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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
There’s a time when a man needs to fight, and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny is lost, that the ship has sailed, and that only a fool would continue. The truth is, I’ve always been a fool. ~ Albert Finney as "Ed Bloom" in Big Fish
2005
I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life. ~ Timothy Leary (born 22 October 1920)
2006
All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility. ~ Doris Lessing (born 22 October 1919)
2007
Think for yourself and question authority. ~ Timothy Leary
2008
I often observed to my brother, You see now how little nature requires to be satisfied. Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is. This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence; and a resigned soul finds pleasure in a path strewed with briars and thorns. ~ Daniel Boone
2009
If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people. ~ Timothy Leary
2010
Individual societies begin in harmonious adaptation to the environment and, like individuals, quickly get trapped into nonadaptive, artificial, repetitive sequences.
When the individual's behavior and consciousness get hooked to a routine sequence of external actions, he is a dead robot, and it is time for him to die and be reborn. Time to "drop out," "turn on," and "tune in." This period of robotization is called the Kali Yuga, the Age of Strife and Empire
~ Timothy Leary ~
2011
I've opened the way for others to make fortunes, but a fortune for myself was not what I was after. ~ Daniel Boone
2012
To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist. The old distinction between artists and scientists must vanish. Every time we teach a child correct usage of an external symbol, we must spend as much time teaching him how to fission and reassemble external grammar to communicate the internal.
~ Timothy Leary ~
2013
Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they don't seem to see this.
~ Doris Lessing ~
2014 
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Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. ~ Doris Lessing (recent Nobel Prize winner for Literature)

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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.


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My advice to people today is as follows: If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out. ~ Timothy Leary


You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind. ~ Timothy Leary (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 23:58, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Parents should leave books lying around marked "forbidden" if they want their children to read. ~ Doris Lessing (born October 22, 1919)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 22:21, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 05:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

It's not bad to say: My work is not what I really want, I'm capable of doing something bigger. Or I'm a person who needs love, and I'm doing without it. What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better. ~ Doris Lessing

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:21, 21 October 2006 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Really valuable books have been allowed to go out of print. In the old days, the publishers knew that these difficult books, the books that appeal only to a minority, were very productive in the long run. Because they're probably the books that will be read in the next generation. It's heart-breaking how often I have to say when I'm giving talks, "This book is out of print. This book is out of print." It's a roll call of dead books. ~ Doris Lessing

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

War among nations is a natural reaction to the absence of peace. ~ Chika Sylva-Olejeme

  • 2 Zarbon 17:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:22, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Laughter is Humanity's mechanism to escape suffering. ~ Deepak Chopra

  • 3 Zarbon 17:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:22, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Focus on the quality of life. Add life to your years and then years will be added to your life. ~ Deepak Chopra

  • 2 Zarbon 17:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:22, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Many heroic actions and chivalrous adventures are related of me which exist only in the regions of fancy. With me the world has taken great liberties, and yet I have been but a common man. ~ Daniel Boone

  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 October 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4
  • 1 Zarbon 12:33, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

We saw ourselves as anthropologists from the twenty-first century inhabiting a time module set somewhere in the dark ages of the 1960s. On this space colony we were attempting to create a new paganism and a new dedication to life as art.
~ Timothy Leary ~

The language of God is not English or Latin; the language of God is cellular and molecular.
~ Timothy Leary ~

Come together, join the party.
~ Timothy Leary ~

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
~ Timothy Leary ~

The universe is an intelligence test.
~ Timothy Leary ~

Sometimes I pick up a book and I say: Well, so you've written it first, have you? Good for you. O.K., then I won't have to write it.
~ Doris Lessing ~

All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility.
~ Doris Lessing ~

Laughter is by definition healthy.
~ Doris Lessing ~

In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
~ Doris Lessing ~



We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known.
~ Doris Lessing ~
  • 3 Kalki·· 16:14, 18 October 2012 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.



Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.
~ Doris Lessing ~

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
~ Doris Lessing ~

None of you ask for anything — except everything, but just for so long as you need it.
~ Doris Lessing ~

What matters most is that we learn from living.
~ Doris Lessing ~

Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this:
"You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society."
~ Doris Lessing ~
  • 3 Kalki·· 16:14, 18 October 2012 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.