is. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of every thing. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 3 because there's ignorance of some things, and there's complete ignorance of all things around, which can abound to weakness. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Every day sends to their graves a number of obscure men who have only remained obscure because their timidity has prevented them from making a first effort. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 3 because I agree. Many people who are timid, don't make an effort...but the possibilities would be endless if they did. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

No man can ever end with being superior, who will not begin with being inferior. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 3 because everyone starts inferior at something. It takes time to become superior, it doesn't happen overnight. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 2 Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 04:14, 4 June 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC) This I would normally rank a 4, but for this year, I am preferring another Lessig quote.
  • 4 Lyle 18:11, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they can not be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them. ~ Sydney Smith

  • 2 because this one is rather comical, although it holds some abundant truth to it. Zarbon 16:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. ~ Stevie Wonder
2005
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. ~ Socrates
2006
Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul. ~ Victor Hugo in Les Misérables
  • proposed by Kalki earliest recorded solar eclipse (disputed), in China, 4 June 780 BC.
2007
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge —
That myth is more potent than history.
I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts —
That hope always triumphs over experience —
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
~ Robert Fulghum ~
2008
To insist on one's place in the scheme of things and to live up to that place.
To empower others in their reaching for some place in the scheme of things.
To do these things is to make fairy tales come true.
~ Robert Fulghum ~
2009

Suggestions

Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts. ~ Robert Fulghum

  • 4 because sometimes, words can hurt deeper than anything else. Zarbon 23:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:52, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:47, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Love the battle between chaos and imagination. ~ Robert Fulghum

  • 3 because love for imagination will combat chaos and vice versa. Having love for this process, this battle, is what makes life worth living. Zarbon 23:05, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:52, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:47, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. Then no friends would not be like yourself (all friends would be as loyal as yourself). If you make a mistake, do not be afraid to correct it. --Confucius

  • 4 Aphaia 11:16, 30 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 and I like the quote...I just don't see any relevance. On what day would Confucius be best to quote...considering his birth is unknown. I would rate this quote high, a 3 most likely, on a relevant date. Zarbon 03:27, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:52, 3 June 2008 (UTC) (as there is no clear relevance to the date, but clearly also not any that would be... this is a problem on the QOTD with most of the more ancient philosophers.)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:47, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

I recall an old Sufi story of a good man who was granted one wish by God. The man said he would like to go about doing good without knowing about it. God granted his wish. And then God decided that it was such a good idea, he would grant that wish to all human beings.
And so it has been to this day. ~ Robert Fulghum


Be aware of wonder. And then remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned — the biggest word of all — LOOK. ~ Robert Fulghum


The human race has found out the hard way that we are what we do, not just what we think. This is true for kids and adults — for schoolrooms and nations. ~ Robert Fulghum



2004
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
2005
A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind. ~ John Maynard Keynes (born 5 June 1883)
2006
Nobody knows you. No. But I sing of you.
For posterity I sing of your profile and grace.
Of the signal maturity of your understanding.
Of your appetite for death and the taste of its mouth.
Of the sadness of your once valiant gaiety.

~ Federico García Lorca (born 5 June 1898)
2007
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds. ~ John Maynard Keynes
2008
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking. ~ John Maynard Keynes
2009

Suggestions

Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. (June,3,1944) ~ General George Smith Patton, Jr.

  • Deuxhero 01:23, 13 May 2007 (UTC) Rationale:June 5th is when his famous speech to the 3rd army was given (along with this quote).
  • 2 Kalki 19:55, 4 June 2007 (UTC) The famous speech, with slight variations, was actually given out over several days in June as Patton addressed the troops at several locations.
  • 3 Always liked this quote Zarbon 13:21, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. ~ John Maynard Keynes


Little black horse.
Where are you taking your dead rider? ~ Federico García Lorca

  • 3 if the nice imagery of the horse is seen here. Zarbon 04:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 14:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die. ~ Federico García Lorca

  • 4 because this is a great quote. In both instances, it seems to be out of our hands, so to speak. It was never the decision of the person who is born to want to be born, and likewise, the worry is never attributed with any instance. Nice, nice picture depicted here. Zarbon 04:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

The reward for living is the living itself. ~ Charles Hartshorne

  • 3 although simplistic, it gets the message across. Zarbon 04:59, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

We live in a century in which everything has been said. The challenge today is to learn which statements to deny. ~ Charles Hartshorne


I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal. ~ John Maynard Keynes

  • 2 because this says it outright. Zarbon 05:10, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2. The quote could use more context to see what he was referring to. InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward. ~ John Maynard Keynes

  • 2 for another outright gesture. Zarbon 05:10, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 14:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

If you owe your bank a hundred pounds, you have a problem. But if you owe a million, it has. ~ John Maynard Keynes

  • 2 for being a rather comical outlook. Zarbon 05:10, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong. ~ John Maynard Keynes

  • 3 for using correct terminologies as descriptive paraphrasing. Zarbon 05:10, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone. ~ John Maynard Keynes

  • 3 for being outright. Zarbon 05:10, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3; but did he really say "most wickedest" and not "most wicked"? InvisibleSun 22:07, 4 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
Do nothing, and everything is done. ~ Laozi
  • suggested by IP 68.201.219.53
2005
Fearing no insult, asking for no crown, receive with indifference both flattery and slander, and do not argue with a fool. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin (born 6 June 1799 {26 May O.S.})
2006
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. ~ The Book of Revelation
  • selected by Kalki; once a century date of 06/06/06; too rare a link to this old chestnut to pass up
2007
Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them. ~ Thomas Mann
2008
I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor. ~ Pierre Corneille
2009

Suggestions

The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin

  • 3 because sometimes, illusion can steer us away from problems. Zarbon 23:09, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

‘Tis time, my friend, ‘tis time!
For rest the heart is aching;
Days follow days in flight, and every day is taking
Fragments of being, while together you and I
Make plans to live. Look, all is dust, and we shall die. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin


Time cools, time clarifies, no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because time mends the pain of loss and suffering. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because the dead is unaware of suffering, but the survivors carry the weight of anguish and loss within. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because without the firing of these pistols, ringing of bells, blaring of trumpets, etc. mankind wouldn't distinguish where in time they stand. It's particularly nice how Mann decides to personify "time" as a character in itself. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because obsession and possession of a certain idea...makes one become devoured by its very essence, and almost every move one makes, one makes revolving around that idea. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Who is all-powerful should fear everything. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 because those who have the power, trust no one. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

After having won a scepter, few are so generous as to disdain the pleasures of ruling. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 because it is difficult to avoid the intrigues of power when being at the height of power. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Your virtue raises your glory above your crime. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 because to fight with virtue is glorious. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

To die for one’s country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 4 because this quote brilliantly depicts the epitome of that which I stand for. The gallant march to death. The very beauty of death. Yes, the magnificently charming texture of death, best depicted here in the verbalization of the context of this quote. And yes, the death for one's country is so beautiful, darn...beautiful. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 because without risk, there would be no excitement. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

He who fears not death fears not a threat. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 because the acceptance of death is admirable. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 because kings are human, and they too make mistakes. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Reason and love are sworn enemies. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 and I love this quote. For those who decide with their heart are those who are "love" oriented. I, on the other hand, prefer the "reason" ascribed people. But regardless of any side, the beautiful image is painted well in this quote, as the characterization of "love" and "reason" is witnessed, neither is "right" and neither is "wrong", but both are different. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

