April 16

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Curse on all laws but those which love has made! ~ Alexander Pope
2005
In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. ~ Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator (born 16 April 1889)
2006
The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Easter Sunday 2006)
2007
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. ~ Anatole France (born 16 April 1844)
2008
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~ Anatole France
2009
What one man can do himself directly is but little. If however he can stir up ten others to take up the task he has accomplished much. ~ Wilbur Wright
2010
It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously. ~ Peter Ustinov
2011
It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be. ~ Anatole France
2012
It is by acts, and not by ideas that people live. ~ Anatole France
2013
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds, if you cannot comprehend them.
~ Anatole France ~
2014
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.
~ William Feather ~
  • proposed by Zarbon; this originally was selected as having been a quote of Anatole France, to whom it had sometimes been attributed to since the 1990s. During the day it was used as QOTD, this was found to be a misattribution, and the proper attribution given to William Feather.
2015 
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Suggestions[edit]

It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill. This I conceive to be fortunate, for man, by reason of his greater intellect, can more reasonably hope to equal birds in knowledge than to equal nature in the perfection of her machinery... ~ Wilbur Wright (born 16 April 1867)


There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones. ~ Kingsley Amis (born 16 April 1922)

  • 3 Kalki 14:54, 10 April 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:39, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 21:02, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. ~ Anatole France (born 16 April 1844)


Why did my parents send me to the schools
That I with knowledge might enrich my mind?
Since the desire to know first made men fools,
And did corrupt the root of all mankind.
~ John Davies


What can we know, or what can we discern,
When error chokes the windows of the mind,
The diverse forms of things, how can we learn,
That have been ever from our birthday blind?
~ John Davies


We that acquaint ourselves with every zone,
And pass both tropics and behold the poles,
When we come home, are to ourselves unknown,
And unacquainted still with our own souls.
~ John Davies


I know my life's a pain and but a span,
I know my sense is mocked with everything;
And to conclude, I know myself a man,
Which is a proud and yet a wretched thing.
~ John Davies


Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them. ~ Peter Ustinov


Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy. ~ Peter Ustinov

  • 3 Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come. ~ Peter Ustinov

  • 3 Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

Things which seemed reasonable were often found to be untrue, and things which seemed unreasonable were sometimes true. ~ Wilbur Wright

  • 2 Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 01:34, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

Be glad you're fifty — and
That you got there while things were nice,
In a world worth looking at twice.
So here's wishing you many more years,
But not all that many. Cheers!
~ Kingsley Amis


It is human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion. ~ Anatole France

  • 3 and strong lean toward 4. Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 01:34, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

Suffering — how divine it is, how misunderstood! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues. ~ Anatole France

  • 3 and strong lean toward 4. Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:34, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one. ~ Anatole France

  • 3 Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:34, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

He had no knowledge and had no desire to acquire any; wherein he conformed to his genius whose engaging fragility he forbore to overload; his instinct fortunately telling him that it was better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot. ~ Anatole France


It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil. ~ Anatole France


If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. ~ Anatole France

  • 3 Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 01:34, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything. ~ Anatole France


I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the wisdom of indifference. ~ Anatole France

  • 3 Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 01:34, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them. ~ Anatole France


The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever. ~ Anatole France

  • 3 Zarbon 00:50, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:58, 15 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.