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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. ~ Education and the Social Order by Bertrand Russell
2004
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
2005
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. ~ Neil Armstrong on first stepping onto the surface of the moon, 20th July 1969.
2006
You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated. ~ Edmund Hillary (born 20 July 1919)
2007
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. ~ Edmund Hillary (this attribution may be erroneous)
2008
Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure. ~ Petrarch
2009
Houston: Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. ~ Neil Armstrong (first words of a human on the moon)
2010
Hitherto your eyes have been darkened and you have looked too much, yes, far too much, upon the things of earth. If these so much delight you what shall be your rapture when you lift your gaze to things eternal! ~ Petrarch
2011
Books have led some to learning and others to madness, when they swallow more than they can digest. ~ Petrarch
2012
Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.
~ Petrarch ~
2013
To be able to say how much you love is to love but little.
~ Petrarch ~
2014 
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Suggestions[edit]

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it. ~ Edmund Hillary (born 20 July 1919)

  • 3 Kalki 05:20, 17 July 2006 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:31, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:08, 19 July 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:05, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together. ~ Petrarch


A good death does honor to a whole life. ~ Petrarch


It is better to will the good than to know the truth. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:08, 19 July 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:05, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. ~ Petrarch

  • 2 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC) but with a lean toward 3 or 4 if extended to read:
There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. Other pleasures fail us or wound us while they charm, but the pen we take up rejoicing and lay down with satisfaction, for it has the power to advantage not only its lord and master, but many others as well, even though they be far away — sometimes, indeed, though they be not born for thousands of years to come.

The powers, aspirations, and mission of man are such as to raise the study of his origin and nature, inevitably and by the very necessity of the case, from the mere physiological to the psychological stage of scientific operations. ~ Richard Owen


Manifold subsequent experience has led to a truer appreciation and a more moderate estimate of the importance of the dependence of one living being upon another. ~ Richard Owen


Continued work and application form my soul's nourishment. So soon as I commenced to rest and relax I should cease to live. ~ Petrarch


Five enemies of peace inhabit with us — avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. ~ Petrarch