User:Jeffq/Experiments/QotD: March

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WARNING: This is an experimental version of Wikiquote:Quote of the day/March. It should only be edited for experimental purposes, NOT to propose or vote for quotes of the day.
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We are still developing the new procedures for selecting quotes of the day. This page is for quote of the day proposals specifically for dates in the month of March, and quotes proposed should ideally have some relation to the day, or persons born on it, though sometimes exceptions can be made for quotes that relate to notable current events. Developing ideas of people or works to quote on specific days can be explored through the Wikipedia page: List of historical anniversaries. The numeric section heading of each date is also a direct link to the Wikipedia list of births, deaths, and other events which occured on that date.


Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used. (Perhaps, at most, only one quote per day should be ranked thus by any user, as to avoid confusions)
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.

2004 
Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think. ~ John Stuart Mill
2005 
Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. ~ Jef Raskin (recent death)
2006 
I dreamt the past was never past redeeming:
But whether this was false or honest dreaming
I beg death's pardon now. And mourn the dead.

~ Richard Wilbur (date of birth)

Suggestions[edit]

… I will be a sham, but not a snob. I will let every man, woman, or child, no matter how greedy or wicked, claim to have a personal relationship with me. In other words, I will be as arbitrary, inconsistent, ignorant, pushy, and common as humans are, and what more have they ever wanted in a god? ~ the "small god"; "The Visitor" (2002) by Sheri S. Tepper (born March 1, 1968)


In contrast to my husband, I can pronounce the word nuclear. ~ Laura Welch Bush (March 1, 2005 speech)

2004 
We may afirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. ~ Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel
2005 
From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. ~ Dr. Seuss (born March 2, 1904)
2006 
Our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country — when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." ~ Carl Schurz (born March 2, 1829)

Suggestions[edit]

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. ~ Isaac Asimov, LIFE magazine (January 1984)

Asimov was born March 2, 1794

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ~ Isaac Asimov, "Foundation", Astounding Science-Fiction, May 1942

Asimov was born March 2, 1794

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. ~ Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959)

Heinlein died March 2, 2076
2004 
It is only by preserving faith in human dreams that we may, after all, perhaps some day make them come true. ~ James Branch Cabell
2005 
Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do you will be certain to find something you have never seen before. ~ Alexander Graham Bell (born March 3, 1847)
2006 
In mathematics the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems. ~ Georg Cantor (born March 3, 1845)

Suggestions[edit]

I retaliated [against the calf worshippers] by visiting on them all manner of mischief, but I concluded, after some centuries of chronic relapsing on their part, that rage and punishment was not the best way to hold a clientele. It is only the most primitive of mortals who is swayed by that sort of thing. ~ JHVH speaking to Satan, Piers Anthony, For Love of Evil (1988)


I realized suddenly that I was in an impossible situation, and there was really no way out. No acceptable way. I could not go on — so I stopped. ~ Alice, on her suicide; Piers Anthony, Ghost (1986)

2004 
The day may dawn when fair play, love for one's fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair. ~ Winston Churchill
2005 
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it. ~ Knute Rockne (date of birth)
2006 
There was a young fellow from Trinity,
Who took the square root of infinity.
But the number of digits, Gave him the fidgets;
He dropped Math and took up Divinity.

~ George Gamow ~
(date of birth)

Suggestions[edit]

… I will be a sham, but not a snob. I will let every man, woman, or child, no matter how greedy or wicked, claim to have a personal relationship with me. In other words, I will be as arbitrary, inconsistent, ignorant, pushy, and common as humans are, and what more have they ever wanted in a god? ~ the "small god"; "The Visitor" (2002) by Sheri S. Tepper (born March 1, 1968)

In contrast to my husband, I can pronounce the word nuclear. ~ Laura Welch Bush (March 1, 2005 speech)

2004 
When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth. ~ Dawn of the Dead (by George Romero).
  • proposed by IP 172.170.76.22
2005 
The most dangerous phrase in the language is, 'We've always done it this way.' ~ Grace Hopper
2006 
Freedom only for the members of the government, only for the members of the Party — though they are quite numerous — is no freedom at all. Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters. ~ Rosa Luxemburg (date of birth)
  • 3 Kalki 21:24, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Suggestions[edit]

HOPE

Sees the invisible
Feels the intangible
Achieves the impossible
~ Anonymous
  • initially proposed on the posting page as "A saying qouted often from memory by my sister (source is unknown)" by Tara 11:40, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:24, 4 March 2006 (UTC) (good statement, but I greatly prefer using traceable quotes to anonymous ones for QOTD)