One is often guilty by being too just. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 well said. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Sir, what does it matter whom I serve, so long as I am right? ~ Pierre Corneille


We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. ~ William Ralph Inge

  • 2 for being outright. Zarbon 06:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3. 1. This quote is unsourced. InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
    • I sourced the quote. You may recast your vote. Zarbon 22:24, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better." ~ William Ralph Inge

  • 2 for clarifying the difference between fools in a vivid manner. Zarbon 06:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3. 1. This quote is unsourced. InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
    • I sourced the quote. You may recast your vote. Zarbon 22:24, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Civilization is a disease which is almost invariably fatal. ~ William Ralph Inge

  • 3 because this statement says what I believe...all civilizations must come to an end. Zarbon 06:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2. 1. This quote is unsourced. InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
    • I sourced the quote. You may recast your vote. Zarbon 22:24, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

We are most likely to get angry and excited in our opposition to some idea when we ourselves are not quite certain of our own position, and are inwardly tempted to take the other side. ~ Thomas Mann


Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate. ~ Thomas Mann


For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death have no sovereignty over his thoughts. And with that, I wake up. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 but I'd find the knowledge of death to control man's fate, regardless of his wanting it or not. Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

While in the life of the human race the mythical is an early and primitive stage, in the life of the individual it is a late and mature one. ~ Thomas Mann


The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 and that's the highest I could give this one after I had already examined Corneille fully. Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

The greater the effort, the greater the glory. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 and that's the highest I could give this one after I had already examined Corneille fully. Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 Kalki 23:05, 5 June 2008 (UTC) 4 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC) Personally I still much prefer this to any on the page, but am making a tactical shift to favor another one by Corneille, which everyone else agrees is impressive.
  • 2 and I don't particularly find this quote excessively exhilarating. I don't quite comprehend what is meant by "leaving it to heaven". Is it like saying you will be judged if you do and judged if you don't?...a bit confusing. Maybe if it's better explained. Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
I actually don't approve of turning the QOTD suggestion pages into running commentaries on the quotes (which can often indicate very poor understanding or nearly complete obliviousness about what has been expressed very eloquently by others), but I will respond to this query, and indicate why I held this in higher value than the others.
It is somewhat related to the quote which was selected, in that it indicates one's happiness is not always in one's control, and cannot always be assured, but one's efforts to cleave to an honorable path is something that ultimately depends upon one's own integrity and not that of others, nor upon one's external fortunes. To elaborate on it a little further, I would say that it indicates very succinctly: Do what is right to do, and attempt what is right to attempt — without regard to success or failure, or to punishments and rewards. Leave that which cannot be known to fate, and make efforts to do what one knows to be worthy of doing in a noble way. There is no higher duty than that. One cannot usually have a clear idea of the full results of one's efforts in many regards, but one can have a clear idea of whether something is a worthy effort or not. That which helps and advances noble causes is worthy to attempt, that which merely petty and destructive towards anyone is petty and destructive to one's own integrity and path of honor. ~ Kalki 04:44, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Indeed, the message was similar to that expressed by the quote chosen. I ranked it accordingly as a 2 then. I don't normally ask for an explanation of meaning, this was uncommon and it had to be cleared as a rarity, thanks for taking the time to explain my dear comrade. Zarbon 11:31, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Upon the brink of the wild stream
He stood, and dreamt a mighty dream.

~ Aleksandr Pushkin ~

  • 3 Kalki 23:05, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:52, 6 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe. ~ Euripides
2005
Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks (born 7 June 1917)
2006
Nature has mysterious infinities and imaginative power. It is always varying the productions it offers to us. The artist himself is one of nature's means. ~ Paul Gauguin (born 7 June 1848)
2007
Exhaust the little moment.
Soon it dies.
And be it gash or gold it will not come
Again in this identical guise.

~ Gwendolyn Brooks ~
2008
A young man who is unable to commit a folly is already an old man. ~ Paul Gauguin (born 7 June 1848)
2009

Suggestions

No one wants my painting because it is different from other people's— peculiar, crazy public that demands the greatest possible degree of originality on the painter's part and yet won't accept him unless his work resembles that of the others! ~ Paul Gauguin (born June 7, 1848)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 05:51, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 12:53, 6 June 2006 (UTC) A bit too petulant to be entirely admirable.
  • 2 Zarbon 13:23, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Art is a refining and evocative translation of the materials of the world. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks


As you get older, you find that often the wheat, disentangling itself from the chaff, comes out to meet you.
~ Gwendolyn Brooks ~


Art hurts. Art urges voyages — and it is easier to stay at home. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks


A time will come when people will think I am a myth, or rather something the newspapers have made up. ~ Paul Gauguin


2004
It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action. ~ Lin Yutang
2005
I have something to tell you today. Mac OS X has been leading a secret double life — for the past five years. ~ Steve Jobs (on the plans for Apple Computer to begin using Intel processors in its Macintosh computers)
2006
The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright (born 8 June 1867)
2007
I knew that good like bad becomes a routine, that the temporary tends to endure, that what is external permeates to the inside, and that the mask, given time, comes to be the face itself. ~ Marguerite Yourcenar
2008
History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, "Can't you remember anything I told you?" and lets fly with a club. ~ John W. Campbell (born 8 June 1910)
2009

Suggestions

Every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright (born 8 June 1867)


The scientist has marched in and taken the place of the poet. But one day somebody will find the solution to the problems of the world and remember, it will be a poet, not a scientist. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright (born 8 June 1867)


Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright (born 8 June 1867)


The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright (born 8 June 1867)


The written word has taught me to listen to the human voice, much as the great unchanging statues have taught me to appreciate bodily motions. ~ Marguerite Yourcenar (born June 8, 1903)


Nothing is slower than the true birth of a man. ~ Marguerite Yourcenar

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:32, 7 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:31, 7 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this one is great. It takes a long time for man to understand. Zarbon 13:27, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books. ~ Marguerite Yourcenar


The memory of most men is an abandoned cemetery where lie, unsung and unhonored, the dead whom they have ceased to cherish. ~ Marguerite Yourcenar


Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch. ~ Tim Berners-Lee

  • 3 because being committed requires one to sometimes make sacrifices...missing lunch is a comical example, but well said regardless. Zarbon 06:20, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:11, 7 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. ~ David Hume
2005
There are always good parts. They may not pay what you want, and they may not have as many days' work as you want, they may not have the billing that you want, they may not have a lot of things, but — the content of the role itself — I find there are many roles. ~ Anne Bancroft (recent death)
2006
When you were born in this world
Everyone laughed while you cried
Conduct not yourself in manner such
That they laugh when you are gone.

~ Kabir (à propos of recent death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi)
2007
What is this thing called love?
This funny thing called love?

