July 1

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased, it's just like old times. ~ "Sir Humphrey" on European unity, in the comedy series Yes, Minister
  • celebrating the start of the British EU presidency on July 1, 2005
  • proposed by AllanHainey
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (born 1 July 1742)
It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (date of birth)
We're on a mission from God. ~ Elwood J. Blues, in The Blues Brothers
There are two kinds of truths: those of reasoning and those of fact. The truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; the truths of fact are contingent and their opposites are possible. ~ Gottfried Leibniz (born 1 July 1646)
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The truth is too simple: one must always get there by a complicated route. ~ George Sand
One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness — simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience.
~ George Sand ~
Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ~
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With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.

~ "O Canada" ~

Music is a hidden arithmetic exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting. ~ Gottfried Leibniz (date of birth)

  • 2 Kalki 30 June 2005 21:03 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 Zarbon 04:48, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:28, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last 500 years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now when it's worked so well? ~ "Sir Humphrey" in Yes, Minister

As head of a military structure I am responsible for the realization of military issues. If you want to have everlasting peace, you must be ready for war. ~ Seyran Ohanyan (born July 1)

  • 4 because sometimes peace can only be won through war, and better yet, sometimes fire must be fought with fire. Zarbon 04:54, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: "Information About Blitzkrieg Is Groundless" Published on April 19, 2006
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:28, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:44, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

It takes as much time and trouble to pull down a falsehood as to build up a truth. ~ Peter Mere Latham

Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents. ~ Peter Mere Latham

I don't consider myself a racist, I don't hate other peoples, but I certainly want to preserve my own. And I think that's true of all people. ~ David Duke

  • 3 and I agree with this. I believe that all races should be preserved and kept pure. That is what will always keep them culturally brilliant. This is also a nice way of going against interracial marriage, which I am strongly against. Zarbon 06:19, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 InvisibleSun 21:28, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 00:44, 1 July 2008 (UTC) I was briefly going to rank this a 1, as conceivably usable, in some fashion, but there is just no way I'd actually consider it Wikiquote QOTD material, and am simply being honest about that. ~ Kalki 01:04, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Art is a demonstration of which nature is the proof. ~ George Sand (born July 1, 1804)

In the stormy days of our youth, we imagine that solitude is a sure refuge from the assaults of life, a certain balm for the wounds of battle. This is a serious mistake, and experience teaches us that, if we cannot live in peace with our fellow-men, neither romantic raptures nor aesthetic enjoyment will ever fill the abyss gaping at the bottom of our hearts. ~ George Sand

All of us who have time and money to spare, travel — that is to say, we flee; since surely it is not so much a question of travelling as of getting away? Which of us has not some sorrow to dull, or some yoke to cast off? ~ George Sand

I have an object, a task, let me say the word, a passion. The profession of writing is a violent and almost indestructible one. ~ George Sand

Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence. Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good — that is the creed I seek. ~ George Sand

The business of art is to enlarge and correct the heart and to lift our ideals out of the ugly and the mean through love of the ideal … The business of art is to appeal to the soul. ~ Florence Earle Coates (born 1 July 1850)

Maeterlinck says that compared with ordinary truths mystic truths have strange privileges—they can neither age nor die. Beauty is eternal and ugliness, thank God, is ephemeral. Can there be any question as to which should attract the poet? ~ Florence Earle Coates (born 1 July 1850)

They live indeed—the dead by whose example we are upward led. ~ Florence Earle Coates (born 1 July 1850)