May 4

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. ~ eden ahbez
2005
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. ~ Horace Mann (born 4 May 1796)
2006
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this. ~ T. H. Huxley (born 4 May 1825)
2007
The life, the fortune, and the happiness of every one of us, and, more or less, of those who are connected with us, do depend upon our knowing something of the rules of a game infinitely more difficult and complicated than chess. It is a game which has been played for untold ages, every man and woman of us being one of the two players in a game of his or her own. The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance. ~ T. H. Huxley
2008
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering cold iron. ~ Horace Mann (born May 4)
2009
Beneficence is godlike, and he who does most good to his fellow-man is the Master of Masters, and has learned the Art of Arts. Enrich and embellish the universe as you will, it is only a fit temple for the heart that loves truth with a supreme love. Inanimate vastness excites wonder; knowledge kindles admiration, but love enraptures the soul. Scientific truth is marvellous, but moral truth is divine; and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light, has found the lost paradise. For him, a new heaven and a new earth have already been created. His home is the sanctuary of God, the Holy of Holies. ~ Horace Mann
2010
If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both. ~ Horace Mann
2011
Every hand and every hour should be devoted to rescue the world from its insanity of guilt, and to assuage the pangs of human hearts with balm and anodyne. To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike. ~ Horace Mann
2012
Veracity is the heart of morality. ~ T. H. Huxley
2013
The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions.
~ T. H. Huxley ~
2014 
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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and, however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly. ~ T. H. Huxley

  • 3 Kalki 13:11, 1 May 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:07, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 2.5 Ningauble 22:37, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonise with my aspirations. ~ T. H. Huxley


The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying; to give up pretending to believe that for which there is no evidence, and repeating unintelligible propositions about things beyond the possibilities of knowledge. ~ T. H. Huxley

  • 3 Kalki 13:11, 1 May 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:07, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 22:37, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

For every man the world is as fresh as it was at the first day, and as full of untold novelties for him who has the eyes to see them. ~ T. H. Huxley

  • 3 Kalki 13:11, 1 May 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:07, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 22:37, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

Great cities are not like towns, only larger. They are not like suburbs, only denser. They differ from towns and suburbs in basic ways, and one of them is that cities are, by definition, full of strangers. ~ Jane Jacobs (born 4 May 1916)


Credentialing, not education, has become the primary business of North American universities. ~ Jane Jacobs (born 4 May 1916)


It may be that we have become so feckless as a people that we no longer care how things do work, but only what kind of quick, easy outer impression they give. If so, there is little hope for our cities or probably for much else in our society. But I do not think this is so. ~ Jane Jacobs (born 4 May 1916)


Virtually all ideologues, of any variety, are fearful and insecure, which is why they are drawn to ideologies that promise prefabricated answers for all circumstances. ~ Jane Jacobs (born 4 May 1916)