~ Cole Porter ~
2008
Be a clown, be a clown,
All the world loves a clown.
Act the fool, play the calf,
And you'll always have the last laugh.
~ Cole Porter ~
2009

Suggestions

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above.
Don't fence me in. ~ Cole Porter


I get no kick from champagne.
Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all,
So tell me why it should be true
That I get a kick out of you? ~ Cole Porter

  • 2 Zarbon 03:44, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:29, 24 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. ~ Ronald Reagan (recent death)
2005
A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. It tells us that for every human being there is a diversity of existences, that the single existence is itself an illusion in part, that these many existences signify something, tend to something, fulfill something; it promises us meaning, harmony and even justice. ~ Saul Bellow (born 10 June 1915)
2006
All that you see has appeared because of Love.
All shines from Love,
All pulses with Love,
All flows from Love —
No, once again, all is Love!

~ Fakhruddin 'Iraqi (born 10 June 1213)
2007
Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love. ~ Saul Bellow
2008
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. ~ E. O. Wilson
2009

Suggestions

Writers are greatly respected. The intelligent public is wonderfully patient with them, continues to read them, and endures disappointment after disappointment, waiting to hear from art what it does not hear from theology, philosophy, social theory, and what it cannot hear from pure science. Out of the struggle at the center has come an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are, and what this life is for. ~ Saul Bellow (born June 10, 1915)


A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. ~ Saul Bellow


Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. ~ Saul Bellow


Apparently the rise of consciousness is linked to certain kinds of privation. It is the bitterness of self-consciousness that we knowers know best. Critical of the illusions that sustained mankind in earlier times, this self-consciousness of ours does little to sustain us now. The question is: which is disenchanted, the world itself or the consciousness we have of it? ~ Saul Bellow


Writers, poets, painters, musicians, philosophers, political thinkers, to name only a few of the categories affected, must woo their readers, viewers, listeners, from distraction. To this we must add, for simple realism demands it, that these same writers, painters, etc., are themselves the children of distraction. As such, they are peculiarly qualified to approach the distracted multitudes. They will have experienced the seductions as well as the destructiveness of the forces we have been considering here. This is the destructive element in which we do not need to be summoned to immerse ourselves, for we were born to it. ~ Saul Bellow


For the first time in history, the human species as a whole has gone into politics. Everyone is in the act, and there is no telling what may come of it. ~ Saul Bellow


We are all such accidents. We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice. We make what we can of our condition with the means available. We must accept the mixture as we find it — the impurity of it, the tragedy of it, the hope of it. ~ Saul Bellow


In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves. ~ Saul Bellow


Most joyful let the Poet be;
It is through him that all men see. ~ William Ellery Channing (born June 10)

  • 4 because the poet illustrates for others. Zarbon 17:15, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:55, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:42, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

And when he came to the place where the wild things are, they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws till Max said, "Be still" and tamed them with the magic trick of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once. And they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all and made him king of all wild things. ~ Maurice Sendak (born June 10, 1928)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:42, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 I liked the wild things books when I was young. Zarbon 14:58, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things. ~ Maurice Sendak


Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy. We sentimentalize children, but they know what's real and what's not. They understand metaphor and symbol. ~ Maurice Sendak

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:42, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 although I don't particularly agree with this assumption. Zarbon 14:58, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Children are willing to expose themselves to experiences. We aren't. Grownups always say they protect their children, but they're really protecting themselves. Besides, you can't protect children. They know everything. ~ Maurice Sendak


2004
Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way. ~ Ronald Reagan (recent death)
2005
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads. ~ William Styron (born 11 June 1925)
2006
In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be.

~ Ben Jonson (born 11 June 1572)
2007
The world is wide; no two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from one another. ~ John Constable
2008
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. ~ Ben Jonson (born June 11, 1572)
2009

Suggestions

Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant; and of all tame, a flatterer. ~ Ben Jonson (born June 11, 1572)


Robes loosely flowing, hair as free,
Such sweet neglect more taketh me
Than all the adulteries of art:
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.

~ Ben Jonson ~ (born June 11, 1572)


Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.

~ Ben Jonson ~ (born June 11, 1572)


The great vice of the present day is bravura, an attempt to do something beyond the truth. In endeavouring to do something better than well, they do what in reality is good for nothing. Fashion always had, & will have, its day — but truth (in all things) only will last, and can only have just claims on posterity. ~ John Constable (born June 11, 1776)


There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, — light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. ~ John Constable

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:18, 10 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 21:33, 10 June 2007 (UTC) Though I don't agree with all the ways by which this statement might be interpreted, it is a powerful statement. I do believe that there is actually ugliness in the world, which exists as a quality in many situations, but apart from circumstances, and most especially the circumstances of how they are perceived, there are no absolutely ugly "things" as such.
  • 2 Zarbon 13:35, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

We see nothing truly till we understand it. ~ John Constable


2004
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
2005
I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop and to express all that's inside me! ~ Anne Frank (born 12 June 1929)
2006
If one is but secure at the foundation, he will not be pained by departure from minor details or affairs that are contrary to expectation. But in the end, the details of a matter are important. The right and wrong of one's way of doing things are found in trivial matters. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo (born 12 June 1659)
2007
I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again. ~ Anne Frank
2008
We are adhering to life now with our last muscle — the heart. ~ Djuna Barnes
2009

Suggestions

Give me a dozen men who are not afraid to die, and I'll accomplish what all the Generals and Admirals with all their Armies and Battleships cannot. ~ Otto Skorzeny (born June 12)

  • 3 because this redefines courage and seriously outlines the great secret missions that he undertook. Zarbon 04:52, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:07, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

My knowledge of pain, learned with the sabre, taught me not to be afraid. And just as in dueling when you must concentrate on your enemy's cheek, so, too, in war. You cannot waste time on feinting and sidestepping. You must decide on your target and go in. ~ Otto Skorzeny (born June 12)

  • 4 because eradicating fear is worthwhile, and the comparison between sabre dueling and timing is brilliant. I would have gave this a 4, but I am limiting that rating to my three favorite quotes of all time (September 22, October 4, and November 30) Zarbon 04:52, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:07, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else. ~ Len Wein (born June 12)


Never be embarrassed by the things you cannot do. Be embarrassed by the things you can do and don't do well. ~ Len Wein


Everyone's got the same insecurities as you
Believe me it is true
Do not be afraid
To show people the real you. ~ Justin Heazlewood


It is possible to tell things by a handshake. ~ George H. W. Bush


I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater. And if our flaws are endless, God's love is truly boundless. ~ George H. W. Bush

  • 2 and I don't really like this quote, but it's one of the few even worth mentioning from the slew of quotes on his page. Zarbon 17:30, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:07, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 11 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level. ~ Bertrand Russell
2005
Talent perceives differences, Genius unity. ~ William Butler Yeats (born 13 June 1865)
2006
It is difficult to know yourself if you do not know others. To all Ways there are side-tracks. If you study a Way daily, and your spirit diverges, you may think you are obeying a good way, but objectively it is not the true Way. If you are following the true Way and diverge a little, this will later become a large divergence. You must realise this. ~ Miyamoto Musashi (died 13 June 1645)
2007
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with the golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

~ William Butler Yeats ~
2008
So long as all is ordered for attack, and that alone, leaders will instinctively increase the number of enemies that they may give their followers something to do. ~ William Butler Yeats
2009

Suggestions

A line will take us hours maybe;
Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought,
Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
Better go down upon your marrow-bones
And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;
For to articulate sweet sounds together
Is to work harder than all these, and yet
Be thought an idler by the noisy set
Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen
The martyrs call the world.

