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

Ranking system:

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

2004
When you get to a fork in the road, take it. ~ Yogi Berra
2005
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. ~ Jimmy Carter (born 1 October 1924)
2006
Love and music and happiness and family, that's what it's all about. I believe in these things. It would be awful not to, wouldn't it? ~ Julie Andrews
2007
Creators, makers of the new, can never become obsolete, for in the arts there is no correct answer. The story of discoverers could be told in simple chronological order, since the latest science replaces what went before. But the arts are another story — a story of infinite addition. We must find order in the random flexings of the imagination. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin
2008
Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black. ~ Henry Ford (100th anniversary of Ford putting the Model T on the market at a price of US$825)
2009

Suggestions

We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin (born October 1, 1914)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:41, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:55, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:44, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

While the easiest way in metaphysics is to condemn all metaphysics as nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of the community into a moral absolute. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin

  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:41, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:55, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:44, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Since the Creator had made the facts of the after-life inaccessible to man, He must not have required that man understand death in order to live fruitfully. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin

  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:41, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:55, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:44, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

The final end of government is not to exert restraint but to do good. ~ Rufus Choate

  • 2 Zarbon 03:39, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:17, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

A book is the only immortality. ~ Rufus Choate

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:16, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:17, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

They were afraid of dying but even more afraid to show it. ~ Tim O'Brien

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:17, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

They carried the soldier's greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing. Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to. ~ Tim O'Brien

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:17, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon. ~ Jimmy Carter

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:16, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:17, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease. ~ Jimmy Carter

  • 3 Zarbon 03:54, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:17, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 19:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. ~ Mae West
2005
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone. ~ Rod Serling in The Twilight Zone
  • proposed by Kalki The first episode of The Twilight Zone, "Where is Everybody?" aired on 2 October 1959.
2006
Before you do anything, think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone's attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process. ~ Salma Hayek
2007
If there must be a god in the house, must be,
Saying things in the room and on the stair,

Let him move as the sunlight moves on the floor,
Or moonlight, silently, as Plato's ghost

Or Aristotle's skeleton. Let him hang out
His stars on the wall. He must dwell quietly.

~ Wallace Stevens ~

2008
I am one of you and being one of you
Is being and knowing what I am and know.
Yet I am the necessary angel of earth,
Since, in my sight, you see the earth again,
Cleared of its stiff and stubborn, man-locked set
And, in my hearing, you hear its tragic drone
Rise liquidly in liquid lingerings,
Like watery words awash; like meanings said
By repetitions of half-meanings.

~ Wallace Stevens ~

2009

Suggestions

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. ~ Mohandas Gandhi (born 2 October 1869)


We do not choose our concerns. ~ Graham Greene (born 2 October 1904)


Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. ~ Wallace Stevens

  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is true. Without difficulty and hardships, life would not be interesting. Zarbon 03:45, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:20, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress. ~ Wallace Stevens


There is but one means to extenuate the effects of enemy fire: it is to develop a more violent fire oneself. ~ Ferdinand Foch

  • 4 because one must fight fire with fire. Powerful, to say the least. Zarbon 03:24, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 19:20, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~ Ferdinand Foch (born October 2)

  • 3 because this is a very nice piece of imagery. An angered soul burns very well and does not cease to burn its surroundings. And an angered warrior will do heavy damage. Beautifully charming. Zarbon 17:39, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:20, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear. ~ Ferdinand Foch (born October 2)

  • 3 because only those who are inexperienced in the art of war would boast about it. Zarbon 17:39, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:20, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

The will to conquer is the first condition of victory. ~ Ferdinand Foch (born October 2)

  • 3 because the man who has the will will find the way. Zarbon 17:39, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:20, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

You can’t conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God. ~ Graham Greene


Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt. ~ Graham Greene


It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself. ~ Graham Greene


People don't like reality, they don't like common sense, until age forces it on them. ~ Graham Greene


There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. ~ Graham Greene


2003
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

~ The Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot ~
2004
Given the choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier. ~ "Blore's Razor" (Author unknown)
2005
Everyone seems to be playing well within the boundaries of his usual rule set. I have yet to hear anyone say something that seemed likely to mitigate the idiocy of this age. ~ John Perry Barlow (born 3 October 1947)
2006
The average "educated" American has been made to believe that, somehow, the United States must lead the world even though hardly anyone has any information at all about those countries we are meant to lead. Worse, we have very little information about our own country and its past. ~ Gore Vidal (born 3 October 1925)
2007
I'm an optimist. In order to be libertarian, you have to be an optimist. You have to have a benign view of human nature, to believe that human beings left to their own devices are basically good. But I'm not so sure about human institutions, and I think the real point of argument here is whether or not large corporations are human institutions or some other entity we need to be thinking about curtailing. Most libertarians are worried about government but not worried about business. I think we need to be worrying about business in exactly the same way we are worrying about government. ~ John Perry Barlow (born 3 October 1947)
2008
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. ~ Gore Vidal
2009

Suggestions

TV in America created the most coherent reality distortion field that I’ve ever seen. Therein is the problem: People who vote watch TV, and they are hallucinating like a sonofabitch. Basically, what we have in this country is government by hallucinating mob. ~ John Perry Barlow (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:09, 30 September 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:30, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 20:51, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:48, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 19:28, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die. ~ Gore Vidal (born 3 October 1925)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:30, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 2 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 20:51, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:48, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:28, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing. ~ Gore Vidal

  • 4 InvisibleSun 07:30, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 2 October 2006 (UTC) I can't agree with quite this level of pessimism, though it is very true that people in general have often forgotten much that is important, to the disadvantage of everyone.
  • 2 UDScott 20:51, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:48, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:28, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

I used to be able to summon up scenes at will, but now aging memory is so busy weeding its own garden that, promiscuously, it pulls up roses as well as crabgrass. ~ Gore Vidal

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:30, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 2 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 20:51, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:48, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 19:28, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

When I look back on it now, I am so glad that the one thing that I had in my life was my belief that everything in life is a learning experience, whether it be positive or negative. If you can see it as a learning experience, you can turn any negative into a positive. ~ Neve Campbell


You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. ~ Thomas Wolfe


If a man has talent and can't use it, he's failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know. ~ Thomas Wolfe


I don't know yet what I am capable of doing, but, by God, I have genius — I know it too well to blush behind it. ~ Thomas Wolfe


The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened. ~ Thomas Wolfe


And out of mind as soon as out of sight. ~ Fulke Greville


Hard-hearted minds relent and rigor's tears abound,
And envy strangely rues his end, in whom no fault was found.
Knowledge her light hath lost, valor hath slain her knight,
Sidney is dead, dead is my friend, dead is the world's delight. ~ Fulke Greville


We that are bound by vows and by promotion,
With pomp of holy sacrifice and rites,
To teach belief in good and still devotion,
To preach of heaven's wonders and delights—
Yet, when each of us in his own heart looks,
He finds the God there far unlike his books. ~ Fulke Greville


It is only requisite for me to add that the doctrines which I commenced to preach some seven years since are as firmly believed by me as ever; and through persecutions have attended, and the rage and malice of men been heaped upon me, I feel equally as firm in the great and glorious cause as when first I received my mission from the holy messenger. ~ Oliver Cowdery

2004
As for myself, I always willingly acknowledge my own self as the principal cause of every good and of every evil which may befall me; therefore I have always found myself capable of being my own pupil, and ready to love my teacher. ~ Giacomo Casanova
2005
If we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we would know the mind of God. ~ Stephen Hawking
2006
A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny. ~ Buster Keaton (born 4 October 1895)
2007
Personally I do not resort to force — not even the force of law — to advance moral reforms. I prefer education, argument, persuasion, and above all the influence of example — of fashion. ~ Rutherford B. Hayes (born 4 October 1822)
2008
The quicker humanity advances, the more important it is to be the one who deals the first blow. ~ Ernst Kaltenbrunner (born 4 October 1903)
2009

Suggestions

There is no human law or law of God or national law that states that any healthy being has to permit the snake to eat the mouse - but on the other hand, it is perfectly justified to defend the mouse. ~ Ernst Kaltenbrunner (born October 4)

  • 4 because the underdog will always be protected by law and this is a great description of that defense, beautifully and morally personified by the snake and the mouse. Zarbon 05:50, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Nuremberg Interviews By Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - Page 151
  • 2 Kalki 19:14, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 19:31, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

The President of the United States of necessity owes his election to office to the suffrage and zealous labors of a political party, the members of which cherish with ardor and regard as of essential importance the principles of their party organization; but he should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves the country best. ~ Rutherford B. Hayes (born October 4, 1822)


Unjust attacks on public men do them more good than unmerited praise. ~ Rutherford B. Hayes


One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals. ~ Rutherford B. Hayes


The real difficulty is with the vast wealth and power in the hands of the few and the unscrupulous who represent or control capital. Hundreds of laws of Congress and the state legislatures are in the interest of these men and against the interests of workingmen. These need to be exposed and repealed. All laws on corporations, on taxation, on trusts, wills, descent, and the like, need examination and extensive change. This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations. — How is this? ~ Rutherford B. Hayes

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:49, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 4 October 2007 (UTC) but would probably prefer to trim the final "How is this?" as unnecessary.
  • 1 Zarbon 17:42, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 19:31, 18 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. ~ Marie Curie
2005
Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respect for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence. ~ Václav Havel (born 5 October 1936)
2006
Almost all men, and those that seem to be very miserable, love life, because they cannot bear to lose sight of such a beautiful and lovely world. The ideas, that every moment whilst we live have a beauty that we take not distinct notice of, brings a pleasure that, when we come to the trial, we had rather live in much pain and misery than lose. ~ Jonathan Edwards
2007
The philosopher forms his principles on an infinity of particular observations. ... He does not confuse truth with plausibility; he takes for truth what is true, for false what is false, for doubtful what is doubtful, and probable what is probable. ... The philosophical spirit is thus a spirit of observation and accuracy. ~ Denis Diderot
2008
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not. ~ Václav Havel
2009

Suggestions

There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint. ~ Denis Diderot (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:33, 4 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:52, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 because it takes a princely quality to admit one's own fault. Zarbon 04:01, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility. ~ Václav Havel (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:53, 3 October 2005 (UTC) Fits in well with Hawking quote used for the 4th.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:52, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:01, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

When I am giving the relation of a thing, remember to abstain from altering either in the matter or manner of speaking, so much, as that, if every one, afterwards, should alter as much, it would at last come to be properly false. ~ Jonathan Edwards (born 5 October 1703)


Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge. ~ Jonathan Edwards

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:52, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:22, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:01, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

The beauty of the world consists wholly of sweet mutual consents, either within itself or with the supreme being. ~ Jonathan Edwards


A thing is not proved just because no one has ever questioned it. What has never been gone into impartially has never been properly gone into. Hence skepticism is the first step toward truth. It must be applied generally, because it is the touchstone. ~ Denis Diderot


A good heavy book holds you down. It’s an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic. ~ Roy Blount, Jr.


It's easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor. ~ Ray Kroc

  • 2 because principles are the foundation. Zarbon 03:53, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:17, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:44, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. ~ Ray Kroc

  • 2 because luck comes to those who try. Zarbon 03:53, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:17, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:44, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

None of us is as good as all of us. ~ Ray Kroc

  • 3 for the emphasis on "divided we fall, united we stand" message. Zarbon 03:53, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:17, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:44, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 19:42, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

No seed shall perish which the soul hath sown. ~ John Addington Symonds


She smiled, and the shadows departed;
She shone, and the snows were rain;
And he who was frozen-hearted
Bloomed up into love again. ~ John Addington Symonds


Gods fade; but God abides and in man's heart
Speaks with the clear unconquerable cry
Of energies and hopes that can not die. ~ John Addington Symonds


Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken. ~ Chester A. Arthur


2003
That man is an Euclidian point: position without substance. ~ Ernest Rutherford
2004
I don't get no respect! ~ Rodney Dangerfield (recent death)
2005
Old age hath yet his honor and his toil.
Death closes all; but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with gods.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (died 6 October 1892)
2006
Behold, we know not anything;
I can but trust that good shall fall
At last — far off — at last, to all,
And every winter change to spring.

