December 12

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Every single moment of a person's life, both of the understanding and of the will, is a new beginning. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg
2005
I had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst... In other words, I had a life. ~ Richard Pryor (recent death)
2006
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments. ~ Gustave Flaubert (Date of birth)
2007
I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. ... I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD. ~ William Lloyd Garrison
2008
Klaatu barada nikto! ~ Patricia Neal as "Helen Benson" in The Day the Earth Stood Still
(The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), the remake of the classic movie, which also uses the line is opening in wide release on 12·12·2008)
2009
What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it. ~ Gustave Flaubert
2010
An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. ~ Gustave Flaubert
2011
It seems to me that understanding that our theories are the source of all our conflicts would go a long way in helping people with different belief systems to get along. ~ Michael Gazzaniga
2012
With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
~ William Lloyd Garrison ~
2013
Our country is the world — our countrymen are all mankind.
~ William Lloyd Garrison ~
2014 
Rank or add further suggestions…

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 feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. ~ Frank Sinatra, born that day

  • 2 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:28, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:13, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

That which is not just is not law. ~ William Lloyd Garrison (Date of birth)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 23:11, 11 December 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 19:28, 11 December 2006 (UTC) Though Garrison used this phrase, he was quoting Algernon Sydney: "That which is not just is not law, and that which is not law ought not to be obeyed." I have ranked this a 4 for 7 December, the date of Sydney's execution.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:13, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. ~ Robert Browning (Date of death)

  • 4 ~ UDScott 23:09, 28 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 for this date, as this a mis-attribution... it is widely attributed to Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari), not to Browning.
  • 0 - InvisibleSun 23:43, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 0 for the reason stated above Zarbon 16:13, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

An ignorant doctor is the aide-de-camp of death. ~ Avicenna (born 980, died 1037, I couldn't find a specific date to relate him to)

  • 2 I think this means that a doctor who is not helpful, aids in killing the patient...am I understanding this right...? Zarbon 04:43, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:24, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

We should have known better after the first war. ~ Gerd von Rundstedt

  • 3 Zarbon 04:43, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:24, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in. ~ Gustave Flaubert

  • 2 Zarbon 04:43, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 11 December 2008 (UTC) with a slight lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:24, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. ~ Gustave Flaubert


Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live. ~ Gustave Flaubert


One becomes a critic when one cannot be an artist, just as a man becomes a stool pigeon when he cannot be a soldier. ~ Gustave Flaubert


You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it. ~ Gustave Flaubert


Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry. ~ Gustave Flaubert


I have not come here with reference to any flag but that of freedom. If your Union does not symbolize universal emancipation, it brings no Union for me. If your Constitution does not guarantee freedom for all, it is not a Constitution I can ascribe to. If your flag is stained by the blood of a brother held in bondage, I repudiate it in the name of God. I came here to witness the unfurling of a flag under which every human being is to be recognized as entitled to his freedom. Therefore, with a clear conscience, without any compromise of principles, I accepted the invitation of the Government of the United States to be present and witness the ceremonies that have taken place today.
And now let me give the sentiment which has been, and ever will be, the governing passion of my soul: "Liberty for each, for all, and forever!" ~ William Lloyd Garrison

  • 3 Kalki·· 14:26, 10 December 2012 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion. ~ William Lloyd Garrison

  • 3 Kalki·· 14:26, 10 December 2012 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage. ~ William Lloyd Garrison

  • 3 Kalki·· 14:26, 10 December 2012 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.