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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
A man said to the Universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the Universe, "the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation." ~ Stephen Crane
2004
It is certainly no part of religion to compel religion. ~ Tertullian
2005
It seems that if one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress. ~ Paul Dirac (born 8 August 8 1902)
2006
Better to die on your feet than live on your knees! ~ Emiliano Zapata (born 8 August 1879)
2007
There is a quiet at the heart of love,
And I have pierced the pain and come to peace.

~ Sara Teasdale ~ (born 8 August 1884)
2008
If I am peaceful, I shall see
Beauty's face continually;
Feeding on her wine and bread
I shall be wholly comforted,
For she can make one day for me
Rich as my lost eternity.

~ Sara Teasdale ~
2009
If I can find out God, then I shall find Him,
If none can find Him, then I shall sleep soundly,
Knowing how well on earth your love sufficed me,
A lamp in darkness.
~ Sara Teasdale ~
2010
No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. ~ Shirley Jackson (in The Haunting of Hill House; died 8 August 1965)
2011
Sun-swept beaches with a light wind blowing
From the immense blue circle of the sea,
And the soft thunder where long waves whiten —
These were the same for Sappho as for me.

Two thousand years — much has gone by forever,
Change takes the gods and ships and speech of men —
But here on the beaches that time passes over
The heart aches now as then.

~ Sara Teasdale ~

2012
We have to be reminded over and over again that Nature is full of paradoxes.
~ Henry Fairfield Osborn ~
2013
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in the case of poetry, it's the exact opposite!
~ Paul Dirac ~
2014
Most people understand the need for neutrality. The real struggle is not between the right and the left — that's where most people assume — but it's between the party of the thoughtful and the party of the jerks. And no side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on either of those qualities.
~ Jimmy Wales ~
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]

To leave office before my term is completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as President I must put the interests of America first. America needs a full-time President and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad. ~ Richard Nixon, Resignation Speech, August 8, 1974


The ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one's acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act. ~ Francis Hutcheson (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 11:18, 7 August 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:42, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:06, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

That Action is best which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions misery. ~ Francis Hutcheson (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 11:18, 7 August 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:42, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:06, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC) I don't understand the random capitalization.

Make songs for Death as you would sing to Love —
But you will not assuage him. He alone
Of all the gods will take no gifts from men.
~ Sara Teasdale


I am the pool of gold
When sunset burns and dies,—
You are my deepening skies,
Give me your stars to hold.
~ Sara Teasdale


O lovely chance, what can I do
To give my gratefulness to you?
You rise between myself and me
With a wise persistency;
I would have broken body and soul,
But by your grace, still I am whole.
~ Sara Teasdale


Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

~ Sara Teasdale ~

  • 3 Kalki 23:46, 7 August 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 15:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Military occupation causes terrorism. ~ Chris Eubank

  • 2 Zarbon 05:06, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:10, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Democracy cannot be exported with a gun. ~ Chris Eubank

  • 2 Zarbon 05:06, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:10, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Sleep peacefully people, there will not be a war. ~ Alija Izetbegović

  • 2 Zarbon 05:06, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:10, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

But the voice of anatomy, like the voice of all nature, never reaches the mental ear of the Great Commoner. It is the novel province of anatomy to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the structure, the origin and the history of man. ~ Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • 4 Fossil 21:34, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:44, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

This chain of human ancestors was totally unknown to Darwin. He could not have even dreamed of such a flood of proof and truth. ~ Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • 3 Fossil 21:34, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:44, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Care for the race, even if the individual must suffer -- this must be the keynote of our future. ~ Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • 3 Fossil 21:34, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:44, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Some of the following suggestions related to Jimmy Wales originally appeared as suggestions for 7 August

We are Wikipedians. This means that we should be: kind, thoughtful, passionate about getting it right, open, tolerant of different viewpoints, open to criticism, bold about changing our policies and also cautious about changing our policies. We are not vindictive, childish, and we don't stoop to the level of our worst critics, no matter how much we may find them to be annoying.~ Jimmy Wales

  • 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 11:33, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
  • * 0 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC)  Love this quote. I would rate this a '3' but according to this article, Jimmy Wales was born August 8.
I will move the suggestions here for quotes of Wales to 8 August, but perhaps retaining them here for reference. ~ Kalki·· 12:07, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Greatest misconception about Wikipedia: We aren’t democratic. Our readers edit the entries, but we’re actually quite snobby. The core community appreciates when someone is knowledgeable, and thinks some people are idiots and shouldn’t be writing.~ Jimmy Wales

  • 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 11:33, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
  • 0 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC) [struck as this user was objecting to the error in the date, because this originally was placed on the "7th August" suggestion page]

I don't really agree that most academics frown when they hear Wikipedia. Most academics I find quite passionate about the concept of Wikipedia and like it quite a bit. … The number of academics who really really don't like Wikipedia is really quite small and we find that they get reported on in the media far out of proportion to the amount they actually exist. ~ Jimmy Wales

  • 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 11:33, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
  • 0 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC) [struck as this user was objecting to the error in the date, because this originally was placed on the "7th August" suggestion page]

Frankly, and let me be blunt, Wikipedia as a readable product is not for us. It's for them. It's for that girl in Africa who can save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around her, but only if she's empowered with the knowledge to do so. ~ Jimmy Wales

  • 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 11:33, 3 August 2010 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 0 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC) If posted on the right date, I would've given this one a '3' as well.