So runs my dream; but what am I?
An infant crying in the night;
An infant crying for the light,
And with no language but a cry.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~

2007
Are God and Nature then at strife,
That Nature lends such evil dreams?
So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (died 6 October 1892)
2008
It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. ~ David Brin
2009

Suggestions

Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep. ~ Le Corbusier (born 6 October 1887)


Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (died 6 October 1892)


For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (died 6 October 1892)


The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal. ~ David Brin


One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted. ~ David Brin

  • 3 Zarbon 04:44, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:20, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 19:44, 18 October 2008 (UTC)




2003
One of the basic tenets of Zen Buddhism is that there is no way to characterize what Zen is. No matter what verbal space you try to enclose Zen in, it resists, and spills over... ~ Douglas Hofstadter in Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
2004
Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. ~ U Thant
2005
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 (born 7 October 1885)
2006
It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature. ~ Niels Bohr
2007
We depend on our words ... Our task is to communicate experience and ideas to others. We must strive continually to extend the scope of our description, but in such a way that our messages do not thereby lose their objective or unambiguous character ... We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. The word "reality" is also a word, a word which we must learn to use correctly. ~ Niels Bohr
2008
Chaos needs no allies, for it dwells like a poison in every one of us. ~ Steven Erikson
2009

Suggestions

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." ~ Edgar Allan Poe (death date)

  • 3 Kalki 23:31, 6 October 2005 (UTC) This was suggested without a ranking by Inhuman14. When good quotes by someone have been found, I generally prefer to to use them on birth dates rather than death dates, though Poe's death date seems one good case for an exception. Though I have some desire to see this used, as it does refer to the act of quotation, there are many other passages of Poe I would prefer, including "Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?" - even though this is very similar to another line from the same poem that has already been used.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:05, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:20, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 19:55, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

I'll be back. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger (became governor that day)

  • 4 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 23:09, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 11:49, 6 October 2007 (UTC) 2 Kalki 23:31, 6 October 2005 (UTC) I think this could be used in some context in the future, but don't feel an urgency to use it at this time... I'm sure it will be back...
  • 1 Zarbon 04:05, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:20, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 19:55, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

When I was on my way to the podium a gentleman stopped me and said I was as good a politician as I was an actor. What a cheap shot. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger (became governor that day)


This is a page of glory in our history, which has never been written and is never to be written.... ~ Heinrich Himmler (born October 7)


The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don't ask for their love; only for their fear. ~ Heinrich Himmler (born October 7)

  • 4 because fear has always been a powerful weapon. The spreading of fear allows for the highest amount of respect to be given, a respect dominated strongly by the will to survive. A very similar quotation is said by Darth Maul in Star Wars and is one of my favorites. Both in fiction and history, this ideology is powerful and enigmatic. Zarbon 04:39, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Visions of Reality - A Study of Abnormal Perception and Behavior By Alberto Rivas -Psychology - 2007 - Page 162
  • 1 Kalki 19:27, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:20, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 19:55, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

An army that waits is soon an army at war with itself. ~ Steven Erikson


Death cannot be struggled against, brother. It ever arrives, defiant of every hiding place, of every frantic attempt to escape. Death is every mortal's shadow, his true shadow, and time is its servant, spinning that shadow slowly round, until what stretched before one now stretched before him. ~ Steven Erikson


They call war peace, they call tyranny liberty. On which side of the shadow you stand decides a word's meaning. Words are the weapons used by those who see others with contempt. ~ Steven Erikson


People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don't want to learn it themselves. ~ Vladimir Putin


Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain. ~ Vladimir Putin


...we also need to build our home and make it strong and well protected. We see, after all, what is going on in the world. The Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, as the saying goes. It knows who to eat and is not about to listen to anyone. ~ Vladimir Putin


Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. ~ Ronald David Laing


We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love. ~ Ronald David Laing


Creative people who can't help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane. ~ Ronald David Laing


A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons. ~ Desmond Tutu


You don't choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. ~ Desmond Tutu


God has such a deep reverence for our freedom that he'd rather let us freely go to Hell than be compelled to go to Heaven. ~ Desmond Tutu


If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. ~ Desmond Tutu


We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low. ~ Desmond Tutu


We who advocate peace are becoming an irrelevance when we speak peace. The government speaks rubber bullets, live bullets, tear gas, police dogs, detention, and death. ~ Desmond Tutu


2003
We've moved away from being a culture of people who think about movies to one made up of people who believe that spouting a list of preferences is the same as registering an opinion. ~ Stephanie Zacharek
2004
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else. ~ Charles Dickens in Our Mutual Friend
2005
Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you've always known. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune (born 8 October 1920)
2006
Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife? ~ Frank Herbert in Dune
2007
The sequential nature of actual events is not illuminated with lengthy precision by the powers of prescience except under the most extraordinary circumstances. The oracle grasps incidents cut out of the historic chain. Eternity moves. It inflicts itself upon the oracle and the supplicant alike. Let Muad'dib's subjects doubt his majesty and his oracular visions. Let them deny his powers. Let them never doubt Eternity. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune Messiah
2008
The year of jubilee has come;
Gather the gifts of Earth with equal hand;
Henceforth ye too may share the birthright soil,
The corn, drink the wine and all the harvest-home.

~ Edmund Clarence Stedman ~

2009

Suggestions

Muad'Dib could indeed, see the Future, but you must understand the limits of this power. Think of sight. You have eyes, yet cannot see without light. If you are on the floor of a valley, you cannot see beyond your valley. Just so, Muad'Dib could not always choose to look across the mysterious terrain. He tells us that a single obscure decision of prophecy, perhaps the choice of one word over another, could change the entire aspect of the future. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune (date of Herbert's birth)


Let us abolish weapons of mass destruction at home. Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor health care is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor health care is a weapon of mass destruction. Discrimination is a weapon of mass destruction. ~ Dennis Kucinich (born 8 October 1946)


America stands strongest in challenging terrorism when we do not give up an inch of our civil liberties. ~ Dennis Kucinich

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:46, 7 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:16, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:07, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Denji 21:32, 7 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Give me to die unwitting of the day,
And stricken in Life's brave heat, with senses clear! ~ Edmund Clarence Stedman


A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths. ~ Marina Tsvetaeva


If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it. ~ Jesse Jackson


We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams. ~ Jesse Jackson


Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. ~ Jesse Jackson


The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. ~ John W. Gardner


Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~ John W. Gardner


History never looks like history when you are living through it. ~ John W. Gardner


O, our feeble tests of greatness! Look for one so calm of soul
As to take the even chalice of his life and drink the whole.
Noble deeds are held in honor, but the wide world sorely needs
Hearts of patience to unravel this, — the worth of common deeds.

~ Edmund Clarence Stedman ~

  • 3 Kalki 00:32, 8 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 02:05, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. ~ Groucho Marx
2005
I think the ultimate sense of security will be when we come to recognize that we are all part of one human race. Our primary allegiance is to the human race and not to one particular color or border. ~ Mohamed ElBaradei, 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner
2006
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one.

~ John Lennon ~ (born 9 October 1940)

2007
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon
2008
Builders and warriors, strengthen the steps.
Reader, if you have not grasped — read again,
after a while.
The predestined is not accidental,
The leaves fall in their time.
And winter is but the harbinger of spring.
All is revealed; all is attainable.

~ Nicholas Roerich ~ (born 9 October 1874)
2009

Suggestions

We're more popular than Jesus now. ~ John Lennon (date of birth)

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 23:14, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Kalki 21:36, 8 October 2005 (UTC) A famous quote, but one that Lennon himself stated was readily taken the wrong way by many people.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 16:57, 8 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:08, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

But to everything in this world there comes an end; there even comes an end to the torments suffered in those intermediate states of transition when the last secret tear of one's soul is bitterly swallowed, and the crisis passes, resolving itself into some new sort of phase, which even as it comes into existence is fated in turn to pass away, to disappear in the eternal changing of the times and seasons. ~ Nikolai Bukharin

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

History moves in contradictions. The skeleton of historic existence, the economic structure of society, also develops in contradictions. Forms eternally follow forms. Everything has only a passing being. The dynamic force of life creates the new over and over again — such is the law inherent in reality. ~ Nikolai Bukharin

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

One shouldn't be afraid of the humans. Well, I am not afraid of the humans, but of what is inhuman in them. ~ Ivo Andric

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

What can and doesn't have to be always, at the end, surrenders to something that has to be. ~ Ivo Andric

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

What doesn't hurt - is not life; what doesn't pass - is not happiness. ~ Ivo Andric

  • 3 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

When I am not desperate, I am worthless. ~ Ivo Andric

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

If people would know how little brain is ruling the world, they would die of fear. ~ Ivo Andric

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The evolution of the New Era rests on the cornerstone of Knowledge and Beauty. ~ Nicholas Roerich

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

One must manifest discipline of spirit; without it one cannot become free. To the slave discipline of spirit will be a prison; to the liberated one it will be a wondrous healing garden. So long as the discipline of spirit is as fetters the doors are closed, for in fetters one cannot ascend the steps. One may understand the discipline of spirit as wings. ~ Nicholas Roerich

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

We are dissipating superstition, ignorance and fear. We are forging courage, will and knowledge. Every striving toward enlightenment is welcome. Every prejudice, caused by ignorance, is exposed. ~ Nicholas Roerich

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:41, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Cease speaking of enemies when an achievement can kindle a great light. Solitude will transmit the message better than the murmurs of crowds. ~ Nicholas Roerich

  • 2 Zarbon 14:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:15, 21 October 2008 (UTC)


2003
The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication. ~ Terry Pratchett
2004
You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence. ~ Robert Frost
2005
The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity — love. And the story of a love is not important — what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity. ~ Helen Hayes (born 10 October 1900)
2006
I would like to make the point that we cannot undo the past but we can learn from it, and we cannot predict the future but we can shape and build it. ~ Epeli Ganilau (born 10 October 1951)
2007
The search for the truth is the most important work in the whole world — and the most dangerous. ~ James Clavell (born 10 October 1924)
2008
When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty. When there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace. When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice. ~ Lin Yutang
2009

Suggestions

One is always considered mad when one perfects something that others cannot grasp. ~ Ed Wood (date of birth)

  • 2 Kalki 01:02, 9 October 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 21:36, 8 October 2005 (UTC) memorable line attributed to the director of Plan 9 from Outer Space, but I can't find any reliable source for this.
  • 3 because many people label something mad when they don't understand it. Zarbon 04:11, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 pending source for quote. InvisibleSun 22:29, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:23, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Gautama Buddha

  • Capitalistpiglet 14:50, 6 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:53, 18 October 2007 (UTC) No clear relation to the date, and no definitely reliable source for this attribution, as yet.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:11, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 because of being unrelated to date and pending source for quote. InvisibleSun 22:29, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:23, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral down into ever-increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline — training — is about. ~ James Clavell


Now dig my grave
Beneath the bay willows' boughs
And with blackness cover it over again,
There for evermore
Go from my domain:
I wish to slumber in peace. ~ Aleksis Kivi


Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~ Lin Yutang


When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. ~ Lin Yutang


I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colours richer, and it is tinged a little with sorrow and a premonition of death. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and is content. From a knowledge of those limitations and its richness of experience emerges a symphony of colours, richer than all, its green speaking of life and strength, its orange speaking of golden content and its purple of resignation and death. ~ Lin Yutang


In the West, the insane are so many that they are put in an asylum, in China the insane are so unusual that we worship them. ~ Lin Yutang


It is not when he is working in his office but when he is lying idly on the sand that his soul utters, "Life is beautiful." ~ Lin Yutang


When the mirror meets with an ugly woman, when a rare ink-stone finds a vulgar owner, and when a good sword is in the hands of a common general, there is utterly nothing to be done about it. ~ Lin Yutang


I disagree that I'm on the wrong side. I'm just not on your side. ~ Francis Escudero


In a democracy, you must follow the will of the majority, which may be right or wrong, moral or immoral, just or unjust. If that's the ruling of the majority that is what you should follow, respect, and obey — although you may continue to disagree with it. ~ Francis Escudero


Winning doesn't necessarily mean you're right. History will be a better judge of that. But that's the beauty of democracy - you believe what you believe, I believe what I believe. ~ Francis Escudero


If you rest, you rust. ~ Helen Hayes


The good die young — but not always. The wicked prevail — but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre. ~ Helen Hayes


Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it did alright by me. ~ Helen Hayes


Age is not important unless you're a cheese. ~ Helen Hayes


From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings. ~ Helen Hayes


For too long, we have allowed fear to dictate our politics and suspicions, to shape how we perceive other communities. ~ Epeli Ganilau


Race is a fact of life and is not a problem unless people make it out to be so. ~ Epeli Ganilau


In bed we laugh, in bed we cry;
And, born in bed, in bed we die.
The near approach a bed may show
Of human bliss to human woe. ~ Isaac de Benserade (date of death)


2003
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. - Benjamin Franklin
2004
 : I don't really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem, and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me. All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. ~ Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize of 2004)
2005
You always fall when you're training, that's sort of part of the process. If you're not falling, you're not training hard enough. ~ Michelle Trachtenberg (born 11 October 1985)
2006
It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)
2007
At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want — for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)
2008
Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea. It is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the Buddha, you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment. No one can take it away from you. Other people can occupy your country, they can even put you in prison, but they cannot take away your true home and your freedom. ~ Nhat Hanh
2009

Suggestions

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (date of birth)

  • 2 (the safe choice) ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 23:27, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Kalki 21:36, 8 October 2005 (UTC) a bit overused by many people... and often arguably untrue, or irrelevant.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:28, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

  • Eleven Rules of Life:

RULE 1 Life is not fair - get used to it.