~ William Butler Yeats ~


I am content to follow to its source
Every event in action or in thought;
Measure the lot; forgive myself the lot!
When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blest.

~ William Butler Yeats ~


All hatred driven hence,
The soul recovers radical innocence
And learns at last that it is self-delighting,
Self-appeasing, self-affrighting,
And that its own sweet will is Heaven’s will;
She can, though every face should scowl
And every windy quarter howl
Or every bellows burst, be happy still.

~ William Butler Yeats ~


Man can embody truth but he cannot know it. ~ William Butler Yeats


A powerful class by terror, rhetoric, and organised sentimentality, may drive their people to war but the day draws near when they cannot keep them there. ~ William Butler Yeats


A lofty morality should be tolerant, for none declare its laws but those worn out with its warfare, and they must pity sinners. ~ William Butler Yeats



2004
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. ~ Arnold J. Toynbee
2005
At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality... We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force. ~ Che Guevara (14 June 1928 is his official date of birth, though it is disputed)
2006
The longest day must have its close — the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night, and the night of the just to an eternal day. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe (born 14 June 1811)
2007
That play of black upon white, white upon black, has the intent and takes the form of creative art. It has in it a flow of the spirit and a harmony of music. Everything is lost when suddenly a false note is struck, or one party in a duet suddenly launches forth on an eccentric flight of his own. A masterpiece of a game can be ruined by insensitivity to the feelings of an adversary. ~ Yasunari Kawabata (born 14 June 1899)
2008
True love ennobles and dignifies the material labors of life; and homely services rendered for love's sake have in them a poetry that is immortal. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
2009

Suggestions

The Zen disciple sits for long hours silent and motionless, with his eyes closed. Presently he enters a state of impassivity, free from all ideas and all thoughts. He departs from the self and enters the realm of nothingness. This is not the nothingness or the emptiness of the West. It is rather the reverse, a universe of the spirit in which everything communicates freely with everything, transcending bounds, limitless. ... The disciple must, however, always be lord of his own thoughts, and must attain enlightenment through his own efforts. And the emphasis is less upon reason and argument than upon intuition, immediate feeling. Enlightenment comes not from teaching but through the eye awakened inwardly. Truth is in "the discarding of words", it lies "outside words"... ~ Yasunari Kawabata


What makes saintliness in my view, as distinguished from ordinary goodness, is a certain quality of magnanimity and greatness of soul that brings life within the circle of the heroic. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe


O, with what freshness, what solemnity and beauty, is each new day born; as if to say to insensate man, "Behold! thou hast one more chance! Strive for immortal glory!" There is no speech nor language where this voice is not heard; but the bold, bad man heard it not. He woke with an oath and a curse. What to him was the gold and purple, the daily miracle of morning! ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe


By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond? ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe


In our zeal as revolutionists we try to move ahead as fast as possible, clearing the way, but knowing we must draw our sustenance from the mass and that it can advance more rapidly only if we inspire it by our example. ~ Che Guevara

  • 3 Kalki 01:31, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:24, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • A footnote on the Wikipedia page for Che Guevara states: "Guevara's birth certificate was incorrectly and purposely dated one month later: June 14, 1928. Che's mother was three months pregnant when she married his father. To avoid possible scandal, she had a Rosario doctor forge the birth certificate to say that Che was born on June 14, instead of May 14, and then told her family he was born 2 months premature (Anderson 1997, p. 3)." As the WP and WQ pages now have a DOB of May 14, perhaps his QotD nominations should be moved to that day. - InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

In moments of great peril it is easy to muster a powerful response to moral stimuli; but for them to retain their effect requires the development of a consciousness in which there is a new priority of values. ~ Che Guevara


In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish. ~ Donald Trump

  • 3 because accomplishments are what people remember, negative or positive. What you undertake, a struggle so to speak, you keep to yourself. Zarbon 17:37, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:49, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Many things are possible. Few things are certain. ~ Harry Turtledove


The earth is alive. If it was not, it could not produce: If you find a piece of earth that is dead, you cannot produce anything from it, except you resurrect it and restore it to life. ~ Heber C. Kimball


Fiction has to be plausible. All history has to do is happen. ~ Harry Turtledove


2004
Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. ~ Albert Schweitzer
2005
If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow. ~ William McFee (born 15 June 1881)
2006
Responsibility's like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight. ~ William McFee (born 15 June 1881)
2007
All that you know is at an end. ~ The "Silver Surfer" in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
2008
I protect my right to be a Catholic by preserving your right to believe as a Jew, a Protestant, or non-believer, or as anything else you choose. We know that the price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that they might some day force theirs on us. ~ Mario Cuomo
2009

Suggestions

Doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune. ~ William McFee (born 15 June 1881)


The world belongs to the Enthusiast who keeps cool. ~ William McFee (born 15 June 1881)


If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow. ~ William McFee

  • 3 because fate is interwoven as a characterization here, and to go against one's own fate is to battle against destiny. In essence, this is a nice quote, although in some cases, when someone's fate is sealed, there's nothing a person can do to prevent it's outcome. Zarbon 05:33, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
This was used on this date in 2005. ~ Kalki 15:33, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week. ~ Mario Cuomo

  • 3 because actions speak louder than words. Zarbon 02:54, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:33, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:26, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Let's turn inflation over to the post office. That'll slow it down. ~ Morris Udall

  • 2 for comedic value. Zarbon 02:54, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:33, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:26, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Everything has been said but not everyone has said it. ~ Morris Udall

  • 2 Zarbon 02:54, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:33, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 0. This quote is unsourced. When I tried to source it, I came up with several variants and several people to whom it was attributed. Perhaps it would be better, then, to pass on this one for now. - InvisibleSun 22:26, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

When established identities become outworn or unfinished ones threaten to remain incomplete, special crises compel men to wage holy wars, by the cruelest means, against those who seem to question or threaten their unsafe ideological bases. ~ Erik Erikson


2004
Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll
2005
I cannot think we are useless or Usen would not have created us. He created all tribes of men and certainly had a righteous purpose in creating each. ~ Geronimo (born 16 June 1829)
2006
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. ~ Abraham Lincoln's "House Divided" speech, 16 June 1858)
2007
It's no use, says he. Force, hatred, history, all that. That's not life for men and women, insult and hatred. And everybody knows that it's the very opposite of that that is really life. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses
2008
When you're 50 you start thinking about things you haven’t thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity — but actually it's about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial. ~ Joyce Carol Oates
2009

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A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals to discovery. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses (Bloomsday)


History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses

  • This has now been used, on 2 February 2008 3 Kalki 23:20, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:27, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses


Values exist in a transcendental realm, beyond space and time. They can neither be fought for, nor destroyed. ~ Enoch Powell


The mocker is never taken seriously when he is most serious. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses

  • 3 Kalki 21:01, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 and I like this quote. It refers to the "boy who cried wolf" scenario, where no one believes him when truly needed. I am compelled to give this a higher rating at a later date. Zarbon 00:17, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 15:43, 15 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
Love loves to love love. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses
  • selected by Kalki (selected on the 100th "anniversary" of Bloomsday, but a day late to mark the "centennial" celebrations themselves...)
2005
I observed, "Love is the fulfilling of the law, the end of the commandment." It is not only "the first and great" command, but all the commandments in one. "Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise," they are all comprised in this one word, love. ~ John Wesley (born 17 June 1703 — but this was in Old Style reckonings, actually 28 June by the modern Gregorian calendar)
2006
Some would say that it is too idealistic to believe in a society based on tolerance and the sanctity of human life, where borders, nationalities and ideologies are of marginal importance. To those I say, this is not idealism, but rather realism, because history has taught us that war rarely resolves our differences. Force does not heal old wounds; it opens new ones. ~ Mohamed ElBaradei (born 17 June 1942)
2007
Nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our cities 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 (born 17 June 1945)
2008
Our security strategies have not yet caught up with the risks we are facing. The globalization that has swept away the barriers to the movement of goods, ideas and people has also swept with it barriers that confined and localized security threats. ~ Mohamed ElBaradei (born June 17, 1942)
2009

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We must abandon the unworkable notion that it is morally reprehensible for some countries to pursue weapons of mass destruction, yet morally acceptable for others to rely on them for security - and indeed to continue to refine their capacities and postulate plans for their use. Wikipedia:Mohamed_ElBaradei - Birthday

  • Liquidice5 14:51, 16 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:16, 16 June 2006 (UTC) A good quote, but I believe the others below are better ones.
  • 3 Jeff Q (talk) 23:32, 16 June 2006 (UTC). I'm embarrassed that my country is the world's most obvious transgressor in this matter, and that many of my fellow citizens cannot seem to comprehend the hypocrisy. How are we any better than the terrible nationalists in any other nation, in any other time in history? Oh, yeah — because we're right. Sigh.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:04, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:29, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Whether one believes in evolution, intelligent design, or Divine Creation, one thing is certain. Since the beginning of history, human beings have been at war with each other, under the pretext of religion, ideology, ethnicity and other reasons. And no civilization has ever willingly given up its most powerful weapons. We seem to agree today that we can share modern technology, but we still refuse to acknowledge that our values — at their very core — are shared values. ~ Mohamed ElBaradei (born June 17, 1942)

  • 3 Kalki 20:16, 16 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Jeff Q (talk) 23:32, 16 June 2006 (UTC). Mostly true, but there are enough unshared values, particularly between the chaotic freedom of democracy and the cruel stability of authoritarianism, to start those wars easily.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:04, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:29, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

The global community has become irreversibly interdependent, with the constant movement of people, ideas, goods and resources. In such a world, we must combat terrorism with an infectious security culture that crosses borders — an inclusive approach to security based on solidarity and the value of human life. In such a world, weapons of mass destruction have no place. ~ Mohamed ElBaradei (born June 17, 1942)

  • 3 Kalki 20:16, 16 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Jeff Q (talk) 23:32, 16 June 2006 (UTC). 'Tis but a noble dream, Mr. ElBaradei.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:04, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:29, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Films and gramophone records, music, books and buildings show clearly how vigorously a man's life and work go on after his death, whether we feel it or not, whether we are aware of the individual names or not. There is no such thing as death according to our view! ~ Martin Bormann (born June 17)

  • 4 because death is never an end, and life will always continue in memories. Zarbon 04:17, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:03, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

We have severely underestimated the Russians, the extent of the country and the treachery of the climate. This is the revenge of reality. ~ Heinz Guderian (born June 17)

  • 3 because the mistake of Napoleon was the same as evidenced here, the power of Russia's winter was unparalleled. Zarbon 04:38, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:03, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread. ~ Heinz Guderian (born June 17)

  • 3 because this is a good comparison between tank attacks and actual fighting. Zarbon 06:47, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:03, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:19, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

We live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms, as we sometimes seem to. ~ M. C. Escher


My work is a game, a very serious game. ~ M. C. Escher


The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation. ~ M. C. Escher


2004
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. ~ G. K. Chesterton
2005
In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. ~ Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942)
2006
Will you still need me,
will you still feed me,
when I'm sixty-four?
~ Paul McCartney, "When I'm Sixty-Four" (McCartney turned 64 on 18 June 2006)
2007
The day after Columbine, I was interviewed... The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?" No, I said, I wouldn't say that... The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song ... The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous..." ~ Roger Ebert
2008
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won. ~ Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, on the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815)
2009

Suggestions

I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it. ~ Roger Ebert's famous review of the 1994 Rob Reiner comedy North

—This unsigned comment is by Waluigi Twin (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki 19:11, 17 June 2007 (UTC) Good quote, but I would prefer to use one of his more profound statements about life issues in general.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:11, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

It is an interesting law of romance that a truly strong woman will chose a strong man who disagrees with her over a weak one who goes along. Strength demands intelligence, intelligence demands stimulation, and weakness is boring. It is better to find a partner you can contend with for a lifetime than one who accommodates you because he doesn't really care. ~ Roger Ebert

  • 3 Kalki 19:11, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:16, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:11, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 20:47, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

I believe we are born with our minds open to wonderful experiences, and only slowly learn to limit ourselves to narrow tastes. We are taught to lose our curiosity by the bludgeon-blows of mass marketing, which brainwash us to see "hits," and discourage exploration. ~ Roger Ebert


A plot is about things that happen. A story is about people who behave. To admire a story you must be willing to listen to the people and observe them. ~ Roger Ebert


There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else. ~ Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis


The ability of so many people to live comfortably with the idea of capital punishment is perhaps a clue to how so many Europeans were able to live with the idea of the Holocaust: Once you accept the notion that the state has the right to kill someone and the right to define what is a capital crime, aren't you halfway there? ~Roger Ebert

  • 3 Lyle 21:00, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:58, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:23, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:10, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

The history of a battle, is not unlike the history of a ball. Some individuals may recollect all the little events of which the great result is the battle won or lost, but no individual can recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which, they occurred, which makes all the difference as to their value or importance. ~ Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, on the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815)


Waterloo will wipe out the memory of my forty victories; but that which nothing can wipe out is my Civil Code. That will live forever. ~ Napoleon I of France, on the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815), and the Napoleonic code.


2004
I'm not a prettier everywoman. I am an everywoman that they clean up awfully well for TV. ~ Kelly Ripa
  • suggested by IP 66.157.63.6
2005
True eloquence makes light of eloquence, true morality makes light of morality... To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher. ~ Blaise Pascal (born 19 June 1623)
2006
It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. ~ Aung San Suu Kyi (born 19 June 1945)
2007
We are gradually being conditioned to accept violence as a sensual pleasure. The directors used to say they were showing us its real face and how ugly it was in order to sensitize us to its horrors. You don't have to be very keen to see that they are now in fact desensitizing us. They are saying that everyone is brutal, and the heroes must be as brutal as the villains or they turn into fools. There seems to be an assumption that if you're offended by movie brutality, you are somehow playing into the hands of the people who want censorship... Yet surely, when night after night atrocities are served up to us as entertainment, it's worth some anxiety. ... How can people go on talking about the dazzling brilliance of movies and not notice that the directors are sucking up to the thugs in the audience? ~ Pauline Kael
2008
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. ~ Aung San Suu Kyi
2009

Suggestions

Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize. ~ Pauline Kael (born June 19, 1919)


I loved writing about things when I was excited about them... It's painful writing about the bad things in an art form, particularly when young kids are going to be enthusiastic about those things, because they haven't seen anything better, or anything different. ~ Pauline Kael


