September 23

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
When smashing monuments, save the pedestals — they always come in handy. ~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
2004
Goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil. ~ Robert A. Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land
2005
There's something happening somewhere — baby I just know that there is.
You can't start a fire — you can't start a fire without a spark.
This gun's for hire — even if we're just dancing in the dark.

~ Bruce Springsteen (born 23 September 1949)
2006
There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change. ~ Euripides (by traditional accounts born on 23 September 480 BC)
2007
Slight not what's near through aiming at what's far. ~ Euripides
2008
If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? ~ Thomas Huxley
2009

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I should say this, that Pat doesn't have a mink coat. But she does have a respectable Republican cloth coat, and I always tell her she'd look good in anything. ~ Richard Nixon, in the "Checkers speech", given on September 23, 1952.

  • 2. David | Talk 20:44, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 - InvisibleSun 18:27, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:08, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble. ~ Caesar Augustus (born September 23, 63 BC).

  • 3. David | Talk 20:56, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 - I'd always seen this quote with "brick" rather than "bricks"; which one is the more accurate translation I don't know, but "brick" has the advantage of symmetry with "marble." InvisibleSun 18:27, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:08, 21 September 2007 (UTC) and would prefer "brick" to "bricks".
  • 3 because this is a good example of bragging one's own accomplishments, and it is a good one at that. Zarbon 23:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. ~ John Adams. September 23, 2006 is Rosh Hashanah for the year 5767.

  • 3. David | Talk 21:07, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:27, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:08, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Slowly but surely withal moveth the might of the gods. ~ Euripides (by traditional accounts born on 23 September 480 BC)

  • 3 Kalki 18:07, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:27, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

I hold that mortal foolish who strives against the stress of necessity. ~ Euripides (by traditional accounts born on 23 September 480 BC)

  • 3 Kalki 18:07, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:27, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:24, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

If the question is put to me would I rather have a miserable ape for a grandfather or a man highly endowed by nature and possessed of great means of influence and yet who employs these faculties and that influence for the mere purpose of introducing ridicule into a grave scientific discussion, I unhesitatingly affirm my preference for the ape. ~ Thomas Huxley

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Science...commits suicide when it adopts a creed. ~ Thomas Huxley

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom. ~ Thomas Huxley

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me. ~ Thomas Huxley

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 17:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt. ~ Thomas Huxley

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

If I have played my part well, clap your hands, and dismiss me with applause from the stage. ~ Augustus

  • 4 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

As long as young people feel they have got no hope but to blow themselves up you are never going to make progress. ~ Cherie Blair

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Music is nothing separate from me. It is me... You'd have to remove the music surgically. ~ Ray Charles

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

You better live every day like your last because one day you're going to be right. ~ Ray Charles

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

If you haven't got eyes you shouldn't have wings. ~ Karl Pilkington

  • 2 Zarbon 15:27, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:34, 22 September 2008 (UTC)