RULE 2 The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

RULE 3 You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice president with car phone, until you earn both.

RULE 4 If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

RULE 5 Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping they called it Opportunity.

RULE 6 If you mess up,it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

RULE 7 Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

RULE 8 Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

RULE 9 Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

RULE 10 Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11 Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

    • Charles Sykes's eleven rules of life, taken from his book "Dumbing Down Our Kids". These rules were also mentioned by Bill Gates when giving advice to some high school students.
      • Rating: 5
        • R160K 00:11, 8 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1. There are a number of problems here:

1) The quote is far too long for a Quote of the Day.

2) The person being quoted doesn't even have a page on Wikiquote.

3) This quote, with its hostile and dismissive tone, is unsuitable.

4) There seems to be no reason to associate the quote with this day. I'm guessing it was chosen because it has 11 rules and this is for the 11th.

5) There is no rating of 5. - InvisibleSun 16:43, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

  • 0 for the list as a whole, though I might rank some portions of the list higher on a date such as Sykes' birthday. There are actually 15 rules in the complete list, and Bill Gates is not known to have ever quoted any of them, though all eleven of those above are often attributed to him; see Snopes.com ~ Kalki 20:23, 10 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 0 for the reasons already stated by Kalki and InvisibleSun. Zarbon 04:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 01:28, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

While accepting the fact that some of our press, our radio commentators, our prominent citizens and our movies may at times be blamed legitimately for things they have said and done, still I feel that the fundamental right of freedom of thought and expression is essential. If you curtail what the other fellow says and does, you curtail what you yourself may say and do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)


Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people? ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)


One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (born 11 October 1884)


Whatever you can do, do it today and then old age will be a delicious fruit. ~ Nhat Hanh


In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. ~ Nhat Hanh


If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. ~ Nhat Hanh


We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. ~ Nhat Hanh


The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. ~ Nhat Hanh


If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. ~ Nhat Hanh


2004
So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. ~ Christopher Reeve
2005
Tragedy blows through your life like a tornado, uprooting everything, creating chaos. You wait for the dust to settle, and then you choose. You can live in the wreckage and pretend it's still the mansion you remember. Or you can crawl from the rubble and slowly rebuild. ~ Kristen Bell as "Veronica" in Veronica Mars episode "Meet John Smith" (originally aired 12 October 2004)
2006
I have always read that the world, both land and water, was spherical, as the authority and researches of Ptolemy and all the others who have written on this subject demonstrate and prove, as do the eclipses of the moon and other experiments that are made from east to west, and the elevation of the North Star from north to south. ~ Christopher Columbus
2007
Everything abstract is ultimately part of the concrete. Everything inanimate finally serves the living. That is why every activity dealing in abstraction stands in ultimate service to a living whole. ~ Edith Stein (born 12 October 1891)
2008
The concept which assumes that everything in the Church is irrevocably set for all times appears to me to be a false one. It would be naive to disregard that the Church has a history; the Church is a human institution and like all things human, was destined to change and evolve; likewise, its development takes place often in the form of struggles. ~ Edith Stein
2009

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

Suggestions

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ~ Aleister Crowley

  • 3 Kalki 08:55, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 01:34, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will. ~ Aleister Crowley

  • 3 Kalki 08:55, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 01:34, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I admit that my visions can never mean to other men as much as they do to me. I do not regret this. All I ask is that my results should convince seekers after truth that there is beyond doubt something worth while seeking, attainable by methods more or less like mine. I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics, or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle. ~ Aleister Crowley

  • 4 Kalki 20:33, 11 October 2008 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 08:55, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 01:34, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I care about giving people a place where they can go to enjoy themselves and to begin to live again. To the man you have to give the spirit, and when you give him the spirit, you have done everything. ~ Luciano Pavarotti

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:33, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:34, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them. ~ Luciano Pavarotti

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:33, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:34, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent and this is what I have devoted my life to. ~ Luciano Pavarotti

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:33, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 01:34, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

As a bricklayer I tried to build my walls straight, as a policeman I tried to arrest criminals, and as a judge I tried to bring people to trial when there was good reason to do so. ~ Antonio Di Pietro

  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:33, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 01:34, 21 October 2008 (UTC)


2003
Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect. ~ Linus Torvalds
  • selected by IP 68.227.198.159
2004
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. ~ Richard Bach
2005
Forgive us the breach of positive commands and negative commands, whether or not they involve an act, whether or not they are known to us. ~ Liturgy for Yom Kippur (begins the night of the 12th)
2006
If you ever get trial by television or guilt by accusation, that day freedom dies because you have not had it done with all of the careful rules that have developed in a court of law. Press and television rely on freedom. Those who rely on freedom must uphold the rule of law and have a duty and a responsibility to do so and not try to substitute their own system for it. ~ Margaret Thatcher (born 13 October 1925).
2007
I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. ~ Doris Lessing (recent Nobel Prize winner for Literature)
2008
I think it's a disgrace for the international community that we have allowed so many conflicts to become frozen, and we are not making a serious effort to solve them. ~ Martti Ahtisaari (recent winner of the Nobel Peace prize of 2008)
2009

Suggestions

Defeat—I do not recognise the meaning of the word! ~ Margaret Thatcher

  • 3 because this is very powerful, a gesture of determination, blind from failure. Zarbon 03:54, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:00, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:40, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Pennies don't fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth. ~ Margaret Thatcher

  • 3 because praying only goes so far, one must still fight here on soil for profit. Zarbon 03:54, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:00, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:40, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defence in favour of a weapons-free world, there is at least one warmaker anxious to exploit the other's good intentions. ~ Margaret Thatcher

  • 3 because this is true. For every truly honorable idealist, there's at least one who is willing to take advantage of those ideals for exploitation purposes. Zarbon 03:54, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:00, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:40, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs. ~ Margaret Thatcher

  • 3 because man can speak powerfully, but woman gives birth to man. Very dynamic sharing of her perspective. Zarbon 03:54, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:00, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:40, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

If the answer is infinite light, why do we sleep in the dark? ~ Paul Simon

  • 4 because darkness compels and relaxes. Darkness soothes and creates serenity. Therefore, it is an answer just as light, if not an answer moreso. Zarbon 05:22, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:00, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 01:40, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests. ~ Albert Jay Nock


Those that have wealth must be watchful and wary,
Power, alas! naught but misery brings! ~ Thomas Haynes Bayly


Oh, I have roamed o'er many lands,
And many friends I've met;
Not one fair scene or kindly smile
Can this fond heart forget. ~ Thomas Haynes Bayly


My fond affection thou hast seen,
Then judge of my regret
To think more happy thou hadst been
If we had never met. ~ Thomas Haynes Bayly


Surely 't is better, when summer is over
To die when all fair things are fading away. ~ Thomas Haynes Bayly


I 've wandered east, I 've wandered west,
Through mony a weary way;
But never, never can forget
The luve o' life's young day! ~ William Motherwell


Mournfully, oh, mournfully,
The midnight wind doth sigh,
Like some sweet plaintive melody
Of ages long gone by. ~ William Motherwell



2004
It is better to debate a question without deciding it than to decide it without debate. ~ Joseph Joubert
2005
love is the every only god ~ E. E. Cummings (born 14 October 1894)
2006
I am totally convinced from my experience of working with poor people that they can get themselves out of poverty if we give them the same or similar opportunities we give to others. The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world — all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them. ~ Muhammad Yunus (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006)
2007
There's an old African proverb that says "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." We have to go far — quickly. And that means we have to quickly find a way to change the world's consciousness about exactly what we're facing, and why we have to work to solve it. ~ Al Gore (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007)
2008
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower (born 14 October 1890)
2009

Suggestions

Let's bounce, Tigger! ~ Roo, on Winnie the Pooh (date of publication)

  • 2 (if anyone added more fun quotes to the article, I'd probably vote for them) ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 23:30, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 21:45, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:15, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:00, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Love is indeed Heaven upon Earth; since Heaven above would not be Heaven without it: For where there is not Love; there is Fear: But perfect Love casts out Fear. ~ William Penn (date of birth)

  • 4 Kalki 21:45, 12 October 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 22:46, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:26, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:00, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Behold the Fruits of Love; the Power, Vertue, Benefit and Beauty of Love! Love is above all; and when it prevails in us all, we shall all be Lovely, and in Love with God and one with another. ~ William Penn (date of birth)


It were better to be of no Church, than to be bitter for any. . ~ William Penn (date of birth)


True religion does not draw men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it. ~ William Penn (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:46, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:26, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)*
  • 1 Waheedone 03:00, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:46, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:26, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 however, this is extremely biased, but it is perceptive. I live for the ideology of the soldier. Zarbon 04:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:00, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

All of us have heard this term 'preventative war' since the earliest days of Hitler. I recall that is about the first time I heard it. In this day and time... I don't believe there is such a thing; and, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower (date of birth)


We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower (date of birth)


It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. ~ Katherine Mansfield (date of birth)


Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude. ~ Katherine Mansfield (date of birth)


Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. ~ Katherine Mansfield (date of birth)


The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be. ~ Katherine Mansfield (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:46, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

* 3 InvisibleSun 07:26, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

  • Changed to 1 because the quote is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:15, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:14, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Time's a strange fellow; more he gives than takes (and he takes all) ~ E. E. Cummings (date of birth)


The whole truth… sings only —and all lovers are the song ~ E. E. Cummings (date of birth)


no evil is so worse than worst you fall in hate with love ~ E. E. Cummings (date of birth)


Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance. ~ Hannah Arendt (born 14 October 1906)



Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity. ~ Hannah Arendt


In God we trust, all others bring data. ~ W. Edwards Deming, date of birth

  • 3 ~ UDScott 16:34, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

* 3 InvisibleSun 17:26, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

  • Changed to 1 because the quote is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:15, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:45, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:00, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Experience by itself teaches nothing...Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence without theory there is no learning. ~ W. Edwards Deming, date of birth

  • 3 ~ UDScott 16:34, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:26, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:45, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:00, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

We are seeking our own authenticity, and we will find it because we wish, in the innermost fibers of our being to discover it. ~ Mobutu Sésé Seko (born October 14)


The chief is the chief. He is the eagle who flies high and cannot be touched by the spit of the toad. ~ Mobutu Sésé Seko (born October 14)

  • 4 because this is a nice personification. I personally like the toad as an animal, but the attribution here is negative, committing the eagle to high standards and the toad to that of the lower. And true as the quote says, the eagle soars as a chief, unscathed and untouched by those below. Zarbon 04:17, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Political Reform in Francophone Africa By John Frank Clark, David E. Gardinier - page 246
  • 1 Kalki 21:45, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:15, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 03:00, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

When you are a soldier, either you surrender or you are killed. But you don't flee. ~ Mobutu Sésé Seko (born October 14)

  • 3 because this is what the gallant steps of a soldier are all about. Zarbon 04:17, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 21:45, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:15, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:00, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

It takes two to corrupt – the corrupted and the corrupter. ~ Mobutu Sésé Seko (born October 14)


The starlight of heaven above us shall quiver
As our souls flow in one down eternity's river. ~ Thomas Osborne Davis


Come in the evening, or come in the morning;
Come when you're looked for, or come without warning. ~ Thomas Osborne Davis


