August 9

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
The battle of the sexes will never be won as long as we keep sleeping with the enemy. ~ Emo Phillips
2004
Long live freedom and damn the ideologies. ~ Robinson Jeffers
2005
TCP implementations will follow a general principle of robustness: be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others. ~ Jonathan B. Postel, RFC 793, entire text of section 2.10
2006
Education, for most people, means trying to lead the child to resemble the typical adult of his society... But for me, education means making creators... You have to make inventors, innovators, not conformists. ~ Jean Piaget
2007
You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for — if you are honest — you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one. ~ P. L. Travers (born 9 August 1899)
2008
The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered. ~ Jean Piaget
2009
For me there are no answers, only questions, and I am grateful that the questions go on and on. I don't look for an answer, because I don't think there is one. I'm very glad to be the bearer of a question.
~ P. L. Travers
2010
If you are not ready, and did not know what to do, it could hurt you in different ways. It could knock you down, hard, or throw you against a tree or a wall. It is such a big explosion, it can smash in buildings and knock signboards over, and break windows all over town, but if you duck and cover, like Bert, you will be much safer. ~ Duck and Cover (1951), about protecting yourself from an atomic explosion; the last-ever nuclear attack (so far) occurred on this date
2011
When the rain came down — I was standing in the green
My soul was touched by every tree that my eyes could see
I am in peace, in love, in harmony — when the rain comes
down

When the rain came down — melded with my tears
When the rain came down — flow away the fears
When the rain came down — bigger than the sea
When the rain came down — then came me.

~ Happy Rhodes ~

2012
This darkness will not last forever. There will some day come a Fifth of November — or another date, it doesn't matter — when fires will burn in a chain of brightness from Land's End to John O' Groats. The children will dance and leap about them as they did in the times before. They will take each other by the hand and watch the rockets breaking, and afterwards they will go home singing to the houses full of light...
~ P. L. Travers ~
2013
What magical trick makes us intelligent? The trick is that there is no trick. The power of intelligence stems from our vast diversity, not from any single, perfect principle.
~ Marvin Minsky ~
2014 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Ranking system:

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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]

I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president by your ballots, so I ask you to confirm me with your prayers. ~ Gerald Ford, became president on 9 August after Nixon's resignation.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 11:31, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 don't want to use this if we use Nixon on 8th AllanHainey 12:00, 26 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 17:32, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:12, 7 August 2007 (UTC); ditto on "not after Nixon"
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:15, 8 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. - Thomas Edison got telegraph patent today


Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond, more or less adequately, to reality... Knowledge, then, is a system of transformations that become progressively adequate. ~ Jean Piaget

  • 3 Kalki 17:32, 8 August 2006 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:12, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:15, 8 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 15:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 03:31, 1 August 2013 (UTC); this one went over my head. Hard to understand.

No man can lose what he never had. ~ Izaak Walton


Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy. ~ Izaak Walton


Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue. ~ Izaak Walton


We rarely recognize how wonderful it is that a person can traverse an entire lifetime without making a single really serious mistake — like putting a fork in one's eye or using a window instead of a door. ~ Marvin Minsky

  • 3 Kalki 11:59, 8 August 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:31, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 01:34, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 03:31, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Mary Poppins herself had flown away, but the gifts she had brought would remain for always. ~ P. L. Travers


A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns. ~ P. L. Travers


You can ask me anything you like about my work, but I'll never talk about myself. ~ P. L. Travers


Tonight the small are free from the great and the great protect the small. ~ P. L. Travers


The same substance composes us — the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star — we are all one, all moving to the same end. Remember that when you no longer remember me, my child. ~ P. L. Travers


I dreamed I was an animal
In a human world
Now when I hear big sounds
I cry like a little girl

I'm talking about connections
Between here and there
All things exist at once
Seems more than we can bear.

~ Happy Rhodes ~


Every step I take, I am alive. I am Life.
~ Happy Rhodes ~