February 22

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~ Isaac Asimov
2005
All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity. ~ George Washington (born 22 February 1732)
2006
I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. ~ George Washington (born 22 February 1732)
2007
Promote... as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened. ~ George Washington
2008
Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
2009
The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. ~ George Washington
2010
I honor the man who is willing to sink
Half his present repute for the freedom to think,
And, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak,
Will risk t'other half for the freedom to speak,
Caring naught for what vengeance the mob has in store,
Let that mob be the upper ten thousand or lower.

~ James Russell Lowell ~ (born 22 February 1819)
2011
The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky, —
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.
But East and West will pinch the heart
That can not keep them pushed apart;
And he whose soul is flat — the sky
Will cave in on him by and by.

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay (born 22 February 1892)
2012
Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
2013
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends
It gives a lovely light.

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay ~
2014
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer ~
2015 
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Suggestions[edit]

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. ~ James Russell Lowell

  • 3 Kalki 20:02, 21 February 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:38, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed. She is said to lie at the bottom of a well, for the very reason, perhaps, that whoever looks down in search of her sees his own image at the bottom, and is persuaded not only that he has seen the goddess, but that she is far better looking than he had imagined. ~ James Russell Lowell

  • 3 Kalki 20:02, 21 February 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:38, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander 08:47, 16 February 2012 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.

Who speaks the truth stabs Falsehood to the heart. ~ James Russell Lowell

  • 3 Kalki 20:02, 21 February 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:38, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 15:54, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  • 3 Kalki 20:02, 21 February 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:38, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Lyle 15:54, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. ~ George Washington

  • 3 Kalki 20:02, 21 February 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:38, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander 08:47, 16 February 2012 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4

Democratical States must always feel before they can see: it is this that makes their Governments slow, but the people will be right at last. ~ George Washington

  • 3 Kalki 20:02, 21 February 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:38, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  • 3 Lyle 15:51, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:53, 19 February 2009 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 nice analogy; opinions change. Zarbon 05:42, 27 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander 08:47, 16 February 2012 (UTC)