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This page lists quote of the day proposals specifically for dates in the month of November, 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: November 2007 - November 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.

2003
God is an Iron ~ Spider Robinson
2004
The progress of the intellect is to the clearer vision of causes, which neglects surface differences. To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
2005
I am everything —
Tonight I'll be your mother — I will
Do such things to ease your pain —
Free your mind and you won't feel ashamed.

~ "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" by Sophie B. Hawkins (born 1 November 1967)
2006
The wayfarer,
Perceiving the pathway to truth,
Was struck with astonishment.
It was thickly grown with weeds.
"Ha," he said,
"I see that none has passed here
In a long time."
Later he saw that each weed
Was a singular knife.
"Well," he mumbled at last,
"Doubtless there are other roads."

~ Stephen Crane ~ (born 1 November 1871)
2007
You cannot choose your battlefield,
God does that for you;
But you can plant a standard
Where a standard never flew.

~ Nathalia Crane ~
  • proposed by Kalki (Originally proposed here because this had become attributed to Stephen Crane, retained and eventually chosen because of the touch of irony of it having originally placed here by mistake, where the first quote of the day had been "God is an Iron".)
2008
The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
2009

Suggestions

There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums. ~ Larry Flynt, born that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 10:13, 30 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 --Angel 13:39, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 17:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:44, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:19, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."
~ Stephen Crane (date of birth)


If there is a witness to my little life,
To my tiny throes and struggles,
He sees a fool;
And it is not fine for gods to menace fools.
~ Stephen Crane (date of birth)


Damn I wish I was your lover
I'll rock you till the daylight comes
Make sure you are smiling and warm.

~ Sophie B. Hawkins ~ (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:35, 31 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 ShanghaiTim 11:16, 14 November 2006
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:22, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 because this one is rather sexual, something I'd try to avoid as QOTD. Zarbon 17:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:44, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

As I lay me down to sleep
This I pray
That you will hold me dear

~ Sophie B. Hawkins ~ (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:35, 31 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 --Angel 13:39, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:22, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 although this is actually one of my alltime favorite songs (and I truly love it), it doesn't hold powerful moral as QOTD. Zarbon 17:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:44, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Like a flower I need the rain
Though it's not clear to me
Every season has it's change
And I will see you
When the sun comes out again.

~ Sophie B. Hawkins ~ (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:35, 31 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 --Angel 13:39, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:22, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 because of the same reasoning given above. Zarbon 17:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:44, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Now two punctilious envoys, Thine and Mine,
Embroil the earth about a fancied line;
And, dwelling much on right and much on wrong,
Prove how the right is chiefly with the strong. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach;
Once we have left it, we can never return. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


If your descent is from heroic sires,
Show in your life a remnant of their fires. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


Hasten slowly, and without losing heart,
Put your work twenty times upon the anvil. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


Happy the poet who with ease can steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


Often the fear of one evil leads us into a worse. ~ Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


We can regret what might have been... but we have no reason to be ungrateful for what there is. ~ Edward Said

  • 3 Zarbon 17:12, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:44, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:19, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Tired with dull grief, grown old before my day,
I sit in solitude and only hear
Long silent laughters, murmurings of dismay,
The lost intensities of hope and fear;
In those old marshes yet the rifles lie,
On the thin breastwork flutter the grey rags,
The very books I read are there—and I
Dead as the men I loved, wait while life drags ~ Edmund Charles Blunden


Its wounded length from those sad streets of war
Into green places here, that were my own;
But now what once was mine is mine no more,
I seek such neighbours here and I find none.
With such strong gentleness and tireless will
Those ruined houses seared themselves in me,
Passionate I look for their dumb story still,
And the charred stub outspeaks the living tree. ~ Edmund Charles Blunden

  • 3 Zarbon 17:12, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:44, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 22:02, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 for starting the quote at "With such strong..."

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
"It is futile," I said,
"You can never — "

"You lie," he cried,
And ran on.

~ Stephen Crane ~


The hard waves see an arm flung high;
Scorn hits strong because of a lie;
Yet there exists a mystic tie.
Unwind my riddle.

~ Stephen Crane ~


Some say this world of trouble
Is the only one we need
But I’m waiting for that morning
When the new world is revealed.

Oh when the saints go marching in,
When the saints go marching in,
Oh lord I want to be in that number,
When the saints go marching in!

~ When the Saints Go Marching In ~(One of Louis Armstrong's versions of the traditional song, and an excellent choice for All Saints Day)


You know, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"? It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Einstein said everything had changed since the atom was split, except the way we think. We have to think anew. ~ Studs Terkel (recent death)

  • 4 InvisibleSun 22:19, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:20, 1 November 2008 (UTC) too late to rank well enough to use on this day for this year, but I would give this a 4 for tomorrow.


2004
We’d all like t’vote fer th’best man, but he’s never a candidate. ~ Kin Hubbard
2005
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end? ~ Marie Antoinette (born 2 November 1755)
2006
It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. ~ Marie Antoinette
2007
By the theory of our Government majorities rule, but this right is not an arbitrary or unlimited one. It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it. One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression. ~ James K. Polk (born 2 November 1795)
2008
You know, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"? It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Einstein said everything had changed since the atom was split, except the way we think. We have to think anew. ~ Studs Terkel (recent death)
2009

Suggestions

His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. ~ Arthur Balfour, in a letter sent that day.


I put on my rouge and wash my hands in front of the whole world! ~ Marie Antoinette (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 16:11, 1 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:28, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 17:15, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:38, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:42, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government myself rather than entrust the public business to subordinates, and this makes my duties very great. ~ James K. Polk

  • 3 because if you want something done, it's best to do it yourself. Zarbon 04:04, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:52, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:38, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:42, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long. ~ Marie Antoinette (born November 2)

  • 3 because this is a brilliant quote. To die quickly and save oneself the trouble of suffering. Damn brilliant. Zarbon 01:21, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:52, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 03:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:38, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:42, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again. ~ Stephen Grellet


I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights! ~ Warren G. Harding


The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


Hunting hawks do not belong in cages, no matter how much a man covets their grace, no matter how golden the bars. They are far more beautiful soaring free. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


Those who do not know their history are doomed to keep stepping in it. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


Seems to me the only difference between your friends and your enemies is how long they stand around chatting before they shoot you. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


If it ever came down to exerting power by force, it would mean I'd already lost it. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold


Leadership is mostly a power over imagination, and never more so than in combat. The bravest man alone can only be an armed lunatic. The real strength lies in the ability to get others to do your work. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold



2004
I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. ~ Charlie Chaplin
2005
Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high,
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

~ Judy Garland as "Dorothy Gale" in The Wizard of Oz
2006
Art is a revolt against fate. ~ André Malraux (born 3 November 1901)
2007
Man's right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word FREEDOM should ever be more than an empty political slogan. ~ Wilhelm Reich (died 3 November 1957)
  • proposed by Kalki (Reich died in prison on 3 November 1957)
2008
Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness.. ~ Wilhelm Reich
2009

Suggestions

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school supported entirely by private contribution. Keep church and state forever separate. ~ Ulysses S. Grant, became president that day.

  • ~
  • 3 Kalki 16:11, 1 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:49, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 17:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:13, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one's life well and happily... ~ Wilhelm Reich (date of death)

  • 3 Kalki 18:51, 2 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:49, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 because this dictates elegantly with enigmatic perception what truly matters, to live well and happily. Zarbon 17:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:13, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Rooting in work is crucial to any accomplishment. Rooting in mere enthusiasm will in the long run force illusory measures to keep the fires of empty enthusiasm going. And this makes politics and politicians. ~ Wilhelm Reich (date of death)


The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness. ~ André Malraux (born November 3, 1901)


Athirst for personal salvation, the West forgets that many religions had but a vague notion of the life beyond the grave; true, all great religions stake a claim on eternity, but not necessarily on man's eternal life. ~ André Malraux

  • 4 InvisibleSun 19:49, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:25, 2 November 2006 (UTC) I do like this one much, and might possibly rank it a 4 next year, but I have long had a "soft spot" for Reich, despite some of the glaring errors and false assumptions of a few of his investigations, and much preferred the equally ranked quote by him on the 50th anniversary of his death. ~ Kalki 00:12, 3 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 17:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:13, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Our characteristic response to the mutilated statue, the bronze dug up from the earth, is revealing. It is not that we prefer time-worn bas-reliefs, or rusted statuettes as such, nor is it the vestiges of death that grip us in them, but those of life. Mutilation is the scar left by the struggle with Time, and a reminder of it — Time which is as much a part of ancient works of art as the material they are made of, and thrusts up through the fissures, from a dark underworld, where all is at once chaos and determinism. ~ André Malraux

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:49, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 but I would give it a 3 if it was trimmed to start from "Mutilation is the scar left by the struggle with Time, and a reminder of it — Time which is as much a part of ancient works of art as the material they are made of, and thrusts up through the fissures, from a dark underworld, where all is at once chaos and determinism." Zarbon 17:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:04, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:13, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Great things come crashing down upon themselves – such is the limit of growth ordained by heaven for success. ~ Marcus Annaeus Lucanus


The sin of thousands always goes unpunished. ~ Marcus Annaeus Lucanus


2004
ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. ~ CATS of Zero Wing
2005
After looking at mothers-in-law and seeing sons-in-law — I always felt that the jokes were on the wrong ones. No sir, you can look through everything I ever did write or say, and you never did hear me tell a joke about any mother-in-law — or any creed, color or religion, either. ~ Will Rogers (born 4 November 1879)
2006
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it. ~ William Styron (recent death)
2007
There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. ~ Will Rogers
2008
On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. ~ Will Rogers (date of birth + US election day 2008)
2009

Suggestions


Yes we can! ~ Barack Obama (date of birth)


I am a peace man. I haven't got any use for wars and there is no more humor in 'em than there is reason for 'em. ~ Will Rogers (date of birth)


People often ask me, "Will, where do you get your jokes?" I just tell 'em, 'Well, I watch the government and report the facts, that is all I do, and I don't even find it necessary to exaggerate. ~ Will Rogers (date of birth)


With curious art the brain, too finely wrought,
Preys on herself, and is destroyed by thought. ~ Charles Churchill (date of death)


Men the most infamous are fond of fame,
And those who fear not guilt yet start at shame. ~ Charles Churchill (date of death)


Be England what she will,
With all her faults she is my country still. ~ Charles Churchill (date of death)


AIDS respects no national boundaries; spares no race or religion; devastates men and women, rich and poor. No country can ignore this crisis. Fighting AIDS is an urgent calling — because every life, in every land, has value and dignity. ~ Laura Welch Bush


The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision. As long as we have books, we are not alone. ~ Laura Welch Bush

  • 2 Zarbon 03:12, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 04:26, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:17, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:04, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful. ~ Wilfred Owen (90th anniversary of death)

  • 3 Antiquary 11:07, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 12:36, 2 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:50, 2 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:04, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Oh, Death was never enemy of ours!
We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum.
No soldier's paid to kick against His powers.
We laughed, — knowing that better men would come,
And greater wars: when each proud fighter brags
He wars on Death, for lives; not men, for flags. ~ Wilfred Owen (90th anniversary of death)

  • 3 Antiquary 11:07, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 12:36, 2 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:50, 2 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:04, 3 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
America has spoken, and I'm humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens. ~ George W. Bush
2005
I feel for all faiths the warm sympathy of one who has come to learn that even the trust in reason is a precarious faith, and that we are all fragments of darkness groping for the sun. ~ Will Durant (born 5 November 1885)
2006
Philosophy is harmonized knowledge making a harmonious life; it is the self-discipline which lifts us to serenity and freedom. Knowledge is power, but only wisdom is liberty. ~ Will Durant
2007
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

~ Traditional rhyme for Guy Fawkes Night. ~
2008

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

  • Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone.
    For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
    But has trouble enough of its own.

    ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~

Suggestions

The only chance women have for justice in this country is to violate the law, as I have done, and as I shall continue to do. ~ Susan B. Anthony, voted (against the law) that day


I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."~ Susan B. Anthony, voted (against the law) that day


Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.~ Will Durant (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:42, 4 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:56, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because nature and wisdom are truly at conflicting odds. Zarbon 05:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints. ~ Will Durant (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:42, 4 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:56, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 0. I don't see this quote on the Durant page. - InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Four stages of acceptance: i) this is worthless nonsense; ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view; iii) this is true, but quite unimportant; iv) I always said so. ~ J. B. S. Haldane (born November 5, 1892))

  • 4 InvisibleSun 18:56, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 23:38, 4 November 2008 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 21:49, 3 November 2006 (UTC) whenever this is used, it should be formatted as it is presented on the author's page:
I suppose the process of acceptance will pass through the usual four stages:
(i) this is worthless nonsense;
(ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;
(iii) this is true, but quite unimportant;
(iv) I always said so.
  • 1 because I prefer the original stages to this comical perspective...denial, anger, acceptance...although I must say it is a detailed logical quote. Zarbon 05:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

And here let me emphasize the fact — and it cannot be repeated too often — that the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish the corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. ~ Eugene V. Debs (born November 5, 1855)


I may not be able to say all I think; but I am not going to say anything that I do not think. I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets. ~ Eugene V. Debs

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:56, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:49, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 4 because this is so true. I love this quote and hold its initial meaning close to my heart. It is always better to express oneself and be restrained instead of be free and not expressive. Bravo to Debs for saying this. Zarbon 05:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

If ever I become entirely respectable I shall be quite sure that I have outlived myself. ~ Eugene V. Debs


Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind then that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. ~ Eugene V. Debs

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:56, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:49, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 because this one is damn sheer brilliance defined. He feels the suffering of everyone, the anguish of others, and is not alone in seeking a relationship with prisoners bound by law. I truly, truly, like this quote a lot. Way to go Debs. Zarbon 05:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

I shall not waste any time on such miserable twaddle as to say that I ought to have been elected. ... It is the undoubted right of the people to change their servants, and to remove one and displace him with another at any time they choose, for a good reason, for a bad reason, or for no reason at all. If we are to remain a free people, it is the duty of public servants not grumpily and sourly to accept the verdict of the majority, but joyously to accept that verdict. ~ Henry Fountain Ashurst (2008 U.S. Presidenial election on November 4 with polls in most states closing after 24:00 UTC meaning results will come on November 5)


Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos. ~ Will Durant

  • 2 Zarbon 03:26, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:29, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time. You, too, are your past; often your face is your autobiography; you are what you are because of what you have been; because of your heredity stretching back into forgotten generations; because of every element of environment that has affected you, every man or woman that has met you, every book that you have read, every experience that you have had; all these are accumulated in your memory, your body, your character, your soul. So with a city, a country, and a race; it is its past, and cannot be understood without it. ~ Will Durant

  • 3 Zarbon 03:26, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 05:29, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

History is always repeating itself, but each time the price goes up. ~ Will Durant

  • 2 Zarbon 03:26, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:29, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. ~ Bryan Adams

  • 3 Zarbon 03:50, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 05:29, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Now let us thank the Eternal Power: convinced
That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction,—
That oft the cloud which wraps the present hour
Serves but to brighten all our future days. ~ John Brown


When the great markets by the sea shut fast
All that calm Sunday that goes on and on:
When even lovers find their peace at last,
And Earth is but a star, that once had shone. ~ James Elroy Flecker


Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • 3 because this speaks for sorrow beatifully. Zarbon 04:05, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • This has been partially used already on 14 July 2004 ~ Kalki 05:29, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • 3 because sorrow compels one to feel for eternity. Wilcox does such a nice job at being thorough. I love quotations such as this, derived from and towards sadness. Zarbon 04:05, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 05:29, 19 October 2008 (UTC) The full poem has far greater character and meaning than these stanzas alone can indicate well.
  • 3 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • 3 and brilliant for the same reason as I said prior. Zarbon 04:05, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:29, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

So many gods, so many creeds;
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox


To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox


I find a rapture linked with each despair,
Well worth the price of anguish. I detect
More good than evil in humanity.
Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes,
And men grow better as the world grows old.

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~

  • 3 Kalki 05:47, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:25, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 12:46, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. ~ Jean Giraudoux
2005
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. ~ Mohandas Gandhi (arrested 6 November 1913 while leading an Indian miners' march)
2006
Me, I shall be an autocrat: that is my trade; and The Good God will forgive me: that is His. ~ Catherine the Great (died 6 November 1796)
  • proposed by Fys
2007
I don’t think that combat has ever been written about truthfully; it has always been described in terms of bravery and cowardice. I won’t even accept these words as terms of human reference any more. And anyway, hell, they don’t even apply to what, in actual fact, modern warfare has become. ~ James Jones
2008
This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can! ~ Barack Obama (recent election to be 44th President of USA).
2009

Suggestions

I write to reach eternity. ~ James Jones


Why was it everything was always so goddam complicated? Even the simplest things was so goddam complicated when you come to doing them. ~ James Jones


You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. ~ Zig Ziglar

  • 2 Zarbon 04:18, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:31, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Remember that life is hard, but when you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you. ~ Zig Ziglar

  • 3 Zarbon 04:18, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:31, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities. ~ Cesare Lombroso


Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. ~ Cesare Lombroso

  • 3 Zarbon 04:24, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:31, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics. ~ Cesare Lombroso

  • 3 Zarbon 04:24, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:31, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

The ignorant man always adores what he cannot understand. ~ Cesare Lombroso

  • 3 Zarbon 04:24, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:31, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

I'm not a racist. I hate everybody. ~ Christian Lorenz

  • 2 for comedic value. Zarbon 04:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:31, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)


2003
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anaïs Nin
2004
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do. ~ Wendell Berry
2005
I found a book on how to be invisible —
On the edge of the labyrinth —
Under a veil you must never lift —
Pages you must never turn —
In the Labyrinth.

~ Kate Bush in "How to Be Invisible" on Aerial
  • proposed by Kalki (Aerial, Bush's first album in 12 years, was released internationally on 7 November 2005)
2006
The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding. On the whole men are more good than bad; that, however, isn't the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance which fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. There can be no true goodness, nor true love, without the utmost clear-sightedness. ~ Albert Camus
2007
Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day. ~ Albert Camus
2008
Do not be deceived by the way men of bad faith misuse words and names ...Things are set up as contraries that are not even in the same category. Listen to me: the opposite of radical is superficial, the opposite of liberal is stingy; the opposite of conservative is destructive. Thus I will describe myself as a radical conservative liberal; but certain of the tainted red fish will swear that there can be no such fish as that. Beware of those who use words to mean their opposites. At the same time have pity on them, for usually this trick is their only stock in trade. ~ R. A. Lafferty (born 7 November 1914)

Suggestions

The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn. ~ The Rebel by Albert Camus, born that day.

  • ~
  • 3 Kalki 00:13, 6 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 16:53, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:35, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

If I try to seize this self of which I feel sure, if I try to define and to summarize it, it is nothing but water slipping through my fingers. I can sketch one by one all the aspects it is able to assume, all those likewise that have been attributed to it, this upbringing, this origin, this ardor or these silences, this nobility or this vileness. But aspects cannot be added up. ~ Albert Camus


Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — that is its whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. ~ Albert Camus


You stand in front of a million doors,
Each one holds a million more.
~ Kate Bush ~ (2005: international release date of her first album in 12 yrs)

  • 3 Kalki 00:10, 6 November 2005 (UTC) I am no longer strongly inclined to use this here, as the release was last year, but will keep it as a potential option in years to come.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:53, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 0. I can't find this quote on the Kate Bush page. - InvisibleSun 20:50, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:35, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Wrong Prong, Bong Gong. ~ R. A. Lafferty

  • 3 Kalki 03:28, 13 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 02:35, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:50, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws. ~ Leon Trotsky (born November 7)

  • 3 because insurrection when planned correctly can recreate history, much like art can recreate an image. Nice comparison by Trotsky, whom remains one of my personal favorites. Zarbon 16:53, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: War and Conflict Quotations by Michael C. Thomsett, Jean F. Thomsett - Reference - 1997 - Page 127
  • 3 Kalki 14:04, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:35, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:50, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies. ~ Leon Trotsky (born November 7)

  • 3 because to learn from one's enemies carries the danger of becoming like them. It's a great quote to say the least. Zarbon 16:53, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Quotable Graduate - Page 54 by Heidi Reinholdt, John Ross - Reference - 2003
  • 3 Kalki 14:04, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 02:35, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:50, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
    • InvisibleSun, the source is listed right here... Zarbon 06:46, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

You may not be interested in the dialectic, but the dialectic is interested in you. ~ Leon Trotsky (born November 7)

  • 3 because even for someone uninterested in politics, government, etc. will find those things interested in that person's life. This is extremely true. Zarbon 16:53, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE:Discursive Democracy: Politics, Policy, and Political Science - Page 48 by John S. Dryzek - Political Science - 1990
  • 3 Kalki 14:04, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:35, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:50, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Political progress will only take place if sufficient security exists. ~ David Petraeus


The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God. ~ Andrew Dickson White


I write as clearly as I am able to. I sometimes tackle ideas and notions that are relatively complex, and it is very difficult to be sure that I am conveying them in the best way. Anyone who goes beyond cliche phrases and cliche ideas will have this trouble. ~ R. A. Lafferty (born 7 November 1914)



2004
It took a couple of hundred million years to develop a thinking ape and you want a smart one in a lousy few hundred thousand? ~ Spider Robinson
2005
Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind. ~ John F. Kennedy (elected U.S. President 8 November 1960)
2006
No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be. ~ Bram Stoker (born 8 November 1847)
2007
The important thing
is to pull yourself up by your own hair
to turn yourself inside out
and see the whole world with fresh eyes.

