January 12

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Dignity does not come in possessing honors, but in deserving them. ~ Aristotle
2005
Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. ~ Horace Mann
2006
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)
2007
Society is indeed a contract... it is not a partnership in things subservient only to the gross animal existence of a temporary and perishable nature. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are to be born. ~ Edmund Burke
2008
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)
2009
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature, and the means perhaps of its conservation. ~ Edmund Burke
2010
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. ~ Edmund Burke
2011
The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered. ~ Edmund Burke
2012
To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda (born 12 January 1863)
2013
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.
~ Edmund Burke ~
2014
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
~ Edmund Burke ~
2015 
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Suggestions[edit]

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)

  • 3 Kalki 23:29, 9 January 2007 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion. ~ Edmund Burke (born 12 January 1729)

  • 3 Kalki 23:29, 9 January 2007 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts. ~ Edmund Burke

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 12 January 2007 (UTC)) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep them both: it is not necessary that I should sacrifice either. ~ Edmund Burke

  • 3 InvisibleSun 10:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:01, 12 January 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 18:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I think that women are wonderful but I've never met one yet who didn't show more feeling than logic. ~ Hermann Göring (born January 12)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:35, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Nuremberg Interviews by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004 - Page 120
  • 1 Kalki 15:22, 6 January 2009 (UTC) I would say the same is true of any man, even those who presume themselves most logical.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:04, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Every bullet which leaves the barrel of a police pistol now is my bullet. If one calls this murder, then I have murdered: I ordered all this. I back it up. I assume the responsibility, and I am not afraid to do so. ~ Hermann Göring (born January 12)

  • 3 because courage to admit and take responsibility is an admirable quality. Zarbon 04:35, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:22, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:04, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat. ~ Hermann Göring (born January 12)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:35, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:22, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:04, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

The victor will always be the judge, and the vanquished the accused. ~ Hermann Göring (born January 12)

  • 4 because next to the victor, the weak shall be the vanquished. A magnificent narrative of Darwinism, where the strong survive and the weak perish. Zarbon 17:08, 25 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:22, 6 January 2009 (UTC) Sometimes there are victories where no one is vanquished, but ignorance and delusion are, and sometimes there are victories with no victors, and ignorance and confusion seem to reign supreme in the affairs of humankind. Reality is the ultimate judge of all, and it is neither victor, for there are none who can truly oppose it, nor is it ever vanquished by fools who pit themselves against much of what they can perceive of it — it simply IS what it IS — and includes all the efforts, defeats and triumphs of mortal minds as a subordinate part of itself — it is not a subordinate part of them.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:04, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

You could not claim for yourself that which you were not prepared to grant others. ~ Pieter Willem Botha (born January 12)

  • 3 because giving and claiming are all a nicely knit package of morality, compensation isn't always had. Zarbon 03:44, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:22, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:04, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

I never have the nagging doubt of wondering whether perhaps I am wrong. ~ Pieter Willem Botha (born January 12)

  • 2 because sometimes thinking too much of one's own errors would cause further errors, like a chain reaction, so to speak. Zarbon 03:44, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 15:22, 6 January 2009 (UTC) or sometimes it might actually result in a greater level of enlightenment than that which is ever held by those so arrogant and presumptuous that they refuse to wonder if they perhaps might be wrong about things. No one wise can ever truly condone such levels of arrogance and presumption.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:04, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda