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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. ~ John Milton
2005
Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God: but only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries, and daub their natural faces unaware... ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (born 6 March 1806)
2006
Give thought to life and liberty. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac (born 6 March 1619)
2007
For all eternity has God not occupied His intellect with the cabbage's birth as well as yours? It also seems that He has necessarily provided more for the birth of the vegetable than for the thinking being... Will anyone say that we are born in the image of the Sovereign Being, while cabbages are not? ~ Cyrano de Bergerac
2008
You imagine that what you can't understand is either spiritual or does not exist. The conclusion is quite wrong; rather there are obviously a million things in the universe that we would need a million quite different organs to understand ... someone blind from birth cannot imagine the beauty of a landscape, the colors of a painting or the shadings of an iris. He will imagine them as something palpable, edible, audible or olfactory. Likewise, if I were to explain to you what I perceive by the senses you do not have, you would interpret it as something that could be heard, seen, touched, smelled or tasted; but it is not like that. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac
2009
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Who watches the Watchmen?
~ Juvenal ~
(release date of the Watchmen film)
2010
A man contains all that is needed to make up a tree; likewise, a tree contains all that is needed to make up a man. Thus, finally, all things meet in all things, but we need a Prometheus to distill it. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac
2011
Most men judge only by their senses and let themselves be persuaded by what they see... On top of that, insufferable vanity has convinced humans that nature has been made only for them, as though the sun, a huge body four hundred and thirty-four times as large as the earth, had been lit only to ripen our crab apples and cabbages. … Do people really think that because the sun gives us light every day and year, it was made only to keep us from bumping into walls? No, no, this visible god gives light to man by accident, as a king's torch accidentally shines upon a working man or burglar passing in the street. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac
2012
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. ~ Michelangelo
2013
A famous writer who wants to continue writing has to be constantly defending himself against fame. I don't really like to say this because it never sounds sincere, but I would really have liked for my books to have been published after my death, so I wouldn't have to go through all this business of fame and being a great writer. In my case, the only advantage to fame is that I have been able to give it a political use. Otherwise, it is quite uncomfortable. The problem is that you're famous for twenty-four hours a day, and you can't say, "Okay, I won't be famous until tomorrow," or press a button and say, "I won't be famous here or now."
~ Gabriel García Márquez ~
2014
Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why
Some are born, some men die,
Beneath one infinite sky?
There'll be war, there'll be peace,
But everything one day will cease,
All the iron turned to rust,
All the proud men turned to dust,
And so all things time will mend,
So this song will end.
~ David Gilmour ~
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]

The key to happiness is having dreams; the key to success is making them come true. ~ James Allen

  • initially proposed on the posting page (without author) by Tara who had "read it off a 'Hallmark e-card" 11:48, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:24, 4 March 2006 (UTC) no clear linkage to the date, but the suggestion prompted me to do some research and create a page for James Allen.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

I seek no copy now of life's first half:
Leave here the pages with long musing curled,
And write me new my future's epigraph,
New angel mine, unhoped for in the world!
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (born March 6, 1806)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:38, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

If you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants in the sky, people will probably believe you. ~ Gabriel García Márquez (born March 6, 1927)


Some people think that friendliness is a sign of weakness, when in reality it is a sign of strength. ~ Wolfgang Singer

  • I just kike this quote and think someday it should be qotm.--McNoddy 14:24, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC) This might fare better if placed on his birthdate (29 November), though I am assuming that Wolfgang Singer is Hans Wolfgang Singer.
  • 3, to be used on a more appropriate date. InvisibleSun 23:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3, but on a different date, as suggested above. UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Take from my head the thorn-wreath brown!
No mortal grief deserves that crown.
O supreme Love, chief misery,
The sharp regalia are for Thee
Whose days eternally go on!

For us, — whatever's undergone,
Thou knowest, willest what is done,
Grief may be joy misunderstood;
Only the Good discerns the good.
I trust Thee while my days go on.

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

  • 3 Kalki 23:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Even if a king defeats his enemy in battle, that still doesn't settle anything. There are other, less numerous armies of philosophers and scientists, and their contests determine the true triumph or defeat of nations. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac

  • 3 Kalki 00:47, 6 March 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander (talk) 18:09, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

As when, O lady mine!
With chiselled touch
The stone unhewn and cold
Becomes a living mould.
The more the marble wastes,
The more the statue grows.
~ Michelangelo

  • 4 Zarbon 02:37, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 02:50, 3 March 2009 (UTC) Though I might rank it a 2 or even a 3 some other year.
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Yet I am learning. ~ Michelangelo

  • 2 Zarbon 02:37, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:50, 3 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

A little work, a little play
To keep us going—and so good-day!

A little warmth, a little light
Of love’s bestowing—and so, good-night.

A little fun, to match the sorrow
Of each day’s growing—and so, good-morrow!

A little trust that when we die
We reap our sowing—and so—good-bye!
~ George du Maurier


Ah, brief is Life,
Love’s short sweet way,
With dreamings rife,
And then—Good-day!

And Life is vain—
Hope’s vague delight,
Grief’s transient pain,
And then—Good-night.
~ George du Maurier

  • 3 Zarbon 02:49, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:53, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • This is not by DuMaurier; as the article shows, it is by Léon Montenaeken. InvisibleSun 23:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Mortality, behold and fear!
What a change of flesh is here!
Think how many royal bones
Sleep within this heap of stones:
Here they lie had realms and lands,
Who now want strength to stir their hands.
~ Francis Beaumont (birth unknown/date of death)

  • 3 and strong lean toward a 4. Zarbon 02:49, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 02:53, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:29, 4 March 2009 (UTC) - I like the quote, but I'm not sure what ties it to this date.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:29, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. ~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec (date of birth)


All is in the hands of Man. Therefore you should wash them often. ~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec (born 1909 March 6)


There were grammatical errors even in his silence. ~ Stanisław Jerzy Lec (born 1909 March 6)


Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it holds integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtue, not vices. It is this superlatively moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventative law, snooping bureaucrats, and the chronic goad of fear. ~ Alan Greenspan (born 1926 March 6)


If displeased with any man, do all you can to prevent his seeing it, for otherwise he will become estranged. And occasions often arise when he might and would have served you had you not lost him by showing your dislike. Of this I have had experience to my own profit. For once and again I have felt ill-disposed towards some one who not being aware of my hostility has afterwards helped me when I needed help and proved my good friend. ~ Francesco Guicciardini (born 1483 March 6)


I'm a little embarrassed about how long it took me to see the folly of most government intervention. It was probably 15 years before I really woke up to the fact that almost everything government attempts to do, it makes worse. ~ John Stossel (born 1947 March 6)


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning