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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
That man is an Euclidian point: position without substance. ~ Ernest Rutherford
2004
I don't get no respect! ~ Rodney Dangerfield (recent death)
2005
Old age hath yet his honor and his toil.
Death closes all; but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with gods.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (died 6 October 1892)
2006
Behold, we know not anything;
I can but trust that good shall fall
At last — far off — at last, to all,
And every winter change to spring.

So runs my dream; but what am I?
An infant crying in the night;
An infant crying for the light,
And with no language but a cry.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~

2007
Are God and Nature then at strife,
That Nature lends such evil dreams?
So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (died 6 October 1892)
2008
It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. ~ David Brin
2009
Every marvel of our age arose out of the critical give and take of an open society. No other civilization ever managed to incorporate this crucial innovation, weaving it into daily life. And if you disagree with this … say so! ~ David Brin
2010
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~

2011
Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city. ~ Le Corbusier
2012
Learn to control ego. Humans hold their dogmas and biases too tightly, and we only think that our opponents are dogmatic! But we all need criticism. Criticism is the only known antidote to error.
~ David Brin ~
2013
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
~ Le Corbusier ~
2014
Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.
~ David Brin ~
2015 
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Suggestions[edit]

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ (died 6 October 1892)


The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal. ~ David Brin

  • 2 Zarbon 04:44, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 22:09, 4 October 2014 (UTC) 3 Kalki 19:20, 2 October 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4. still with a lean toward 3 or 4, but I might prefer many others by Brin and others for a while...
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:50, 5 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 But you got to make assumptions! N6n 15:28, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
  • 2 AdamKadmon 00:48, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 03:31, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted. ~ David Brin

  • 3 Zarbon 04:44, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:45, 5 October 2009 (UTC) * 2 Kalki 19:20, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 AdamKadmon 00:48, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 03:31, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity. It is for this reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms. Everybody is agreed to that, the child, the savage and the metaphysician. ~ Le Corbusier

  • 3 Kalki 17:44, 5 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 2.5 //Gbern3 (talk) 03:31, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

It is a question of building which is at the root of the social unrest of today: architecture or revolution. ~ Le Corbusier

  • 3 Kalki 17:44, 5 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 03:31, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

I hate the whole übermensch, superman temptation that pervades science fiction. I believe no protagonist should be so competent, so awe-inspiring, that a committee of 20 really hard-working, intelligent people couldn't do the same thing.
~ David Brin ~

Learn to control ego. Humans hold their dogmas and biases too tightly, and we only think that our opponents are dogmatic! But we all need criticism. Criticism is the only known antidote to error.
~ David Brin ~

Anyone who tries to predict the future is inevitably a fool. Present company included. A prophet without a sense of humor is just stupid.
~ David Brin ~