July 26

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Science is the tool of the Western mind, and with it, more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is. ~ Carl Jung (born 26 July 1875)
Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. ~ Carl Jung (born 26 July 1875)
Pardon him, Theodotus; he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature. ~ George Bernard Shaw (born 26 July 1856)
To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves. ~ Aldous Huxley (born July 26, 1894)
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy. ~ Carl Jung
I hear you say "Why?" Always "Why?" You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?" ~ George Bernard Shaw
We are so captivated by and entangled in our subjective consciousness that we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions. ~ Carl Jung
The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer. ~ George Bernard Shaw (date of birth)
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
~ George Bernard Shaw ~
I have always enjoyed dealing with a slightly surrealistic situation and presenting it in a realistic manner. I've always liked fairy tales and myths, magical stories. I think they are somehow closer to the sense of reality one feels today than the equally stylized "realistic" story in which a great deal of selectivity and omission has to occur in order to preserve its "realist" style.
~ Stanley Kubrick ~
There's something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories.
~ Stanley Kubrick ~
This whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is the theater where the dreamer is at once scene, actor, prompter, stage manager, author, audience, and critic.
~ Carl Jung ~
The masses demand a fighting President, and that means you’ve got to offend somebody, because the way I see it, a strong offense is the best attack.
So what can you offend?
That’s an easy one. Offend the other candidates, because they’ll be too busy talking to hear you, and besides, they might not vote for you anyway.
~ Gracie Allen ~
No language exists that cannot be misused … Every interpretation is hypothetical, for it is a mere attempt to read an unfamiliar text.
~ Carl Jung ~
The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
~ Stanley Kubrick ~
Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
~ Carl Jung ~
A platform is something a candidate stands for and the voters fall for. … I’m having my platform run up by a movie set designer, so it will be very impressive from the front, but not too permanent. After all, there’s no sense putting a lot of time and thought into something you’ll have no use for after you’re elected.
~ Gracie Allen ~
The poet is, etymologically, the maker. Like all makers, he requires a stock of raw materials — in his case, experience. Now experience is not a matter of having actually swum the Hellespont, or danced with the dervishes, or slept in a doss-house. It is a matter of sensibility and intuition, of seeing and hearing the significant things, of paying attention at the right moments, of understanding and co-ordinating. Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. It is a gift for dealing with the accidents of existence, not the accidents themselves. By a happy dispensation of nature, the poet generally possesses the gift of experience in conjunction with that of expression. What he says so well is therefore intrinsically of value.
~ Aldous Huxley ~
It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are in themselves. The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
~ Carl Jung ~
Try to understand me. Nothing is impossible.
~ Gracie Allen ~
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Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. ~ Aldous Huxley
  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists from Man and Superman

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DOB: Gracie Allen · Aldous Huxley · Carl Jung · Stanley Kubrick · Helen Mirren · George Bernard Shaw · Kevin Spacey

Lingvo internacia de la venontaj generacioj estos sole kaj nepre nur lingvo arta. Ludoviko Zamenhof, in honor of w:Unua Libro being published that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:59, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Quotes of the day for en: should be in en unless they are well-known in en literature in their original language (cf. Caesar). 121a0012 15:40, Jun 25, 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction." Potsdam Declaration, made this day in 1945
(Text from Wikisource.)

An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door opened, Attlee got out. ~ Winston Churchill Clement Attlee became British PM on this day

  • 3 AllanHainey June 27, 2005 11:48 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC) attribution denied

If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. ~ Aldous Huxley

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:14, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 25 July 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. ~ Aldous Huxley

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:14, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 25 July 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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  • 2 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 this has not been sourced to Shaw, and it seems very likely that it is a misattribution. 3 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2.5 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. ~ George Bernard Shaw (date of birth)

  • 2 Zarbon 14:28, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane. ~ Kevin Spacey

  • 2 Zarbon 19:42, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1.5 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

As the rising sun melts thinly frozen ice, so the Japanese Army is overcoming Chinese troops. ~ Shunroku Hata

  • 3 Zarbon 05:31, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

We should not miss the present opportunity or we shall be blamed by posterity. ~ Shunroku Hata

  • 4 Zarbon 05:31, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:04, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Ningauble 14:43, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

Cultivate friendships. If you don’t have time to cultivate all of them, plow under every fifth one and collect your bonus. ~ Gracie Allen

Let them call us nonentities. Who cares? A nonenitiy can be just as famous as anybody else if enough people know about him.
But let’s leave personalities out of this and just talk about me. ~ Gracie Allen

I think there's so much good in the worst of us, and so many of the worst of us get the best of us, that the rest of us aren't even worth talking about. ~ Gracie Allen

I was so surprised at being born that I didn't speak for a year and a half. ~ Gracie Allen

As I always say, as long as we have issues, we can’t have everything. ~ Gracie Allen

Never place a period where God has placed a comma. ~ Gracie Allen

What chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it’s really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
~ Stanley Kubrick ~

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning.
~ Stanley Kubrick ~

I don't like doing interviews. There is always the problem of being misquoted or, what's even worse, of being quoted exactly.
~ Stanley Kubrick ~