January 4

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2005
I know this in no way alleviates the enormous amounts of pain and loss experienced by those who have suffered from the tsunami, but I hope it can make a difference. ~ Sandra Bullock on her large donation to tsunami relief efforts of the American Red Cross
2006
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. ~ Isaac Newton (born 4 January 1643)
2007
Men learn little from others' experience. But in the life of one man, never the same time returns. ~ T. S. Eliot, in Murder in the Cathedral (died 4 January 1965)
2008
The main Business of natural Philosophy is to argue from Phenomena without feigning Hypotheses, and to deduce Causes from Effects, till we come to the very first Cause, which certainly is not mechanical. ~ Isaac Newton (born 4 January 1643)
2009
It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine).
~ R.E.M. ~ (birthday of Michael Stipe, lead singer and major song writer in the band — which divides the credit on all its songs equally)
2010
That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough.

~ R.E.M. ~
2011
The folly of Interpreters has been, to foretell times and things by this Prophecy, as if God designed to make them Prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the Prophecy also into contempt.
The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the Prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify mens curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event, and his own Providence, not the Interpreters, be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by Providence. ~ Isaac Newton
2012
When your day is long
and the night,
the night is yours alone,
when you're sure you've had enough
of this life, well hang on.
Don't let yourself go,
'cause everybody cries
and everybody hurts
sometimes.

~ R.E.M. ~
2013
Godliness consists in the knowledge love & worship of God, Humanity in love, righteousness & good offices towards man.
~ Isaac Newton ~
2014
Christ is called the righteous & by his righteousness we are saved & except our righteousness exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees we shall not enter into the kingdome of heaven. Righteousness is the religion of the kingdom of heaven & even the property of God himself towards man. Righteousness & Love are inseparable for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
~ Isaac Newton ~
2015 
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Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:


  • To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things. ~ Isaac Newton

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]

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. ~ Isaac Newton (born January 4, 1643)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:38, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:16, 3 January 2008 (UTC) A variant of this has already been used. ~ Kalki 16:16, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 17:53, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. ~ Isaac Newton

  • 2 Kalki (talk · contributions) 16:09, 31 December 2009 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 19:23, 3 January 2008 (UTC) — reduced my ranking as there are now disputes about this on the Newton page.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:50, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because it is true, where civilization has not been able to find an explanation for many of mankind's follies. Zarbon 17:53, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Triviaa 04:22, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. ~ Isaac Newton

  • 3 Kalki 19:23, 3 January 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:50, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 17:53, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Triviaa 04:22, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

It is all very well to be cautious, but if we are too cautious we will miss our opportunity. ~ Yoshijirō Umezu

  • 3 Zarbon 06:04, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 13:47, 3 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:04, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

All you hear is time stand still in travel
And feel such peace and absolute
The stillness still that doesn't end
But slowly drifts into sleep
The stars are the greatest thing you've ever seen
And they're there for you
For you alone you are the everything.

~ R.E.M. ~ (birthday of Michael Stipe, lead singer and major song writer in the band — which divides the credit on all its songs equally)

  • 3 Kalki 13:47, 3 January 2009 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:04, 3 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:43, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Stand in the place where you live
Now face North
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven’t
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face West
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before

~ R.E.M. ~ (birthday of Michael Stipe, lead singer and major song writer in the band — which divides the credit on all its songs equally)

  • 3 Kalki 13:47, 3 January 2009 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:04, 3 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:43, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

If I had stayed for other people to make my tools and things for me, I had never made anything. ~ Isaac Newton


Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it. ~ Isaac Newton


To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. ~ Isaac Newton


We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. ~ Isaac Newton


Religion is partly fundamental & immutable partly circumstantial & mutable. ~ Isaac Newton


The changing of bodies into light, and light into bodies, is very conformable to the course of Nature, which seems delighted with transmutations. ~ Isaac Newton


You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous. Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization all around us than even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and education. ~ Bob Black, The Abolition of Work & Other Essays (dob)


Sure, on a larger scale, it was healthy to have people out there you cared about more than yourself. She knew that. But then there was the abject fear you would lose it. They say possessions own you. Not so. Loved ones own you. You are forever held hostage once you care so much. ~ Harlan Coben, Hold Tight (dob)


Trust is like that. You can break it for a good reason. But it still remains broken. ~ Harlan Coben, Hold Tight


Genius is a curse. That's how I look at it. Some think that the brilliant comprehend the universe in a way the rest of us can't. They see the world how it truly is — and that reality is so horrible they lose their minds. Clarity leads to insanity. ~ Harlan Coben, Caught


Love is like death, it must come to us all, but to each his own unique way and time, sometimes it will be avoided, but never can it be cheated, and never will it be forgotten. ~ Jacob Grimm, goodreads quotes (dob)


How often when we are comfortable, we begin to long for something new! ~ Jacob Grimm, goodreads quotes