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Quotes of the day from previous years:

The Enlightened take things Lightly. ~ Principia Discordia
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. ~ Thomas Carlyle
Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and centre your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements. ~ Bahá'u'lláh (born 12 November 1817)
No matter how much women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone, and for safety in an emergency they must know something of the laws of navigation. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton (born 12 November 1815)
We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time. We plow through fields of magnetism. Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods. ~ Norman Mailer (recent death)
In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. ~ Bahá'u'lláh (date of birth)
If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure. ~ Bahá'u'lláh
A law of nature is not a formula drawn up by a legislator, but a mere summary of the observed facts — a "bundle of facts." Things do not act in a particular way because there is a law, but we state the "law" because they act in that way. ~ Joseph McCabe
An idea or institution may arise for one reason and be maintained for quite a different reason.
~ Joseph McCabe ~
Justice and equity are twin Guardians that watch over men. From them are revealed such blessed and perspicuous words as are the cause of the well-being of the world and the protection of the nations.
~ Bahá'u'lláh ~
God's purpose in sending His Prophets unto men is twofold. The first is to liberate the children of men from the darkness of ignorance, and guide them to the light of true understanding. The second is to ensure the peace and tranquillity of mankind, and provide all the means by which they can be established.
~ Bahá'u'lláh ~
Man is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however, deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess. Through a word proceeding out of the mouth of God he was called into being; by one word more he was guided to recognize the Source of his education; by yet another word his station and destiny were safeguarded. The Great Being saith: Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.
~ Bahá'u'lláh ~

Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker

Hineni, hineni
I'm ready, my Lord.

~ Leonard Cohen ~
  • proposed by Kalki in response to his recent death.
In the construction of a country, it is not the practical workers but the idealists and planners that are difficult to find.
~ Sun Yat-sen ~
The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally realized. The rulers and kings of the earth must needs attend it, and, participating in its deliberations, must consider such ways and means as will lay the foundations of the world's Great Peace amongst men.
~ Bahá'u'lláh ~
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I'm sleeping like a baby, too. Every two hours, I wake up, screaming. ~ Colin Powell, resigned that day.

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki 08:53, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:11, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently. ~ Harry Blackmun, born that day

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:49, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:11, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances. ~ Joseph McCabe

  • 3 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Women's degradation is in man's idea of his sexual rights. Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man. Come what will, my whole soul rejoices in the truth that I have uttered. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

India and China offer intriguing mirror images. Modern India has long been open politically and, until recently, closed economically. Modern China has opened economically, but remains politically closed. The comparison reveals that, while politics and economics can never fully be separated, political openness is a better guarantor of long-term stability than economic openness. ~ Ian Bremmer

  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

We have a propensity for starting and joining all kinds of organisations, the result was that we were spending more time in conferences than implementing the decisions. ~ Benjamin Mkapa

  • 2 Zarbon 04:22, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:47, 11 November 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:32, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

When the true lover and devoted friend reacheth to the presence of the Beloved, the sparkling beauty of the Loved One and the fire of the lover’s heart will kindle a blaze and burn away all veils and wrappings. Yea, all he hath, from heart to skin, will be set aflame, so that nothing will remain save the Friend.
He who hath attained this station is sanctified from all that pertaineth to the world. Wherefore, if those who have come to the sea of His presence are found to possess none of the limited things of this perishable world, whether it be outer wealth or personal opinions, it mattereth not. For whatever the creatures have is limited by their own limits, and whatever the True One hath is sanctified therefrom; this utterance must be deeply pondered that its purport may be clear.
~ Bahá'u'lláh ~

Once you have acquired the skills, you must test them on an opponent, but in no way should you consider victory or submission to be a cause for shame or pride. Rather, you ought to think, "By what means did I defeat him?" Or, "By what means could have I defeated him?" Then you exert and test yourself for a while.
~ Qi Jiguang ~