~ Peter Weiss ~
2008
Once and for all
the idea of glorious victories
won by the glorious army
must be wiped out
Neither side is glorious
On either side they're just frightened men messing their pants
and they all want the same thing
Not to lie under the earth
but to walk upon it
without crutches

~ Peter Weiss ~ (born November 8, 1916)

2009

Suggestions

We can say what we like without favour or fear
and what we can't say we can breathe in your ear
~ Peter Weiss


Nothing is too small. I counsel you, put down in record even your doubts and surmises. Hereafter it may be of interest to you to see how true you guess. We learn from failure, not from success! ~ Bram Stoker


The world is filled with folly and sin,
And Love must cling, where it can, I say:
For Beauty is easy enough to win;
But one isn't loved every day.
~ Robert Bulwer-Lytton


The things which must be must be for the best. ~ Robert Bulwer-Lytton


The ages roll
Forward; and forward with them draw my soul
Into Time’s infinite sea.
And to be glad or sad I care no more;
But to have done and to have been before
I cease to do and be!
~ Robert Bulwer-Lytton


Genius does what it must, talent does what it can. ~ Robert Bulwer-Lytton


It is magnificent, but it is not war; it is madness. ~ Pierre Bosquet

  • 3 Zarbon 05:05, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 02:46, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 02:28, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
    • It is no longer unsourced. You may recast your vote for this one. Zarbon 06:51, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:30, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:23, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Religion does not mean to surrender to dogmas and religious scriptures or conformity to rituals. But my religion constitutes an abiding faith in the perfect values of truth and the ceaseless attempt to realise them in the inner most part of our nature. ~ Hans Ji Maharaj


In this world, who you are is more important than what you are saying. ~ P. L. Deshpande


My whole life I have been waving the names of writers, as if we needed rescue. From these writers, for almost 50 years, I have received narrative, witness, companionship, sanctuary, shock, and steely strangeness; good advice, bad news, deep chords, hurtful discrepancy, and amazing grace. At an average of five books a week, not counting all those sighed at and nibbled on before they go to the Strand, I will read 13,000. Then I'm dead. Thirteen thousand in a lifetime, about as many as there are new ones published every month in this country.

It's not enough, and yet rich to excess. The books we love, love us back. ~ John Leonard (recent death)

  • 4 InvisibleSun 02:28, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:51, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:23, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

God willeth that we endlessly hate the sin and endlessly love the soul, as God loveth it. ~ Julian of Norwich


If any such lover be in earth which is continually kept from falling, I know it not: for it was not shewed me. But this was shewed: that in falling and in rising we are ever preciously kept in one Love. ~ Julian of Norwich


He that made all things for love, by the same love keepeth them, and shall keep them without end. ~ Julian of Norwich


Charity keepeth us in Faith and Hope, and Hope leadeth us in Charity. And in the end all shall be Charity. ~ Julian of Norwich

  • 3 Kalki 15:23, 7 November 2008 (UTC) (with a strong lean toward 4)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:30, 7 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
"The time has come", the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages — and Kings —
And why the Sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings."

~ Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass ~
2005
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. ~ Carl Sagan (born 9 November 1934)
2006
Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism. ~ Carl Sagan
2007
To love another is something
like prayer and it can't be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.
~
~ Anne Sexton ~
2008
Every one of us is precious in the cosmic perspective. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another. ~ Carl Sagan
2009

Suggestions

A woman who writes feels too much,
those trances and portents!
As if cycles and children and islands
weren't enough; as if mourners and gossips
and vegetables were never enough.
She thinks she can warm the stars.
A writer is essentially a spy.
Dear love, I am that girl.
~ Anne Sexton (born November 9, 1928)


I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.
~ Anne Sexton


But suicides have a special language.
Like carpenters they want to know which tools.
They never ask why build.
~ Anne Sexton


I love you the way the oboe plays.
I love you the way skinny dipping makes my body feel.
I love you the way a ripe artichoke tastes.
Yet I fear you,
as one in the desert fears the sun.
~ Anne Sexton


We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands. The loom of time and space works the most astonishing transformations of matter. ~ Carl Sagan


History is full of people who out of fear, or ignorance, or lust for power have destroyed knowledge of immeasurable value which truly belongs to us all. We must not let it happen again. ~ Carl Sagan

  • 3 Kalki 12:39, 8 November 2007 (UTC) With a strong lean toward a 4
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:45, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 because knowledge is power. Zarbon 05:55, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.
Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge. ~ Carl Sagan


I believe it is an act of delusion to look for (or more so), discover a so-called "educated" preacher/evangelist. Thus, no evangelist/preacher can be better than the other. But I agree, they can be worse. ~ Nadeem F. Paracha

  • 3 Zarbon 17:33, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:21, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Either I'm just too paranoid or this is just my way of now playing the sardonic court jester instead of the "angry young man" who once actually believed in the logic and persuasive power of cohesive literary narratives as a means to bring about change. ~ Nadeem F. Paracha

  • 3 Zarbon 17:33, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:21, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

I'd rather fight for a tree than die for a God. ~ Nadeem F. Paracha

  • 3 Zarbon 17:33, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:21, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

I'm suspicious of any mode of transportation that requires a running start. ~ Alan Kotok


I'm opposed to any sport that reduces the coefficient of friction between me and the ground. ~ Alan Kotok


There's the moon trying to look romantic
Moon's too old that's her trouble
Aren't we all? ~ Roger McGough


The general at the radar screen
he should have got the sack
But that wouldn't bring
Three thousand million, seven hundred, and sixty-eight people back,
Would it? ~ Roger McGough


The general at the radar screen
Rubbed his hands with glee,
And grinning pressed the button
And started world war three. ~ Roger McGough


Democracy may be alright for certain people in the world, but I don't think the type of democracy Fiji needs is the type Australia and New Zealand enjoy. ~ Jona Senilagakali


2004
When war is declared, truth is the first casualty. ~ Arthur Ponsonby
2005
We are always living in the final days. What have you got? A hundred years or much, much less until the end of your world. ~ Neil Gaiman (born 10 November 1960)
2006
Rarely do we arrive at the summit of truth without running into extremes; we have frequently to exhaust the part of error, and even of folly, before we work our way up to the noble goal of tranquil wisdom. ~ Friedrich Schiller (born 10 November 1759)
2007
There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous. ~ "Mr. Wednesday" in American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2008
The dignity of mankind is in your hands; protect it!
It sinks with you! With you it will ascend.

~ Friedrich Schiller ~

2009

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

Suggestions

Dr. Livingstone, I presume? ~ Henry Morton Stanley, uttered that day

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .

If my dream was true, then everything we know, everything we think we know is a lie. It means the world's about as solid and as reliable as a layer of scum on the top of a well of black water which goes down forever, and there are things in the depths that I don't even want to think about. It means that we're just dolls. We don't have a clue what's really going down, we just kid ourselves that we're in control of our lives while a paper's thickness away things that would drive us mad if we thought about them for too long play with us, and move us around from room to room, and put us away at night when they're tired, or bored. ~ Neil Gaiman (date of birth)


Where'er I roam, whatever realms I see,
My heart untraveled fondly turns to thee;
Still to my brother turns with ceaseless pain,
And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
~ Oliver Goldsmith (born November 10, ca. 1730)


Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse. ~ Oliver Goldsmith


All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end. ~ "Shadow" in American Gods by Neil Gaiman


All that is good is simple and all that is simple is good. ~ Mikhail Kalashnikov

  • 3 Zarbon 03:39, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:57, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:51, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

I would have prefered to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work - for example a lawnmower. ~ Mikhail Kalashnikov

  • 3 Zarbon 03:39, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:55, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:51, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

God felt sorry for actors, so he gave them a place in the sun and a lot of money. All they had to sacrifice was their talent. ~ Claude Rains


For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

  • 3 Zarbon 04:00, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 02:55, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:51, 9 November 2008 (UTC) I might rank this higher, but Goldsmith was apparently not the originator of such phrasing, though his version Is one of the more famous.
    • Hey mate, I am curious, who did this originate from if not Goldsmith...I always thought it was his, regardless of it being one of the more famous versions. Zarbon 05:04, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
      • See the link accompanying the quote on the Oliver Goldsmith page. - InvisibleSun 22:35, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:35, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

For just experience tells; in every soil,
That those that think must govern those that toil.
~ Oliver Goldsmith


Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
With grammar, and nonsense, and learning;
Good liquor, I stoutly maintain,
Gives genus a better discerning.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

  • 2 Zarbon 04:00, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:55, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:51, 9 November 2008 (UTC) I don't rank this highly, and the exact phrasing is also disputed — there are many published variants using either genius or genus, though genius seems more appropriate.
  • 2 using "genius." - InvisibleSun 22:35, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

Too fair to worship, too divine to love. ~ Henry Hart Milman

  • 2 Zarbon 04:00, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:55, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:51, 9 November 2008 (UTC) I might possibly rank this higher with more context.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:35, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays. ~ Friedrich Schiller

  • 3 Kalki 01:17, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 05:04, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:35, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error. ~ Friedrich Schiller

  • 3 Kalki 01:17, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:04, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:35, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

There's no such thing as chance;
And what to us seems merest accident
Springs from the deepest source of destiny.

~ Friedrich Schiller ~

  • 3 Kalki 01:17, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:04, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:35, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times. ~ Friedrich Schiller

  • 3 Kalki 01:17, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 05:04, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:35, 9 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
All the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind. ~ Kurt Vonnegut (born 11 November 1922)
2005
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains that victory. ~ George S. Patton, (born 11 November 1885)
2006
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

~ John McCrae ~
  • proposed by IP 65.110.28.123
2007
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
2008
These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. ~ Abigail Adams
2009

Suggestions

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. ~ Abigail Adams, born that day

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 3 Kalki 08:10, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter's gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. ~ Yasser Arafat, died that day

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 1 Kalki 08:10, 9 November 2007 (UTC) No real desire to use this on "Remembrance Day/Armistice Day/Veteran's Day"
  • 1 but 4 if this is used on another date. Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
    • Fossil, you are mimicing my comments far too much, along with my initial votes. Please refrain from doing so. Zarbon 15:28, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
(This portion was used in 2006)


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

-John McCrae, poem written during World War I, recited during Remembrance Day Ceremonies on Nov 11, normally in countries from the 'then British Empire'.

  • 4 ~ If the whole poem is deemed too long, perhaps only the second and/or final paragraphs should be used. I don't think this has been used before. --(Person who suggested the quote but is not a registered user.) : —This unsigned comment is by 65.110.28.123 (talkcontribs) .
  • 3 ~ Kalki 23:59, 10 November 2005 (UTC) (for portions of this, not the whole poem)
  • 2. The second stanza was previously used in QotD. InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. ~ Kurt Vonnegut (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:59, 10 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Ningauble 15:24, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it, friends. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

  • 3 InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 08:10, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don’t acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

  • 3 InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

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

  • 3 InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky (born November 11, 1821, N.S.)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • 3 InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 08:10, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • 3 InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 because the representation of man in history has been built into this quote. Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those they have slain. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • 4 InvisibleSun 13:28, 10 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is true. I for one believe that martyrs are made of those whom are slain and history has proven this to be true. Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. ~ George S. Patton

  • Freddyclaw 4:56, December 18 2007
  • 3 because this is a good quote. The fact that men of this caliber lived should never be forgotten. Zarbon 06:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC) I will probably rank this a 3 or 4 at some other time, but not this year.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

The man who sailed around his soul
From East to West, from pole to pole
With ego as his drunken captain
Greed, the mutineer, had trapped all reason in the hold ~ Andy Partridge

  • 3 Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

I can't see how a single man could spend his time to better advantage than in the Marines. ~ Daniel Daly

  • 3 Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Recognizing and respecting differences in others, and treating everyone like you want them to treat you, will help make our world a better place for everyone. Care... be your best. You don't have to be handicapped to be different. Everyone is different! ~ Kim Peek

  • 3 Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

All is interrelated. Heaven and earth, air and water. All are but one thing; not four, not two and not three, but one. Where they are not together, there is only an incomplete piece. ~ Paracelsus

  • 2 Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Practice humility at first with man and only then before God. He who despises man, has also no respect for God. ~ Paracelsus

  • 2 Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy. ~ Paracelsus

  • 4 because too much of anything becomes poison. Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Waheedone, you are mimicing my ratings without explanation. I like this quote a lot. Please when you choose your preference, do not mimic my votes exactly. For example, many times that I rate something a 4, you also tend to give it a 4. Please refrain from doing this. If you truly like my suggestions, please explain the reason why for each time you rate it so highly. Zarbon 15:47, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it. ~ Jonathan Winters

  • 2 Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others. ~ Jonathan Winters

  • 2 Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it! ~ Jonathan Winters

  • 2 Zarbon 03:59, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:14, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:07, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. Every object is beautiful in motion; a ship under sail, trees gently agitated with the wind, and a fine woman dancing, are three instances in point. Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe. ~ Abigail Adams

  • 3 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 14:56, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. ~ Abigail Adams

  • 3 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 14:56, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Whatever occurs, may justice and righteousness be the stability of our times, and order arise out of confusion. Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance. ~ Abigail Adams

  • 3 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 14:56, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

I've got one, two, three, four, five
Senses working overtime,
Trying to take this all in,
I've got one, two, three, four, five
Senses working overtime,
Trying to taste the difference,
'Tween the lemons and limes,
The pain and the pleasure,
And the church bells softly chime.

~ Andy Partridge ~

  • 3 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 far too repetitive. This is obviously the person's writing style. Zarbon 14:56, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

I wonder wonder why the wonder falls
I wonder why the wonder falls on me
I wonder wonder why the wonder falls
With everything I touch and hear and see

~ Andy Partridge ~

  • 3 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 I don't particularly like the triple repetition here. Zarbon 14:56, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Well I don't know how many pounds make up a ton
of all the Nobel prizes that I've never won,
and I may be the Mayor of Simpleton,
but I know one things and that's I love you.

~ Andy Partridge ~

  • 3 Kalki 14:00, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 14:56, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:25, 10 November 2008 (UTC)


2003
The Enlightened take things Lightly. ~ Principia Discordia
2004
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. ~ Thomas Carlyle
2005
Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and centre your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements. ~ Bahá'u'lláh (born 12 November 1817)
2006
No matter how much women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone, and for safety in an emergency they must know something of the laws of navigation. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton (born 12 November 1815)
2007
We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time. We plow through fields of magnetism. Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods. ~ Norman Mailer (recent death)
2008
In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
2009

Suggestions

I'm sleeping like a baby, too. Every two hours, I wake up, screaming. ~ Colin Powell, resigned that day.

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki 08:53, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:11, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Justice and equity are twin Guardians that watch over men. From them are revealed such blessed and perspicuous words as are the cause of the well-being of the world and the protection of the nations. ~ Bahá'u'lláh, born that day

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:49, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:11, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently. ~ Harry Blackmun, born that day

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:49, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:11, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. ~ Bahá'u'lláh (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 08:53, 9 November 2007 (UTC) (proposed but without signature on 2005-11-11T16:06:54)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:49, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:11, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

An idea or institution may arise for one reason and be maintained for quite a different reason. ~ Joseph McCabe

  • 4 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances. ~ Joseph McCabe

  • 3 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Women's degradation is in man's idea of his sexual rights. Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man. Come what will, my whole soul rejoices in the truth that I have uttered. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

India and China offer intriguing mirror images. Modern India has long been open politically and, until recently, closed economically. Modern China has opened economically, but remains politically closed. The comparison reveals that, while politics and economics can never fully be separated, political openness is a better guarantor of long-term stability than economic openness. ~ Ian Bremmer

  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

In the construction of a country, it is not the practical workers but the idealists and planners that are difficult to find. ~ Sun Yat-sen

  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

We have a propensity for starting and joining all kinds of organisations, the result was that we were spending more time in conferences than implementing the decisions. ~ Benjamin Mkapa

  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

A law of nature is not a formula drawn up by a legislator, but a mere summary of the observed facts — a "bundle of facts." Things do not act in a particular way because there is a law, but we state the "law" because they act in that way. ~ Joseph McCabe

  • 3 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 this is a nice interpretation. Zarbon 02:17, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure. ~ Bahá'u'lláh

  • 3 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 02:17, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor. Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously. And anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should say what is good or keep quiet. ~ Muhammad
2005
Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good. ~ Augustine of Hippo, (born 13 November 354)
2006
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. ~ Louis Brandeis (born November 13, 1856)
2007
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
2008
Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. ~ Louis Brandeis
2009

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

  • If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are wrong. I do not say give them up, for they may be all you have, but conceal them like a vice lest they spoil the lives of better and simpler people. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Suggestions

What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.~ Augustine of Hippo born that day

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:55, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, born that day.

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:55, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Robert Louis Stevenson (born November 13, 1850)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:55, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold. ~ Louis Brandeis (born November 13, 1856)

  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:07, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

How many loves have perished because, from pride, or spite, or diffidence, or that unmanly shame which withholds a man from daring to betray emotion, a lover, at the critical point of the relation, has but hung his head and held his tongue? ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

  • 3 Kalki 03:38, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:07, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

It is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

  • 3 Kalki 03:38, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:07, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 because I don't particularly agree with this. I consider it better to be dead than to be stupid. Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
    • I explained as to why I feel this quote doesn't particularly strike a chord with my feelings, would you care to explain as to why you believe it deserves a 0? I mean, if you are going to rate something a 0, there should be a good reason for doing so. I myself am not too fond of this quote, but a 0 is still un-called for... Zarbon 04:14, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Oft has good nature been the fool's defence,
And honest meaning gilded want of sense. ~ William Shenstone

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Every good poet includes a critic; the reverse will not hold. ~ William Shenstone

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

There seem near as many people that want passion as want reason. ~ William Shenstone

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice: whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born. ~ William Shenstone

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Necessity may be the mother of lucrative invention, but it is the death of poetical. ~ William Shenstone

  • 4 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

I am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

I would go to heaven, but I would take my hell; I would not go alone. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

He who holds me by a thread is not strong; the thread is strong. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Whatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take the exact amount. The exact amount is no use to me. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

We become aware of the void as we fill it. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

A thing, until it is everything, is noise, and once it is everything it is silence. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Anger is a weed; hate is the tree. ~ Augustine of Hippo

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared. ~ Augustine of Hippo

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Virtue and vice are not the same, even if they undergo the same torment. ~ Augustine of Hippo

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:25, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)


2003
The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. ~ George Eliot
2004
If I want to understand something, I must observe, I must not criticize, I must not condemn, I must not pursue it as pleasure or avoid it as non-pleasure. There must merely be the silent observation of a fact. ~ J. Krishnamurti
2005
The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru (born 14 November 1889)
2006
Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
2007
A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru (date of birth)
2008
To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
2009

Suggestions

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago —never mind how long precisely —having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. ~ Moby-Dick, published that day in the United States (in 1851; but first published on October 18 in England).

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 1 Zarbon 06:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:54, 13 November 2008 (UTC) 4 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC) But trimmed so as to not include the last sentence.
  • 1 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 But I would prefer this to be reduced to the first, short sentence only. Lyle 20:07, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. ~ P. J. O'Rourke (born 14 November 1947)

  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then get elected and prove it. ~ P. J. O'Rourke

  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Great causes and little men go ill together. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 3 because "little men" or better described...men of small caliber...cannot grasp the concept behind a great cause. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 2 because the polar opposite of existence is destruction, both done simultaneously by man. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 4 because history remains a stagnant reminder of the past, imperfect and perfect, a cognitive construct that can never be erased, especially not by trying to conceal the truth. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 05:29, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

2004
Every now and then a clear harmonic cry gave new suggestions of a tune that would someday be the only tune in the world and would raise men's souls to joy. ~ Jack Kerouac in On The Road
2005
Variety's the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavour.

~ William Cowper (born 15 November 1731 (O.S.), but actually 26 November by modern Gregorian reckoning.)
2006
He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice and never ceases nibbling. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater (born 15 November 1741)
2007
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;
not in silence, but restraint.

~ Marianne Moore~ (born 15 November 1887)
2008
Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater
2009

Suggestions

Wherever it has been established that it is shameful to be involved with sexual relationships with men, that is due to evil on the part of the rulers, and to cowardice on the part of the governed. ~ Plato.

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:58, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:48, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:44, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

If freedom is to be saved and enlarged, poverty must be ended. There is no other solution. ~ Aneurin Bevan (born November 15, 1897)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:48, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself. ~ William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (born 15 November 1708)

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter — but the King of England cannot enter — all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement! ~ William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people, so dead to all the feelings of liberty, as voluntarily to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest. ~ William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Let none turn over books, or roam the stars in quest of God, who sees him not in man. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater with a strong lean toward 4

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. ~ Franklin Pierce Adams (born 15 November 1881)

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them. ~ Felix Frankfurter (born 15 November 1882)

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late. ~ Felix Frankfurter

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

On the question you ask depends the answer you get. ~ Felix Frankfurter

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

I know I cannot paint a flower. I can not paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time. ~ Georgia O'Keeffe (born 15 November 1887)

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself. I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity. ~ Marianne Moore

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The power of the visible
is the invisible; as even where
no tree of freedom grows,
so-called brute courage knows.

~ Marianne Moore ~

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

In a man to man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine. ~ Erwin Rommel (born 15 November 1891)

  • 2 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 because I believe in this strongly. The man who has the extra shotgun shell or pistol bullet shall be the one left standing. Zarbon 16:58, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility. ~ Erwin Rommel

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas. ~ Erwin Rommel

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:30, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 because fear can make men do things which they never thought they were capable of doing. Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you're not a good soldier. ~ Curtis LeMay

  • 3 Zarbon 05:57, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:44, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 20:40, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

I don't mind being called tough, because in this racket it's tough guys who lead the survivors. ~ Curtis LeMay

  • 3 Zarbon 05:57, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:44, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself. ~ Marianne Moore

  • 2 Zarbon 05:57, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:44, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:40, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Man must first live before he can live abundantly. ~ Aneurin Bevan

  • 2 Zarbon 06:08, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:44, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:40, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

We need not think alike to love alike. ~ Ferenc Dávid (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 06:08, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:44, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:40, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

A phrase begins life as a literary expression; its felicity leads to its lazy repetition; and repetition soon establishes it as a legal formula, undiscriminatingly used to express different and sometimes contradictory ideas. ~ Felix Frankfurter


2004
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix
2005
From each as they choose, to each as they are chosen. ~ Robert Nozick, (born 16 November 1938)
2006
We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves. ~ Alan Watts (died 16 November 1973)
2007
We must face problems which do not lend themselves to easy or quick or permanent solutions. And we must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient, that we are only six percent of the world's population, that we cannot impose our will upon the other ninety-four percent of mankind, that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity, and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem. ~ John F. Kennedy, (Speech made on 16 November 1961)
2008
You will have what is good for you and I will have what is good for me. Let the kite perch and let the egret perch too. If one says no to the other, let his wing break. ~ Chinua Achebe (born 16 November 1930)
2009

