October 30

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
It’s always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth. ~ Malcolm Forbes
2005
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. ~ John Adams (born 30 October 1735)
2006
The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical. ~ John Adams
2007
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. ~ John Adams
2008
Date not the life which thou hast run by the mean of reckoning of the hours and days, which though hast breathed: a life spent worthily should be measured by a nobler line, — by deeds, not years... ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan (born 30 October 1751)
2009
The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. ~ John Adams
2010
As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people. ~ John Adams
2011
When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead,
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
Remember what the dormouse said —
Feed your head! Feed your head!

~ Grace Slick ~ (born 30 October 1939)
2012
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
~ Paul Valéry ~
2013
The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.
~ John Adams ~
2014 
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I turned myself from a 97 pound weakling into the World's Most Perfectly Developed Man. ~ Charles Atlas, born that day.

  • 3 brings back memories of the old comic books with the cool comic book ads. ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 19:54, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 (braggadocio, memorable tho it may be) ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small,
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all.
Go ask Alice when she's ten feet tall.

~ Grace Slick (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall,
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call.

~ Grace Slick (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:23, 29 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:50, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't want to do something for the sake of it. I am prepared to wait. If I wait until I am buried, too bad. ~ Michael Winner

  • 2 Zarbon 04:12, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (Science is much misunderstood in popular culture today. This doesn't help.) ~ Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 2 Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

God created man, and finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a female companion so that he might feel his solitude more acutely. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 because with all the company in the world, man is still alone. Beautiful. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key. ~ Paul Valéry

  • 3 Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike — no bail, no demurrer. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 because this is magnificent and elegant. Beautiful to conjure death as a debt, paid in full and in the end. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

You are not like Cerberus, three gentlemen at once, are you? ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 nice attachment to mythological character Cerberus and the changing of personality. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

The quarrel is a very pretty quarrel as it stands; we should only spoil it by trying to explain it. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 because some things are best left unexplained. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

I know too well the poison and the sting
Of things too sweet. ~ Adelaide Anne Procter

  • 3 because beauty is only skin deep. Zarbon 04:33, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:13, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 13:02, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 13:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Virtue is not always amiable. ~ John Adams

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set a-flowing. ~ John Adams

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. ~ John Adams

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

The right of a nation to kill a tyrant, in cases of necessity, can no more be doubted, than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people have sense, spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many. ~ John Adams

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

We think ourselves possessed, or, at least, we boast that we are so, of liberty of conscience on all subjects, and of the right of free inquiry and private judgment in all cases, and yet how far are we from these exalted privileges in fact! ~ John Adams

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Metaphysicians and politicians may dispute forever, but they will never find any other moral principle or foundation of rule or obedience, than the consent of governors and governed. ~ John Adams

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution. ~ John Adams

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

You write with ease to show your breeding,
But easy writing's curst hard reading.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 2 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Man's social happiness all rests on us:
Through all the drama — whether damned or not —
Love gilds the scene, and women guide the plot.

~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan ~

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

Never say more than is necessary. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Dreams grow holy put in action; work grows fair through starry dreaming,
But where each flows on unmingling, both are fruitless and in vain.

~ Adelaide Anne Procter ~

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.

I have sought, but I seek it vainly,
That one lost chord divine,
Which came from the soul of the Organ,
And entered into mine.

It may be that Death's bright angel
Will speak in that chord again,
It may be that only in Heaven
I shall hear that grand Amen.

~ Adelaide Anne Procter ~

  • 3 Kalki 17:17, 19 October 2009 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.

There is no such thing as a normal period of history. Normality is a fiction of economic textbooks.
~ Joan Robinson ~