The recurrence of certain themes in movies suggests that each generation wants romance restated in slightly new terms, and of course it’s one of the pleasures of movies as a popular art that they can answer this need. ~ Pauline Kael


When you clean them up, when you make movies respectable, you kill them. The wellspring of their art, their greatness, is in not being respectable ~ Pauline Kael

  • 3 Kalki 22:02, 18 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:54, 18 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because beauty is found only in the original product. Zarbon 04:16, 24 April 2008 (UTC)


2004
Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that a soldier, a soldier's servant, a cook, a porter brags and wishes to have his admirers. Even philosophers wish for them. Those who write against it want to have the glory of having written well; and those who read it desire the glory of having read it. I who write this have perhaps this desire, and perhaps those who will read it... ~ Blaise Pascal
2005
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions. ~ Lillian Hellman (born 20 June 1905)
2006
We wanted to bring some love to the world. I thought we were good at doing that. Bringin' love to the world. ~ Brian Wilson (born 20 June 1942)
2007
If there's not love present, it's much, much harder to function. When there's love present, it's easier to deal with life. ~ Brian Wilson
2008
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt. ~ Lillian Hellman
2009

Suggestions

In 2008 this will be the official date (UTC) of the Summer solstice for locations in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter solstice in the Southern.

The idea that I can be presented with a problem, set out to logically solve it with the tools at hand, and wind up with a program that could not be legally used because someone else followed the same logical steps some years ago and filed for a patent on it is horrifying. ~ John Carmack, in celebration of the two year anniversary of the expiry of the infamous U.S. Patent 4,558,302 pertaining to GIF generation.

  • 3 MosheZadka 00:03, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 21:42, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 although I highly respect Carmack's prior game work heavily, groundbreaking to say the least, this quote isn't a very memorable one. Zarbon 04:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Humor — it helps to make the vibe better — it loosens up the vibrations. ~ Brian Wilson (born June 20, 1942)

  • 3 Kalki 21:42, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier. ~ Lillian Hellman

  • 3 because loneliness is sometimes contageous. Zarbon 05:42, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Child of mortality, whence comest thou? Why is thy countenance sad, and why are thine eyes red with weeping? ~ Anna Letitia Barbauld

  • 3 Zarbon 03:24, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

OH! hear a pensive captive's prayer,
For liberty that sighs ;
And never let thine heart be shut
Against the prisoner's cries. ~ Anna Letitia Barbauld

  • 3 Zarbon 03:24, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

However important it is that love shall precede marriage, it is far more important that it shall continue after marriage. ~ Samson Raphael Hirsch

  • 3 because a love marriage is only as good as the extent to which it lasts. It's much more important that the couple love each other after marriage than before marriage. This has nice meaning to it. Zarbon 03:24, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

I like my whisky old and my women young. ~ Errol Flynn

  • 2 for comedic value. Zarbon 03:24, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
2005
Life has no meaning a priori...It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre (born 21 June 1905)
2006
Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior. ~ Mary McCarthy (born 21 June 1912)
2007
Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling… ~ Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass (Solstice date 2007)
2008
Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
2009

Suggestions

This date is usually that of the Summer solstice for most locations in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter solstice in the Southern.


If someone tells you he is going to make "a realistic decision", you immediately understand that he is going to do something bad. ~ Mary McCarthy


To be disesteemed by people you don’t have much respect for is not the worst fate. ~ Mary McCarthy


Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils. ~ Mary McCarthy

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:58, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Kalki 21:23, 20 June 2007 (UTC) I am more inclined to use something relating to the solstice, at least for this year.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. ... To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


O great wide beautiful wonderful World
With the wonderful waters around you curled
And the beautiful grass upon your breast
O World you are beautifully dressed. ~ John Crowley

  • 3 Ningauble 16:52, 18 November 2008 (UTC) (suggested for the solstice)


2004
How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. ~ Niels Bohr
2005
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient... Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach — waiting for a gift from the sea. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh (born 22 June 1906)
2006
The intellectual is constantly betrayed by his vanity. Godlike he blandly assumes that he can express everything in words; whereas the things one loves, lives, and dies for are not, in the last analysis completely expressible in words. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
2007
Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
2008
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we are at no loss to perceive that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind. ~ Wilhelm von Humboldt
2009

Suggestions

You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia,' but only slightly less well-known is this: 'Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!' - Vizzini, The Princess Bride

Rationale: On June 22, Nazi Germany began w:Operation Barbarossa -- got into a land war an Asia, a major turning point in WWII.
  • 3 MosheZadka 00:12, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2. I love this quote, but my fellow Americans might question which nation's mistakes are being celebrated here, especially if followed in 4 days by the Malraux quote. Jeff Q (talk) 10:45, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 One of my favorites from the movie, I remember laughing out loud at its perfect delivery, but I don't feel it makes a great QotD. ~ Kalki 20:19, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:25, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 07:34, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

The US has broken the second rule of war. That is, don't go fighting with your land army on the mainland of Asia. Rule One is don't march on Moscow. I developed these two rules myself. ~ Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery as it seems a little more relevant to w:Operation Barbarossa.

  • Also I added it myself AllanHainey 12:53, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is true. Russia's winter is nature's powerful gift that helped win two wars, one against Napoleon and another against Hitler. I love this quote. Zarbon 04:25, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:34, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh (born 22 June 1906)


One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh


God was a dream of good government. You will soon have your God, and you will make it with your own hands. ~ Morpheus (Deus Ex) (Rationale: the release date of Deus Ex)

—This unsigned comment is by Deuxhero (talkcontribs) .
Seconded. I loved how snooping around in that game could lead you to things that would make the game so much better. --Dandin1 01:39, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. All these and other factors combined, if the circumstances are right, can teach and can lead to rebirth. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh


In tradition and in books an integral part of the individual persists, for it can influence the minds and actions of other people in different places and at different times: a row of black marks on a page can move a man to tears, though the bones of him that wrote it are long ago crumbled to dust. In truth, the whole progress of civilization is based upon this power. ~ Julian Huxley (born 22 June 1887)


Man is a product of nearly three billion years of evolution, in whose person the evolutionary process has at last become conscious of itself and its possibilities. Whether he likes it or not, he is responsible for the whole further evolution of our planet. ~ Julian Huxley


What we now need is a multitude of participants to take part in the great discussion and to join in the search for the larger truth and the more fruitful patterns of belief which we confidently believe is waiting to be elicited. ~ Julian Huxley


The true end of Man, or that which is prescribed by the eternal and immutable dictates of reason, and not suggested by vague and transient desires, is the highest and most harmonious development of his powers to a complete and consistent whole. ~ Wilhelm von Humboldt (born 22 June 1767)


That government is best which makes itself unnecessary. ~ Wilhelm von Humboldt



2004
Every man should be capable of all ideas. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
2005
Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. ~ Alan Turing (born 23 June 1912)
2006
We thought: we're poor, we have nothing, but when we started losing one after the other so each day became remembrance day, we started composing poems about God's great generosity and — our former riches. ~ Anna Akhmatova (born 23 June 1889)
2007
I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild. ~ KT Tunstall (born 23 June 1975)
2008
We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. ~ Alan Turing
2009

