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Quotes of the day from previous years:

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. ~ Leo Tolstoy
I think for it to be unhip to be idealistic is weird, you know? I mean, even all the best rebels to me had some sense of hope in them. ~ Tom Petty (born 20 October 1950)
We sometimes talk as if "original research" were a peculiar prerogative of scientists or at least of advanced students. But all thinking is research, and all research is native, original, with him who carries it on, even if everybody else in the world already is sure of what he is still looking for. ~ John Dewey (born 20 October 1859)
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing.

~ Tom Petty ~

We're overdue for a dream come true.
Long time nothing new.
We're overdue for a dream come true.

~ Tom Petty ~

Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned around
and I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
gonna stand my ground and I won't back down.

~ Tom Petty ~
I say one must be a seer, make oneself a seer. The poet makes himself a seer by an immense, long, deliberate derangement of all the senses. ~ Arthur Rimbaud
Knowledge is humanistic in quality not because it is about human products in the past, but because of what it does in liberating human intelligence and human sympathy. Any subject matter which accomplishes this result is humane, and any subject matter which does not accomplish it is not even educational. ~ John Dewey
2012 & 2013 (mistakenly used twice)
A society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability. Otherwise, they will be overwhelmed by the changes in which they are caught and whose significance or connections they do not perceive.
~ John Dewey ~
The revelation of the Divine Reality hath everlastingly been identical with its concealment and its concealment identical with its revelation. That which is intended by "Revelation of God" is the Tree of divine Truth that betokeneth none but Him, and it is this divine Tree that hath raised and will raise up Messengers, and hath revealed and will ever reveal Scriptures. From eternity unto eternity this Tree of divine Truth hath served and will ever serve as the throne of the revelation and concealment of God among His creatures, and in every age is made manifest through whomsoever He pleaseth.
~ The Báb ~
Those who have deprived themselves of this Resurrection by reason of their mutual hatreds or by regarding themselves to be in the right and others in the wrong, were chastised on the Day of Resurrection by reason of such hatreds evinced during their night. Thus they deprived themselves of beholding the countenance of God, and this for no other reason than mutual denunciations.
~ The Báb ~
Denounce ye not one another, ere the Day-Star of ancient eternity shineth forth above the horizon of His sublimity. We have created you from one tree and have caused you to be as the leaves and fruit of the same tree, that haply ye may become a source of comfort to one another. Regard ye not others save as ye regard your own selves, that no feeling of aversion may prevail amongst you so as to shut you out from Him Whom God shall make manifest on the Day of Resurrection. It behooveth you all to be one indivisible people; thus should ye return unto Him Whom God shall make manifest.
~ The Báb ~

I'm watching the water
Watching the coast
Suddenly I know
What I want the most

And I want to tell you
Still I hold back
I need some time
Get my life on track.

I know that look on your face
But there's somethin' lucky about this place
And there's somethin' good comin'
For you and me
Somethin' good comin'
There has to be.

~ Tom Petty ~
I know so well the look on your face
And there's somethin' lucky about this place
There's somethin' good comin'
Just over the hill
Somethin' good comin'
I know it will

And I'm in for the long run
Wherever it goes
Ridin' the river
Wherever it goes.

~ Tom Petty ~
The most acceptable prayer is the one offered with the utmost spirituality and radiance; its prolongation hath not been and is not beloved by God. The more detached and the purer the prayer, the more acceptable is it in the presence of God.
~ The Báb ~
From all eternity I have indeed recognized Thee and unto all eternity will ever do so through Thine Own Self and not through any one else besides Thee. Verily Thou art the Source of all knowledge, the Omniscient. From everlasting I have besought and unto everlasting will beseech forgiveness for my limited understanding of Thee, aware as I am that there is no God but Thee, the All-Glorious, the Almighty.
~ The Báb ~
On the Day of Resurrection God will ask everyone of his understanding and not of his following in the footsteps of others. How often a person, having inclined his ears to the holy verses, would bow down in humility and would embrace the Truth, while his leader would not do so. Thus every individual must bear his own responsibility, rather than someone else bearing it for him.
~ The Báb ~
Consider with due attention, for the path is very strait, even while it is more spacious than the heavens and the earth and what is between them.
~ The Báb ~
Well I fought for you;
I fought too hard.
To do it all again babe,
It's gone too far.
~ Tom Petty ~


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We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. ~ The Six Million Dollar Man (premiered that day)

I have seen starry archipelagoes! and islands,
Whose raving skies are opened to the voyager:
Is it in these bottomless nights that you sleep, in exile,
A million golden birds, O future Vigor?
~ Arthur Rimbaud (born October 20, 1854)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:19, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:19, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Old poetics played a large part in my alchemy of the word. ~ Arthur Rimbaud

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:19, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:19, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

If the deer had guns too, then, and only then, would hunting truly be a sport. ~ Lewis Grizzard

  • 2 Zarbon 05:43, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because unsourced. InvisibleSun 22:25, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him. ~ Art Buchwald

  • 2 Zarbon 05:43, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:25, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 DutchOff (talk) 02:26, 11 October 2022 (UTC)

Without books, God is silent, justice dormant, natural science at a stand, philosophy lame, letters dumb, and all things involved in darkness. ~ Thomas Bartholin

  • 2 Zarbon 05:43, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 3 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:25, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Unsourced quote. DutchOff (talk) 02:26, 11 October 2022 (UTC)

Life is the farce we are all forced to endure. ~ Arthur Rimbaud

  • 3 Kalki 00:44, 20 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Well... DutchOff (talk) 02:26, 11 October 2022 (UTC)

It is found again.
What? Eternity.
It is the sea
Gone with the sun.

~ Arthur Rimbaud ~

  • 3 Kalki 00:44, 20 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.

Say, He Whom God shall make manifest is indeed the Primal Veil of God. Above this Veil ye can find nothing other than God, while beneath it ye can discern all things emanating from God. He is the Unseen, the Inaccessible, the Most Exalted, the Best Beloved.
~ Báb ~