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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff
2005
I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it. ~ Alanis Morissette (born 1 June 1974)
  • This was the last quotation that was selected from the Quote of the Day proposals page, prior to setting up the current system of ranking quotes to be used for each day of the year. It was first proposed on that page on 8 August 2004 by IP 24.167.93.227 ~ Kalki
2006
Surprise becomes effective when we suddenly face the enemy at one point with far more troops than he expected. This type of numerical superiority is quite distinct from numerical superiority in general: it is the most powerful medium in the art of war. ~ Carl von Clausewitz (born 1 June 1780)
2007
Strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one’s balance in spite of them. Even with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still function like a ship’s compass, which records the slightest variations however rough the sea. ~ Carl von Clausewitz
2008
There are times when the utmost daring is the height of wisdom. ~ Carl von Clausewitz
2009
If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead. ~ Carl von Clausewitz
2010
There is a legend about a bird that sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. Dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of the great pain. … Or so says the legend. ~ Colleen McCullough
2011
With uncertainty in one scale, courage and self-confidence should be thrown into the other to correct the balance. The greater they are, the greater the margin that can be left for accidents. ~ Carl von Clausewitz
2012
Angels are those beings who have been on an earth like this, and have passed through the same ordeals that we are now passing through. They have kept their first estate far enough to preserve themselves in the Priesthood. They did not so violate the law of the Priesthood and condemn themselves to the sin against the Holy Ghost as to be finally lost. They are not crowned with the celestial ones. They are persons who have lived upon an earth, but did not magnify the Priesthood in that high degree that many others have done who have become Gods, even the sons of God. Human beings that pertain to this world, who do not magnify or are not capable of magnifying their high calling in the Priesthood and receive crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal lives, will also, when they again receive their bodies, become angels and will receive a glory. They are single, without families or kingdoms to reign over. All the difference between men and angels is, men are passing through the day of trial that angels have already passed through.
~ Brigham Young ~
2013
Beauty cannot be defined by abscissas and ordinates; neither are circles and ellipses created by their geometrical formulas.
~ Carl von Clausewitz ~
2014 
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Suggestions[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 because the desired tomorrow may never come. Zarbon 16:15, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 14:00, 30 May 2012 (UTC) 3 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

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

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

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

  • 2 Kalki 20:08, 31 May 2009 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 01:08, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:24, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:14, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

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


There's an obvious attraction to the path of least resistance in your life.
There's an obvious aversion no amount of my insistance could make you try tonight

~ Alanis Morissette ~


Every time I scratch my nails down someone else's back I hope you feel it. ~ Alanis Morissette


I want to decide between survival and bliss
And though I know who I'm not I still don't know who I am
But I know I won't keep on playing the victim
~ Alanis Morissette ~