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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth. ~ Dawn of the Dead (1978) by George Romero
2005
The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it this way." ~ Grace Hopper
2006
Freedom only for the members of the government, only for the members of the Party — though they are quite numerous — is no freedom at all. Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters. ~ Rosa Luxemburg (born 5 March 1870 or 1871)
2007
I've always wanted to make the world a more rational place. I'm still working on it. ~ Penn Jillette (born 5 March 1955)
2008
Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision. ~ Penn Jillette
2009
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man. ~ William Beveridge
2010
It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission. ~ Grace Hopper
2011
This is a haunted world. It hath no breeze
But is the echo of some voice beloved:
Its pines have human tones; its billows wear
The color and the sparkle of dear eyes.
Its flowers are sweet with touch of tender hands
That once clasped ours. All things are beautiful
Because of something lovelier than themselves,
Which breathes within them, and will never die.—
Haunted,—but not with any spectral gloom;
Earth is suffused, inhabited by heaven.

~ Lucy Larcom ~
2012
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means. ~ Zhou Enlai
2013
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
~ William Beveridge ~
2014
I do not own an inch of land,
But all I see is mine.
~ Lucy Larcom ~
2015 
Rank or add further suggestions…

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]

HOPE

Sees the invisible
Feels the intangible
Achieves the impossible
  • initially proposed on the posting page as "A saying quoted often from memory by my sister (source is unknown)" by Tara 11:40, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:24, 4 March 2006 (UTC) (good statement, but I greatly prefer using traceable quotes to anonymous ones for QOTD, as well as ones with some relevance to the date)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:04, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:34, 4 March 2009 (UTC) - I like the quote, but since it is unsourced, I do not feel it is appropriate for QOTD.

War unleashes — at the same time as the reactionary forces of the capitalist world — the generating forces of social revolution which ferment in its depths. ~ Rosa Luxemburg

  • 3 Kalki 01:31, 5 March 2007 (UTC) with a slight lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:40, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:04, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:34, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

I don't travel in circles where people say, "I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith." That's just a long-winded religious way to say, "shut up," or another two words that the FCC likes less. ~ Penn Jillette


All the world's most powerful governments pay millions of dollars for seas and deserts, 100's of acres of land bought for ownership, and improvement done for later benefit. Because it's land that is forever stable, money is just paper. ~ Vazgen Sargsyan (born March 5)

  • 3 because land has remained stagnant although many things are not. Zarbon 04:15, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 15:22, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:34, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Nothing shocks me more than ferocity against the vanquished, especially when victors take poses. Between the dogs and the wolf, I shall always side with the wolf, especially when he is wounded. ~ Jacques Vergès

  • 3 Zarbon 02:20, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:01, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 UDScott 15:34, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:48, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

China is an attractive piece of meat coveted by all...but very tough, and for years no one has been able to bite into it. ~ Zhou Enlai


The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it. ~ Siegbert Tarrasch

  • 3 Zarbon 02:20, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:01, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:34, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

I have always believed that success would be the inevitable result if the two services, the army and the navy, had fair play, and if we sent the right man to fill the right place. ~ Austen Henry Layard


Thy universe, O God, is home,
In height or depth, to me;
Yet here upon thy footstool green
Content am I to be;
Glad when is oped unto my need
Some sea-like glimpse of Thee.

~ Lucy Larcom ~


To avenge a wrong done to you, is to rob yourself of the comfort of crying out against the injustice of it. ~ Cesare Pavese

  • proposed by Nemo 13:57, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
  • 2 because it's witty and Pavese is not only about suffering. Nemo 13:57, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
  • 0 bystander (talk) 16:32, 19 February 2012 (UTC) Don't understand connection to this date.
    Not every quotation can (or should) have a connection with the date. --Nemo 14:54, 14 March 2012 (UTC)
That observation is correct, and when there is no clear connection with the date which I can discern, but the quote itself is notable I often will rank it at least a 1, and sometimes 2 or more. ~ Kalki·· 15:12, 14 March 2012 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 15:14, 14 March 2012 (UTC) though I might rank it higher on a page clearly related by date, or if nothing better connected to the date were to be suggested here.

If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passsed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again. ~ Penn Jillette

  • 3 bystander (talk) 12:49, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 15:12, 14 March 2012 (UTC) though, I actually do not insist upon quite so exclusionary a distinction between scientific and religious truths as Jillette does here.

Without general elections, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, without the free battle of opinions, life in every public institution withers away, becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor.
~ Rosa Luxemburg ~