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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. ~ Carl Sagan
2005
I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do. ~ Helen Keller
2006
Evil spreads with the wind; truth is capable of speading even against it. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda (born 5 January 1893)
2007
All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense. ~ Principia Discordia
  • proposed by Kalki (for the anniversary of discovery of the "dwarf planet" Eris, named after the patron goddess of the Discordians)
2008
A dreaded society is not a civilized society. The most progressive and powerful society in the civilized sense, is a society which has recognized its ethos, and come to terms with the past and the present, with religion and science, with modernism and mysticism, with materialism and spirituality; a society free of tension, a society rich in culture. Such a society cannot come with hocus-pocus formulas and with fraud. It has to flow from the depth of a divine search. ~ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (born 5 January 1928)
2009
We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon. In an instant age, perhaps we must relearn the ancient truth that patience, too, has its victories. ~ Konrad Adenauer (born 5 January 1876)
2010
A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection — not an invitation for hypnosis. ~ Umberto Eco
2011
In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity. ~ Konrad Adenauer
2012
Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used "to tell" at all. ~ Umberto Eco
2013
Learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.
~ Umberto Eco ~
2014
The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came.
~ Umberto Eco ~
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]

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. ~ Calvin Coolidge (Date of death)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 00:22, 2 January 2006 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 00:04, 5 January 2007 (UTC) I would normally rank this a 3, if I were confident of it's authorship, but though this has been attributed to Coolidge, I have found no definitive source; though in one book I actually found the definite statement that he said this on the 4th of July 1872, this would be quite extraordinary, as that was the day he was born. Some attributions state that entrepreneur Ray Kroc used it as an "inspirational dictum" but not clearly stating any author, and thus I am doubtful of attributing it to Coolidge, and reluctant to use it until authorship is more clearly determined.
  • 3 Zarbon 17:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Reality is the original Rorschach. ~ Principia Discordia

  • 3 Kalki 00:04, 5 January 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 17:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

I am guiding you to seek truth from the facts of the historical conditions of our society and to identify the problems. The correct solutions will come with the correct identification of the problems. ~ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (born 5 January 1928)

  • 3 Kalki 19:14, 4 January 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 17:56, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander (talk) 02:25, 1 January 2013 (UTC) with a lean toward 4

If people really stopped and realized how much art and creative people move the world versus politics and religion, I mean it's not even up for debate. An artist at least creates things, puts things into the world. Whereas these other people are destroying things, taking things out of the world. ~ Marilyn Manson

  • 3 Zarbon 15:07, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 4 24.207.61.64 07:07, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Sometimes we admire the feathers and ignore the dying bird. ~ Marilyn Manson

  • 3 Zarbon 15:07, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment: This echoes what Thomas Paine said about Edmund Burke: "He pities the plumage, but forgets the dying bird." (Rights of Man; quote not currently on the page for Paine). - InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

...anything that is a church is really just far too close minded. ~ Marilyn Manson

  • 2 Zarbon 15:07, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Triviaa 04:25, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Who sows fear, reaps weapons. ~ Friedrich Dürrenmatt

  • 3 Zarbon 06:44, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 24.207.61.64 07:07, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

We depict hatred, but it is to depict that there are more important things. We depict a curse, to depict the joy of liberation. ~ Hayao Miyazaki

  • 4 Zarbon 06:44, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Children understand intuitively that the world they have been born into is not a blessed world. ~ Hayao Miyazaki

  • 2 Zarbon 06:44, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Triviaa 04:25, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

To me, through every season dearest;
In every scene, by day, by night,
Thou, present to my mind appearest
A quenchless star, forever bright;
My solitary sole delight:
Where’er I am, by shore, at sea,
I think of thee. ~ David Macbeth Moir

  • 2 Zarbon 06:44, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

When you fly a balloon you don't file a flight plan; you go where the wind goes. You feel like part of the air. You almost feel like part of eternity, and you just float along. ~ Jeannette Piccard

  • 3 Zarbon 06:44, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong. ~ Stephen Decatur


The children play
At hide and seek
About the monument
To Speke.
And why should the dead
Explorer mind
Who has nothing to seek
And nothing to find? ~ Humbert Wolfe

  • 2 referring to the monument of John Hanning Speke. