November 14

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. ~ George Eliot
2004
If I want to understand something, I must observe, I must not criticize, I must not condemn, I must not pursue it as pleasure or avoid it as non-pleasure. There must merely be the silent observation of a fact. ~ J. Krishnamurti
2005
The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru (born 14 November 1889)
2006
Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
2007
A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru (date of birth)
2008
To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
2009
Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. ~ Herman Melville in Moby-Dick ~ (published that day in the United States in 1851; but first published on October 18 in England).
2010
The world of today has achieved much, but for all its declared love for humanity, it has based itself far more on hatred and violence than on the virtues that make one human. War is the negation of truth and humanity. War may be unavoidable sometimes, but its progeny are terrible to contemplate. Not mere killing, for man must die, but the deliberate and persistent propagation of hatred and falsehood, which gradually become the normal habits of the people. It is dangerous and harmful to be guided in our life's course by hatreds and aversions, for they are wasteful of energy and limit and twist the mind and prevent it from perceiving truth. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
2011
Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. It is never a narrowing of the mind or a restriction of the human spirit or the country's spirit. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
2012
Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru ~
2013
Most of us seldom take the trouble to think. It is a troublesome and fatiguing process and often leads to uncomfortable conclusions. But crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru ~
2014 
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There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. ~ P. J. O'Rourke (born 14 November 1947)

  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 28 February 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 06:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then get elected and prove it. ~ P. J. O'Rourke

  • 3 Kalki 16:07, 28 February 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 Zarbon 06:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Great causes and little men go ill together. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 3 because "little men" or better described...men of small caliber...cannot grasp the concept behind a great cause. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:38, 13 November 2009 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 2 because the polar opposite of existence is destruction, both done simultaneously by man. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 4 because history remains a stagnant reminder of the past, imperfect and perfect, a cognitive construct that can never be erased, especially not by trying to conceal the truth. Zarbon 05:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:17, 13 November 2009 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 15:17, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:16, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Is Ahab, Ahab? Is it I, God, or who, that lifts this arm? But if the great sun move not of himself; but is as an errand-boy in heaven; nor one single star can revolve, but by some invisible power; how then can this one small heart beat; this one small brain think thoughts; unless God does that beating, does that thinking, does that living, and not I. ~ Herman Melville in Moby-Dick ~

  • 3 Kalki 00:17, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Even if God exist, it may be desirable not to look up to Him or to rely upon Him. Too much dependence on supernatural forces may lead, and has often led, to loss of self-reliance in man, and to a blunting of his capacity and creative ability. And yet some faith seems necessary in things of the spirit which are beyond the scope of our physical world, some reliance on moral, spiritual, and idealistic conceptions, or else we have no anchorage, no objectives or purpose in life. Whether we believe in God or not, it is impossible not to believe in something, whether we call it a creative life-giving force, or vital energy inherent in matter which gives it its capacity for self-movement and change and growth, or by some other name, something that is as real, though elusive, as life is real when contrasted with death. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

  • 3 Kalki 00:17, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment, we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.~ Jawaharlal Nehru. On His birthday on 14 November