I have opinions that are based on the facts that are presented to me. I don't apologize. I stand by it. If I'm hated, so what? If I'm loved, so what? ~ Stephen A. Smith


2004
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. ~ Margaret Mead
2005
Behold the believers of all beliefs! Whom do they hate most? Him who breaketh up their tables of values, the breaker, the law-breaker — he, however, is the creator. Companions, the creator seeketh, not corpses — and not herds or believers either. Fellow-creators the creator seeketh — those who grave new values on new tables. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (born 15 October 1844)
2006
In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith (born 15 October 1908)
2007
Without art we would be nothing but foreground and live entirely in the spell of that perspective which makes what is closest at hand and most vulgar appear as if it were vast, and reality itself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
2008
A nuclear war does not defend a country and it does not defend a system. I've put it the same way many times; not even the most accomplished ideologue will be able to tell the difference between the ashes of capitalism and the ashes of communism. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
2009

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

  • Where the market works, I'm for that. Where the government is necessary, I'm for that. I'm deeply suspicious of somebody who says, "I'm in favor of privatization," or, "I'm deeply in favor of public ownership." I'm in favor of whatever works in the particular case. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Suggestions

God is dead! God stays dead! And we killed him. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (date of birth)

  • 3 (Another famous [or infamous] quote) ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 07:26, 9 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:01, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 19:39, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:49, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

So long as thou feelest the stars as an "above thee," thou lackest the eye of the discerning one. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (date of birth)


The secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is — to live dangerously! ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (date of birth)


Pardon me, my friends, I have ventured to paint my happiness on the wall. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith (born 15 October 1908)


When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith


All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith (born 15 October 1908)


All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith (born 15 October 1908)

  • 4 Kalki 14:42, 14 October 2008 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 22:28, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:16, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:49, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 01:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

People are the common denominator of progress... no improvement is possible with unimproved people, and advance is certain when people are liberated and educated. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith (born 15 October 1908)


Everything I do, I do in order that it may be of use. ~ Michel Foucault


The most defenseless tenderness and the bloodiest of powers have a similar need of confession. Western man has become a confessing animal. ~ Michel Foucault


Confession frees, but power reduces one to silence; truth does not belong to the order of power, but shares an original affinity with freedom. ~ Michel Foucault


It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. ~ P. G. Wodehouse


Love has had a lot of press-agenting from the oldest times; but there are higher, nobler things than love. ~ P. G. Wodehouse


I'd always thought her half-baked, but now I think they didn't even put her in the oven. ~ P. G. Wodehouse


To say that his conscience was clear would be inaccurate, for he did not have a conscience, but he had what was much better, an alibi. ~ P. G. Wodehouse


...half the world doesn't know how the other three quarters live. ~ P. G. Wodehouse


I wonder why some people tend to see science as something which takes man away from God. As I look at it, the path of science can always wind through the heart. For me, science has always been the path to spiritual enrichment and self-realisation. ~ Abdul Kalam


The best way to win was to not need to win. The best performances are accomplished when you are relaxed and free of doubt. ~ Abdul Kalam


Total commitment is the common denominator among all successful men and women. ~ Abdul Kalam


This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins. ~ Abdul Kalam


Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. ~ Virgil


O tyrant love, to what do you not drive the hearts of men. ~ Virgil


If I can not bend Heaven, I shall move Hell. ~ Virgil


Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears. ~ Italo Calvino (born October 15, 1923)

  • 3 Ningauble 00:55, 6 October 2008 (UTC) ~ I am also agreeable to the longer passage, if it is not too much. The short form is a little rarefied. ~ Ningauble 18:31, 12 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 for the full version only: "With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else." - Zarbon 14:20, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:42, 14 October 2008 (UTC) for the expanded version.
  • 3 for the expanded version. - InvisibleSun 20:03, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:49, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
2004
Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus
2005
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~ Oscar Wilde (born 16 October 1854)
2006
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. ~ Oscar Wilde
2007
If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out. ~ Oscar Wilde
2008
The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. ~ William O. Douglas
2009

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

  • As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. ~ Oscar Wilde

Suggestions

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. ~ Oscar Wilde


The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. ~ Oscar Wilde



The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means. ~ Oscar Wilde


It isn't right to be obedient only when things go well; it is much harder to be a good, obedient soldier when things go badly and times are hard. Obedience and faith at such time is a virtue. ~ Wilhelm Keitel (died October 16)

  • 4 because this to me, is one of my three all-time favorite quotes. I have been waiting all year for this quotation and if a rating of 5 were possible, I would give it to this, since the wait has been rather long. Other than 2 other quotes, this quote is highly important to me. For more, please see the September 22 section. I initially suggested this for the date of birth, where ratings of 2 (Kalki), 2 (InvisibleSun), and 2 (UDScott) were given but I am bringing this up here in the hopes that it will make it this year. I really hope it makes it. Again, I've made quite a few suggestions for upcoming years, but I seriously hope this makes it for this year. - Zarbon 03:14, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Because it is so important to you, I will refrain from rating this time. However for my thoughts on the subject I would direct people to our discussion on september 22. Denji 21:50, 7 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 This evokes qualities and appeals to certain emotions of devotion and loyalty which might be admirable, but this statement itself, to my mind is not admirable at all.
    I could agree with a statement that asserted "It isn't right to seek to be virtuous only when things are easy", but absolute obedience to the will of any person or group is something I consider not to be virtuous at all, though it is often very easy, comfortable, and convenient to many of those who are profoundly confused about what the paths of true virtue actually impel, and how greatly they can and often must diverge from paths of any form of abject or absolute obedience to anyone.
    I was inclined to rank this at 1 for a time, because I do believe that if enough people do strongly endorse such profoundly stupid views, I do believe their voices should be heard. Yet reflecting upon the profound contempt I have for such extremely confused attitudes, and for many others which I would also be inclined to rank at 0, I finally resolved that there certainly are attitudes and expressions which I certainly do not believe are at all worth noting as a quote of the day, and this is one of them.
    If this does end up clearly ranking highest for the day, under the current guidelines, it will probably still be selected for use despite my own protests and objections. Even so, I firmly believe that the worship of any form of abject or absolute obedience to any person or group, is certainly never a virtue, even when the views they express are actually virtuous, and to my own views this quote is testimony from someone whose ideas and loyalties were far from that.
    To me the quote itself remains an expression of a profoundly contemptible attitude, by a person who lived to a great extent a profoundly contemptible life, in service to a profoundly contemptible cause. Though I recognize that some situations exist where there are conflicts and challenges which give advantages to those who have some form of limited obedience to others, this expression of total worship of the traditions of slavery, by an enslaved mind who seeks to be a master over the enslaved minds of others, is not even a view which could ever be endorsed by someone who is entirely sane and rational.
    I expect it is a view which many who have much capacity for much good sense brutally beaten out of them by others or by other foul circumstances might come to endorse most avidly. I can pity such people for their fates and their very limited views of things, but I certainly cannot agree with them upon such matters. ~ Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
    • You gave the quote a 2 on another date, why the change of heart...also, the rating of 0 isn't even possible unless the quote has nothing to do with the person's date of birth or date of death. It is highly noteworthy that we should maintain the consensus of rating the quotes on the basis of 1-4 and 0 only if they are worthless/useless or completely out of context and date. This quote is neither of those things. If this were the case, then I'd give everything else a 0 for this date just to have this quote make it. - Zarbon 03:47, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
    • I believe this is a very climactic quote and loyalty at times of difficulty is an admirable quality. Historical quotations have incorporated powerful imagery with sincere and dire loyalty. I like this quote a lot. Waheedone 04:00, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
    • Again I must assert that I perceive there to be an extreme confusion of concepts evident in the quote and in the comments about it. Loyalty can certainly be a virtue, when it is well informed, and not simply automatic or blind, but loyalty involves some levels of proper autonomy and freedom of will, and even great forms of fairness and equality which are not intrinsic to most notions of obedience. As the term "obedience" is usually used, it involves some presumptions of inherent superiority and inferiority on the part of the participants, which I am generally loathe to accept, let alone presume. I might possibly have ranked the quote higher in the past somewhere because I was less reluctant to let some rather foolish expressions be heard, but I do not know of any official statements anywhere where the rankings used on these pages indicate anything other than the assessments of those who choose to rank them, and I certainly don't believe that I have ever made such statements anywhere as constrain people's right to use the zero ranking on a quotation that they simply abhor. It is a ranking I certainly rarely use, even on remarks which I do abhor strongly, usually giving them a 1, but I thought it proper to be as fully honest as possible in indicating my own assessments of this remark. It is one I do not wish to use, and truly believe not generally suitable for a Wikiquote QOTD. Though I might concede there could conceivably be some ironic use of it I could accept someday, where I might rank it a 1 or 2, I cannot think of any particular situations in which I would ever be very eager to use it. ~ Kalki 13:29, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 While virtue is to be found in loyalty, devotion, and self-sacrifice, appeal to obedience in itself is dehumanizing. ~ Ningauble 13:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0. This quote belongs on the subject's DOB, September 22. There is no reason to repeat it for his DOD. This is not a practice to be encouraged. - InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Be of good comfort...play the man...we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace...as I trust shall never be put out. ~ Hugh Latimer (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • This has already been used. ~ Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

The drop of rain maketh a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling. ~ Hugh Latimer (date of death)

  • 2 because good things may happen rarely, but when they do happen, they leave a mark. Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Ningauble 13:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Respect yourself, if you want others to respect you. ~ Adolf Freiherr Knigge

  • 2 Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC) This attitude can be used to provide a stark contrast to that presented by Wilhelm Keitel, above.
  • 2 ~ Ningauble 13:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Do not be too much a slave of others' opinions of you! Be self-sufficient! Why, in the end, does the opinion of the whole world trouble you, if you do what you should? ~ Adolf Freiherr Knigge

  • 2 Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC) This attitude can be used to provide a stark contrast to that presented by Wilhelm Keitel, above.
  • 2 ~ Ningauble 13:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

In many matters children — not ensnared by dogmatism, passion, or erudition — judge far truer than adults. ~ Adolf Freiherr Knigge

  • 2 Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC) This attitude can be used to provide a stark contrast to that presented by Wilhelm Keitel, above.
  • 2 ~ Ningauble 13:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

I tell you this; early this morning I signed my death warrant. I thought at the time how odd, how ridiculous — a bullet may just as well have done the job five years ago. ~ Michael Collins

  • 2 Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Ningauble 13:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC) Not very meaningful without context.
  • 2 if the quote is expanded to "Think — what have I got for Ireland? Something which she has wanted these past seven hundred years. Will anyone be satisfied at the bargain? Will anyone? I tell you this; early this morning I signed my death warrant. I thought at the time how odd, how ridiculous — a bullet may just as well have done the job five years ago." - InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

One may not give one's soul to a devil of hate — and remain forever scatheless. ~ Eugene O'Neill


Supposing I was to tell you that it's just Beauty that's calling me, the beauty of the far off and unknown, the mystery and spell of the East which lures me in the books I've read, the need of the freedom of great wide spaces, the joy of wandering on and on — in quest of the secret which is hidden over there, beyond the horizon? ~ Eugene O'Neill


The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected. ~ William O. Douglas


The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself and the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression, and obedience. ~ William O. Douglas

  • 2 Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC) This attitude can be used to provide a stark contrast to that presented by Wilhelm Keitel, above.
  • 3 ~ Ningauble 13:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. ~ William O. Douglas

  • 2 Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Ningauble 13:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

My art cannot be bought. I will not exchange my feelings for earthly treasure. ~ Otto Mueller

  • 2 Zarbon 14:50, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:43, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Songs can be Trojan horses, taking charged ideas and sneaking past the ego's defenses and into the open mind. ~ John Mayer


Sometimes it feels like my life is just one long day. ~ John Mayer


None of us can help the things life has done to us. They're done before you realize it, and once they're done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you'd like to be, and you've lost your true self forever. ~ Eugene O'Neill

  • 3 Kalki 13:49, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:34, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:56, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 00:01, 16 October 2008 (UTC)


2003
Sex is only dirty if it's done right. ~ Woody Allen
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2004
Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try. ~ "Yoda" in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2005
Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. Always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El — they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. ~ Marlon Brando as "Jor-El" in Superman: The Movie
2006
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. ~ Arthur Miller (born 17 October 1915)
2007
My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone. ~ Arthur Miller
2008
There's too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man, rather than freeing him. Of defining him rather than letting him go. It's part of the whole ideology of this age, which is power-mad. ~ Arthur Miller
2009

