November 22

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel. ~ Terry Pratchett
2005
O may I join the choir invisible of those immortal dead who live again in minds made better by their presence; live in pulses stirred to generosity, in deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn for miserable aims that end with self, in thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars, and with their mild persistence urge men's search to vaster issues. ~ George Eliot (born 22 November 1819)
2006
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other? ~ George Eliot
2007
This is life to come, —
Which martyred men have made more glorious
For us who strive to follow. May I reach
That purest heaven, — be to other souls
The cup of strength in some great agony,
Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love,
Beget the smiles that have no cruelty,
Be the sweet presence of a good diffused,
And in diffusion ever more intense!
So shall I join the choir invisible
Whose music is the gladness of the world.

~ George Eliot ~
2008
Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it. ~ George Eliot
2009
It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium. ~ George Eliot
2010
It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not. ~ André Gide
2011
For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously. ~ George Gissing
2012
Shall we not have reason to conclude, that other planets besides our own are inhabited by living creatures? All the planets resemble our earth; like it enjoy the light and genial warmth of the sun, have the alternation of night and day, and the succession of summer and winter: but what end would all these phenomena answer unless the planets were inhabited? Considering them as so many peopled worlds, what a sublime idea we conceive of the grandeur of God, and the extent of his empire! How impossible to fathom his bounty, or penetrate the limits of his power! His glory, reflected from so many worlds, tills us with amaze, and calls forth every sentiment of awe, veneration and gratitude. Supposing that his praise is celebrated in all the worlds which roll above and round us, let us not be surpassed in our adoration, but in holy emulation mingle our hymns with those of the inhabitants of these numerous worlds, and celebrate the Lord God of the universe with eternal thanksgiving!
~ Christoph Christian Sturm ~
2013
It should be clear by now that a nation can be no stronger abroad than she is at home. Only an America which practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice will be respected by those whose choice affects our future. Only an America which has fully educated its citizens is fully capable of tackling the complex problems and perceiving the hidden dangers of the world in which we live. And only an America which is growing and prospering economically can sustain the worldwide defenses of freedom, while demonstrating to all concerned the opportunities of our system and society.
~ John F. Kennedy ~
2014 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. ~ George Eliot
  • I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear. ~ George Eliot
  • Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~ George Eliot
  • My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy. ~ George Eliot

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]

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. ~ John F. Kennedy, shot this day

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 10:15, 21 November 2007 (UTC) Good quote, but would prefer to use it some other time; we've already had a JFK and an RFK quote within the past week this year.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:40, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 06:49, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 15:59, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

High achievements demand some other unusual qualification besides an unusual desire for high prizes. ~ George Eliot

  • 3 Kalki 10:15, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:40, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:49, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

To give children good instruction, and a bad example, is but a beckoning to them with the head to show them the way to heaven, while we take them by the hand and lead them in the way to hell. ~ John Tillotson

  • 3 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all. ~ André Gide

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

I am a man who belongs to no-one and who belongs to everyone. ~ Charles de Gaulle

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. ~ Charles de Gaulle

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Nothing builds authority up like silence, splendor of the strong and shelter of the weak. ~ Charles de Gaulle

  • 3 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

It is better to have a bad method than to have none. ~ Charles de Gaulle

  • 4 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

We are taking care of our troops today, hence their loyalty. Formerly a rifle was given to a man and he had to shift for himself. ~ İsmail Enver

  • 2 Zarbon 03:54, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:14, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:19, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

The finest virtues can become deformed with age. The precise mind becomes finicky; the thrifty man, miserly; the cautious man, timorous; the man of imagination, fanciful. Even perseverance ends up in a sort of stupidity. Just as, on the other hand, being too willing to understand too many opinions, too diverse ways of seeing, constancy is lost and the mind goes astray in a restless fickleness. ~ André Gide


What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself — and thus make yourself indispensable. ~ André Gide