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. ~ Isaac Asimov, LIFE magazine (January 1984)

Asimov was born March 2, 1794

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ~ Isaac Asimov, "Foundation", Astounding Science-Fiction, May 1942

Asimov was born March 2, 1794

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. ~ Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959)

Heinlein died March 2, 2076
2004 
The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. ~ John Milton
2005 
Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God: but only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries, and daub their natural faces unaware... ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (date of birth)
2006 
Give thought to life and liberty. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac (date of birth)
  • 3 Kalki 20:51, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

Suggestions[edit]

The key to happiness is having dreams; the key to success is making them come true. ~ James Allen

  • initially proposed on the posting page (without author) by Tara who had "read it off a 'Hallmark e-card" 11:48, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:24, 4 March 2006 (UTC) no clear linkage to the date, but the suggestion prompted me to do some research and create a page for James Allen.

I retaliated [against the calf worshippers] by visiting on them all manner of mischief, but I concluded, after some centuries of chronic relapsing on their part, that rage and punishment was not the best way to hold a clientele. It is only the most primitive of mortals who is swayed by that sort of thing. ~ JHVH speaking to Satan, Piers Anthony, For Love of Evil (1988)

I realized suddenly that I was in an impossible situation, and there was really no way out. No acceptable way. I could not go on — so I stopped. ~ Alice, on her suicide; Piers Anthony, Ghost (1986)

2004 
May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
2005 
Man is constituted as a speculative being; he contemplates the world, and the objects around him, not with a passive indifferent eye, but as a system disposed with order and design. ~ John Herschel (date of birth)
2006 
Burn all the statutes and their shelves:
They stir us up against our kind;
And worse, against ourselves.
We have a passion — make a law,
Too false to guide us or control!
And for the law itself we fight
In bitterness of soul.
And, puzzled, blinded thus, we lose
Distinctions that are plain and few:
These find I graven on my heart:
That tells me what to do.

~ William Wordsworth in "Rob Roy's Grave" ~ (date of Rob Roy's birth)

Suggestions[edit]

  • … I will be a sham, but not a snob. I will let every man, woman, or child, no matter how greedy or wicked, claim to have a personal relationship with me. In other words, I will be as arbitrary, inconsistent, ignorant, pushy, and common as humans are, and what more have they ever wanted in a god? ~ the "small god"; "The Visitor" (2002) by Sheri S. Tepper (born March 1, 1968)
2004 
An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's. ~ J. D. Salinger
2005 
We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (born 8 March 1841)
2006 
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (born March 8 1841)

Suggestions[edit]

General propositions do not decide concrete cases. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (born 8 March 1841)

  • 3 Kalki 12:29, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

Deep-seated preferences cannot be argued about — you cannot argue a man into liking a glass of beer — and therefore, when differences are sufficiently far reaching, we try to kill the other man rather than let him have his way. But that is perfectly consistent with admitting that, so far as appears, his grounds are just as good as ours. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (born 8 March 1841)

  • 2 Kalki 12:29, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
2004 

The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May. ~ Sir Thomas Malory

2005 

"DON'T PANIC"
~ Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy ~

  • This is a misattribution. "Don't panic" was taken from Mr Jones the butcher in the BBC sitcom Dad's Army! (comment from IP 195.40.196.21) 11:34, 1 May 2005 (UTC)
    • It is a simple statement, no doubt used by others even before either case, but now is far more famous as used by Douglas Adams as the phrase on the cover of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ~ Kalki 23:15, 1 May 2005 (UTC)
2006 

I react pragmatically. Where the market works, I'm for that. Where the government is necessary, I'm for that. I'm deeply suspicious of somebody who says, "I'm in favor of privatization," or, "I'm deeply in favor of public ownership." I'm in favor of whatever works in the particular case. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith (recent death)

Suggestions[edit]

… I will be a sham, but not a snob. I will let every man, woman, or child, no matter how greedy or wicked, claim to have a personal relationship with me. In other words, I will be as arbitrary, inconsistent, ignorant, pushy, and common as humans are, and what more have they ever wanted in a god? ~ the "small god"; "The Visitor" (2002) by Sheri S. Tepper (born March 1, 1968)


In contrast to my husband, I can pronounce the word nuclear. ~ Laura Welch Bush (March 1, 2005 speech)


Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used. (Perhaps, at most, only one quote per day should be ranked thus by any user, as to avoid confusions)
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.