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When you're forty, half of you belongs to the past--and when you're seventy, nearly all of you. ~ Jean Anouilh

  • 3 because the older you get, the more difficult it becomes to forget. Zarbon 03:43, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 16:39, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

It is always the one who reacts who is punished, never the one who provokes. ~ Zinedine Zidane

  • 3 Zarbon 03:43, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: July 12, 2006
  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:39, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

There is nothing that dulls a personality so much as a negative outlook. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley


Please don’t nag yourself with thoughts of failure. Do not set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. Simply do what you can do, in the best way you know, and the Lord will accept of your effort. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley


In all of living have much of fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley


To define each of us by our race is nothing short of a denial of our humanity. ~ Clarence Thomas


2004
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold
2005
Conservative, n. A statesman enamored of existing evils, as opposed to a Liberal, who wants to replace them with new ones. ~ Ambrose Bierce (born 24 June 1842)
2006
There is nothing better or more necessary than love. ~ John of the Cross (born 24 June 1542)
2007
Absurdity, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. ~ Ambrose Bierce
2008
All I do is done in love; all I suffer, I suffer in the sweetness of love. ~ John of the Cross (born this day)
2009

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Guilt, n. The condition of one who is known to have committed an indiscretion, as distinguished from the state of him who has covered his tracks. ~ Ambrose Bierce, born that day.


Acquaintance, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. ~ Ambrose Bierce, born that day.


Circus, n. A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool. ~ Ambrose Bierce, born that day.


My sole occupation is love. ~ John of the Cross (born this day)



2004
Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out. ~ Hugh Latimer
2005
Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ~ George Orwell (born 25 June 1903)
2006
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. ~ George Orwell (born 25 June 1903)
2007
I always disagree ... when people end up saying that we can only combat Communism, Fascism or what not if we develop an equal fanaticism. It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's intelligence. In the same way, a man can kill a tiger because he is not like a tiger and uses his brain to invent the rifle, which no tiger could ever do. ~ George Orwell
2008
By "nationalism" I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled "good" or "bad." ... By "patriotism" I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseperable from the desire for power. ~ George Orwell
2009

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Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees. David Letterman

Rationale: Last episode of w:Late Night with David Letterman aired on June 25, 1993
  • 3 MosheZadka 00:32, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Jeff Q (talk) 11:41, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 11:54, 24 Jun 2005 (UTC) I feel this particular quote might be better in the fall perhaps.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

In a Society in which there is no law, and in theory no compulsion, the only arbiter of behaviour is public opinion. But public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law. ~ George Orwell (born 25 June 1903)


Properly speaking, there is no such thing as revenge. Revenge is an act which you want to commit when you are powerless and because you are powerless: as soon as the sense of impotence is removed, the desire evaporates also. ~ George Orwell

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:29, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:36, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 although revenge is at times sweet, the desire to commit it may evaporate just as easily. Zarbon 04:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. ~ George Orwell

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:29, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:36, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is true and I agree. If only all people were less full of themselves and learned to appreciate the intelligence of all history. Zarbon 04:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Certainly we ought to be discontented, we ought not simply to find out ways of making the best of a bad job, and yet if we kill all pleasure in the actual process of life, what sort of future are we preparing for ourselves? If a man cannot enjoy the return of spring, why should he be happy in a labour-saving Utopia? What will he do with the leisure that the machine will give him? ~ George Orwell


If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen. ~ George Orwell

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:29, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:31, 23 June 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 20:36, 24 June 2007 (UTC) tactical reduction of my ranking ... I still have a strong desire to use this eventually, but not this year. ~ Kalki 00:32, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 because I like the powerful moral reference to the teaching of Jesus Zarbon 04:32, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. ~ George Orwell


We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. ... Bully-worship, under various disguises, has become a universal religion, and such truisms as that a machine-gun is still a machine-gun even when a "good" man is squeezing the trigger ... have turned into heresies which it is actually becoming dangerous to utter. ~ George Orwell


2004
It is circumstances which show what men are. ~ Epictetus
2005
The sons of torture victims make good terrorists. ~ André Malraux
2006
For the future, let all people live in harmony ... Men should be taught and won over by reason, not by blows, insults, and corporal punishments. ~ Julian (died 26 June 363)
2007
A knowledge of history as detailed as possible is essential if we are to comprehend the present and be prepared for the future. Fate ... is not the blind superstition or helplessness that waits stupidly for what may happen. Fate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain result must follow, but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance. ~ Pearl S. Buck (born 26 June 1892)
2008
Every event has had its cause, and nothing, not the least wind that blows, is accident or causeless. ~ Pearl S. Buck
2009

Suggestions

An intelligent, energetic, educated woman cannot be kept in four walls — even satin-lined, diamond-studded walls — without discovering sooner or later that they are still a prison cell. ~ Pearl S. Buck

  • 4 because a prison cell's a prison cell, regardless of what the physical camouflage may be. Zarbon 05:56, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:09, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:02, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked. ~ Pearl S. Buck

  • 3 because the elderly are moreso amused rather than shocked, and perhaps Buck is right about this, whether it be based on experience, or wisdom, the elderly are more understanding of their surroundings. Zarbon 05:56, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:09, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:02, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. ~ Pearl S. Buck

  • 3 because beauty cannot be maintained if there is no order. One who loses order, eventually loses one's own beauty...and someone without order and beauty alike is given to misery. Zarbon 05:56, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:09, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:02, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Live while you live, the epicure would say,
And seize the pleasures of the present day;
Live while you live, the sacred preacher cries,
And give to God each moment as it flies.
Lord, in my views, let both united be:
I live in pleasure when I live to thee.
~ Philip Doddridge


2004
Faith and doubt both are needed — not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve. ~ Lillian Smith
2005
There are ... some potentates I would kill by any and all means at my disposal. They are Ignorance, Superstition, and Bigotry — the most sinister and tyrannical rulers on earth. ~ Emma Goldman (born 27 June 1869)
2006
The highest result of education is tolerance. Long ago men fought and died for their faith; but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, — the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren and their rights of conscience. Tolerance is the first principal of community; it is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think. ~ Helen Keller (born 27 June 1880)
2007
A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships. ~ Helen Keller (born June 27 1880)
2008
We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses. ~ Helen Keller
2009

Suggestions

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope. ~ Helen Keller (born 27 June 1880)


The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction. ~ Helen Keller (born 27 June 1880)


God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. ~ Jacques Deval


Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need. ~ Gaston Bachelard


Sane, normal people don't need power trips. So the lunatics end up in charge of everything. ~ James P. Hogan

  • 3 Zarbon 03:59, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:14, 25 June 2008 (UTC) An excellent statement in the first sentence, but the second is a bit too pessimistic, though I do agree they remain in charge of much.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:12, 26 June 2008 (UTC)


2004
They serve so that we don't have to. They offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. It is, remarkably, their gift to us. And all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. Will they ever trust us again? ~ Michael Moore
2005
Now you see, Lone Starr, that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb. ~ Rick Moranis as "Dark Helmet" in Spaceballs by Mel Brooks (born 28 June 1926)
2006
Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau (born 28 June 1712)
2007
To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For him who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau
2008
Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau
2009

Suggestions

All I really want is to provide a hard-working man in the blouse business with a method of expressing himself; if he likes a tune, he can whistle it, and it will make his life happier. ~ Richard Rodgers, born on June 28th

