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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
2005
No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success. Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. ~ Mary Shelley (born 30 August 1797, and also relating to the recent landfall of Hurricane Katrina
2006
We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves — such a friend ought to be — do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures.. ~ Mary Shelley (date of birth)
2007
Live, and be happy, and make others so. ~ Mary Shelley
2008
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. ~ Warren Buffett
2009
The animals of the Burgess Shale are holy objects — in the unconventional sense that this word conveys in some cultures. We do not place them on pedestals and worship from afar. We climb mountains and dynamite hillsides to find them. We quarry them, split them, carve them, draw them, and dissect them, struggling to wrest their secrets. We vilify and curse them for their damnable intransigence. They are grubby little creatures of a sea floor 530 million years old, but we greet them with awe because they are the Old Ones, and they are trying to tell us something. ~ Stephen Jay Gould
2010
If you're in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent. ~ Warren Buffett
2011
The Muslim Anarchist Charter rejects absolutely:
all forms of violence and political coercion;
all forms of racism and prejudice, including Islamophobia, homophobia and neurelitism.
~ Yakoub Islam ~
2012
My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine.
~ Mary Shelley ~
2013
I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that this delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it. I remember, in the winter of our first experiments, just seven years ago, looking on snow with new eyes. There the snow lay around my doorstep — great heaps of protons quietly precessing in the earth's magnetic field. To see the world for a moment as something rich and strange is the private reward of many a discovery.
~ Edward Mills Purcell ~
2014 
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My mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose. So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein — more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation. ~ Mary Shelley (date of birth)


Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. ~ Warren Buffett


Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. ~ Warren Buffett

  • 4 Zarbon 22:33, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:12, 21 August 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:51, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 02:12, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

Can you really explain to a fish what it's like to walk on land? One day on land is worth a thousand years of talking about it, and one day running a business has exactly the same kind of value. ~ Warren Buffett


Take me as an example. I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I'd been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can't run very fast. I'm not particularly strong. I'd probably end up as some wild animal's dinner. ~ Warren Buffett

  • 3 Zarbon 02:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 Kalki·· 21:40, 26 August 2014 (UTC) 3 Kalki 14:22, 21 August 2009 (UTC) but either trimmed of the first sentence to eliminate unspecified declarations, or extended to include them. but would trim the first line, and extend it for context to read:
I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I’d been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can’t run very fast. I’m not particularly strong. I’d probably end up as some wild animal’s dinner.
But I was lucky enough to be born in a time and place where society values my talent, and gave me a good education to develop that talent, and set up the laws and the financial system to let me do what I love doing — and make a lot of money doing it. The least I can do is help pay for all that.
  • 2.5 //Gbern3 (talk) 02:12, 15 August 2013 (UTC) Ditto what Kalki said.

All science is either physics or stamp collecting. ~ Ernest Rutherford (dob)


An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid. ~ Ernest Rutherford (dob)


All anyone needs to enjoy the state legislature is a strong stomach and a complete insensitivity to the needs of the people. As long as you don’t think about what that peculiar body should be doing and what it actually is doing to the quality of life in Texas, then it’s all marvelous fun. ~ Molly Ivins