September 21

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. ~ H. G. Wells (born 21 September 1866)
2005
Hope is a good thing — maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies. ~ "Andy Dufresne" in The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King (born 21 September 1947)
2006
Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.

~ Leonard Cohen ~ (born 21 September 1934)
2007
Life begins perpetually. Gathered together at last under the leadership of man, the student-teacher of the universe... unified, disciplined, armed with the scret powers of the atom, and with knowledge as yet beyond dreaming, Life, forever dying to be born afresh, forever young and eager, will presently stand upon this earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its realm amidst the stars. ~ H. G. Wells
2008
I'm guided by a signal in the heavens,
I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.
~ Leonard Cohen ~
2009
Ah, you loved me as a loser,
But now you're worried that I just might win.
You know the way to stop me,
But you don't have the discipline.
How many nights I prayed for this,
To let my work begin.
First we take Manhattan,
Then we take Berlin.

~ Leonard Cohen ~

2010
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear. ~ Stephen King
2011
No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their affairs they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most, terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet, across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. ~ H. G. Wells
2012
While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness is not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful.
~ H. G. Wells ~
2013
If you're squeezed for information,
that's when you've got to play it dumb:
You just say you're out there waiting
for the miracle to come.
~ Leonard Cohen ~
2014
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you.
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.
~ Leonard Cohen ~
2015 
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Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong, and desposable. ~ (Miss White, Clue)

  • 5 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.167.242.65 (talkcontribs) 05:14, 14 September 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:29, 20 September 2009 (UTC) 2 Kalki 22:13, 20 September 2005 (UTC) No clear correlation with the date.
  • 1 Unpithy, no humor even harmful. And who is it? --Aphaia 08:08, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:21, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 N6n 15:40, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

What it is to bathe every day, always to be clad beautifully, to climb mountains for pleasure, to fly, to meet none but agreeable, well mannered people, to conduct researches or make delightful things... a time when all such good things will be for all men may be coming more nearly than we think. Each one who believes that brings the good time nearer; each heart that fails delays it. ~ H. G. Wells (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:13, 20 September 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:06, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:21, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 N6n 15:40, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

I'm tired of people bein' ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein' in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I cain't. ~ "John Coffey" in The Green Mile by Stephen King (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 22:13, 20 September 2005 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 19:06, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 because there are better quotes from the Green Mile, and I seriously love that movie very strongly. Zarbon 23:21, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 N6n 15:40, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

The only deadly sin I know is cynicism. ~ Henry L. Stimson

  • 2 Zarbon 15:08, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:13, 21 September 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 N6n 15:40, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

I lift my glass to the awful truth which you can't reveal to the ears of youth except to say it isn't worth a dime~ Leonard Cohen

—This unsigned comment is by D is for d (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 N6n 15:40, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

Behind everything I perceive the smile that makes all effort and discipline temporary, all the stress and pain of life endurable. In the last resort I do not care whether I am seated on a throne or drunk or dying in a gutter. I follow my leading. In the ultimate I know, though I cannot prove my knowledge in any way whatever, that everything is right and all things mine. ~ H. G. Wells


There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven. There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. ~ H. G. Wells


I don't think there was anything in my brain right then except the usual background static -- the kind you get on your radio when it's turned up all the way and tuned to no station at all. My brain had checked to the power, so to speak; the little guy wearing the Napoleon hat inside was showing aces and betting them. ~ Stephen King


You couldn't get hold of the things you'd done and turn them right again. Such a power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing. Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens. ~ Stephen King