June 6

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Do nothing, and everything is done. ~ Laozi
  • suggested by IP 68.201.219.53
2005
Fearing no insult, asking for no crown, receive with indifference both flattery and slander, and do not argue with a fool. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin (born 6 June 1799 {26 May O.S.})
2006
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. ~ The Book of Revelation
  • selected by Kalki; once a century date of 06/06/06; too rare a link to this old chestnut to pass up
2007
Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them. ~ Thomas Mann
2008
I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor. ~ Pierre Corneille
2009
Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven. ~ Pierre Corneille
2010
I will keep faith with death in my heart, yet will remember that faith with death and the dead is only wickedness and dark voluptuousness and enmity against humankind, if it is given power over our thought and contemplation. For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death have no sovereignty over his thoughts. And with that, I wake up. ~ Thomas Mann
2011
Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. ~ Thomas Mann
2012
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~
2013
The hand of the aggressor is stayed by strength — and strength alone.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~
2014
The tide has turned!
The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~
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]

The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin

  • 3 because sometimes, illusion can steer us away from problems. Zarbon 23:09, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

‘Tis time, my friend, ‘tis time!
For rest the heart is aching;
Days follow days in flight, and every day is taking
Fragments of being, while together you and I
Make plans to live. Look, all is dust, and we shall die. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin


Time cools, time clarifies, no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because time mends the pain of loss and suffering. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because the dead is unaware of suffering, but the survivors carry the weight of anguish and loss within. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because obsession and possession of a certain idea...makes one become devoured by its very essence, and almost every move one makes, one makes revolving around that idea. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Who is all-powerful should fear everything. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 because those who have the power, trust no one. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 4 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

After having won a scepter, few are so generous as to disdain the pleasures of ruling. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 because it is difficult to avoid the intrigues of power when being at the height of power. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Your virtue raises your glory above your crime. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 because to fight with virtue is glorious. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

To die for one’s country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 4 because this quote brilliantly depicts the epitome of that which I stand for. The gallant march to death. The very beauty of death. Yes, the magnificently charming texture of death, best depicted here in the verbalization of the context of this quote. And yes, the death for one's country is so beautiful, darn...beautiful. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 because without risk, there would be no excitement. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

He who fears not death fears not a threat. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 because the acceptance of death is admirable. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 because kings are human, and they too make mistakes. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Reason and love are sworn enemies. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 and I love this quote. For those who decide with their heart are those who are "love" oriented. I, on the other hand, prefer the "reason" ascribed people. But regardless of any side, the beautiful image is painted well in this quote, as the characterization of "love" and "reason" is witnessed, neither is "right" and neither is "wrong", but both are different. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

One is often guilty by being too just. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 2 well said. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Sir, what does it matter whom I serve, so long as I am right? ~ Pierre Corneille


We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. ~ William Ralph Inge

  • 2 for being outright. Zarbon 06:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3. 1. This quote is unsourced. InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
    • I sourced the quote. You may recast your vote. Zarbon 22:24, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better." ~ William Ralph Inge

  • 2 for clarifying the difference between fools in a vivid manner. Zarbon 06:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3. 1. This quote is unsourced. InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
    • I sourced the quote. You may recast your vote. Zarbon 22:24, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Civilization is a disease which is almost invariably fatal. ~ William Ralph Inge

  • 3 because this statement says what I believe...all civilizations must come to an end. Zarbon 06:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2. 1. This quote is unsourced. InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
    • I sourced the quote. You may recast your vote. Zarbon 22:24, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

We are most likely to get angry and excited in our opposition to some idea when we ourselves are not quite certain of our own position, and are inwardly tempted to take the other side. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

While in the life of the human race the mythical is an early and primitive stage, in the life of the individual it is a late and mature one. ~ Thomas Mann


The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 and that's the highest I could give this one after I had already examined Corneille fully. Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

The greater the effort, the greater the glory. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 and that's the highest I could give this one after I had already examined Corneille fully. Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Upon the brink of the wild stream
He stood, and dreamt a mighty dream.

~ Aleksandr Pushkin ~

  • 3 Kalki 23:05, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:52, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Eventually we all grow old and die, only sometimes the growing old part doesn't happen. ~ Harvey Fierstein as Merv Green from Death to Smoochy.

  • 3 Zarbon 02:02, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:12, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

For a typical author, obscurity is a far greater threat than piracy. ~ Tim O'Reilly (born 6 June 1954)

  • 3 Kalki 07:32, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

"And when he gets to heaven, To St. Peter he will tell, One more soldier reporting sir, I've served my time in Hell!" --Author Unknown. Found inscribed on PFC Bill Cameron's gravestone in 1942. See Soldier's poem:

—This unsigned comment is by 75.76.252.178 (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki·· 23:44, 1 June 2012 (UTC) with a lean toward 3 or 4 for some variant of this.