January 18

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2005
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class. ~ Lord Acton
2006
There is absolutely nothing that can be taken for granted in this world. ~ Robert Anton Wilson (born 18 January 1932)
2007
It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything. ~ Robert Anton Wilson
2008
The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed. ~ Charles de Montesquieu (born 18 January 1689)
2009
Beyond a certain point, the whole universe becomes a continuous process of initiation. ~ Robert Anton Wilson
2010
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise. ~ Charles de Montesquieu
2011
"Elohim," the name for the creative power in Genesis, is a female plural, a fact that generations of learned rabbis and Christian theologians have all explained as merely grammatical convention. The King James and most other Bibles translate it as "God," but if you take the grammar literally, it seems to mean "goddesses." Al Shaddai, god of battles, appears later, and YHWH, mispronounced Jehovah, later still. ~ Robert Anton Wilson ~
2012
The force that makes the winter grow
Its feathered hexagons of snow,
and drives the bee to match at home
Their calculated honeycomb,
Is abacus and rose combined.

An icy sweetness fills my mind,
A sense that under thing and wing
Lies, taut yet living, coiled, the spring.

~ Jacob Bronowski ~

2013 
The worst that can happen under monarchy is rule by a single imbecile, but democracy often means the rule by an assembly of three or four hundred imbeciles.
~ Robert Anton Wilson ~
2014
"Is," "is." "is" — the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment.
~ Robert Anton Wilson ~
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]

Most animals, including most domesticated primates (humans) show a truly staggering ability to "ignore" certain kinds of information — that which does not "fit" their imprinted/conditioned reality-tunnel. We generally call this "conservatism" or "stupidity", but it appears in all parts of the political spectrum, and in learned societies as well as in the Ku Klux Klan. ~ Robert Anton Wilson

  • 3 Kalki 15:34, 13 January 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude...we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves. ~ Charles de Montesquieu (born January 18, 1689)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people. ~ Charles de Montesquieu

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on Earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. ~ Daniel Webster (born January 18, 1782)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The law: It has honored us; may we honor it. ~ Daniel Webster

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization. ~ Daniel Webster

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. ~ John Stuart Mill

  • Naglem 20:47, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 15:16, 19 January 2007 (UTC) (though I would rank it 3 or perhaps even a 4, if proposed for a date with which it had some clear correlation).
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:31, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

I'm back. ~ Michael Jordan (Announcing his return to the Bulls, 03/18/1995).

  • Naglem 12:36, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:02, 18 January 2007 (UTC) This was originally proposed on the page for the 19th; I have moved it here to have a stronger relation to the date.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:31, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer. ~ Charles de Montesquieu

  • 3 Zarbon 05:45, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 03:53, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:31, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles. ~ Charles de Montesquieu

  • 3 Zarbon 05:45, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 03:53, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:31, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

You have to study a great deal to know a little. ~ Charles de Montesquieu

  • 3 Zarbon 05:45, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 03:53, 17 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:31, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

The tree is happy because it is scarcely sentient;
the hard rock is happier still, it feels nothing:
there is no pain as great as being alive,
no burden heavier than that of conscious life.
~ Rubén Darío

  • 4 Zarbon 05:45, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 03:53, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:31, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint. ~ Daniel Webster

  • 2 Zarbon 05:45, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 03:53, 17 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:31, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

All phenomena are real in some sense, unreal in some sense, meaningless in some sense, real and meaningless in some sense, unreal and meaningless in some sense, and real and unreal and meaningless in some sense. ~ Robert Anton Wilson ~


You simply cannot invent any conspiracy theory so ridiculous and obviously satirical that some people somewhere don't already believe it. ~ Robert Anton Wilson ~

  • 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 14:38, 13 January 2011 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4, despite it being a bit of hyperbole itself, it does well testify of the the character of many hyperbolic conspiracy theories. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 14:38, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

We re-make nature by the act of discovery, in the poem or in the theorem. And the great poem and the deep theorem are new to every reader, and yet are his own experience, because he himself re-creates them. ~ Jacob Bronowski


Travellers like poets are mostly an angry race.
~ Richard Francis Burton ~
  • proposed by Spannerjam
  • 2 Kalki·· 13:20, 16 January 2014 (UTC) but I might rank it higher on Burton's birthday (19 March); this doesn't have clear relation to this particular date.