June 14

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. ~ Arnold J. Toynbee
2005
At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality... We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force. ~ Che Guevara (14 June 1928 is his official date of birth, though it is disputed)
2006
The longest day must have its close — the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night, and the night of the just to an eternal day. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe (born 14 June 1811)
2007
That play of black upon white, white upon black, has the intent and takes the form of creative art. It has in it a flow of the spirit and a harmony of music. Everything is lost when suddenly a false note is struck, or one party in a duet suddenly launches forth on an eccentric flight of his own. A masterpiece of a game can be ruined by insensitivity to the feelings of an adversary. ~ Yasunari Kawabata (born 14 June 1899)
2008
True love ennobles and dignifies the material labors of life; and homely services rendered for love's sake have in them a poetry that is immortal. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
2009
The Zen disciple sits for long hours silent and motionless, with his eyes closed. Presently he enters a state of impassivity, free from all ideas and all thoughts. He departs from the self and enters the realm of nothingness. This is not the nothingness or the emptiness of the West. It is rather the reverse, a universe of the spirit in which everything communicates freely with everything, transcending bounds, limitless. … The disciple must, however, always be lord of his own thoughts, and must attain enlightenment through his own efforts. And the emphasis is less upon reason and argument than upon intuition, immediate feeling. Enlightenment comes not from teaching but through the eye awakened inwardly. Truth is in "the discarding of words", it lies "outside words". ~ Yasunari Kawabata ~
2010
Fiction has to be plausible. All history has to do is happen. ~ Harry Turtledove
2011
In moments of great peril it is easy to muster a powerful response to moral stimuli; but for them to retain their effect requires the development of a consciousness in which there is a new priority of values. ~ Che Guevara
2012
By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe ~
2013
Each time I think I've made a connection with someone... once they find out what I can do, whether it's hours or days later, everything changes. Invariably they freak. They get retroactively paranoid, wondering what else Clark Kent is hiding from them.
~ Mark Waid ~
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~ Superman: Birthright ~
2014
Because you cannot see him, God is everywhere.
~ Yasunari Kawabata ~
2015 
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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.


Suggestions[edit]

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

  • 3 Kalki 01:31, 15 June 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:24, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

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

  • 3 Kalki 01:31, 15 June 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:24, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

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

  • 3 Kalki 01:31, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:24, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • A footnote on the Wikipedia page for Che Guevara states: "Guevara's birth certificate was incorrectly and purposely dated one month later: June 14, 1928. Che's mother was three months pregnant when she married his father. To avoid possible scandal, she had a Rosario doctor forge the birth certificate to say that Che was born on June 14, instead of May 14, and then told her family he was born 2 months premature (Anderson 1997, p. 3)." As the WP and WQ pages now have a DOB of May 14, perhaps his QotD nominations should be moved to that day. - InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

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

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

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

  • 2 Zarbon 15:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:49, 13 June 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

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

  • 2 Zarbon 15:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:49, 13 June 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

How ever alienated one may be from the world, suicide is not a form of enlightenment. However admirable he may be, the man who commits suicide is far from the realm of the saint. ~ Yasunari Kawabata


When we see the beauty of the snow, when we see the beauty of the full moon, when we see the beauty of the cherries in bloom, when in short we brush against and are awakened by the beauty of the four seasons, it is then that we think most of those close to us, and want them to share the pleasure. The excitement of beauty calls forth strong fellow feelings, yearnings for companionship, and the word "comrade" can be taken to mean "human being". ~ Yasunari Kawabata