Suggestions

What if, on a crowded street, you look up and see something appear that should not, given what we know, be there. The person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway to another place. If you choose to go inside you may find many unexpected things. ~ Shigeru Miyamoto (date of birth)

Quote found at: Miyamoto Shrine
—This unsigned comment is by Waluigi Twin (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:59, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 09:19, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:33, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The real historical entity that is becoming imminent is the human soul. The monkey body has served to carry us to this moment of release, and it will always serve as a focus of self-image, but we are coming more and more to exist in a world made by the human imagination. ~ Terence McKenna

  • 3 Kalki 09:19, 16 November 2007 (UTC) Though McKenna often rambles with all manner of radical or trivial conjectures, and I find many of his pronouncements, like some by Timothy Leary, bizarre or irresponsible, I yet find there are also often kernels of significant truth and important ideas among them as well. I did not add him to the suggestions earlier today because I did not have time to fully scan much of my material on him, but want to have at least a few suggestions ready for next year.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

There is a spiritual obligation, there is a task to be done. It is not, however, something as simple as following a set of somebody else’s rules. ... We intellectuals are trapped in a world of too much information. Innocence is gone for us. We cannot expect to cross the rainbow bridge through a good act of contrition; that will not be sufficient. We have to understand. ~ Terence McKenna

  • 3 Kalki 09:19, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

There is no dualism in the world of light. The conventions of relativity say that time slows down as one approaches the speed of light, but if one tries to imagine the point of view of a thing made of light, one must realize that what is never mentioned is that if one moves at the speed of light there is no time whatsoever. ... One exists in eternity, one has become eternal ... One is then apart from the moving image; one exists in the completion of eternity. ~ Terence McKenna

  • 3 Kalki 09:19, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

There is plenty of room at the top because very few people care to travel beyond the average route. And so most of us seem satisfied to remain within the confines of mediocrity. ~ Nnamdi Azikiwe

  • 3 Zarbon 06:20, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:34, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:48, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

No matter how old an individual may be, no matter if he is young or old, if he thinks in accordance with the times, he is immortal. ~ Nnamdi Azikiwe

  • 4 Zarbon 06:20, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:34, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:48, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Pray assign me any part in the government you please; but remember that no single man can bear the whole burden of Empire — I need a colleague, or perhaps several colleagues. ~ Tiberius

  • 3 Zarbon 06:28, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:34, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:48, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Life is like a trumpet. If you don't put anything into it, you don't get anything out. ~ W. C. Handy

  • 3 Zarbon 06:28, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:34, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:48, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

The real truth that dare not speak itself is that no one is in control, absolutely no one. This stuff is ruled by the equations of dynamics and chaos. There may be entities seeking control, but to seek control is to take enormous aggravation upon yourself. It's like trying to control a dream. ~ Terence McKenna

  • 3 Kalki 17:34, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:10, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:48, 15 November 2008 (UTC)


2003
A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune
2004
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. ~ Henry David Thoreau
2005
It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily. ~ Martin Scorsese (born 17 November 1942)
2006
Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men. The fundamental threat to freedom is power to coerce, be it in the hands of a monarch, a dictator, an oligarchy, or a momentary majority. ~ Milton Friedman (recent death)
2007
The paramount question of the day is not political, is not religious, but is economic. The crying-out demand of today is for a circle of principles that shall forever make it impossible for one man to control another by controlling the means of his existence. ~ Voltairine de Cleyre
2008
When you can have anything you want by uttering a few words, the goal matters not, only the journey to it. ~ Christopher Paolini
2009

Suggestions

The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. ~ Thomas Jefferson, in honor of the NRA being granted charter in NYC

  • 2 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:20, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 22:57, 16 November 2007 (UTC) This did not seem genuine to me, as in Jefferson's time the issue would hardly be disputed, and a quick check of it finds no sources, and a pro-gun site which declares it bogus. I might add it to the "Misattributed" section on Jefferson's page after finding out more about it.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:36, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Note to self: religion: freaky. ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar as "Buffy Summers" in "What's My Line, Part 1", Buffy the Vampire Slayer (shown that day)

  • 2 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 18:20, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:57, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:36, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that "freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license"; and they will define and define freedom out of existence. ~ Voltairine de Cleyre (born November 17, 1866)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:20, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:57, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:36, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The basis of all political action is coercion; even when the State does good things, it finally rests on a club, a gun, or a prison, for its power to carry them through. ~ Voltairine de Cleyre

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:20, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:57, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:36, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Workers, the most absolutely necessary part of the whole social structure, without whose services none can either eat, or clothe, or shelter himself, are just the ones who get the least to eat, to wear, and to be housed withal — to say nothing of their share of the other social benefits which the rest of us are supposed to furnish, such as education and artistic gratification. ~ Voltairine de Cleyre

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:20, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:57, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:36, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

People make a grievous error thinking that a list of facts is the truth. Facts are just the bare bones out of which truth is made. ~ Shelby Foote

  • 2 Zarbon 04:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:17, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Politics, as I never tire of saying, is for social and emotional misfits, handicapped folk, those with a grudge. The purpose of politics is to help them overcome these feelings of inferiority and compensate for their personal inadequacies in the pursuit of power. ~ Auberon Waugh

  • 2 Zarbon 04:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:17, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:40, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

The human face is the organic seat of beauty.... It is the register of value in development, a record of Experience, whose legitimate office is to perfect the life, a legible language to those who will study it, of the majestic mistress, the soul. ~ Eliza Farnham

  • 2 Zarbon 04:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:17, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:40, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with Truth. ~ Eliza Farnham

  • 2 Zarbon 04:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:17, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

The songs of the dead are the lamentations of the living. ~ Christopher Paolini

  • 2 Zarbon 04:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:17, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:40, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. ~ Christopher Paolini

  • 3 Zarbon 04:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:17, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:40, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

Success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection. ~ Soichiro Honda

  • 2 Zarbon 04:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:17, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:40, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

Because the water raises rice and the fishes live in the water, I don’t want to contaminate it. ~ Soichiro Honda

  • 2 Zarbon 04:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:17, 14 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation. ~ James Thurber
2005
We're all puppets, Laurie. I'm just a puppet who can see the strings. ~ Alan Moore in Watchmen (born 18 November 1953)
2006
It's a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography — but if you write your biography, it's equally assumed you're lying your head off. ~ Margaret Atwood (born 18 November 1939)
2007
Whatever the scientists may come up with, writers and artists will continue to portray altered mental states, simply because few aspects of our nature fascinate people so much. The so-called mad person will always represent a possible future for every member of the audience — who knows when such a malady may strike? ~ Margaret Atwood
2008
War is what happens when language fails. ~ Margaret Atwood
2009

Suggestions

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize. ~ George Bernard Shaw, said that day, when refusing the money from the Nobel prize.

  • 2 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 21:19, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:36, 17 November 2007 (UTC) humourous, but I have no strong desire to use it for QOTD.
  • 2 Zarbon 06:39, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. ~ Niels Bohr (date of death)


Do not let the bastards grind you down. ~ Margaret Atwood (date of birth)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1. Too general, and I find it difficult to believe any one person could have coined such a phrase. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 21:19, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:36, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 23:25, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

A lot of being a poet consists of willed ignorance. If you woke up from your trance and realized the nature of the life-threatening and dignity-destroying precipice you were walking along, you would switch into actuarial sciences immediately. ~ Margaret Atwood (born November 18, 1939)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:05, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 21:19, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:36, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:39, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 23:25, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own. ~ Clarence Day

  • 4 because one must first stand for oneself before standing for others. Zarbon 00:30, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:32, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health. ~ Clarence Day

  • 2 because an excess of anything is harmful. Zarbon 00:30, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:32, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting. ~ Alan Dean Foster

  • 3 because the freedom to do anything with any limits results in chaos. Zarbon 00:30, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:32, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

We're shooting handcuffed prisoners in the back of the head, execution-style, instantly "liberating" their souls from their bodies. ~ Justin Raimondo

  • 2 because the terminology of liberation has been used from different perspectives to describe different opinions. Zarbon 00:30, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:32, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:14, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Antiquary 23:25, 17 November 2008 (UTC)


2003
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
2004
Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have. ~ Oprah Winfrey
2005
In a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. ~ Abraham Lincoln, "Gettysburg Address" (delivered 19 November 1863)
2006
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore,
And the individual withers, and the world is more and more.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (became Poet Laureate that day)
2007
It is the high privilege and sacred duty of those now living to educate their successors and fit them, by intelligence and virtue, for the inheritance which awaits them. In this beneficent work sections and races should be forgotten and partisanship should be unknown. ~ James A. Garfield
2008
Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained. ~ James A. Garfield

Suggestions

We should not mourn for men of high ideals. Rather we should rejoice that we had the privilege of having had them with us, to inspire us by their radiant personalities. ~ Indira Gandhi (born November 19, 1917)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:53, 18 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:39, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 Zarbon 06:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis. ~ James A. Garfield

  • 3 Kalki 16:58, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:57, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty. ~ James A. Garfield

  • 3 Kalki 16:58, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:57, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Nothing is more uncertain than the result of any one throw; few things are more certain than the result of many throws. ~ James A. Garfield

  • 3 Kalki 16:58, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:57, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

You must remember that we persecute nobody for religion. We regard religion as an error and fight it with education. ~ Mikhail Kalinin (born November 19)

  • 3 because battling the lures of religion with education is a powerful principle and ideology. Zarbon 06:44, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Stalin's Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945 - Page 109 by Steven Merritt Miner - History - 2003
  • 1 Kalki 18:42, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Every man loves what he is good at. ~ Thomas Shadwell

  • 2 Zarbon 01:46, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:42, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one's sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence. Legitimate self-confidence is a winner. The true test of self-confidence is the courage to be open — to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source. ~ Jack Welch

  • 2 Zarbon 01:46, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:42, 14 November 2008 (UTC) but would extend it to end with "Self-confident people aren't afraid to have their views challenged. They relish the intellectual combat that enriches ideas."
  • 3 Ningauble 18:44, 17 November 2008 (UTC) extended version

Normal is not something to aspire to, it is something to get away from. ~ Jodie Foster

  • 2 Zarbon 01:46, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:42, 14 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. ~ Margot Fonteyn
2005
The Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. ~ Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923)
2006
Art defies defeat by its very existence, representing the celebration of life, in spite of all attempts to degrade and destroy it. ~ Nadine Gordimer (date of birth)
2007
Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly. ... Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. ~ Robert F. Kennedy (born 20 November 1925)
2008
A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability. ~ Robert F. Kennedy
2009

Suggestions

Humans, the only self-regarding animals, blessed or cursed with this torturing higher faculty, have always wanted to know why. ~ Nadine Gordimer, born that day


The facts are always less than what really happened. ~ Nadine Gordimer (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 21:29, 19 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:48, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:44, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 15:42, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity. ~ Nadine Gordimer


Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. ~ Nadine Gordimer

  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:48, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:46, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:44, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 15:42, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

It's this way:
being captured is beside the point,
the point is not to surrender. ~ Nazim Hikmet

  • 4 because dying with one's fundamentals is better than living without them. Zarbon 02:05, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Lyle 15:42, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

The strangest of our powers
Is the courage to live
Knowing that we will die,
Knowing nothing more true. ~ Nazim Hikmet

  • 2 Zarbon 02:05, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

You're my bondage and my freedom,
my flesh burning like a naked summer night,
you're my country.
Hazel eyes marbled green,
you're awesome, beautiful, and brave,
you're my desire always just out of reach. ~ Nazim Hikmet

  • 2 Zarbon 02:05, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself. ~ Benoît Mandelbrot

  • 2 Zarbon 02:05, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Being a language, mathematics may be used not only to inform but also, among other things, to seduce. ~ Benoît Mandelbrot

  • 2 Zarbon 02:05, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern. ~ Benoît Mandelbrot

  • 2 Zarbon 02:05, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Lyle 15:42, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version. ~ Don DeLillo

  • 3 Zarbon 02:05, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Lyle 15:42, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in "inventing" something. It's an arrogance that some enjoy, and others do not. Now I reach beyond arrogance when I proclaim that fractals had been pictured forever but their true role remained unrecognized and waited for me to be uncovered. ~ Benoît Mandelbrot

  • 3 Kalki 19:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 03:12, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

2004
Fame is something which must be won; honor is something which must not be lost. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
2005
We must believe in free will — we have no choice. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer (born 21 November 1902 or 14 July 1904; uncertainties exist)
2006
Man is free at the instant he wants to be. ~ Voltaire (date of birth)
2007
It requires twenty years for a man to rise from the vegetable state in which he is within his mother's womb, and from the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of reason begins to appear. It has required thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure. It would need eternity to learn something about his soul. It takes an instant to kill him. ~ Voltaire
2008
If your object is to secure liberty, you must learn to do without authority and compulsion. If you intend to live in peace and harmony with your fellow-men, you and they should cultivate brotherhood and respect for each other. If you want to work together with them for your mutual benefit, you must practice cooperation. The social revolution means much more than the reorganization of conditions only: it means the establishment of new human values and social relationships, a changed attitude of man to man, as of one free and independent to his equal; it means a different spirit in individual and collective life, and that spirit cannot be born overnight. It is a spirit to be cultivated, to be nurtured and reared, as the most delicate flower it is, for indeed it is the flower of a new and beautiful existence. ~ Alexander Berkman
2009

Suggestions

I know as a writer how valuable a tool is the wastebasket. Perhaps God throws away many experiments before He finds the right expression. Perhaps we are the discards — or we could be the part He keeps. This mystery is what keeps us all going, to see what happens in the next chapter. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer (one of two possible dates of birth - uncertainties exist on the matter)

  • 3 Kalki 16:20, 31 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Men are equal; it is not birth
But virtue that makes the difference. ~ Voltaire (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so. ~ Voltaire (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Virtue supposes liberty, as the carrying of a burden supposes active force. Under coercion there is no virtue, and without virtue there is no religion. Make a slave of me, and I shall be no better for it. Even the sovereign has no right to use coercion to lead men to religion, which by its nature supposes choice and liberty. My thought is no more subject to authority than is sickness or health. ~ Voltaire (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Such then is the human condition, that to wish greatness for one's country is to wish harm to one's neighbors. ~ Voltaire

  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 4 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

All men would then be necessarily equal, if they were without needs. It is the poverty connected with our species which subordinates one man to another. It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence. ~ Voltaire

  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:32, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The sea! the sea! the open sea!
The blue, the fresh, the ever free! ~ Bryan Procter

  • 2 Zarbon 02:31, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Wherever we are, God's in that moment, God's speaking to us, and if we've just got our ears open and our antennas up, there's no lack of inspiration. He's not silent. We just have to be listening. ~ Steven Curtis Chapman

  • 2 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

There's obviously always danger in making music or art for art's sake. Even as Christians we can be guilty of that, being more about the art than the Artist who gave us this gift. ~ Steven Curtis Chapman

  • 2 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

"Man's inhumanity to man" is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep. ~ Alexander Berkman

  • 2 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Absolute power corrupts and defeats its partisans no less than its opponents. ~ Alexander Berkman

  • 2 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Only the heel
Of splendid steel
Shall stand secure on sliding fate,
When golden navies weep their freight. ~ Arthur Quiller-Couch

  • 3 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

I could not find the way to God;
There were too many flaming suns
For signposts, and the fearful road
Led over wastes where millions
Of tangled comets hissed and burned—
I was bewildered and I turned. ~ Arthur Quiller-Couch

  • 2 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Although I came to doubt all revelation, I can never accept the idea that the Universe is a physical or chemical accident, a result of blind evolution. Even though I learned to recognize the lies, the clichés and the idolatries of the human mind, I still cling to some truths which I think all of us might accept some day. There must be a way for man to attain all possible pleasures, all the powers and knowledge that nature can grant him, and still serve God — a God who speaks in deeds, not in words, and whose vocabulary is the Cosmos. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

  • 3 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:13, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

  • 3 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:13, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel. ~ Terry Pratchett
2005
O may I join the choir invisible of those immortal dead who live again in minds made better by their presence; live in pulses stirred to generosity, in deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn for miserable aims that end with self, in thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars, and with their mild persistence urge men's search to vaster issues. ~ George Eliot (born 22 November 1819)
2006
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other? ~ George Eliot
2007
This is life to come, —
Which martyred men have made more glorious
For us who strive to follow. May I reach
That purest heaven, — be to other souls
The cup of strength in some great agony,
Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love,
Beget the smiles that have no cruelty,
Be the sweet presence of a good diffused,
And in diffusion ever more intense!
So shall I join the choir invisible
Whose music is the gladness of the world.

~ George Eliot ~
2008

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

  • The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. ~ George Eliot
  • I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear. ~ George Eliot
  • Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~ George Eliot
  • My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy. ~ George Eliot

Suggestions

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. ~ John F. Kennedy, shot this day

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 10:15, 21 November 2007 (UTC) Good quote, but would prefer to use it some other time; we've already had a JFK and an RFK quote within the past week this year.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:40, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:49, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 15:59, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it. ~ George Eliot

  • 4 Kalki 23:18, 21 November 2008 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 10:15, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 21:40, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:49, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium. ~ George Eliot

  • 3 Kalki 10:15, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:40, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:49, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Lyle 15:59, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

High achievements demand some other unusual qualification besides an unusual desire for high prizes. ~ George Eliot

  • 3 Kalki 10:15, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:40, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:49, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

To give children good instruction, and a bad example, is but a beckoning to them with the head to show them the way to heaven, while we take them by the hand and lead them in the way to hell. ~ John Tillotson

  • 3 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all. ~ André Gide

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not. ~ André Gide

  • 3 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

I am a man who belongs to no-one and who belongs to everyone. ~ Charles de Gaulle

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. ~ Charles de Gaulle

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Nothing builds authority up like silence, splendor of the strong and shelter of the weak. ~ Charles de Gaulle

  • 3 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

It is better to have a bad method than to have none. ~ Charles de Gaulle

  • 4 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

We are taking care of our troops today, hence their loyalty. Formerly a rifle was given to a man and he had to shift for himself. ~ İsmail Enver

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously. ~ George Gissing

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. ~ Václav Havel
2005
As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye. ~ Areopagitica by John Milton (published 23 November 1644)
2006
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder (quote for US Thanksgiving Day)
2007
There's only us, there's only this.
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.
No other road, no other way, no day but today.
I can't control my destiny.
I trust my soul. My only goal is just to be.
There's only now, there's only here.
Give in to love, or live in fear.
No other path, no other way.
No day but today.

~ Jonathan Larson in "Another Day" from Rent ~
  • proposed by UDScott (initially proposed in 2005 for movie's opening date, but the John Milton quote was ranked higher)
2008
Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play on the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? ~ John Milton in Areopagitica
2009

Suggestions

Service is service, wherever it occurred. The defense of the fatherland is no small thing. ~ Rodion Malinovsky (born November 23)

  • 3 because this defines military principle and ideal. A loyal soldier is the same the world over, he is the man I adore and respect most of all. Zarbon 17:01, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Gates of Hell - Page 343 by Harrison Evans Salisbury - 1976
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:33, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:40, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe. ~ Alfonso X of Castile

  • 3 Zarbon 13:05, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:33, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:40, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Those who knowingly allow the King to err deserve the same punishment as traitors. ~ Alfonso X of Castile

  • 3 Zarbon 13:05, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:33, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:40, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Burn old wood, read old books, drink old wines, have old friends. ~ Alfonso X of Castile

  • 3 Zarbon 13:05, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:33, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:40, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Born a saint, die a sinner, thats the way it's got ta be! ~ Billy the Kid

  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:40, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Tell me thou all pervading mind,
When I this life forsake,
Must ev'ry tender tie unbind,
Each sweet connection break?
~ Ann Eliza Bleecker

  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:33, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:40, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Though such the darkness of my soul,
Not such the calmness there;
But waves of guilt tumultuous roll
'Midst billows of despair.
~ Ann Eliza Bleecker

  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:33, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:40, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

You have summoned me in my weakness. You must sustain me by your strength. ~ Franklin Pierce

  • 4 Zarbon 13:05, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:33, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:40, 22 November 2008 (UTC)


2003
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
2004
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them. ~ Washington Irving
2005
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. ~ Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (published 24 November 1859)
2006
Only the brave know how to forgive ... A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. ~ Laurence Sterne (born 24 November 1713)
2007
Hatred which is completely vanquished by love passes into love: and love is thereupon greater than if hatred had not preceded it. ~ Baruch Spinoza
2008

Suggestions

People are always asking me what my lyrics mean. Well I say what any decent poet would say if you dared ask him to analyse his work: if you see it, darling, then it's there. ~ Freddie Mercury in an interview, died that day

  • 2 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:18, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:00, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:54, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation. ~ Laurence Sterne

  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:18, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 15:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 22:00, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:54, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world, — though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst, — the cant of criticism is the most tormenting! ~ Laurence Sterne

  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:18, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:54, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

The mind has greater power over the emotions and is less subject thereto, in so far as it understands all things as necessary. ~ Baruch Spinoza (born 24 November 1632)

  • 3 Kalki 22:00, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:32, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:54, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

A war is not lost until you consider it lost. ~ Erich von Manstein (born November 24)

  • 3 because victory and loss are but a perspective and a tank commander knows that a war is not lost until it is truly considered lost. Zarbon 04:41, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

One cannot think that blind bravery gives victory over the enemy. ~ Alexander Suvorov

  • 3 because bravery alone is not enough. Zarbon 06:19, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Hard training - easy combat; easy training - hard combat. ~ Alexander Suvorov

  • 3 because those who train, succeed. Zarbon 06:19, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Win with ability, not with numbers. ~ Alexander Suvorov

  • 3 because quality devours quantity. Zarbon 06:19, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

No battle can be won in the study, and theory without practice is dead. ~ Alexander Suvorov

  • 3 Zarbon 06:19, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

If we had not driven them into hell... hell would have swallowed us. ~ Alexander Suvorov

  • 3 because it is the deciding factor in war, to kill or be killed. Zarbon 06:19, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Fight the enemy with the weapons he lacks. ~ Alexander Suvorov

  • 3 because to fight the enemy with the same weapons gives no leverage. Zarbon 06:19, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

One minute decides the outcome of a battle, one hour the success of a campaign, one day the fate of empires. ~ Alexander Suvorov

  • 4 because every minute counts in the heat of battle. Zarbon 15:44, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. ~ Dale Carnegie

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. ~ Dale Carnegie

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules whose would you use? ~ Dale Carnegie

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

How can anyone be interested in war? — that glorious pursuit of annihilation with its ceremonious bellowings and trumpetings over the mangling of human bones and muscles and organs and eyes, its inconceivable agonies which could have been prevented by a few well-chosen, reasonable words. How, why, did this unnecessary business begin? Why does anyone want to read about it — this redundant human madness which men accept as inevitable? ~ Margaret Caroline Anderson

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance. ~ Claus Moser, Baron Moser

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. ~ Arundhati Roy

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

There is only one dream worth having...to live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. ~ Arundhati Roy

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 14:49, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Literature is the opposite of a nuclear bomb. ~ Arundhati Roy

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me. ~ Zachary Taylor

  • 2 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

I have no private purpose to accomplish, no party objectives to build up, no enemies to punish—nothing to serve but my country. ~ Zachary Taylor

  • 3 Zarbon 23:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:58, 22 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. ~ Tecumseh
2005
Only by not forgetting the past can we be the master of the future. ~ Ba Jin (born 25 November 1904)
2006
If we have learned anything at all in this century, it is that all new technologies will be put to use, sooner or later, for better or worse, as it is in our nature to do. ~ Lewis Thomas (born November 25, 1913)
2007
Loving truth and living honestly is my attitude to life. Be true to yourself and be true to others, thus you can be the judge of your behavior. ~ Ba Jin (date of birth)
2008

Suggestions

All human history is the struggle between systems that attempt to shackle the human personality in the name of some intangible good on the one hand and systems that enable and expand the scope of human personality in the pursuit of extremely tangible aims. The American system is the most successful in the world because it harmonizes best with the aims and longings of human personality while allowing the best protection to other personalities. ~ Ben Stein (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 06:37, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:56, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Now and then it occurs to one to reflect upon what slender threads of accident depend the most important circumstances of his life; to look back and shudder, realizing how close to the edge of nothingness his being has come. ~ Upton Sinclair (date of death)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:37, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:56, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself. He is humiliated by his simian ancestry, and tries to deny his animal nature, to persuade himself that he is not limited by its weaknesses nor concerned in its fate. ~ Upton Sinclair (date of death)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:37, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:56, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Statistically the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you would think the mere fact of existence would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise. We are alive against the stupendous odds of genetics, infinitely outnumbered by all the alternates who might, except for luck, be in our places. ~ Lewis Thomas

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:37, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 11:00, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:56, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Not a single leaf moves in this country if I'm not the one moving it. I want that to be clear! ~ Augusto Pinochet (born November 25)

  • 3 because taking responsibility is admirable. Zarbon 06:09, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC) because pompous hubris is not admirable at all.
  • 1 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:19, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

I'm not someone who usually sends out threats. I warn only once. ~ Augusto Pinochet (born November 25)

  • 3 because actions speak louder than words. Zarbon 06:09, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:19, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

I don't remember, but it's not true. It's not true, and If it were true, I don't remember. ~ Augusto Pinochet (born November 25)

  • 3 because this answers questions before they are asked. Magnificent answer guideline. Zarbon 06:09, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
    • [SOURCE: Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet]
  • 1 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

We think we have got freedom of the press. When one millionaire has ten newspapers and ten million people have no newspapers—that is not freedom of the press. ~ Anastas Mikoyan

  • 3 Zarbon 03:21, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Good political leadership for me involves getting the big decisions right - however difficult, however controversial, however potentially divisive and then being able to take people with you. And that requires something else as well - being wise enough to know when it's time to listen. ~ Charles Kennedy

  • 2 Zarbon 23:59, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

The relationship of a people to their homeland is crucial. A people will naturally have a difficult time maintaining a common cultural identity without a collective presence in their homeland. Only in its homeland can a people develop economically, culturally and socially as a homogeneous entity. In fact, this is the crux of why some of us consider it necessary to struggle to live in our homeland. ~ Monte Melkonian

  • 3 Zarbon 03:17, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

While many of us feel a strong emotional attachment to our homeland, we should not allow emotions to deter us from speaking of things the way they really are. ~ Monte Melkonian

  • 3 Zarbon 03:17, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 13:13, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:19, 24 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. ~ Elie Wiesel
2005
If I were to be given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself. ~ Charles M. Schulz (born 26 November 1922)
2006
"Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, Why me?" And the voice says, "Nothing personal your name just happened to come up." ~ Charles M. Schulz (born 26 November 1922)
2007
It is not earthly rank, nor birth, nor nationality, nor religious privilege, which proves that we are members of the family of God; it is love, a love that embraces all humanity. ~ Ellen G. White (born 26 November 1827)
2008

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

  • God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. ~ William Cowper

Suggestions

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

~ William Cowper ~

  • 3 Kalki 19:13, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 09:17, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because the actual personification of wisdom and knowledge is rather nice. Zarbon 06:57, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.

~ William Cowper ~

  • 3 Kalki 19:13, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:17, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:57, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

2 Antiquary 20:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)


You always have a tendency to add. But one must be able to subtract too. It's not enough to integrate, you must also disintegrate. That's the way life is. ~ Eugène Ionesco

  • 3 Zarbon 03:33, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, I'd be a politician. ~ Eugène Ionesco

  • 2 Zarbon 03:33, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa. ~ Eugène Ionesco

  • 2 Zarbon 03:33, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC) but would extend this to read: "The whole history of the world has been governed by nostalgias and anxieties, which political action does no more than reflect and interpret, very imperfectly. No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa."
  • 3 Antiquary 20:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

God is dead. Marx is dead. And I don't feel so well myself. ~ Eugène Ionesco

  • 3 Zarbon 03:33, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 20:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together. ~ Eugène Ionesco

  • 2 Zarbon 03:33, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 20:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

I know nothing of man's rights, or woman's rights; human rights are all that I recognise. ~ Sarah Grimké

  • 3 Zarbon 03:44, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 20:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Nature is my friend. Life is my philosopher. History is my guide. ~ Velupillai Prabhakaran

  • 2 Zarbon 04:06, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Fear is the outcome of weakness, a coward’s friend, an enemy of firmness. Fear of death is the cause of all human fears. One who wins the fear of death wins himself. He is the one who wins the freedom. From his mental prison. ~ Velupillai Prabhakaran

  • 2 Zarbon 04:06, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

My comrades whom I loved as my life, my generals who have been fighting along with me shoulder to shoulder, my fighters whom I fostered for several years, When they fall in the battle field my heart bursts. Yet in that grief I do not languish. All these losses add strength to my will towards my ideal. ~ Velupillai Prabhakaran

  • 4 Zarbon 04:06, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 14:48, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

How sweet, how passing sweet, is solitude!
But grant me still a friend in my retreat
Whom I may whisper — solitude is sweet.
~ William Cowper~ (birthdate - Originally suggested at 15 November, the Old Style date.)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:48, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:29, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Antiquary 21:47, 14 November 2008 (UTC)


2003
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'Thank You', that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart
2004
I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. ~ Elbert Hubbard
2005
Put every great teacher together in a room, and they'd agree about everything, put their disciples in there and they'd argue about everything. ~ Bruce Lee
2006
Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it. ~ Bruce Lee
2007
Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. ~ Bruce Lee
2008

Suggestions

Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Awareness has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being, without exclusion. ~ Bruce Lee (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:38, 26 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:28, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 07:00, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart; if you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between "for" and "against" is the mind's worst disease. ~ Bruce Lee (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:28, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 Zarbon 07:00, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

I'm not a master, I'm a student-master, meaning that I have the knowledge of a master and the expertise of a master, but I'm still learning, So I'm a student-master. I don't believe in the word master, I consider the master as such when they close the casket. ~ Bruce Lee

  • 3 Kalki 20:38, 26 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:28, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because one is always learning until one's final breath. Zarbon 07:00, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there. ~ Bruce Lee

  • 3 Kalki 20:38, 26 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:28, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 07:00, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself; do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. ~Bruce Lee

  • 3 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:27, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Like everyone else you want to learn the way to win. But never to accept the way to lose. To accept defeat — to learn to die — is to be liberated from it. ~Bruce Lee

  • 3 Lyle 15:31, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:27, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

I want to do everything in the world that can be done. ~ Fanny Kemble

  • 2 Zarbon 04:17, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face?
How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace? ~ Fanny Kemble

  • 2 Zarbon 04:17, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC) though I might rank it at 3 eventually

A sacred burden is this life ye bear:
Look on it, lift it, bear it solemnly,
Stand up and walk beneath it steadfastly.
Fail not for sorrow, falter not for sin,
But onward, upward, till the goal ye win. ~ Fanny Kemble

  • 3 Zarbon 04:17, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:24, 23 November 2008 (UTC)


2003
Security is mostly a superstition... Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~ Helen Keller
2004
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. ~ George Washington
2005
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. ~ William Blake (born 28 November 1757)
2006
Whatever nature has in store for mankind, unpleasant as it may be, men must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge. ~ Enrico Fermi (date of death)
2007
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

~ William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827)
2008

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

  • If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. ~ William Blake

Suggestions

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. ~ Washington Irving (date of death)


Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. ~ Washington Irving (date of death)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • This quotation was used in November 2004 - InvisibleSun 03:44, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 07:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion. ~ William Blake (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 21:28, 27 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:44, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 07:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind doth move
Silently, invisibly.
~ William Blake (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 21:28, 27 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:44, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 07:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

One must be very naïve or dishonest to imagine that men choose their beliefs independently of their situation. ~ Claude Lévi-Strauss (born November 28, 1908)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:44, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:30, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 07:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • Note: Lévi-Strauss will become one hundred years old on November 28, 2008. - InvisibleSun 21:24, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Natural man did not precede society, nor is he outside it. ~ Claude Lévi-Strauss

  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:44, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:30, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 07:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize — because they set so little store by them — the immense riches accumulated by the human race on either side of the narrow furrow on which they keep their eyes fixed; by underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished. ~ Claude Lévi-Strauss


All revolutions devour their own children. ~ Ernst Röhm (born November 28)

  • 3 because this has proven to be true throughout history. All revolutions have eventually led to failure and those who have led the revolutions to corruption. Zarbon 04:47, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership - Page 147 by Joachim C. Fest - History - 1999
  • 4 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Since I am an immature and wicked man, war and unrest appeal to me more than good bourgeois order. Brutality is respected, the people need wholesome fear. They want to fear someone. They want someone to frighten them and make them shudderingly submissive. ~ Ernst Röhm (born November 28)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:47, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership - Page 139 by Joachim C. Fest - History - 1999
  • 2 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

If you dislike change, you're going to dislike irrelevance even more. ~ Eric Shinseki

  • 2 Zarbon 04:26, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

You must love those you lead before you can be an effective leader. You can certainly command without that sense of commitment, but you cannot lead without it. ~ Eric Shinseki

  • 3 Zarbon 04:47, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. ~ James Eastland

  • 2 Zarbon 05:03, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Eternity and pain, pain and eternity -- they are the only two things of which the universe is made. ~ David Zindell

