May 28

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures — in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
2005
We have gotten some terrible reviews at times but if we depended on the judgment of the studios or critics, we never would have made more than one movie. ~ Ismail Merchant (recent death)
2006
What I do know for certain is that what is regarded as success in a rational materialistic society only impresses superficial minds. It amounts to nothing and will not help us rout the destructive forces threatening us today. What may be our salvation is the discovery of the identity hidden deep in any one of us, and which may be found in even the most desperate individual, if he cares to search the spiritual womb which contains the embryo of what can be one's personal contribution to truth and life. ~ Patrick White (born 28 May 1912)
2007
I have the same idea with all my books: an attempt to come close to the core of reality, the structure of reality, as opposed to the merely superficial. The realistic novel is remote from art. A novel should heighten life, should give one an illuminating experience; it shouldn't set out what you know already. I just muddle away at it. One gets flashes here and there, which help. I am not a philosopher or an intellectual. Practically anything I have done of any worth I feel I have done through my intuition, not my mind... ~ Patrick White
2008
In my books I have lifted bits from various religions in trying to come to a better understanding; I've made use of religious themes and symbols. Now, as the world becomes more pagan, one has to lead people in the same direction in a different way... ~ Patrick White
2009
The time has come when scientific truth must cease to be the property of the few, when it must be woven into the common life of the world. ~ Louis Agassiz (born 28 May1807)
2010
War of any kind is abhorrent. Remember that since the end of World War II, over 40 million people have been killed by conventional weapons. So, if we should succeed in averting nuclear war, we must not let ourselves be sold the alternative of conventional weapons for killing our fellow men. We must cure ourselves of the habit of war. ~ Patrick White
2011
What I am interested in is the relationship between the blundering human being and God. I belong to no church, but I have a religious faith; it's an attempt to express that, among other things, that I try to do. Whether he confesses to being religious or not, everyone has a religious faith of a kind. I myself am a blundering human being with a belief in God who made us and we got out of hand, a kind of Frankenstein monster. Everyone can make mistakes, including God. I believe God does intervene; I think there is a Divine Power, a Creator, who has an influence on human beings if they are willing to be open to him. ~ Patrick White
2012
Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl or at someone’s finger as long as one pleases, but looking into the eyes of another person is, if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair?
~ Walker Percy ~
2013
I feel that in my own life anything I have done of possible worth has happened in spite of my gross, worldly self. I have been no more than the vessel used to convey ideas above my intellectual capacities. When people praise passages I have written, more often than not I can genuinely say, "Did I write that?" I don't think this is due to my having a bad memory, because I have almost total recall of trivialities. I see it as evidence of the part the supernatural plays in lives which would otherwise remain earthbound.
~ Patrick White ~
2014 
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Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:


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'm iron. I lasted through ten years of war, and now I can last through this. It's true, it's not good for the nerves. ~ Sepp Dietrich (born May 28)

  • 3 because one would have to be steel to withstand many hardships. Zarbon 04:20, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • SOURCE: The Nuremberg Interviews by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004 - Page 280
  • 1 What is being referred to by "this"? - InvisibleSun 17:42, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:34, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Conversation is imperative if gaps are to be filled, and old age, it is the last gap but one. ~ Patrick White

  • 3 but alas, old age is welcomed. Zarbon 16:52, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:42, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

The essence of what you have to say you pick up before you're twenty... ~ Patrick White

  • 3 because the perspective and understanding of one is formulated prior to that age. It would be rather difficult to change one's view after this age, dogmatism has become a standard of living, especially for this century. Zarbon 16:52, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 17:42, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it's not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape. ~ György Ligeti (born May 28)

  • 4 because when both the past and future fail to answer, one is deadlocked. Nice. I love these scenarios. Zarbon 06:18, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:42, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:15, 27 May 2009 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 22:34, 27 May 2008 (UTC) but this should perhaps have more context provided

I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen. When it does at last dawn on a man that you really want to hear about his business, the look that comes over his face is something to see. ~ Walker Percy (born May 28, 1916)


Why is there such a gap between nonspeaking animals and speaking man, when there is no other such gap in nature?

Is it possible that a theory of man is nothing more nor less than a theory of the speaking creatures? ~ Walker Percy

  • 4 InvisibleSun 18:28, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 because man holds intellect, experience, and knowledge to differ from the rest of nature. Even if I were to agree with the quote, which I don't, I would never say that the theory of animals holds prevalence to the theory of man, as barbaric as man may be. Greek philosophy is still strong because it taught mankind the major difference between the rest of the animal kingdom and the intellect of man. I don't want to disagree with InvisibleSun too much, because I do agree with him for many suggestions, but this one here I think I can't agree with the ideology behind. Zarbon 21:27, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch. ~ Ian Fleming (born May 28, 1908)


The eye of the trilobite tells us that the sun shone on the old beach where he lived; for there is nothing in nature without a purpose, and when so complicated an organ was made to receive light, there must have been light to enter it. ~ Louis Agassiz

  • 3 Fossil 22:17, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 02:45, 20 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:32, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:30, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

The facts will eventually test all our theories, and they form, after all, the only impartial jury to which we can appeal. ~ Louis Agassiz


Possibly all art flowers more readily in silence. Certainly the state of simplicity and humility is the only desirable one for artist or for man. While to reach it may be impossible, to attempt to do so is imperative. ~ Patrick White


I enjoy decoration. By accumulating this mass of detail you throw light on things in a longer sense: in the long run it all adds up. It creates a texture — how shall I put it — a background, a period, which makes everything you write that much more convincing. Of course, all artists are terrible egoists. Unconsciously you are largely writing about yourself. I could never write anything factual; I only have confidence in myself when I am another character. All the characters in my books are myself, but they are a kind of disguise.
~ Patrick White ~