August 25

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

What can be said at all can be said clearly. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
It’s no use crying over spilt evils. It’s better to mop them up laughing. ~ Eleanor Farjeon
We have met the enemy and he is us. ~ Walt Kelly in Pogo (Kelly born 25 August 1913)
Being inoffensive, and being offended, are now the twin addictions of the culture. ~ Martin Amis
The humourless as a bunch don't just not know what's funny, they don't know what's serious. They have no common sense, either, and shouldn't be trusted with anything. ~ Martin Amis
Against boredom even gods struggle in vain. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (date of death)
My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant, someone who disrupts the daily drag of life just enough to leave the victim thinking there's maybe more to it all than the mere hum-drum quality of existence. ~ Elvis Costello
Calmly take what ill betideth;
Patience wins the crown at length
Rich repayment him abideth
Who endures in quiet strength.
Brave the tamer of the lion;
Brave whom conquered kingdoms praise;
Bravest he who rules his passions,
Who his own impatience sways.

~ Johann Gottfried Herder
We live in a world we ourselves create. ~ Johann Gottfried Herder
Whate'er of us lives in the hearts of others
Is our truest and profoundest self.
~ Johann Gottfried Herder ~
How transitory all human structures are, nay how oppressive the best institutions become in the course of a few generations. The plant blossoms, and fades: your fathers have died, and mouldered into dust: your temple is fallen: your tabernacle, the tables of your law, are no more: language itself, that bond of mankind, becomes antiquated: and shall a political constitution, shall a system of government or religion, that can be erected solely on these, endure for ever?
~ Johann Gottfried Herder ~
Is there any good reason why we cannot extend our multi-cultural generosity to include another dimension? That of time. The past, too, is another country. Its ghosts may look strange and frightening and slightly misshapen in body and mind, but all the more reason then, to welcome them to our shores.
~ Martin Amis ~
Rank or add further suggestions…

Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used.
3 : Very Good - strong desire to see it used.
2 : Good - some desire to see it used.
1 : Acceptable - but with no particular desire to see it used.
0 : Not acceptable - not appropriate for use as a quote of the day.


I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. ~ Linus Torvalds announcing Linux in a post dated 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT

Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. ~ Walt Kelly (date of birth)

  • 4 Kalki·· 23:34, 24 August 2015 (UTC) 3 Kalki 14:21, 24 August 2005 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4. but might extend this to read:
Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle.
There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blast on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.

What is the only provocation that could bring about the use of nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. What is the priority target for nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. What is the only established defense against nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. How do we prevent the use of nuclear weapons? By threatening the use of nuclear weapons. And we can't get rid of nuclear weapons, because of nuclear weapons. The intransigence, it seems, is a function of the weapons themselves. ~ Martin Amis (born 25 August 1949)

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture — it's a really stupid thing to want to do. ~ Elvis Costello

  • 3 Kalki 18:34, 24 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:49, 24 August 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 16:09, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2.5 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:36, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
  • 1 allixpeeke (talk) 02:52, 25 August 2014 (UTC) (Dancing about architecture is not stupid, nor is writing about music.  Art inspired by art is still art.)

Saying the Bible is not a book about science is like saying a cookbook is not a book about chemistry. ~ Robert J. Marks II

Virtue always meets reward,
But quicker when it wears a sword.
~ Bret Harte

  • 4 Zarbon 05:54, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:48, 20 August 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:20, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:36, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

The craving for a delicate fruit is pleasanter than the fruit itself. ~ Johann Gottfried Herder (DoB)

  • 3 Ningauble 17:19, 23 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:09, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:36, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
  • 1 allixpeeke (talk) 02:52, 25 August 2014 (UTC) (Craving is displeasure.  Consumption of something pleasant is pleasant.)

Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough. ~ Martin Amis (DoB)

Militant fundamentalism is convulsed in a late-medieval phase of its evolution. We would have to sit through a renaissance and a reformation, and then await an enlightenment. And we're not going to do that. ~ Martin Amis (DoB)

  • 2.5 Ningauble 17:19, 23 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:09, 25 August 2009 (UTC) but with a lean toward 3, or even 4, if extended for more context.
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:36, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

With the greatest possible solicitude avoid authorship. Too early or immoderately employed, it makes the head waste and the heart empty; even were there no other worse consequences. A person, who reads only to print, to all probability reads amiss; and he, who sends away through the pen and the press every thought, the moment it occurs to him, will in a short time have sent all away, and will become a mere journeyman of the printing-office, a compositor. ~ Johann Gottfried Herder

The nature of man remains ever the same: in the ten thousandth year of the World he will be born with passions, as he was born with passions in the two thousandth, and ran through his course of follies to a late, imperfect, useless wisdom. We wander in a labyrinth, in which our lives occupy but a span; so that it is to us nearly a matter of indifference, whether there be any entrance or outlet to the intricate path. ~ Johann Gottfried Herder