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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Every man should be capable of all ideas. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. ~ Alan Turing (born 23 June 1912)
We thought: we're poor, we have nothing, but when we started losing one after the other so each day became remembrance day, we started composing poems about God's great generosity and — our former riches. ~ Anna Akhmatova (born 23 June 1889)
I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild. ~ KT Tunstall (born 23 June 1975)
We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. ~ Alan Turing
I've woven them a garment that's prepared
out of poor words, those that I overheard,
and will hold fast to every word and glance
all of my days, even in new mischance,
and if a gag should bind my tortured mouth,
through which a hundred million people shout,
then let them pray for me, as I do pray
for them, this eve of my remembrance day.

~ Anna Akhmatova ~

As a white stone in the well's cool deepness,
There lays in me one wonderful remembrance.
I am not able and don't want to miss this:
It is my torture and my utter gladness.

I think, that he whose look will be directed
Into my eyes, at once will see it whole.

~ Anna Akhmatova ~

You will hear thunder and remember me,
And think: she wanted storms. The rim
Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson,
And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.

~ Anna Akhmatova ~
Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me.
~ KT Tunstall ~
All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet — it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.
~ Joss Whedon ~
I believe the only reality is how we treat each other. The morality comes from the absence of any grander scheme, not from the presence of any grander scheme.
~ Joss Whedon ~
We have to act now … and not one of us can do it without the other.
Maybe I am a monster … I don't think I would know if I were one. I'm not what you are, and not what you intended. So there may be no way to make you trust me. … But we need to go.
~ Joss Whedon ~
~ Avengers: Age of Ultron ~
Very occasionally, if you really pay attention, life doesn’t suck.
~ Joss Whedon ~
I don't actually have anything against anybody, unless their belief precludes everybody else's. … I am an atheist and an absurdist and I have been for many years. I've actually taken a huge amount of flack for that.
~ Joss Whedon ~
I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.
I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.
~ Charles Krauthammer ~
  • proposed by Kalki in regard to his recent death.
People with real power never fear of losing it. People with control think of little else.
~ Joss Whedon ~
The greatest expression of rebellion is joy.
~ Joss Whedon ~
Well my heart knows me better than I know myself
So I'm gonna let it do all the talking.
~ KT Tunstall ~
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
~ Martin Rees ~
Over the sea and far away
She's waiting like an iceberg
Waiting to change
But she's cold inside
She wants to be like the water.

All the muscles tighten in her face
Buries her soul in one embrace
They're one and the same
Just like water.

Then the fire fades away
And most of everyday
Is full of tired excuses
But it's too hard to say
I wish it were simple
But we give up easily
You're close enough to see that
You're the other side of the world to me.

~ KT Tunstall ~
I go forth to seek —
To seek and claim the lovely magic garden
Where grasses softly sigh and Muses speak.
~ Anna Akhmatova ~
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When you're forty, half of you belongs to the past--and when you're seventy, nearly all of you. ~ Jean Anouilh

  • 3 because the older you get, the more difficult it becomes to forget. Zarbon 03:43, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 16:39, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

It is always the one who reacts who is punished, never the one who provokes. ~ Zinedine Zidane

  • 3 Zarbon 03:43, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: July 12, 2006
  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:39, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:49, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

There is nothing that dulls a personality so much as a negative outlook. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

Please don't nag yourself with thoughts of failure. Do not set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. Simply do what you can do, in the best way you know, and the Lord will accept of your effort. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

In all of living have much of fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

To define each of us by our race is nothing short of a denial of our humanity. ~ Clarence Thomas

I often had occasion to remind myself in years to come that self-interest isn't a principle — it's just self-interest. ~ Clarence Thomas

  • 2 Zarbon 20:07, 10 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 09:14, 21 June 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3, but more context seems needed.
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

I could only choose between being an outcast and being dishonest. ~ Clarence Thomas

  • 3 Zarbon 20:07, 10 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 09:14, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

An education is meaningless unless it equips students to have a better life. ~ Clarence Thomas

  • 2 Zarbon 20:07, 10 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 09:14, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Then, as always, I felt morally obligated to advocate our official position, even when it conflicted with my personal views. ~ Clarence Thomas

  • 2 Zarbon 20:07, 10 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 09:14, 21 June 2009 (UTC) more context needed.
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC) Dido.

I recalled the ants I had watched as a child on the farm, building their hills one grain of sand at a time, only to have them senselessly destroyed in an instant by a passing foot. I'd pieced my life together the same way, slowly and agonizingly. Would it, too, be kicked callously into dust? ~ Clarence Thomas

  • 3 Zarbon 20:07, 10 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 09:14, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

As for the matter of my judicial philosophy, I didn't have one- and didn't want one. A philosophy that is imposed from without instead of arising organically from day-to-day engagement with the law isn't worth having. Such a philosophy runs the risk of becoming an ideology, and I'd spent much of my adult life shying away from abstract ideological theories that served only to obscure the reality of life as it's lived. ~ Clarence Thomas

  • 2 Zarbon 20:07, 10 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 09:14, 21 June 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps the fires through which I had passed would have a purifying effect on me, just as a blast furnace burns the impurities out of steel. ~ Clarence Thomas

There is no death, each of us knows —
it's banal to say.
I'll leave it to others to explain.

~ Anna Akhmatova ~

  • 3 Kalki 09:14, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 02:35, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:57, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Each of our lives is a Shakespearean drama raised to the thousandth degree. Mute separations, mute black, bloody events in every family. Invisible mourning worn by mothers and wives. Now the arrested are returning, and two Russias stare each other in the eyes: the ones that put them in prison and the ones who were put in prison. A new epoch has begun. You and I will wait for it together.
~ Anna Akhmatova ~