February 5

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are ~ Theodore Roosevelt
I profoundly believe that there is on this horizon, as yet only dimly perceived, a new dawn of conscience. In that purer light, people will come to see themselves in each other, which is to say they will make themselves known to one another by their similarities rather than by their differences. Man's knowledge of things will begin to be matched by man's knowledge of self. The significance of a smaller world will be measured not in terms of military advantage, but in terms of advantage for the human community. It will be the triumph of the heartbeat over the drumbeat. ~ Adlai Stevenson (born 5 February 1900)
What counts now is not just what we are against, but what we are for. Who leads us is less important than what leads us — what convictions, what courage, what faith — win or lose. ~ Adlai Stevenson (born 5 February 1900)
God needeth not the help of a material sword of steel to assist the sword of the Spirit in the affairs of conscience. ~ Roger Williams (early advocate of freedom of conscience in religious matters, and the separation of Church and State, he emigrated from England to America on this date in 1631)
Let’s talk sense to the American people. Let’s tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains, that we are now on the eve of great decisions, not easy decisions, like resistance when you're attacked, but a long, patient, costly struggle which alone can assure triumph over the great enemies of man — war, poverty, and tyranny — and the assaults upon human dignity which are the most grievous consequences of each. ~ Adlai Stevenson
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind. Don't be afraid of being out of tune with your environment, and above all pray God that you are not afraid to live, to live hard and fast. To my way of thinking it is not the years in your life but the life in your years that count in the long run. You'll have more fun, you'll do more and you'll get more, you'll give more satisfaction the more you know, the more you have worked, and the more you have lived. For yours is a great adventure at a stirring time in the annals of men. ~ Adlai Stevenson
Enforced uniformity confounds civil and religious liberty and denies the principles of Christianity and civility. No man shall be required to worship or maintain a worship against his will. ~ Roger Williams
For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. ~ Adlai Stevenson
Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be. ~ Adlai Stevenson
We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
~ Adlai Stevenson ~
We live in an era of revolution — the revolution of rising expectations.
~ Adlai Stevenson ~
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Men's consciences ought in no sort to be violated, urged, or constrained. ~ Roger Williams

  • 3 Kalki 20:58, 5 February 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:42, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 21:51, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I'm Ready, I'm Ready, I'm Ready! ~ Spongebob Squarepants

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  • 1 Kalki 07:58, 4 February 2008 (UTC) (minor quote, no clear relation to the date)
  • 0 Zarbon 21:51, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

A paranoid man is a man who knows a little about what's going on. ~ William S. Burroughs

  • 3 Kalki 12:55, 22 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2.5 ~ DanielTom (talk) 22:18, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

A functioning police state needs no police. ~ William S. Burroughs

  • 3 Kalki 12:55, 22 October 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

Hell hath no vociferous fury than an endangered parasite. ~ William S. Burroughs

  • 3 Kalki 12:55, 22 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.

From symbiosis to parasitism is a short step. The word is now a virus. The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. It is now a parasitic organism that invades and damages the central nervous system. Modern man has lost the option of silence. Try halting sub-vocal speech. Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. You will encounter a resisting organism that forces you to talk. That organism is the word. ~ William S. Burroughs

  • 3 Kalki 12:55, 22 October 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.