March 27

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest. ~ Aesop
2005
Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of Heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Easter in Western Christianity, 27 March 2005)
2006
All knowledge is oriented toward some object and is influenced in its approach by the nature of the object with which it is pre-occupied. But the mode of approach to the object to be known is dependent upon the nature of the knower. ~ Karl Mannheim (born 27 March 1893)
2007
History is a novel written by the people. ~ Alfred de Vigny (born 27 March 1797)
2008
At this point in history when all things which concern man and the structure and elements of history itself are suddenly revealed to us in a new light, it behooves us in our scientific thinking to become masters of the situation, for it is not inconceivable that sooner than we suspect, as has often been the case before in history, this vision may disappear, the opportunity may be lost, and the world will once again present a static, uniform, and inflexible countenance. ~ Karl Mannheim
2009
There’s a good time coming, boys!
A good time coming.
We may not live to see the day,
But earth shall glisten in the ray
Of the good time coming.
Cannon-balls may aid the truth
But thought’s a weapon stronger;
We’ll win our battles by its aid,
Wait a little longer.

~ Charles Mackay ~
2010
Non-evaluative insight into history does not inevitably lead to relativism, but rather to relationism. Knowledge, as seen in the light of the total conception of ideology, is by no means an illusory experience, for ideology in its relational concept is not at all identical with illusion. Knowledge arising out of our experience in actual life situations, though not absolute, is knowledge none the less. ~ Karl Mannheim
2011
Today, there are too many points of view of equal value and prestige, each showing the relativity of the other, to permit us to take any one position and to regard it as impregnable and absolute. Only this socially disorganized intellectual situation makes possible the insight, hidden until now by a generally stable social structure and the practicability of certain traditional norms, that every point of view is particular to a social situation. ~ Karl Mannheim
2012
The smallest effort is not lost,
Each wavelet on the ocean tost
Aids in the ebb-tide or the flow;
Each rain-drop makes some floweret blow;
Each struggle lessens human woe.

~ Charles Mackay ~
2013
It has become extremely questionable whether, in the flux of life, it is a genuinely worthwhile intellectual problem to seek to discover fixed and immutable ideas or absolutes. It is a more worthy intellectual task perhaps to learn to think dynamically and relationally rather than statically. ... When the empirical investigator glories in his refusal to go beyond the specialized observation dictated by the traditions of his discipline, be they ever so inclusive, he is making a virtue out of a defense mechanism which insures him against questioning his presuppositions.
~ Karl Mannheim ~
2014
They may veil their eyes, but they cannot hide
The sun’s meridian glow;
The heel of a priest may tread thee down,
And a tyrant work thee woe:
But never a truth has been destroyed;
They may curse it, and call it crime;
Pervert and betray, or slander and slay
Its teachers for a time.
But the sunshine aye shall light the sky,
As round and round we run;
And the truth shall ever come uppermost,
And justice shall be done.
~ Charles Mackay ~
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]

One can suppress an outcry, but how does one act against silence? ~ Alfred de Vigny

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:16, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 11:39, 26 March 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 because this is amazingly true. Those who are silent are even deadlier. I love this quote. Zarbon 04:40, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

A book is a bottle thrown into the sea on which this label should be attached: catch as catch can. ~ Alfred de Vigny


What is intelligible in history can be formulated only with reference to problems and conceptual constructions which themselves arise in the flux of historical experience. ~ Karl Mannheim (born 27 March 1893)

  • 2 Kalki 18:53, 24 March 2009 (UTC) 3 Kalki 11:39, 26 March 2007 (UTC) though still true, I now feel this is a rather weak statement, compared with others of Mannheim which I've suggested below.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:28, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:40, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

As long as one does not call his own position into question but regards it as absolute, while interpreting his opponents' ideas as a mere function of the social positions they occupy, the decisive step forward has not yet been taken... the general form of the total conception of ideology is being used by the analyst when he has the courage to subject not just the adversary's point of view but all points of view, including his own, to the ideological analysis. ~ Karl Mannheim

  • 3 Kalki 11:39, 26 March 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:28, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:40, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

The king can drink the best of wine—
So can I;
And has enough when he would dine—
So have I;
And can not order rain or shine—
Nor can I.
Then where’s the difference—let me see—
Betwixt my lord the king and me?
~ Charles Mackay


A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on. ~ James Callaghan

  • 4 Zarbon 20:42, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:32, 26 March 2009 (UTC) but leaning toward 0 because Callaghan was certainly not the originator of this expression, even in this wording, though he famously did say it.

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice. ~ James Callaghan

  • 3 Zarbon 20:42, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:32, 26 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:27, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

A leader has to appear consistent. That doesn't mean he has to be consistent. ~ James Callaghan

  • 3 Zarbon 20:42, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:32, 26 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

Age, if nothing else, entitles me to set the record straight before I dissolve. I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book. ~ Gloria Swanson

  • 3 Zarbon 20:42, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:32, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

Every age has its peculiar folly: Some scheme, project, or fantasy into which it plunges, spurred on by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the force of imitation. ~ Charles Mackay

  • 3 Kalki 19:58, 26 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

I did not think; I investigated. ... It seemed at first a new kind of invisible light. It was clearly something new, something unrecorded. ~ Wilhelm Röntgen

  • 3 Kalki 21:11, 31 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.