March 2

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
We may afirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. ~ Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel
2005
From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. ~ Dr. Seuss (born 2 March 1904)
2006
Our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country — when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." ~ Carl Schurz (born 2 March 1829)
2007
Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the police to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your email communications; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to hold people in jail indefinitely based on what they write or think, or based on mere suspicion that they are up to no good, then the government would no doubt discover and arrest more terrorists. But that probably would not be a country in which we would want to live. And that would not be a country for which we could, in good conscience, ask our young people to fight and die. In short, that would not be America. ~ Russ Feingold (born 2 March 1953)
2008
I'm telling you this 'cause you're one of my friends.
My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!
... So, on beyond Z!
It's high time you were shown
That you really don't know
All there is to be known.

~ Dr. Seuss ~
2009
In times like these, it's helpful to remember that there have always been times like these. ~ Paul Harvey
2010
Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny. ~ Carl Schurz
2011
I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. Look at the sun. If there is no sun, then we cannot exist. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals. ~ Mikhail Gorbachev
2012
Rights may be universal, but their enforcement must be local. ~ Murray Rothbard (born 2 March 1926)
2013
Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It's more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.
~ Dr. Seuss ~
2014
I define anarchist society as one where there is no legal possibility for coercive aggression against the person or property of any individual.
~ Murray Rothbard ~
2015 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss (attributed)
  • Don’t give up! I believe in you all
    A person’s a person, no matter how small!
    And you very small persons will not have to die
    If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!

    ~ Dr. Seuss ~

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]

I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them Sam I Am.

~ Dr. Seuss ~

  • 3 Kalki 13:30, 1 March 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:55, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. ~ Carl Schurz

  • 3 and leaning toward a 4. Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

We have come to the point where it is loyalty to resist, and treason to submit. ~ Carl Schurz


Congress has lost its way if we don't hold this President accountable for his actions. ~ Russ Feingold

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

Since when do we celebrate our commander in chief for violating our most basic freedoms, and misleading the American people in the process? When did we start to stand up and cheer for breaking the law? ~ Russ Feingold

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

If the history of wartime politics teaches us anything, it is that measures that seem just, or at least permissible, in a time of conflict, can have damaging and lasting repercussions. ~ Russ Feingold

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

Dangers await only those who do not react to life. ~ Mikhail Gorbachev

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

For a new type of progress throughout the world to become a reality, everyone must change. Tolerance is the alpha and omega of a new world order. ~ Mikhail Gorbachev

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

We have retreated from the perennial values. I don't think that we need any new values. The most important thing is to try to revive the universally known values from which we have retreated. ~ Mikhail Gorbachev

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander (talk) 00:08, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences. ~ Mikhail Gorbachev

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

In our times, good relations benefit all. Any worsening of relations anywhere is a common loss. ~ Mikhail Gorbachev

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

Wherever I have gone, wherever I've been and gone, wherever I have gone... The blues are all the same. ~ Jackson C. Frank

  • 2 Zarbon 16:27, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:38, 1 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:03, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

A part of adolescence is feeling that there's no one else around you who's enough like yourself to understand you. ~ John Irving, The World According to Garp (1978) (born 1942 March 2)


To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread, we were just a family. In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense. ~ John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire (1981) (born 1942 March 2)


There are two ways of confronting the country's problems.One is through a management style based on adventurism, instability, play-acting, exaggerations, wrongdoing, being secretive, self-importance, superficiality and ignoring the law. The second way is based on realism, respect, openness, collective wisdom and avoiding extremism. ~ Mir-Hossein Mousavi (born 1942 March 2)


If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. ~ Peter Straub, Shadowland (1980) (born 1943 March 2)


It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance. ~ Murray Rothbard, Making Economic Sense (1995)


You can't learn everything you need to know legally.
~ John Irving ~

Life forces enough final decisions on us. We should have the sense to avoid as many of the unnecessary ones as we can.
~ John Irving ~

To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread, we were just a family. In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense.
~ John Irving ~

You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.
~ John Irving ~

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

You oughta be thankful
A whole heaping lot
For the people and places
You're lucky you're not.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.
~ Dr. Seuss ~