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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
In war, you win or lose, live or die — and the difference is just an eyelash. ~ Douglas MacArthur
2005
Everything seems an echo of something else. ~ Robert Penn Warren (born 24 April 1905)
2006
The end of man is knowledge but there's one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn't got and which if he had it would save him. ~ Robert Penn Warren (born 24 April 1905)
2007
I judge a man by his actions with men, much more than by his declarations Godwards. When I find him to be envious, carping, spiteful, hating the successes of others, and complaining that the world has never done enough for him, I am apt to doubt whether his humility before God will atone for his want of manliness. ~ Anthony Trollope
2008
The poem... is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see — it is, rather, a light by which we may see — and what we see is life. ~ Robert Penn Warren
2009
The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it. ~ Vincent de Paul
2010
One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere. ~ William the Silent
2011
However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of. ~ Vincent de Paul
2012
So little time we live in Time,
And we learn all so painfully,
That we may spare this hour's term
To practice for Eternity.

~ Robert Penn Warren ~
2013
In all things there must be order, but it must of such a kind as is possible to observe … to see a man burnt for doing as he thought right, harms the people, for this is a matter of conscience.
~ William the Silent ~
2014
I cannot approve of monarchs who want to rule over the conscience of the people, and take away their freedom of choice and religion.
~ William the Silent ~
2015
You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see. and the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you give to them.
~ Vincent de Paul ~
2016
things explain each other,
Not themselves.
~ George Oppen ~
2017
The end will show the whole truth.
~ William the Silent ~
2018
The best way to be thankful is to use the goods the gods provide you.
~ Anthony Trollope ~
2019
I cannot hold with those who wish to put down the insignificant chatter of the world.
~ Anthony Trollope ~
2020
From all evil against which the law bars you, you should be barred, at an infinite distance, by honour, by conscience, and nobility. Does the law require patriotism, philanthropy, self-abnegation, public service, purity of purpose, devotion to the needs of others who have been placed in the world below you? The law is a great thing, — because men are poor and weak, and bad. And it is great, because where it exists in its strength, no tyrant can be above it. But between you and me there should be no mention of law as the guide of conduct. Speak to me of honour, of duty, and of nobility; and tell me what they require of you.
~ Anthony Trollope ~
2021
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There can only be peace when they will start to love their children more than they hate us. ~ Golda Meir

  • 3. Nominated for Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzma'ut) 2007. LordAmeth 18:46, 23 May 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:41, 23 April 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 11:11, 23 April 2007 (UTC) No longer associated with this date — Yom Ha'atzmaut, falls on 8 May this year, and there remains no definite source for this statement. In 2007 I ranked it 3 and remarked: leaning towards a four, but only for 2007, as the Gregorian date varies for Yom Ha'atzma'ut, which is based on the Hebrew calendar. It also fits in well with the previous QOTD by Shakespeare. But I would prefer to use one of the better sourced or more widely used variants:
Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.
or
Peace will come when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us.
Despite believing these sentiments probably originated with a statement of Meir somewhere, and liking this much in a more universal sense, of there being peace when people start loving their children more than they hate each other, there is not yet a definitely reliable source for this, and I am declining to use it for this date. Hopefully some definite source of Meir's exact statement can be found in the months ahead, and this can be used at some other date. ~ Kalki 21:50, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 00:12, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Life is so unlike theory. ~ Anthony Trollope (born 24 April 1815)


There is no such mischievous nonsense in all the world as equality. What men ought to want is liberty. ~ Anthony Trollope

  • 3 Kalki 11:11, 23 April 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:54, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 00:12, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

In separateness only does love learn definition. ~ Robert Penn Warren


...the basic principles of the military services are unchangeable. Courage and candor, obedience and comradeship, love of fatherland and loyalty to the State: these are ever the distinguishing characteristics of the soldier and sailor. Building character through intelligent training and education is always the first and greatest goal. ~ Erich Raeder


But optics sharp it needs, I ween,
To see what is not to be seen.
~ John Trumbull


As though there were a tie
And obligation to posterity.
We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:
What has posterity done for us.
That we, lest they their rights should lose,
Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
~ John Trumbull


No man e'er felt the halter draw,
With good opinion of the law.
~ John Trumbull


If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer. ~ Clement Freud

  • 3 Zarbon 23:45, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:15, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

It is not possible for me to bear alone such labours and the burden of such weighty cares as press on me from hour to hour, without one man at my side to help me. I have not a soul to aid me in all my anxieties and toils. ~ William the Silent

  • 2 Zarbon 23:45, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:15, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

We must have patience and not lose heart, submitting to the will of God, and striving incessantly, as I have resolved to do, come what may. ~ William the Silent

  • 2 Zarbon 23:45, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:15, 24 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

For me nature is not a landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces - an event rather than an appearance. ~ Bridget Riley

  • 2 Zarbon 23:45, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:15, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

Do you see law and order? There is nothing but disorder, and instead of law there is the illusion of security. It is an illusion because it is built on a long history of injustices: racism, criminality, and the genocide of millions. Many people say it is insane to resist the system, but actually, it is insane not to. ~ Mumia Abu-Jamal

  • 2 Zarbon 23:45, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:15, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

Politics is the art of making the people believe that they are in power, when in fact, they have none. ~ Mumia Abu-Jamal

  • 2 Zarbon 23:45, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:15, 24 April 2009 (UTC) such is conventional politics, and conventional political rhetoric, but there are notions of politics and rhetoric far beyond such tripe and such tropes.

  • Christians, be ye more serious in your movements;
    Be ye not like a feather at each wind,
    And think not every water washes you.

    Ye have the Old and the New Testament,
    And the Pastor of the Church who guideth you
    Let this suffice you unto your salvation.

    If evil appetite cry aught else to you,
    Be ye as men, and not as silly sheep,
    So that the Jew among you may not mock you.
    ~ Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Canto V, 73-81 (Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • —This unsigned comment is by Micione (talkcontribs) .

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. ~ Stephen Hawking


Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein


Your man with a thin skin, a vehement ambition, a scrupulous conscience, and a sanguine desire for rapid improvement is never a happy, and seldom a fortunate politician.
~ Anthony Trollope ~

No one can depute authority. It comes too much from personal accidents, and too little from reason or law to be handed over to others.
~ Anthony Trollope ~

The good and the bad mix themselves so thoroughly in our thoughts, even in our aspirations, that we must look for excellence rather in overcoming evil than in freeing ourselves from its influence.
~ Anthony Trollope ~