February 7

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2005
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. ~ Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities (born 7 February 1812)
2006
He judged it not fit to determine anything rashly; and seemed to doubt whether those different forms of religion might not all come from God, who might inspire man in a different manner, and be pleased with this variety; he therefore thought it indecent and foolish for any man to threaten and terrify another to make him believe what did not appear to him to be true. ~ Thomas More (born 7 February 1478)
2007
Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people we most despise. ~ Charles Dickens
2008
A man acts suitably to his nature, when he conquers his enemy in such a way as that no other creature but a man could be capable of, and that is by the strength of his understanding. ~ Thomas More
2009
It is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day. ~ Charles Dickens
2010
Extreme justice is an extreme injury: for we ought not to approve of those terrible laws that make the smallest offences capital, nor of that opinion of the Stoics that makes all crimes equal; as if there were no difference to be made between the killing a man and the taking his purse, between which, if we examine things impartially, there is no likeness nor proportion. ~ Thomas More
2011
In no victory do they glory so much as in that which is gained by dexterity and good conduct without bloodshed. In such cases they appoint public triumphs, and erect trophies to the honour of those who have succeeded; for then do they reckon that a man acts suitably to his nature, when he conquers his enemy in such a way as that no other creature but a man could be capable of, and that is by the strength of his understanding. ~ Thomas More
2012
There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets. ~ Charles Dickens
2013
The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world brother.
~ Charles Dickens ~
2014
The Prince himself has no distinction, either of garments, or of a crown; but is only distinguished by a sheaf of corn carried before him; as the high priest is also known by his being preceded by a person carrying a wax light.
They have but few laws, and such is their constitution that they need not many. They very much condemn other nations whose laws, together with the commentaries on them, swell up to so many volumes; for they think it an unreasonable thing to oblige men to obey a body of laws that are both of such a bulk, and so dark as not to be read and understood by every one of the subjects.
~ Thomas More ~
2015 
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Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • "Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" ~ Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol

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0 : Not acceptable - not appropriate for use as a quote of the day.


Suggestions[edit]

For men use, if they have an evil turn, to write it in marble: and whoso doth us a good turn we write it in dust. ~ Thomas More (born February 7, 1478)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:45, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:11, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 21:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Here's the rule for bargains — 'Do other men, for they would do you.' That's the true business precept. ~ Charles Dickens

  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:45, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:11, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 21:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. ~ Charles Dickens

  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:45, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:11, 6 February 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 21:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule. ~ Charles Dickens


Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire. ~ Charles Dickens


The law is a ass — a idiot. ~ Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist


When men are about to commit, or sanction the commission of some injustice, it is not uncommon for them to express pity for the object either of that or some parallel proceeding, and to feel themselves, at the time, quite virtuous and moral, and immensely superior to those who express no pity at all. This is a kind of upholding of faith above works, and is very comfortable. ~ Charles Dickens in Nicholas Nickleby


Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~ Charles Dickens


Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius. ~ An Wang