April 2

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life — It goes on. ~ Robert Frost
2005
To be an artist is a blessing and a privilege. Artists must never betray their true hearts. Artists must look beneath the surface and show that there is more to this world than what meets the eye. ~ Marvin Gaye (born 2 April 1939)
2006
Whether it is happy or unhappy, a man's life is the only treasure he can ever possess. ~ Giacomo Casanova (born 2 April 1725)
2007
How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself. ~ Kenneth Tynan
2008
Forgiveness is the offspring of a feeling of heroism, of a noble heart, of a generous mind, whilst forgetfulness is only the result of a weak memory, or of an easy carelessness, and still oftener of a natural desire for calm and quietness. Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom. ~ Giacomo Casanova
2009
Truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it. ~ Émile Zola (born 2 April 1840)
2010
My spirit to yours dear brother,
Do not mind because many sounding your name do not understand you,
I do not sound your name, but I understand you,
I specify you with joy O my comrade to salute you, and to salute those who are with you, before and since, and those to come also,
That we all labor together transmitting the same charge and succession,
We few equals indifferent of lands, indifferent of times,
We, enclosers of all continents, all castes, allowers of all theologies,
Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men,
We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers nor any thing that is asserted,
We hear the bawling and din, we are reach'd at by divisions, jealousies, recriminations on every side,
They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade,
Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down till we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are.

~ Walt Whitman in "To Him Who Was Crucified" in Leaves of Grass
(for Good Friday 2010, in both Western and Eastern Orthodox calculations)
2011
My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark days I have gone through, everything has proved to me that in this world, either physical or moral, good comes out of evil just as well as evil comes out of good. My errors will point to thinking men the various roads, and will teach them the great art of treading on the brink of the precipice without falling into it. It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless. ~ Giacomo Casanova
2012
We avenge intellect when we dupe a fool, and it is a victory not to be despised. ~ Giacomo Casanova
2013
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate.

You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today.

~ Marvin Gaye ~
2014
Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at liberty to do everything he pleases, for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion. The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.
~ Giacomo Casanova ~
2015 
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.


Suggestions[edit]

All writing is an antisocial act, since the writer is a man who can speak freely only when alone; to be himself he must lock himself up, to communicate he must cut himself off from all communication; and in this there is something always a little mad. ~ Kenneth Tynan (born 2 April 1927)


The man who reacts to the universe with a cry of impotent anguish is acceptable as an artist only if he can persuade us that he has sanely considered the other possible reactions and found them inadequate. ~ Kenneth Tynan


We shall be judged by what we do, not by how we felt while we were doing it. ~ Kenneth Tynan


Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance against it. ~ Joan Vinge (born April 2)

  • 3 and strong lean toward 4. Zarbon 06:31, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: "What's Your Mood?: A Good Day, Bad Day, In-between Day Book" - by Kimberly Potts - Psychology - 2005
  • 1 Kalki 02:17, 29 March 2009 (UTC) Indifference is not a force at all — it is the base out of which Life and all Love and Hate emerge, and with Love ultimately the victor in all that endures with Life. ~ Kalki 02:17, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Human life began in flight and fear. Religion rose from rituals of propitiation, spells to lull the punishing elements. ~ Camille Paglia

  • 2 Zarbon 05:32, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 06:44, 31 March 2009 (UTC) I might rank this a 2 or more with some context, but it doesn't seem to have much of a point as it stands.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:15, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one. ~ Eligius Franz Joseph von Münch-Bellinghausen


I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent. ~ Giacomo Casanova


The man who forgets does not forgive, he only loses the remembrance of the harm inflicted on him; forgiveness is the offspring of a feeling of heroism, of a noble heart, of a generous mind, whilst forgetfulness is only the result of a weak memory, or of an easy carelessness, and still oftener of a natural desire for calm and quietness. Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom. ~ Giacomo Casanova

  • 3 Zarbon 05:32, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 06:44, 31 March 2009 (UTC) (most of this was used last year, otherwise I would rank it higher.)

Man is free, but his freedom ceases when he has no faith in it. ~ Giacomo Casanova

OR

Man is free; but not unless he believes he is ~ Giacomo Casanova

  • 2 for both versions. Zarbon 05:32, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 06:44, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:15, 1 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 DanielTom (talk) 03:26, 27 March 2013 (UTC) I prefer the first one.

Eternity is here (in the stable at Bethlehem and on the cross of Calvary) in time. ~ Karl Barth

  • 3 Kalki 23:08, 9 May 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4. (Good Friday 2010, in both Western and Eastern Orthodox calculations)