January 20

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
No man can justly censure or condemn another, because indeed no man truly knows another ~ Sir Thomas Browne
2005
The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. ~ George W. Bush
2006
I don't understand politics. I don't understand the concept of two sides. And I think that probably there's good on both sides, bad on both sides, and there's a middle ground. But it never seems to come to the middle ground. And it's very frustrating watching it, and seemingly we're not moving forward. ~ David Lynch (born 20 January 1946]
2007
What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one.... It’s this in-between that I’m calling a province, this frontier country between the tangible world and the intangible one — which is really the realm of the artist. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)
2008
I love child things because there's so much mystery when you're a child. When you're a child, something as simple as a tree doesn't make sense. You see it in the distance and it looks small, but as you go closer, it seems to grow — you haven't got a handle on the rules when you're a child. We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experienced is a narrowing of the imagination. ~ David Lynch
2009
There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair. The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. 
I promise you, we as a people will get there. ~ Barack Obama
2010
To those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope. ~ Barack Obama
2011
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. ... It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America. ~ Barack Obama
2012
All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)
2013
LordProtect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.
~ Barack Obama ~
2014
Experience is what you get while looking for something else.
~ Federico Fellini ~
2015 
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Suggestions[edit]

A created thing is never invented and it is never true: it is always and ever itself. ~ Federico Fellini (born January 20, 1920)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:39, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:53, 19 January 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:31, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 16:27, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)

  • 3 Kalki 16:53, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:46, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:31, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 16:27, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. ~ Federico Fellini (born 20 January 1920)

  • 3 Kalki 09:08, 20 January 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:31, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 16:27, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:06, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

The values of Western civilization are not just different, they're better. I know a whole generation has been raised on the notion of multiculturalism, that all civilizations are just different. No, not always. Sometimes things are better. Rule of law is better than autocracy and theocracy. Equality of the sexes, better. Protection of minorities, better. Free speech, better. Free elections, better. ~ Bill Maher


I would say that the feminine values are now the values of America; sensitivity is more important than truth; feelings are more important than facts; commitment is more important than individuality; children are more important than people; safety is more important than fun. I always hear women say, "Y'know, married men live longer." Uh, yes, and an indoor cat...also...lives longer. It's a fur-ball with a broken spirit that can only look out on a world it will never enjoy, but it does, technically, live longer. ~ Bill Maher