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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. ~ Mae West
2005
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone. ~ Rod Serling in The Twilight Zone
  • proposed by Kalki The first episode of The Twilight Zone, "Where is Everybody?" aired on 2 October 1959.
2006
Before you do anything, think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone's attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process. ~ Salma Hayek
2007
If there must be a god in the house, must be,
Saying things in the room and on the stair,

Let him move as the sunlight moves on the floor,
Or moonlight, silently, as Plato's ghost

Or Aristotle's skeleton. Let him hang out
His stars on the wall. He must dwell quietly.

~ Wallace Stevens ~ (born 2 October 1879)

2008
I am one of you and being one of you
Is being and knowing what I am and know.
Yet I am the necessary angel of earth,
Since, in my sight, you see the earth again,
Cleared of its stiff and stubborn, man-locked set
And, in my hearing, you hear its tragic drone
Rise liquidly in liquid lingerings,
Like watery words awash; like meanings said
By repetitions of half-meanings.

~ Wallace Stevens ~

2009
There is but one means to extenuate the effects of enemy fire: it is to develop a more violent fire oneself. ~ Ferdinand Foch (born 2 October 1851)
2010
The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least. ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (born 2 October 1869)
2011
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~ Ferdinand Foch
2012
Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
~ Wallace Stevens ~
2013
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
2014
I know that I have still before me a difficult path to traverse. I must reduce myself to zero. So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him. Ahimsa is the farthest limit of humility.
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
2015
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
2016
Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarrelling?
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
2017 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Ranking system:

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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]

We do not choose our concerns. ~ Graham Greene (born 2 October 1904)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:20, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 2 October 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 03:45, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress. ~ Wallace Stevens

  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 2 October 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 03:45, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear. ~ Ferdinand Foch (born October 2)

  • 3 because only those who are inexperienced in the art of war would boast about it. Zarbon 17:39, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

The will to conquer is the first condition of victory. ~ Ferdinand Foch (born October 2)

  • 3 because the man who has the will will find the way. Zarbon 17:39, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

You can’t conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God. ~ Graham Greene

  • 2 Zarbon 04:16, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt. ~ Graham Greene

  • 2 Zarbon 04:16, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself. ~ Graham Greene

  • 2 Zarbon 04:16, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

People don't like reality, they don't like common sense, until age forces it on them. ~ Graham Greene

  • 2 Zarbon 04:16, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:43, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. ~ Graham Greene


A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction. ~ Graham Greene

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 1 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Catholics and communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate...if you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask? ~ Graham Greene

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 1 October 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4, but perhaps trimmed a bit to just:
If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?
  • 1 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Cynicism is cheap — you can buy it at any Monoprix store — it's built into all poor-quality goods. ~ Graham Greene

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

There's a virtue in slowness, which we have lost. ~ Graham Greene

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

We mustn't complain too much of being comedians — it's an honourable profession. If only we could be good ones the world might gain at least a sense of style. We have failed — that's all. We are bad comedians, we aren't bad men. ~ Graham Greene

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 1 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

There is a point of no return, unremarked at the time, in most lives. ~ Graham Greene

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Sooner or later...one has to take sides – if one is to remain human. ~ Graham Greene

  • 3 Kalki 01:44, 1 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

The world about us would be desolate except for the world within us. ~ Wallace Stevens

  • 3 Kalki 02:12, 1 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

The imagination is one of the forces of nature. ~ Wallace Stevens

  • 3 Kalki 02:12, 1 October 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

The truth seems to be that we live in concepts of the imagination before the reason has established them. If this is true, then reason is simply the methodizer of the imagination. ~ Wallace Stevens

  • 3 Kalki 02:12, 1 October 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 14:10, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

I like my philosophy smothered in beauty and not the opposite. ~ Wallace Stevens

  • 3 Kalki 02:12, 1 October 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 13:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

We mustn’t complain too much of being comedians—it’s an honourable profession. If only we could be good ones the world might gain at least a sense of style. We have failed—that’s all. We are bad comedians, we aren’t bad men
~ Graham Greene ~

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition.
~ Graham Greene ~

Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.
~ Graham Greene ~

A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious. … The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn't thought about. At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him.
~ Graham Greene ~

No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
~ Graham Greene ~
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~ The Heart of the Matter ~

In childhood we live under the brightness of immortalityheaven is as near and actual as seaside. Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities: God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood — for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories
~ Graham Greene ~

So much of a novelist’s writing, as I have said, takes place in the unconscious: in those depths the last word is written before the first word appears on the paper. We remember details of our story, we do not invent them.
~ Graham Greene ~

I wanted to have a voice, and it was okay if I wasn't going to be so famous or so rich. And this the one thing I learned: How do you recognize what's your true dream and what is the dream that you are dreaming for other people to love you? … The difference is very easy to understand. If you enjoy the process, it's your dream. … If you are enduring the process, just desperate for the result, it's somebody else's dream.
~ Salma Hayek ~

To dream big doesn't necessarily mean to imagine becoming the biggest movie star in the world. Dreaming big is about taking the simplest thing in life and enjoying it — and seeing it as the biggest thing that can possibly exist. … I work in an industry that is the first to kill this ability because everything is so celebrity oriented. I am part of a cancer. In my world, you have to be so beautiful, so skinny, so rich, so famous — and I don't believe you really have to be any of those things. You simply have to be who you are.
~ Salma Hayek ~