January 29

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. ~ Stephen Grellet
2005
Time's glory is to command contending kings,
To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.

~ William Shakespeare ~
2006
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera
2007
I speak an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity. To me, who have not only refused offers, because I thought them improper, but have declined rewards I might with reputation have accepted, it is no wonder that meanness and imposition appear disgustful. Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good. ~ Thomas Paine
2008
The fear of freedom is strong in us. We call it chaos or anarchy, and the words are threatening. We live in a true chaos of contradicting authorities, an age of conformism without community, of proximity without communication. We could only fear chaos if we imagined that it was unknown to us, but in fact we know it very well. ~ Germaine Greer (born 29 January 1939)
2009
The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all. ~ John Updike (recent death)
2010
Each of us is full of too many wheels, screws and valves to permit us to judge one another on a first impression or by two or three external signs. ~ Anton Chekhov
2011
It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy. ~ Thomas Paine
2012
Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them. ~ Thomas Paine
2013
Angels never attack, as infernal spirits do. Angels only ward off and defend.
~ Emanuel Swedenborg ~
2014
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
~ Thomas Paine ~
2015 
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Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. ~ Thomas Paine

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]

Man is not the enemy of man but through the medium of a false system of government. ~ Thomas Paine (born January 29, 1737)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. ~ Thomas Paine

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 DanielTom (talk) 14:41, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. ~ Thomas Paine

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 29 January 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

People who live alone always have something on their minds that they would willingly share. ~ Anton Chekhov (born January 29, 1860)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other. Though it's disorderly it's not so dull, and besides, neither really loses anything through my infidelity. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

He who doesn’t know how to be a servant should never be allowed to be a master; the interests of public life are alien to anyone who is unable to enjoy others’ successes, and such a person should never be entrusted with public affairs. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Despicable means used to achieve laudable goals render the goals themselves despicable. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

We're all undesireable elements from somebody's point of view. ~ Edward Abbey (born January 29, 1927)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there. ~ Edward Abbey

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 because it's true. People want many things although they may never need them. It's a perplex explanation of the human spirit and the will for things, and refuge would suffice as a perfect example, for someone to want to have it regardless of ever needing it. Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had the eyes to see. ~ Edward Abbey

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:29, 29 January 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Next time round Hitler will be a machine. ~ Germaine Greer

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace, and wit, reminders of order, calm, and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep, and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still, and absorbed. ~ Germaine Greer

  • 3 InvisibleSun 14:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Women over fifty already form one of the largest groups in the population structure of the western world. As long as they like themselves, they will not be an oppressed minority. In order to like themselves they must reject trivialization by others of who and what they are. A grown woman should not have to masquerade as a girl in order to remain in the land of the living. ~ Germaine Greer


When a person doesn’t understand something, he feels internal discord: however he doesn’t search for that discord in himself, as he should, but searches outside of himself. Thence a war develops with that which he doesn’t understand. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because people search for fault in others when it may lie in themselves. Very true and very well said, climactic. Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms. ~ Anton Chekhov (born 29 January 1860)

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It’s not a matter of old or new forms; a person writes without thinking about any forms, he writes because it flows freely from his soul. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. ~ Thomas Paine (born 29 January 1737)

  • 3 Kalki 23:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:21, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. ~ Anton Chekhov

  • 4 Zarbon 06:18, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:14, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:22, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Freedom begins between the ears. ~ Edward Abbey


Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast... a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards. ~ Edward Abbey


Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion. ~ Edward Abbey


The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws. ~ Edward Abbey


One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothing can beat teamwork. ~ Edward Abbey


Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. ~ Edward Abbey


I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. ~ Thomas Paine


It is only by the exercise of reason that man can discover God. ~ Thomas Paine


The word of god is the creation we behold and it is in this word, which no human invention can counterfeit or alter, that God speaketh universally to man. ~ Thomas Paine


Men did not make the earth... It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds. ~ Thomas Paine


It is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. ~ Thomas Paine


A life of kindness is the primary meaning of divine worship.~ Emanuel Swedenborg


We are not people because of our bodies but because of our spirits.~ Emanuel Swedenborg


All in heaven take joy in sharing their delights and blessings with others.~ Emanuel Swedenborg


All religion relates to life, and the life of religion is to do good.~ Emanuel Swedenborg


Man knows that love is, but not what it is.~ Emanuel Swedenborg