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

  • The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less. ~ Arthur Miller

Suggestions

You'll Believe a Man Can Fly! ~ Superman: The Movie tagline (Superman was co-created by w:Jerry Siegel, born that day)

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 23:43, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:03, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:28, 16 October 2008 (UTC) It sounds attractive / metaphorical even out of the context.
  • 0 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Superman! Champion of the oppressed. The physical marvel who had sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need. ~ Jerry Siegel (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:58, 16 October 2005 (UTC) The first introduction of "Superman"
  • 2 InvisibleSun 19:48, 12 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:03, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Aphaia 00:28, 16 October 2008 (UTC) Too much strongly context-binded imho.
  • 0 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Your name is Kal-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krypton. Even though you've been raised as a human, you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have as yet discovered. ~ Marlon Brando as "Jor-El" in Superman: The Movie

  • 3 Kalki 18:58, 16 October 2005 (UTC) Lines from one of the more famous renditions of the Superman stories.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 19:48, 12 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:03, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Aphaia 00:28, 16 October 2008 (UTC) same the above.
  • 0 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

You will carry me inside you all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your own eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father the son. This is all I can send you, Kal-El. ~ Marlon Brando as "Jor-El" in Superman: The Movie

  • 3 Kalki 18:58, 16 October 2005 (UTC) Lines from one of the more famous renditions of the Superman stories.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:48, 12 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:03, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:28, 16 October 2008 (UTC) I prefer a much shorter one though, omitting the last sentence.
  • 0 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

You specialize in something until one day you find it is specializing in you. ~ Arthur Miller

  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:48, 12 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:03, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:28, 16 October 2008 (UTC) If sourced, I'd give a 4!
  • 2 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The land is numb.
It stands beneath the feet, and one may come
Walking securely, till the sea extends
Its limber margin, and precision ends. ~ Yvor Winters


All I have is a sword, and a war I cannot win, but I can never stop fighting. ~ Robert Jordan


You can either have an hour of hope or an hour of despair. ~ Robert Jordan

  • 2 Zarbon 04:16, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment: What is the benefit to add quotes you cannot highly estimate? Just curious. --Aphaia 00:28, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
    • Response: 2 to me is a high rating. 3 means that the quote is in itself exceptional amongst the rest for the day. And 4 to me is such a rare rating that I limited it to such a few quotes during the entire year in the hopes that they make it. - Zarbon 22:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The Creator made women to please the eyes and trouble the mind. ~ Robert Jordan


Duty is heavier than a mountain, death lighter than a feather. ~ Robert Jordan


We do not have the right to forget that reactionary imperialism exists and its forces actively operate in the world, that they encourage the arms race and that they try to restore the spirit of the Cold War. ~ Andrei Grechko


For us military men, it is impossible to forget. ~ Andrei Grechko


Could anyone in his right mind speak seriously of any limited nuclear war? It should be quite clear that the aggressor's actions will instantly and inevitably trigger a devastating counterstroke by the other side. None but completely irresponsible people could maintain that a nuclear war may be made to follow rules adopted beforehand, with nuclear missiles exploding in a "gentlemanly manner" over strictly designated targets and sparing the population. ~ Dmitriy Ustinov


Necessity creates the law, — it supersedes rules; and whatever is reasonable and just in such cases is likewise legal. ~ William Scott


Remember when Ronnie died and you said you wished it was me, well guess what...I am dead; dead to you as can be. ~ Eminem in "Cleanin' Out My Closet"

  • 3 Zarbon 05:24, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:27, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1. Lacks context. - InvisibleSun 21:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

And Haley's gettin' so big now, you should see her, she's beautiful. But you'll never see her; she won't even be at your funeral. ~ Eminem in "Cleanin' Out My Closet"

  • 2 Zarbon 05:24, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:27, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1. Lacks context. - InvisibleSun 21:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The rain of matter upon sense
Destroys me momently. The score:
There comes what will come.

~ Yvor Winters ~

  • 3 Kalki 18:27, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:26, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more, and not merely to spend our feelings. ~ Arthur Miller

  • 3 Kalki 18:27, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:26, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The job is to ask questions — it always was — and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility. ~ Arthur Miller

  • 3 Kalki 18:27, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:26, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted. ~ Arthur Miller

  • 3 This seems a very timely quote to me, with the recent collapse of the Stock Market and the rise of hopes for change, but I still prefer another. Kalki 18:27, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:26, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The Wheel wheels as the Wheel wills. ~ Robert Jordan

  • 3 Kalki 18:27, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 too recurring and repeating, though a bit comical. Zarbon 22:26, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 02:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)


2003
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
2004
These children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through... ~ David Bowie
2005
We take the position that there is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation. ~ Pierre Trudeau (born 18 October 1919)
  • proposed by IP 65.110.28.95 (originally for September 28)
2006
Give me my freedom for as long as I be
All I ask of livin' is to have no chains on me
All I ask of livin' is to have no chains on me
And all I ask of dyin' is to go naturally...
And when I die, and when I'm gone
There'll be one child born, in our world
To carry on, to carry on...

~ Laura Nyro ~
2007
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith
2008
The essential ingredient of politics is timing. ~ Pierre Trudeau
2009

Suggestions

Nevertheless, we arose next morning in newness of life. Never before had rocks and ice and trees seemed so beautiful and wonderful, even the cold, biting rainstorm that was blowing seemed full of loving-kindness, wonderful compensation for all that we had endured, and we sailed down the bay through the gray, driving rain rejoicing. ~ John Muir, Stickeen (1915), describing Alaska. October 18 is Alaska Day, commemorating the completion of the US purchase in 1867.


The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness. ~ Pierre Trudeau (born in this date)

  • 2 Kalki 20:35, 17 October 2007 (UTC) I would rank this a 3 or4 but I cannot yet find a source for it.

* 2 InvisibleSun 20:42, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:05, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:30, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real. ~ Klaus Kinski

  • 2 Zarbon 04:47, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:46, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

I am like a wild animal born in captivity, in a zoo. But where a beast would have claws, I was born with talent. ~ Klaus Kinski

  • 2 Zarbon 04:47, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:46, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone. ~ Katherine Kurtz


I'm not scared of dying
And I, don't really care
If it' s peace you find in dying
Well then, let the time be near. ~ Laura Nyro


The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved. ~ Matthew Henry


None is so deaf as those that will not hear. ~ Matthew Henry


As an egg, when broken, never
Can be mended, but must ever
Be the same crushed egg for ever—
So shall this dark heart of mine! ~ Thomas Holley Chivers


Effort without talent is a depressing situation ... but talent without effort is a tragedy. ~ Mike Ditka

  • 3 Zarbon 04:47, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:46, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

If you're not in the parade, you watch the parade. That's life. ~ Mike Ditka

  • 2 Zarbon 04:47, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:46, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal; its the courage to continue that counts. ~ Mike Ditka

  • 2 Zarbon 04:47, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:46, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't believe in living in the past. Living in the past is for cowards. If you live in the past, you die in the past. ~ Mike Ditka

  • 2 Zarbon 04:47, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:46, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

  • 4 Zarbon 04:47, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:46, 16 October 2008 (UTC) I would probably rate this 2 or 3 normally, but feel the Trudeau quote above is better for this highly political year
  • 4 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith


The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consist in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

  • 2 Kalki 18:46, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:29, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 01:11, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)


2003
I really believe that if there's any kind of God, he wouldn't be in any one of us — not you, not me, but just this space in between. If there's some magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone else, sharing something. ~ Before Sunrise
2004
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. ~ George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four
2005
Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past. ~ Lewis Mumford (born 19 October 1895)
2006
There is surely a piece of divinity within us, something that was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun. ~ Thomas Browne (born 19 October 1605)
2007
Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life's further development. ~ Lewis Mumford
2008
To be nameless in worthy deeds exceeds an infamous history. ~ Thomas Browne
2009

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

Quotes by people who died this day, already used as QOTD:

Suggestions

A young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled. ~ Jonathan Swift, died that day

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 07:32, 9 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC) Great quote in context... but with this alone too many people might not recognize that it comes from his famous satire "A Modest Proposal"
  • 1 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 I love it ... but I think that is because I could guess rightly where it was taken from. Out of context, it may not make a sense, I'm afraid. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Aphaia (talkcontribs) on October 16 at 00:36 (UTC)
  • 1 per above. - InvisibleSun 21:50, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

He gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together. ~ Jonathan Swift

  • 4 Kalki 19:02, 16 October 2008 (UTC) This seems to be a timely comment on the limitations of politicians in this season of a major US political campaign, as well as others elsewhere. It remains my top pick for 2008, but is currently outranked by at least 2 others, and if this remains the case I will probably revert to ranking it a 3, or perhaps even a 2 relative to its uses on this date. Kalki 15:29, 18 October 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC) (but I would prefer to use this on Swift's birthday, or some other occasion)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:50, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I am at a stage in my life — now quite late — where I am completely reconciled to what I am as a writer. I know what I can and can't do. I love writing. I feel it is my best time. But I still feel, as I think most creative people do, absolutely isolated.~ John le Carré (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:08, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Every writer knows he is spurious; every fiction writer would rather be credible than authentic.~ John le Carré (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:08, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

In every war zone that I've been in, there has been a reality and then there has been the public perception of why the war was being fought. In every crisis, the issues have been far more complex than the public has been allowed to know. ~ John le Carré (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:08, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC) / Or a shorter version which begins "In every crisis .."
  • 1 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

We lie to one another every day, in the sweetest way, often unconsciously. We dress ourselves and compose ourselves in order to present ourselves to one another. ~ John le Carré (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 19:08, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I intend no Monopoly but a Community in Learning: I study not for my own sake only, but for theirs that study not for themselves. ~ Thomas Browne (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:08, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Man is a Noble Animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the Grave. Solemnizing Nativities and Deaths with equal lustre. Nor ommiting Ceremonies of Bravery in the infamy of his nature. Life is a pure flame and we live by an invisible Sun within us. ~ Thomas Browne (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 (and it contains my username!) InvisibleSun 19:08, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The night of time far surpasseth the day, and who knows when was the Æquinox? ~ Thomas Browne


I would die happy if I knew that on my tombstone could be written these words, "This man was an absolute fool. None of the disastrous things that he reluctantly predicted ever came to pass!". ~ Lewis Mumford (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:08, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

The cycle of the machine is now coming to an end. Man has learned much in the hard discipline and the shrewd, unflinching grasp of practical possibilities that the machine has provided in the last three centuries: but we can no more continue to live in the world of the machine than we could live successfully on the barren surface of the moon. ~ Lewis Mumford (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:45, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:08, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:14, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

God does not work for you. He works with you. ~ Pandurang Shastri Athavale (date of birth)

  • 2 Zarbon 05:08, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Aphaia 00:36, 16 October 2008 (UTC) Sadly unsourced ...
  • 2 Kalki 19:02, 16 October 2008 (UTC) I would rank this at 3 if it was sourced.
  • 0 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 21:50, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:07, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
2004
I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. ~ Leo Tolstoy
2005
I think for it to be unhip to be idealistic is weird, you know? I mean, even all the best rebels to me had some sense of hope in them. ~ Tom Petty (born 20 October 1950)
2006
We sometimes talk as if "original research" were a peculiar prerogative of scientists or at least of advanced students. But all thinking is research, and all research is native, original, with him who carries it on, even if everybody else in the world already is sure of what he is still looking for. ~ John Dewey (born 20 October 1859)
2007
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing.

~ Tom Petty ~
2008
We're overdue for a dream come true.
Long time nothing new.
We're overdue for a dream come true.

~ Tom Petty ~

2009

Suggestions

We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. ~ The Six Million Dollar Man (premiered that day)


Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned around
and I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
gonna stand my ground and I won't back down.

~ Tom Petty ~ (date of birth)

  • 2 Kalki 19:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 20:23, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:19, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 05:19, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:10, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I have seen starry archipelagoes! and islands,
Whose raving skies are opened to the voyager:
Is it in these bottomless nights that you sleep, in exile,
A million golden birds, O future Vigor?
~ Arthur Rimbaud (born October 20, 1854)


Old poetics played a large part in my alchemy of the word. ~ Arthur Rimbaud


Knowledge is humanistic in quality not because it is about human products in the past, but because of what it does in liberating human intelligence and human sympathy. Any subject matter which accomplishes this result is humane, and any subject matter which does not accomplish it is not even educational. ~ John Dewey


If the deer had guns too, then, and only then, would hunting truly be a sport. ~ Lewis Grizzard

  • 2 Zarbon 05:43, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:25, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:10, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him. ~ Art Buchwald


Without books, God is silent, justice dormant, natural science at a stand, philosophy lame, letters dumb, and all things involved in darkness. ~ Thomas Bartholin

  • 2 Zarbon 05:43, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 3 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:25, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 02:10, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
2004
It doesn't matter if we were down 3-0. You've just got to keep the faith. The game is not over until the last out. ~ David Ortiz
2005
Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. ~ Thomas Alva Edison (tested first practical light bulb 21 October 1879)
2006
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~

2007
All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
All are but ministers of Love,
And feed his sacred flame.

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~
2008
You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in Equilibrium. A wizard's power of Changing and Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power. It is most perilous. It must follow knowledge, and serve need. To light a candle is to cast a shadow. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
2009

Suggestions

I pass, like night, from land to land;
I have strange power of speech;
That moment that his face I see,
I know the man that must hear me:
To him my tale I teach.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge (born October 21, 1772)


The Earth with its scarred face is the symbol of the Past; the Air and Heaven, of Futurity. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge


He told me that facts gave birth to, and were the absolute ground of, principles; to which I said, that unless he had a principle of selection, he would not have taken notice of those facts upon which he grounded his principle. You must have a lantern in your hand to give light, otherwise all the materials in the world are useless, for you cannot find them; and if you could, you could not arrange them. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge


If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us! ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Should children be permitted to read Romances, & Relations of Giants & Magicians, & Genii? — I know all that has been said against it; but I have formed my faith in the affirmative. — I know no other way of giving the mind a love of "the Great," & "the Whole." — Those who have been led by the same truths step by step thro' the constant testimony of their senses, seem to me to want a sense which I possess — They contemplate nothing but parts — and all parts are necessarily little — and the Universe to them is but a mass of little things. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • 4 InvisibleSun 03:23, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:59, 20 October 2006 (UTC) I like this, and most of the Coleridge statements thus far suggested here, but I feel it is a bit too complex in structure to be an ideal QOTD, and will probably make some further suggestions for next year. ~ Kalki 00:17, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:17, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry. ~ Martin Gardner


If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied. ~ Alfred Nobel


My dynamite will sooner lead to peace than a thousand world conventions. As soon as men will find that in one instant, whole armies can be utterly destroyed, they surely will abide by golden peace. ~ Alfred Nobel


O time, arrest your flight! and you, propitious hours, arrest your course! Let us savor the fleeting delights of our most beautiful days! ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


What is our life but a succession of preludes to that unknown song whose first solemn note is sounded by death? ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine


I am often asked how I got into the business. I didn't. The business got into me. ~ Leo Burnett


We are not saved because we're good. We're good because we're saved. ~ Rich Mullins


Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours. ~ Rich Mullins


My political opponents can have their pound of flesh, and they do, but they will not eat into my beliefs, what I stand for and have done in politics. That is the inner steel in me. ~ Peter Mandelson


In my orchestra, I hate slackness, idle talk and lost time. I always hated this and still hate it. But I can achieve much more when I am quiet and not shouting. ~ Georg Solti


Between the two men, somewhere, a truth is lying, and that is what I try to find. ~ Georg Solti


To hear, one must be silent. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin


Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death, lying
together like lovers in kemmer,
like hands joined together,
like the end and the way. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin


I haven't any strength, I haven't any character, I'm a born tool. I haven't any destiny. All I have is dreams. And now other people run them. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin


It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin



2004
There’s a time when a man needs to fight, and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny is lost, that the ship has sailed, and that only a fool would continue. The truth is, I’ve always been a fool. ~ Albert Finney as "Ed Bloom" in Big Fish
2005
I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life. ~ Timothy Leary (born 22 October 1920)
2006
All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility. ~ Doris Lessing (born 22 October 1919)
2007
Think for yourself and question authority. ~ Timothy Leary
2008
I often observed to my brother, You see now how little nature requires to be satisfied. Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is. This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence; and a resigned soul finds pleasure in a path strewed with briars and thorns. ~ Daniel Boone
2009

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

  • I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. ~ Doris Lessing (recent Nobel Prize winner for Literature)

Suggestions

My advice to people today is as follows: If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out. ~ Timothy Leary


You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind. ~ Timothy Leary (date of birth)


Parents should leave books lying around marked "forbidden" if they want their children to read. ~ Doris Lessing (born October 22, 1919)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 22:21, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 05:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:39, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

It's not bad to say: My work is not what I really want, I'm capable of doing something bigger. Or I'm a person who needs love, and I'm doing without it. What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better. ~ Doris Lessing


Really valuable books have been allowed to go out of print. In the old days, the publishers knew that these difficult books, the books that appeal only to a minority, were very productive in the long run. Because they're probably the books that will be read in the next generation. It's heart-breaking how often I have to say when I'm giving talks, "This book is out of print. This book is out of print." It's a roll call of dead books. ~ Doris Lessing


If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people. ~ Timothy Leary


War among nations is a natural reaction to the absence of peace. ~ Chika Sylva-Olejeme

  • 2 Zarbon 17:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:39, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:22, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Laughter is Humanity's mechanism to escape suffering. ~ Deepak Chopra


Focus on the quality of life. Add life to your years and then years will be added to your life. ~ Deepak Chopra

  • 2 Zarbon 17:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:39, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:22, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I've opened the way for others to make fortunes, but a fortune for myself was not what I was after. ~ Daniel Boone

  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 12:33, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Many heroic actions and chivalrous adventures are related of me which exist only in the regions of fancy. With me the world has taken great liberties, and yet I have been but a common man. ~ Daniel Boone

  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 12:33, 23 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ~ Maya Angelou
2005
Reality is always greater — much greater — than what we know, than whatever we can say about it. ~ Michael Crichton (born 23 October 1942)
2006
I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. ~ Michael Crichton
2007
Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. ~ Sarah Bernhardt
2008
We ought to hate very rarely, as it is too fatiguing; remain indifferent to a great deal, forgive often and never forget. ~ Sarah Bernhardt
2009

Suggestions

Please crack down on the Chinaman's friends and Hitler's commander. ~ Dutch Schultz, shot that day


Strictly speaking, no hypothesis or theory can ever be proven. When we say that we believe a theory, what we really mean is that we are unable to show that the theory is wrong — not that we are able to show, beyond doubt, that the theory is right. ~ Michael Crichton Gerhard Robbins

  • 1 Kalki 20:05, 18 October 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 23:36, 22 October 2005 (UTC) downgraded rank, as this is not actually Crichton's, and therefore not strongly linked to the date
  • 2 InvisibleSun 17:36, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 if linked to the correct person and date Zarbon 05:29, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • The above quote is actually attributable to the physicist Gerhard Robbins. Michael Crichton does use it (in the appendix to his book Eaters of the Dead...but he has correctly acknowledged it) SusanPitt
  • 1 Waheedone 02:42, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Science is a kind of glorified tailoring enterprise, a method for taking measurements that describe something — reality — that may not be understood at all. ~ Michael Crichton (date of birth)


For beauty being the best of all we know
Sums up the unsearchable and secret aims
Of nature.
~ Robert Bridges (born 23 October 1844)


Ah, my faith! I know nothing about it; I am my own ancestor. ~ Jean-Andoche Junot


The world would not have had a Barack Obama or a Hillary Clinton if it had not been for my father's movement 40 years ago. To elect Senator Obama would be aproportion of that dream fulfilled. I believe we can do that if we elect the right leader. ~ Martin Luther King III

  • 2 Zarbon 03:41, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 20:17, 16 October 2008 (UTC) I might normally rank this 2 or 3, but it is far too explicitly partisan a statement to be a Wikiquote QOTD at this stage of a major US election.
  • 3 Waheedone 02:42, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:11, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

The beautiful are shyer than the ugly, for they move in a world that does not ask for beauty. ~ Ned Rorem

  • 3 Zarbon 03:41, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:17, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 02:42, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:11, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
    • Comment: The quote is not unsourced. The source is stated right under. - Zarbon 02:04, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

There'll never be a soccer player like Pelé. Better than Pelé, maybe, but not like Pelé. ~ Pelé

  • 2 Zarbon 03:41, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:17, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:42, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:11, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Once the curtain is raised, the actor ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third. And to this end the actor must forget his personality and throw aside his joys and sorrows. He must present the public with the reality of a being who for him is only a fiction. With his own eyes, he must shed the tears of the other. With his own voice, he must groan the anguish of the other. His own heart beats as if it would burst, for it is the other's heart that beats in his heart. And when he retires from a tragic or dramatic scene, if he has properly rendered his character, he must be panting and exhausted. ~ Sarah Bernhardt



2004
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. ~ Dorothy Thompson
2005
The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those who feel. ~ Horace Walpole
2006
Poems present their testimony as circumstantial evidences, not as closing argument. Where Wallace Stevens says, “God and the imagination are one,” I would say that the imagination, which synergizes intellect, emotion and instinct, is the perceptive organ through which it is possible, though not inevitable, to experience God. ~ Denise Levertov (born 24 October 1923)
  • proposed by Fys
2007
Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry.

I who don't know the
secret wrote
the line. ...

I love them
for finding what
I can't find,

and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that

a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other
lines

in other
happenings.

~ Denise Levertov ~

2008
We present a dramatically different approach to time management. This is a principle-centered approach. It transcends the traditional prescriptions of faster, harder, smarter, and more. Rather than offering you another clock, this approach provides you with a compass — because more important than how fast you're going, is where you're headed. ~ Stephen Covey
2009

Suggestions

The poet
never must lose despair. ~ Denise Levertov, born 24 October 1923

  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 00:04, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 00:36, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 for a poet works best under conditions of despair. Brilliant. Zarbon 05:34, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 20:14, 23 October 2008 (UTC) 2 Kalki 20:42, 16 October 2008 (UTC) I like the phrase in context, but standing alone, apart from other portions of the poem much of the meaning and significance is lost, and Levertov seems to actually be quoting someone else, another poet or a translator in that portion of the poem.
  • 2 Waheedone 02:46, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Praise
the invisible sun burning beyond
the white cold sky, giving us
light and the chimney's shadow.

~ Denise Levertov ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:28, 18 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:33, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 and InvisibleSun's username is in it! This is the second quote we've come across with his username in it. The sun's invisibility is a perfect camouflage to the untrained eye, hindered by the rays of light which tear the skies asunder! Zarbon 05:34, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:46, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

It was no longer sounds only that made the music:
he spoke, and as no tree listens I listened, and language
came into my roots
out of the earth,
into my bark
out of the air,
into the pores of my greenest shoots
gently as dew
and there was no word he sang but I knew its meaning.

~ Denise Levertov ~


I was run over by the truth one day.
Ever since the accident I've walked this way ~ Adrian Mitchell


Alas, this industrialized twelve-tone horse, dull on the outside and empty inside, constantly being perfected and dragged to a new Troy in shadow of an ideological war long since fought and won by responsible minds like Schoenberg, with neither systems nor scholarship for armor! ~ Luciano Berio


<math>\textstyle\frac{3}{4}</math> of world problems and bewilderment would be lost if we understood our opponents. ~ Stephen Covey


The moment of making choice is the moment of truth! ~ Stephen Covey

  • 3 Kalki 20:42, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:38, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:46, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:22, 23 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. ~ John Wesley
2005
Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. ~ Richard E. Byrd (born 25 October 1888)
2006
A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensable. ~ Richard E. Byrd
2007
For out of olde feldes, as men seith,
Cometh al this new corn fro yeer to yere;
And out of olde bokes, in good feith,
Cometh al this newe science that men lere.

~ Geoffrey Chaucer ~
2008
I would prefer to remain in prison for another 20 years than bargain my beliefs for freedom. ~ Samir Geagea
2009

Suggestions

Six hours sleep are enough for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool. ~ George III of the United Kingdom, became king that day.


Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of death
Rode the six hundred.