We don't have a Rodgers page yet (hardly surprising); this quotation is the only Rodgers in my Simpson's (number 9614).
  • 2 121a0012 02:24, Jun 25, 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 27 June 2005 21:53 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau born on 28 June 1712


Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau born on 28 June 1712


The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. ~ John Wesley bborn on 28 June 1703

  • 3 Kalki 27 June 2005 19:09 (UTC) — Revision 2008·06·27: I would now prefer to extend this to end with : I exact more from myself, and less from others. Go thou and do likewise!
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 27 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Think and let think. ~ John Wesley born on 28 June 1703

  • 3 Kalki 27 June 2005 19:09 (UTC) — Revision 2008·06·27 : I would now prefer to extend this to : Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 27 June 2007 (UTC)
    • I also favor the extended version. - InvisibleSun 22:16, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Think not the bigotry of another is any excuse for your own. ~ John Wesley born on 28 June 1703


2004
How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read. ~ Karl Kraus
2005
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (born 29 June 1900)
2006
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
2007
"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
2008
Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
2009

Suggestions

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • 3 Kalki 04:24, 28 June 2006 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4 ~ Kalki 18:07, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:42, 28 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 and I believe this is a nice comparison of the search for beauty even where it is difficult to find. Zarbon 04:40, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Sad soul, take comfort, nor forget
That sunrise never failed us yet. ~ Celia Thaxter


Already the dandelions
Are changed into vanishing ghosts. ~ Celia Thaxter


2004
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the tablets of eternity. ~ James Anthony Froude
  • selected by Kalki, originally crediting it to Lord Acton who quoted Froude in an address "The Study Of History" (11 June 1895); an early published version of this did not include quote marks around Froude's statement which led to this long being widely attributed to Acton. The phrase has also sometimes been misquoted as: Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
2005
It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing — a somewhat unfamilar conception for the average mind. Furthermore, the equation E = mc², in which energy is put equal to mass, multiplied by the square of the velocity of light, showed that very small amounts of mass may be converted into a very large amount of energy and vice versa. ~ Albert Einstein
2006
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. ~ Albert Einstein
2007
Love means to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills —
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.

~ Czesław Miłosz ~ (born 30 June 1911)
2008
Life is a jest, and all things show it,
I thought so once, and now I know it.

~ John Gay ~ (born 30 June 1685)
2009

Suggestions

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity. ~ Albert Einstein

In honor of "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies (http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/einstein/specrel/www/)" Annalen der Physik. June 30, 1905, first work to show relativity
  • 3 MosheZadka 00:54, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Zhaladshar 22:47, 17 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 AllanHainey 12:57, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 121a0012 02:14, Jun 25, 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:45, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 28 June 2005 22:57 (UTC) The joke is fine, but I have never been able to establish this as an actual statement of Einstein's and have long been inclined to doubt that it is, despite it often being cited as one. If we are to commemorate the centennial of Einstein's publication, I would much prefer to use a far less dubious quotation of him, or perhaps the famous equation summing up the relations indicated by the theory: E = mc². The joke has been "quoted" by Steve Mirsky in the humorous "antigravity" section of Scientific American (September 2002). Vol. 287, Iss. 3; pg. 102 but this should hardly be taken as an authentication of the statement as actually Einstein's, as Mirsky cites the original source as being a fictional magazine: "Amazingly, the pretty girl/hot stove quote is actually the abstract from a short paper written by Einstein that appeared in the now defunct Journal of Exothermic Science and Technology (JEST, Vol. 1, No. 9; 1938)."
There is a thunderstorm rumbling where I am at, so to avoid a possible disconnect, I have just made a choice to use a more reliably genuine quote that includes "E = mc²", as it is the most famous statement of Einstein's theories. I am open to other options, but there are only about 5 hours remaining before the automated updates occur to the main page. After several sessions of extensive searching I cannot find any information that leads me to accept the above statement as a genuine quotation of Einstein, though it has often come to be cited as one. If anyone can provide reliable evidence that it is, it would be very welcome. ~ Kalki 29 June 2005 18:43 (UTC)

Einstein explained his theory to me every day, and on my arrival I was fully convinced that he understood it. ~ Chaim Weizmann, about a 1921 trans-Atlantic voyage

  • 3 121a0012 02:41, Jun 25, 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:17, 30 June 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:45, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

E = mc²

  • 2 Kalki 01:09, 27 June 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 28 June 2005 22:57 (UTC) the famous equation summing up the relations indicated by relativity theory This has now been used as part of a quote of the day, and I am no longer as inclined to use it alone.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:45, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Leaves glowing in the sun, zealous hum of bumblebees,
From afar, from somewhere beyond the river, echoes of lingering voices
And the unhurried sounds of a hammer gave joy not only to me.
Before the five senses were opened, and earlier than any beginning
They waited, ready, for all those who would call themselves mortals,
So that they might praise, as I do, life, that is, happiness.
~ Czesław Miłosz

  • 4 InvisibleSun 08:31, 29 June 2007 (UTC)
  •  ? Kalki 23:34, 29 June 2007 (UTC) Unable to rank this as yet; they are good lines, but I am afraid they might be an entire poem, and thus I am reluctant to use them for QOTD. I do not yet have any published volumes to confirm this, but indications on the web are strong that it is. If it were reduced to "Before the five senses were opened..." I would probably give it a 3.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:45, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

And space, what it is like? Is it mechanical,
Newtonian? A frozen prison?
Or the lofty space of Einstein, the relation
Between movement and movement? No reason to pretend
I know. I don't know, and if I did,
Still my imagination is a thousand years old.
~ Czesław Miłosz


If I am all mankind, are they themselves without me?
~ Czesław Miłosz


I still think too much about the mothers
And ask what is man born of woman.
He curls himself up and protects his head
While he is kicked by heavy boots; on fire and running,
He burns with bright flame; a bulldozer sweeps him into a clay pit.
Her child. Embracing a teddy bear. Conceived in ecstasy.
~ Czesław Miłosz


I think that I am here, on this earth,
To present a report on it, but to whom I don't know.
As if I were sent so that whatever takes place
Has meaning because it changes into memory.
~ Czesław Miłosz

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:31, 29 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 29 June 2007 (UTC) have a strong liking for this one, and might eventually rank it a 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:45, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The Russian colossus...has been underestimated by us...whenever a dozen divisions are destroyed the Russians replace them with another dozen. ~ Franz Halder (born June 30)

  • 3 and this isn't an exaggeration. Forces were replenished by more forces, lives by lives, and most importantly, soldiers by soldiers. Zarbon 06:46, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The World at War - Page 129 by Mark Arnold-Forster - World War, 1939-1945 - 1981
  • 2 Kalki 18:20, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

This is not a promise, this is a duty which I have to carry out. ~ Serzh Sargsyan

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
    • [Source: 2008 Presidential Elections in Armenia]
  • 1 Kalki 18:20, 27 June 2008 (UTC) No context is provided in this statement, as it exists.

These pages of our history, which we are writing together, shall bear witness only to victories. ~ Serzh Sargsyan

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
    • [Source: The Government of the Republic of Armenia official website - Speech at the February 26 rally]
  • 2 Kalki 18:20, 27 June 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.