  • 2 Zarbon 05:03, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. ~ Friedrich Engels

  • 3 Zarbon 05:03, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. ~ Rita Mae Brown

  • 2 Zarbon 05:03, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. ~ Rita Mae Brown

  • 2 Zarbon 05:03, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

He that is down needs fear no fall. ~ John Bunyan

  • 4 Zarbon 05:03, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
2004
Find the good — and praise it. ~ Alex Haley
2005
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ~ C. S. Lewis (born 29 November 1898)
2006
The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There's not one of them which won't make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it isn't. If you leave out justice you'll find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials "for the sake of humanity" and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man. ~ C.S. Lewis (date of birth)
2007
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date. ~ C.S. Lewis
2008

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

Suggestions

I can imagine no man who will look with more horror on the End than a conscientious revolutionary who has, in a sense sincerely, been justifying cruelties and injustices inflicted on millions of his contemporaries by the benefits which he hopes to confer on future generations: generations who, as one terrible moment now reveals to him, were never going to exist. Then he will see the massacres, the faked trials, the deportations, to be all ineffaceably real, an essential part, his part, in the drama that has just ended: while the future Utopia had never been anything but a fantasy. ~ C.S. Lewis (date of birth)


Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. ~ Louisa May Alcott (date of birth)

  • 2 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:30, 27 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 28 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 07:05, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Some people think that friendliness is a sign of weakness, when in reality it is a sign of strength. ~ Hans Wolfgang Singer

  • I just kike this quote and think someday it should be qotm.--McNoddy 14:24, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC) copied this quote and rankings for it here from it's original placement by McNoddy as a suggestion for 6 March.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 07:05, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Revolutions are not made; they come. A revolution is as natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the past. Its foundations are laid far back. ~ Wendell Phillips

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Whether in chains or in laurels, Liberty knows nothing but victories. ~ Wendell Phillips

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Write on my gravestone: "Infidel, Traitor.", infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people. ~ Wendell Phillips

  • 3 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

All the things that satisfy our instincts only satisfy the animal in us. I want to be proud of myself. I want more. I want to look up to myself and when I die, I want to smile because of the things I have done, not cry for the things I haven't done. ~ Tom Hurndall

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Our house is burning and we look elsewhere. Nature mutilated, overexploited is not able to recover and we refuse to admit it. From North to South, it suffers from ill-development, and we are indifferent. Earth and humanity are in great peril and we are accountable. ~ Jacques Chirac

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 06:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)


2004
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. ~ William James
2005
Hello. My name is Iñigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. ~ Mandy Patinkin (born 30 November 1952) as "Inigo Montoya" in The Princess Bride
2006
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more. ~ Winston Churchill (born 30 November 1874).
  • proposed by Fys
2007
The truth is, when all is said and done, one does not teach a subject, one teaches a student how to learn it. ~ Jacques Barzun (born November 30, 1907)
2008

Suggestions

When plugged in, the least elaborate computer can be relied on to work to the fullest extent of its capacity. The greatest mind cannot be relied on for the simplest thing; its variability is its superiority. ~ Jacques Barzun

  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:25, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 because I have trouble working out exactly what he's trying to say. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 23:15, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 06:49, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 16:01, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 19:32, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Criticism will need an injection of humility — that is, a recognition of its role as ancillary to the arts, needed only occasionally in a temporary capacity. Since the critic exists only for introducing and explaining, he must be readily intelligible; he has no special vocabulary: criticism is in no way a science or a system. ~ Jacques Barzun


The one thing that unifies men in a given age is not their individual philosophies but the dominant problem that these philosophies are designed to solve. ~ Jacques Barzun

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:41, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:24, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 06:49, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Lyle 16:02, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 19:32, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Old age is like learning a new profession. And not one of your own choosing. ~ Jacques Barzun

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:41, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 06:49, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 16:02, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 19:32, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

I have always been — I think any student of history almost inevitably is — a cheerful pessimist. ~ Jacques Barzun


A soldier's first duty is to obey, otherwise you might as well do away with soldiering. ~ Albert Kesselring (born November 30)

  • 4 because this is one of my three alltime favorite quotes. A soldier is empty without his order, which defines him. And a true soldier is only a soldier if he is disciplined and furthermore, loyal to the bitter end. Loyalty and obedience goes hand in hand as a foundation of creating the principle for which I believe strongly, the principle of the soldier. Zarbon 04:01, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Nuremberg Interviews by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004 - Page 322
  • 1 This is exactly the kind of mentality that fueled the holocaust. Let he who has no conscience obey for obedience's sake. Lyle 17:30, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
    • This has nothing to do with that. Kesselring was Field Marshal of the Air Fleet. He was responsible for sending millions of bombers to their demise and he was in charge of the Italian campaign, a very powerful man. As chief of the luftwaffe, he dealt with Italian opposition, and on some occasions, defiance and betrayal. When asked by Leon what he believed to be the most important quality of a soldier, this was his response. And I agree with this strongly. And this goes for all countries in the world. A soldier must be loyal and obey. The very word soldier (soldat) is an old French word derived from "solidarius", latin for "to pay." To pay a debt so to speak, to one's country. Magnificently enthralling quote for me and one of my three all-time favorites. Zarbon 03:00, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
    • What is the powerful meaning behind this quote? It essentially says, "You should obey, because that's the point of being a soldier." I get it. These words are neither thought-provoking nor inspiring. But I'll admit that I agree with the second half of this quote. Lyle 19:55 5, November 2008 (UTC)
    • I myself study military issues and I find this quote to be the best among the suggestions for the day. Whether or not the quote is thought provoking is completely irrelevant. The second half of the quote, like you said, is what makes it powerful. Fossil 23:30, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
      • I never said the second half was powerful. I said I agreed with it, as in, I agree with the idea of doing away with soldiery. Lyle 16:43, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
    • I'm glad that you like my suggestion. I'm sure you will like many of my other suggestions. Thanks for the confidence. Zarbon 06:34, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
    • To Lyle: If you don't like soldiers and service, then it's obvious you wouldn't like it. But for people who love military history, propaganda, and operations, such as myself, it's an epitome of a quote. It depends on what you like, really. I'm a military lover, therefore, the quote is powerful. Some people like the idea...some people don't. A matter of opinion really. Zarbon 06:55, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 06:49, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Waheedone, if you are going to rate my favorite suggestion so highly, please explain the reason as to why. Zarbon 15:18, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Lyle, Waheedone...the both of you have absolutely no history for participating in this project aside from casting votes here on the qotd suggestions. If anything, neither of your votes should be taken into account. I'd say the same exact thing about Fossil, but I see he has recently added some pages worth of material. Then again, it's still not a lengthy amount of material or history and even his votes should not be counted. I'm just stating how I feel. At this point, the only votes that should be counted are those of InvisibleSun, Kalki, and myself. There should be voting limitations to people who haven't contributed to wikiquote and are only here to cast votes. Zarbon 15:42, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
      • Zarbon - you seem to be taking this very personally. Calm down. It is evident that you want this quote to be chosen at any expense, including the proposal to ban others from voting. I think I've been voting on QOTD's for about 6 months (and reading them for much longer) and I've recently made my first contribution to the archives. That should be enough, if even necessary. This is Wikiquote, after all. Lyle 20:01, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
        • I thought I made it blatantly obvious how important this is to me. But that is completely besides the point. The fact that questionable people who just cast votes without having any history of contributions is what is most annoying. I agree with Kalki in the notion that all people who do not have any history of contributions should not be allowed to vote. There should be limitations on these grounds and this holds merit because random people aren't supposed to vote without having any history other than the qotd suggestions. I concur with Kalki fully. Only the votes of InvisibleSun, Kalki, and myself, along with some reputable long-time users who have contributed to wikiquote heavily (other than the qotd) should be able to participate in the initial voting process. However, this is not the place to discuss that. When it comes to this specific quote, yes it is one of my most favorites of all time and yes, I have waited a very long time for its acceptance. Zarbon 03:10, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
          • Read QOTD Guidelines. "Any registered user is invited to make proposals, or to rank each candidate on these pages:" I am a registered user. I rank this candidate 1, and I'll move it to its chronilogical space again, where it belongs. Please stop abusing the system to get your quote chosen. Lyle 21:58, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
            • Two key things to remember here: first, you are not an administrator, so you don't need to worry about "chronological order" and stating QOTD guidelines, which also is a bit suspicious since only some, and truly some administrators stress the very minor and insignificant matter of the ordering. The very fact that you would bring that up is suspicious. And secondly, your incessant and constant return and response will not help to include your votes. You have absolutely no contribution either other than casting votes. You deserve the same treatment as any other random person. Zarbon 12:36, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
              • I have contributed (albeit not much), and you make little sense. Lyle 14:30, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
                • I make a lot of sense, and once a rubric is in place, a common guideline if you will, then there will be limitations for voting, especially from people who have no actual contributions. Zarbon 16:03, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 19:32, 26 November 2008 (UTC) While it has historical notoriety, I strongly prefer not to memorialize it.

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live. ~ Mark Twain (born November 30, 1835)

  • 4 Lyle 15:36, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Zarbon 04:25, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 06:49, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Just from examining the votes on quotes for this day, I get the impression that Zarbon, Fossil, and Waheedone are either friends or the same person... No matter, this quote is already well-known among bicyclists, and I wouldn't expect everyone to find it humorous. Lyle 15:46, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Hello. I am sorry if you feel that people cannot share the same opinion. I don't particularly find this quote worthwhile myself. Although I have been examining many of the quotes and I don't find this particular one to be deservant of a 1, much less a 4. I think that the quotes have to have some form of impact myself. Being humorous doesn't make it an excellent quote. The fact that you even imply that I am another person is bad enough, but that you believe your suggestion is better... Fossil 23:27, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
    • I'm sure Twain has more worthwhile quotes in comparison to this one, not that I'd suggest it for this year because I am hoping that one of my three alltime favorite quotes makes it. I'm a little upset by your remark Lyle. I don't particularly take well to being referred to as other members. I've been wrongfully accused in the past and I'd appreciate that you do not infer upon something like that. Just because people agree with me, doesn't mean that it's wrong. I'm actually moreso curious as to why you even thought that a quote such as "Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live" would be liked by others. Just because you feel it's a good quote, doesn't mean that others would feel that way also. Zarbon 06:34, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
      • You mean "imply", not "infer". But I didn't imply; I outright said what I thought, and I still believe it. Lyle 16:43, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
        • Why don't you examine Twain further and try to suggest some other quotes by him. This one's too short and bent on humor rather than a powerful image, hence how I personally give quotes high ratings myself. And for this entire year, this date is the most important to me right now...so I honestly hope that my favorite quote makes it above all else. Zarbon 06:58, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 19:32, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. ~ Jonathan Swift

  • 2 and I will rate this higher next year. I am hoping my most favorite suggestion makes it for now. Zarbon 06:43, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 19:32, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that the savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter. ~ Mark Twain (date of birth)


It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. ~ Mark Twain (date of birth)


The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth's political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal, he is a traitor. That he may be the only one who thinks he sees this decay, does not excuse him: it is his duty to agitate anyway, and it is the duty of others to vote him down if they do not see the matter as he does. ~ Mark Twain (date of birth)



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.