~ Alfred Tennyson ~

  • 3 Kalki 19:13, 24 October 2005 (UTC) The Charge of the Light Brigade occurred on this date.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 04:50, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:38, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:50, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

~ Alfred Tennyson ~

  • 3 Kalki 19:13, 24 October 2005 (UTC) The Charge of the Light Brigade occurred on this date.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 04:50, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:38, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:50, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need. ~ Richard E. Byrd (date of birth)

  • 4 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 19:13, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 04:50, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:38, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:50, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

For thogh we slepe, or wake, or rome, or ryde,
Ay fleeth the tyme; it nyl no man abyde.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer (died October 25, 1400) [date of birth unknown]


And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  • 3 InvisibleSun 04:50, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:38, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 07:58, 24 October 2007 (UTC) But I would extend this to include the preliminary statements:
Of studie took he most cure and most hede.
Noght o word spak he more than was nede,
And that was seyd in forme and reverence,
And short and quik, and ful of hy sentence.
Souninge in moral vertu was his speche,
And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.

The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

  • 3 InvisibleSun 04:50, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:38, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 07:58, 24 October 2007 (UTC) But I would extend this to include the lines which follow it:
The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne.
Th’ assay so hard, so sharp the conquerynge,
The dredful joye, alwey that slit so yerne;
Al this mene I be love.

It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer


On this earth you must belong to the church militant or get the hell out of it. That's the right word. You're either with me or against me. There is no middle ground in this battle between Christ and the anti-Christ. ~ Charles Coughlin

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (until properly sourced) Kalki 23:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC) * 1 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:52, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because insufficiently sourced. - InvisibleSun 20:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Pain is temporary, pride is forever. ~ Dan Gable

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (until properly sourced) Kalki 23:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC) * 1 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:50, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength. ~ Dan Gable

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (until properly sourced) Kalki 23:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC) * 1 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:50, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. ~ Dan Gable

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (until properly sourced) Kalki 23:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC) * 1 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:50, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
I'm not against God. I'm against the misuse of God. ~ Marilyn Manson
2005
I know that it will hurt, I know that it will break your heart, the way things are, and the way they've been. Don't spread the discontent, don't spread the lies, don't make the same mistakes with your own life. ~ "Break Your Heart" by Natalie Merchant (born 26 October 1963)
2006
The youth are not always right, but the society which ignores them and beats, is always wrong. ~ François Mitterrand (born 26 October 1916) on les événements of May 1968.
  • proposed by Fys
2007
Contempt loves the silence
it thrives in the dark
with fine winding tendrils
that strangle the heart.

~ Natalie Merchant ~
2008
After bread, education is the first need of the people. ~ Georges Danton (born 26 October 1759)
2009

Suggestions

Andrew Wiles gently smiles,
Does his thing, and voila!
Q.E.D., we agree,
And we all shout hurrah!
As he confirms what Fermat
Jotted down in that margin,
Which could've used some enlargin'.
~ Tom Lehrer in That's Mathematics (Fermat's Last Theorem proof published that day)


Have I been blind, have I been lost,
inside myself and my own mind;
hypnotized, mesmerized,
by what my eyes have seen?

~ Natalie Merchant (date of birth)


Who will draw the calvary in
risk his very own precious skin
to make our Angelinia a free and peaceful land again?

~ Natalie Merchant ~ (date of birth)


Labels are for cans, not people. ~ Anthony Rapp

  • 2 Zarbon 04:42, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:33, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:55, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Wikisaver62 14:31, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 23:07, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy. ~ Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

  • 2 Zarbon 04:42, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:33, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:55, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Wikisaver62 14:31, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:07, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

A competent staff officer should work diligently, accomplish much, remain in the background, and be more than he seems. ~ Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

  • 2 Zarbon 04:42, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:33, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:55, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Wikisaver62 14:31, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:07, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. ~ Napoleon Hill


To talk to others who are unseen and far away is an experience which, before the telephone, occurred only in mythology. Gods, devils, and angels talked from the sky across the world, but not mere mortals. ~ Ithiel de Sola Pool

  • 2 Zarbon 04:42, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:33, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:55, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Wikisaver62 14:31, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 23:07, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

What has begun in this evening will not stay for a long time, and because you represent the forces of the world of labour, you, forces of the youth, your victory is inevitable. ~ François Mitterrand

  • 2 Zarbon 04:42, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:33, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:57, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Wikisaver62 14:31, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is inadequately sourced. InvisibleSun 23:07, 25 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
The antagonism between science and religion, about which we hear so much, appears to me to be purely factitious — fabricated, on the one hand, by short-sighted religious people who confound a certain branch of science, theology, with religion; and, on the other, by equally short-sighted scientific people who forget that science takes for its province only that which is susceptible of clear intellectual comprehension; and that, outside the boundaries of that province, they must be content with imagination, with hope, and with ignorance. ~ T. H. Huxley
2005
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt (born 27 October 1858)
2006
I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me. My love's not impersonal yet not wholly subjective either. I would like to be everyone, a cripple, a dying man, a whore, and then come back to write about my thoughts, my emotions, as that person. But I am not omniscient. I have to live my life, and it is the only one I'll ever have. And you cannot regard your own life with objective curiosity all the time. ~ Sylvia Plath (born 27 October 1932)
2007
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
2008
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold
2009

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

Suggestions

When you meet the head of state in Great Britain, you only have to go down on one knee. ~ John Cleese, born that day


I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." ~ Theodore Roosevelt, born that day

  • 2 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:47, 8 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:49, 26 October 2008 (UTC) 4 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC) I'm inclined to use this one this year in this fuller form despite having previously used the most commonly quoted portion of it a few years ago. 2 ~ Kalki 21:36, 8 October 2005 (UTC) but would prefer something else this year, as the major portion of this was just recently used last month (September 2005).
  • 1 because I didn't know it had already been used. I personally love this quote because it's important to never be caught off guard and always be prepared. The message is one of my favorites, but the fact that the initial message was already used, I don't see the purpose of putting it up again, just for "I have always been fond of the West African proverb"...that part was duly taken out...it isn't the part that holds meaning and it's the entering, if you will, into the quote...I would normally have given this a 4, but since it was already used, I don't see the point. Zarbon 05:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
The point of using the fuller quote is that the ending is rarely quoted and the statement is usually cited as one originating with TR himself, but in his earliest mentions of it, he clearly states it to be a proverb he himself had heard. I think that additional information is significant enough to emphasize in a quote of the day. ~ Kalki 15:36, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
I still don't think it's worth it until all other suggestions are used. Then we can think about the actual reusing of quotes already used just for missing portions. The portion that was left out isn't really important to begin with for this specific quote. The message of the quote comes from the portion that was already used. - Zarbon 12:40, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
If others cannot agree that this quote is one of the best, and rank it a 4, I would prefer to use : "No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency." ~ Theodore Roosevelt, suggested below, and would be willing to rank that a 4. The nazi quote currently ranked 4 by 2 user names is one I find detestable. ~ Kalki 22:57, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency. ~ Theodore Roosevelt, born that day

  • 3 even if it's a little corny ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 07:34, 9 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:59, 25 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:36, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days. ~ Sylvia Plath (born October 27, 1932)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:36, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children. ~ Sylvia Plath

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:36, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

I'm a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf's big with its yeasty rising.
Money's new-minted in this fat purse.
I'm a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I've eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there's no getting off.
~ Sylvia Plath

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:36, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

I am inhabited by a cry.
Nightly it flaps out
Looking, with its hooks, for something to love.

I am terrified by this dark thing
That sleeps in me;
All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.
~ Sylvia Plath

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:36, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:43, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

What would you do if your country's welfare depended on labor? When a ship is in a storm it requires one captain. ~ Fritz Sauckel (born October 27)

  • 4 because under the worst conditions, one man can steer better than thousands. This is a nice dynamic comparison between the living conditions of that era and the job duty of a naval officer. Zarbon 16:56, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Nuremberg Interviews by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004 - Page 209
  • 0 Kalki 22:57, 26 October 2008 (UTC) 2 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC) Though part of the statement is valid, the quote makes several deplorable presumptions, and is an authoritarian argument by one of the servants of one of the vilest regimes in human history. I cannot agree that this is acceptable as a quote of the day here.
  • 4 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold

  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

There will be certain things in a man that have to be won, not forced; inspired, not compelled. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold

  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

We needed someone who could play like the devil and sing like heaven. ~ Scott Weiland

  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~ Dylan Thomas

  • 3 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.
~ Dylan Thomas

  • 3 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC) One of my favorites, but I will hold off giving it a 4 until some other year.
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Light breaks where no sun shines;
Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart
Push in their tides.
~ Dylan Thomas

  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.
~ Dylan Thomas

  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

The more blessed she felt on earth, the more rarely she turned to heaven. ~ Zadie Smith

  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. ~ Desiderius Erasmus


For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down? ~ Desiderius Erasmus

  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

War is sweet to them that know it not. ~ Desiderius Erasmus

  • 3 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 This appears on the Erasmus page as a misattributed quote. - InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. ~ Desiderius Erasmus

  • 2 Zarbon 05:12, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:14, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. InvisibleSun 23:29, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:39, 26 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
We're just being ourselves and having fun playing baseball. The biggest thing is when people look at our team, they can see that we're having a lot of fun. ~ Johnny Damon
2005
Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man's papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive. ~ Jonas Salk (born 28 October 1914)
2006
The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish. ~ Evelyn Waugh (born 28 October 1903)
2007
I have dreams, and I have nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams. ~ Jonas Salk (date of birth)
2008
Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens. ~ Jigoro Kano
2009

Suggestions

The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor large prime numbers. ~ Bill Gates, born that day

If at first you don't succeed, maybe losing is your style. Chris Lang October 28th 2008


To know and love another human being is the root of all wisdom. ~ Evelyn Waugh (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:52, 27 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:45, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0. I can't find this quote on the Waugh page. - InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
This is a line from Brideshead Revisited, which has now been added to the page. ~ Kalki 22:12, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more. ~ Jonas Salk (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:52, 27 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:45, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 for the cited version "I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more." (I would rank the version above higher if it were sourced.) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 for the version beginning "The reward..." - InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
Both versions have now been sourced to published books. ~ Kalki 22:12, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility. ~ Francis Bacon

  • 2 Zarbon 05:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:52, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

To ask may be but a moment's shame, not to ask and remain ignorant is a lifelong shame. ~ Jigoro Kano

  • 3 Zarbon 05:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

1 * 3 Kalki 15:52, 18 October 2008 (UTC) This seems to be a general Japanese proverb; I found no published mention of Jigoro Kano as its author. ~ Kalki 19:01, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

  • 4 Waheedone 03:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced to Kano. - InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
    • Comment: actually, this quote is attributed heavily to Jigoro Kano and Judo training. I located many books that have the quote, but I'm having trouble locating the exact source crediting Kano as the sole author. I'm pretty sure he did say it though. Zarbon 23:12, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

The man who is at the peak of his success, and the man who have just failed are in exactly the same position. Each must decide what he will do next. ~ Jigoro Kano

  • 2 Zarbon 05:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:52, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
A variant of this is now sourced:

Paradoxically, the man who has failed and one who is at the peak of success are in exactly the same position. Each must decide what he will do next, choose the course that will lead him to the future.

  • 3 Kalki 19:01, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 for the sourced version. - InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 still since its the same initial quote as I suggested only reworded. Zarbon 23:06, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ Ningauble 00:15, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Consider fully, act decisively. ~ Jigoro Kano

  • 2 Zarbon 05:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:52, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
This is now sourced. ~ Kalki 19:01, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. ~ Bill Gates


Aesthetic value is often the by-product of the artist striving to do something else. ~ Evelyn Waugh (date of birth)

  • 3 Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:01, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:06, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Neither wisdom nor good will is now dominant. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. ~ Jonas Salk

  • 3 Kalki 22:12, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:28, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:06, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Ningauble 00:15, 28 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. ~ John Schaar
2005
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. ~ Muhammad
  • proposed by Kalki; in 2005, Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Power) is traditionally celebrated on this night (as the start of the 27th of Ramadan in the Muslim calendar) by many Muslims.
2006
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. ~ James Boswell
  • proposed by Fys
2007
This is a terrific outburst. And since it doesn’t have a tail right now, some observers have confused it with a nova. We’ve had at least two reports of a new star. ~ Brian G. Marsden (on the recent unprecedented brightening of Comet 17P/Holmes)
2008
He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. ~ James Boswell (born 29 October 1740)
  • proposed by Fys
2009

Suggestions

If you're a leader, you don't push wet spaghetti, you pull it. ... Patton understood it. I always admired Patton. Oh, sure, the stupid bastard was crazy. ... Soldiers were peasants to him. I didn't like that attitude, but I certainly respected his theories and the techniques he used to get his men out of their foxholes. ~ Bill Mauldin

  • 3 Kalki 23:06, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:46, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:20, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 for just the first sentence, otherwise 1. Ningauble 17:18, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 for the first sentence. - InvisibleSun 22:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Humor is like a frog. They both die if you dissect them. ~ Joseph Goebbels (born October 29)

  • 3 because it is best not to try and describe humor, or it would lose its flavor. The same way, the dissection of a frog is used as a nice comparison. Zarbon 04:32, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 2 Kalki 15:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC) I don't mind the statement in itself, and have heard such statements many times, but prior to it appearing here, never with any attribution of such a declaration to Goebbels. It actually seem quite out of character, and I am very inclined to doubt the attribution is correct. ~ Kalki 18:57, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Just found far more refined versions of this, and it seems to have originated with E. B. White : "Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind." Another version commonly attributed to White is : "Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it."
  • 3 Waheedone 03:20, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced, vulgar) Ningauble 17:18, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
    • Comment: This is not vulgar. The message is that abusing anything will result in the boredom from it...especially when it comes to humor. When it comes to the source, I've been trying to relocate it, I know I initially wouldn't suggest a quote unless I knew its source. In some instances, I have trouble locating the source because when I originally submitted the quotes, I didn't think it was necessary to put up the sources. Afterwards, I began to add the sources as well in accordance to wikiquote policy. If anything, I will locate the sources for those that I haven't as of yet. But bare in mind that this is not misquoted, especially if I can vouch for submitting it. Zarbon 03:21, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
      • I consider this vulgar in the sense that it is plebian and coarse, lacking cultivation and perception. (Also, considering the attributed source, it would be disingenuous, or possibly ironic, for Goebbels was a master at analyzing emotional responses to all forms of rhetoric, including humor.) In my opinion this is not suitable for a Quote of the Day on so sublime a topic as humor. Others may differ, and vote accordingly. ~ Ningauble 13:05, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

0 because the quote has been found to be by White, who is not associated with this day. - InvisibleSun 22:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)


If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. ~ Joseph Goebbels (born October 29)

OR

Alternate version: If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.
Alternate version: If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.
Alternate version: If you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes truth.
Alternate version: If you repeat a lie many times, people are bound to start believing it.

  • 4 because a man who repeats a lie a thousand fold eventually convinces oneself and others that it holds truth. Zarbon 04:33, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: Quoted in "The Sack of Rome" - Page 14 - by Alexander Stille and also quoted in "A World Without Walls: Freedom, Development, Free Trade and Global Governance" - Page 63 by Mike Moore - 2003
  • 1 Kalki 18:57, 28 October 2008 (UTC) 2 Kalki 15:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC) This, and variants of it, have been published most often as a quotation of Goebbels, but in this and other forms it has also been quoted as a statement of Hitler, so the original source and phrasing remains somewhat disputed.
    • I wouldn't say it's disputed. The quote is derived from Goebbels and he is credited with the quote in numerous reliable sources. To say otherwise and attribute the quote to Hitler is incorrect in itself, considering the man did not say the quote. Still, it is a nice quote, and all the references I've pulled have suggested that it belongs to Goebbels only. Zarbon 22:08, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 03:20, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (misquote/paraphrase) Ningauble 17:18, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
    • Comment: This is neither a misquotation nor a paraphrase. I provided all of the versions of this quote that he has repeated in the same section of his page. Also, I have provided the quote's source so as to avoid any confusion to misquotation. Again, this is not a misquotation. I even provided two different sources in order to ensure that. Zarbon 03:21, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
      • There is a distinction to be drawn between original sources and other attributions. He certainly expressed the general idea himself on multiple occasions, and such words are widely attributed to him, partly because of the great irony in that he both criticized opponents with similar words and also frankly practiced the technique himself. But as to the words themselves, in my opinion a Quote of the Day ought to be an actual quotation. ~ Ningauble 13:05, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
        • This is still a quotation nonetheless. It is not attributed to others. The only person who said it was him, therefore, it is not an attribution, it is one of his quotes. Bare in mind it is neither a misquote nor a paraphrase. The fact that he said it in many different ways doesn't make it either of those things. In fact, it strengthens the argument that he used the quote frequently, which originated from him. I've relisted all the versions of the same quote by him so as to be clear about it. Zarbon 13:30, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0. Multiple versions of a quote don't make it more reliable; it would be like saying that rumors are more reliable than facts. - InvisibleSun 22:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
    • 0? I just provided all the versions of the quote, all attributed to the same person. In what way does it make it unreliable. In fact, this is getting very annoying. What is necessary, a scan of the page that the quote is derived from? This quote has been sourced many times over. It does not qualify for a 0, and neither do any of the other quotes. Zarbon 01:00, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

A child laughs when it feels joy and cries when it feels pain. Both things, laughing and crying it does with its whole heart. We all became so tall and so clever. We know so much and we have read so much. But one thing we forgot: to laugh and cry like the children do. ~ Joseph Goebbels

  • 3 Zarbon 03:11, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 17:18, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:00, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 18:57, 28 October 2008 (UTC) This is another that in many ways seems rather uncharacterstic of Goebbels, and I can find no reliable sources which indicate it to actually be a quotation by him. If a source were found I might conceivably rank it a 1 or 2 in relation to some form of irony.
    • This quote is not unsourced. The source is "Michael : a German fate in diary notes (1926)" Zarbon 22:10, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
    • The cited source is mentioned in Wikipedia (if you can believe that source) as a novel by Joseph Goebbels, if anyone feels inclined to track it down. ~ Ningauble 00:50, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
    • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
    • For the second time, this quote is NOT unsourced. Zarbon 01:00, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Every fool knoweth that hatreds are the cinders of affection. ~ Walter Raleigh (date of death)


So when thou hast, as I
Commanded thee, done blabbing —
Although to give the lie
Deserves no less than stabbing —
Stab at thee he that will,
No stab the soul can kill. ~ Walter Raleigh

OR

Stab at thee he that will,
No stab the soul can kill. ~ Walter Raleigh

  • 3 for both versions. Zarbon 14:16, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC) with preference for the shorter version.
  • 2 Waheedone 03:20, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 for the shorter version Ningauble 17:18, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 for the shorter version. - InvisibleSun 22:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Cowards fear to die; but courage stout,
Rather than live in snuff, will be put out. ~ Walter Raleigh


Silence in love bewrays more woe
Than words, though ne'er so witty:
A beggar that is dumb, you know,
May challenge double pity. ~ Walter Raleigh


Even such is time, that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with age and dust;
Who in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days.
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust! ~ Walter Raleigh


Remember...that if thou marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance will never last nor please thee one year; and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all, for the desire dieth when it is attained, and the affection perisheth when it is satisfied. ~ Walter Raleigh


But it is hard to know them [flatterers] from friends, they are so obsequious, and full of protestations; for as a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend. ~ Walter Raleigh

  • 3 Zarbon 14:16, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:20, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 for just the simile "As a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend." Ningauble 17:18, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum. ~ Jean Giraudoux


There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth. ~ Jean Giraudoux

  • 2 Zarbon 14:16, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:58, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:20, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 (but that is funny!) Ningauble 17:18, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

No moral system can rest solely on authority. ~ Alfred Ayer, Humanist Outlook (London: Pemberton; Barrie & Rockliff, 1968) p. 4.

  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 13:24, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 (tho the tone is rather flat) Ningauble 17:18, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:04, 28 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
It’s always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth. ~ Malcolm Forbes
2005
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. ~ John Adams (born 30 October 1735)
2006
The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical. ~ John Adams
2007
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. ~ John Adams
2008
Date not the life which thou hast run by the mean of reckoning of the hours and days, which though hast breathed: a life spent worthily should be measured by a nobler line, — by deeds, not years... ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan
2009

Suggestions

I turned myself from a 97 pound weakling into the World's Most Perfectly Developed Man. ~ Charles Atlas, born that day.

  • 3 brings back memories of the old comic books with the cool comic book ads. ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 19:54, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 (braggadocio, memorable tho it may be) ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small,
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all.
Go ask Alice when she's ten feet tall.

~ Grace Slick (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall,
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call.

~ Grace Slick (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

When logic and proportion have fallen softly dead,
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!",
Remember what the dormouse said:
"Feed your head! Feed your head!"
~
Grace Slick (date of birth)

  • 4 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC) I feel it to be a good time to finally use this one, though yet another one by John Adams (who has been used for the last 3 years) is nearly equal to it in my preferences. * 3 ~ Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Wording may be a performance variant. This diff seems right to me, but I don't have the source. ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.. ~ John Adams (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 but I would give this a 4 if it were trimmed to just "I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy." Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
One of those I'm inclined to give a 4 some year, but I much prefer the full version. Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.. ~ John Adams (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC) I rank this with about an equal preference to the Grace Slick quote which I am giving a 4 for this year.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 I like this version's greater elaboration on what it was. ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

OR, a very similar statement he made on another occasion:

As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people.

  • 3 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC) I rank this with about an equal preference to the Grace Slick quote which I am giving a 4 for this year, and perhaps prefer this slightly to the similar expression above, though eventually both could be used on different years, or perhaps even on the 4th of July or similarly significant dates.
  • 1 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 This version would be a good admonition for July 4. ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't want to do something for the sake of it. I am prepared to wait. If I wait until I am buried, too bad. ~ Michael Winner


Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (Science is much misunderstood in popular culture today. This doesn't help.) ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations. ~ Paul Valéry


That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false. ~ Paul Valéry


God created man, and finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a female companion so that he might feel his solitude more acutely. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 because with all the company in the world, man is still alone. Beautiful. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike — no bail, no demurrer. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 because this is magnificent and elegant. Beautiful to conjure death as a debt, paid in full and in the end. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:31, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

You are not like Cerberus, three gentlemen at once, are you? ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 nice attachment to mythological character Cerberus and the changing of personality. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

The quarrel is a very pretty quarrel as it stands; we should only spoil it by trying to explain it. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 because some things are best left unexplained. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

I know too well the poison and the sting
Of things too sweet. ~ Adelaide Anne Procter

  • 3 because beauty is only skin deep. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 03:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)


2004
Merry meet, and merry part, and Blessed Be. ~ A pagan expression of blessing.
2005
I can see lights in the distance trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing a waltz on All Souls Night.

~ Loreena McKennitt ~ (Halloween / All Soul's Night theme)
2006
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

~ John Keats ~ (born October 31, 1795)
2007
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
Love is the law, love under will.
~ Aleister Crowley ~
2008

Suggestions

Standing on the bridge that crosses
The river that goes out to the sea
The wind is full of a thousand voices
They pass by the bridge and me.

~ Loreena McKennitt (Samhain/All Hallow's Eve/Halloween/All Soul's Night theme)

  • 3 Kalki 22:53, 3 October 2005 (UTC) I was going to rank this a 4 this year, but think I will defer to one of those by Keats suggested by Invisible Sun. ~ Kalki 16:19, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:08, 30 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:53, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:36, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Wherein lies happiness? In that which becks
Our ready minds to fellowship divine,
A fellowship with essence; till we shine,
Full alchemiz’d, and free of space. Behold
The clear religion of heaven!
~ John Keats

  • 4 InvisibleSun 17:08, 30 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki 16:19, 18 October 2008 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 00:29, 27 October 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:53, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:36, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goal — yet, do not grieve;
She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!,
~ John Keats

  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:08, 30 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:53, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:19, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:36, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

The imagination may be compared to Adam's dream — he awoke and found it truth. ~ John Keats

  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:08, 30 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:53, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:19, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 03:36, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 (maybe 2.5) Ningauble 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ~ Aleister Crowley


If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney


Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney

  • 4 Zarbon 04:54, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:19, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Waheedone 03:36, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 20:31, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:17, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men? ~ Natalie Clifford Barney

  • 3 Zarbon 04:54, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:19, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 03:36, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:17, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Lyle 20:31, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 (maybe 2.5) Ningauble 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:17, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney


The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney




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.