September 1

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

There is no sudden entrance into Heaven. Slow is the ascent by the path of Love. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls. ~ Bruce Fairchild Barton
I like a huge range of comedy — from broad and farcical, the most sensitive, the most understated — but I always wanted my comedy to be more embracing of the species rather than debasing of it. ~ Lily Tomlin
I have always felt that humor was a wonderful vehicle to let us become connected with each other and ourselves… I try to portray the similarities and polarities in men and women, so that we can acknowledge and embrace our collective consciousness. ~ Lily Tomlin
Deep in the minds of the apes was rooted the conviction that Tarzan was a mighty fighter and a strange creature. Strange because he had had it in his power to kill his enemy, but had allowed him to live — unharmed. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof. Lev. XXV X
~ Inscription on the Liberty Bell ~ (delivered to Philadelphia on this date in 1752)
We've traveled halfway 'round the world
To find ourselves again —
September morn —
We danced until the night became a brand new day,
Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play —
September morning still can make me feel that way.

~ Neil Diamond ~
If you're up against a smart opponent, make him think himself to death. ~ C. J. Cherryh
When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.
~ C. J. Cherryh ~
Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying — but when God talks to us, we're said to be schizophrenic?
~ Jane Wagner for Lily Tomlin ~
Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.
~ Jane Wagner for Lily Tomlin ~
Remember we're all in this alone.
~ Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin ~
Rank or add further suggestions…

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:


It is well that war is so terrible — lest we should grow too fond of it. ~ Robert E. Lee

  • Comment: WWII started on Sept. 1
  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 13:18, 1 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ Kalki I would prefer to use this on a day more associated with Lee, or the US Civil War rather than another specific war, there I might rank it 3 or 4.
  • 1 but a 3 if used on a more relevant date Zarbon 21:49, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:06, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

If I go out of public life with one feeling, with one conviction, it is this : a deep regret for many bitter words I have used in my life, deep sincere repentance for my violence of language. But I hope they will be forgiven me by God and man, because not once in all my life have I attacked anybody unjustly from my point of view, and without believing it was my duty to do so. ~ Henri Bourassa


  • 3 Kalki 23:13, 31 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 and I like Clayton the hunter. Zarbon 15:26, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

A personification, was Tarzan of the Apes, of the primitive man, the hunter, the warrior.
With the noble poise of his handsome head upon those broad shoulders, and the fire of life and intelligence in those fine, clear eyes, he might readily have typified some demigod of a wild and warlike bygone people of his ancient forest. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

He progressed very, very slowly, for it was a hard and laborious task which he had set himself without knowing it — a task which might seem to you or me impossible — learning to read without having the slightest knowledge of letters or written language, or the faintest idea that such things existed.
He did not accomplish it in a day, or in a week, or in a month, or in a year; but slowly, very slowly, he learned. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

As he had grown older, he found that he had grown away from his people. Their interests and his were far removed. They had not kept pace with him, nor could they understand aught of the many strange and wonderful dreams that passed through the active brain of their human king. So limited was their vocabulary that Tarzan could not even talk with them of the many new truths, and the great fields of thought that his reading had opened up before his longing eyes, or make known ambitions which stirred his soul.
Among the tribe he no longer had friends as of old. A little child may find companionship in many strange and simple creatures, but to a grown man there must be some semblance of equality in intellect as the basis for agreeable association. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

His strange life had left him neither morose nor bloodthirsty. That he joyed in killing, and that he killed with a joyous laugh upon his handsome lips betokened no innate cruelty. He killed for food most often, but, being a man, he sometimes killed for pleasure, a thing which no other animal does; for it has remained for man alone among all creatures to kill senselessly and wantonly for the mere pleasure of inflicting suffering and death.
And when he killed for revenge, or in self-defense, he did that also without hysteria, for it was a very businesslike proceeding which admitted of no levity. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

Let all respect Tarzan of the Apes and Kala, his mother. There be none among you as mighty as Tarzan. Let his enemies beware. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

Only those who saw this terrible god of the jungle died; for was it not true that none left alive in the village had ever seen him? Therefore, those who had died at his hands must have seen him and paid the penalty with their lives. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific. ~ Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin

  • 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:38, 30 August 2010 (UTC) (Much of Lily Tomlin's material was developed for her by her partner Jane Wagoner, and thus I am much inclined to credit the publication and popularization of the material to both of them, even when primarily created by Wagner.)
  • 3 DanielTom (talk) 02:36, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch. ~ Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. ~ Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. ~ Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin

Gods are fragile things, they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. ~ Chapman Cohen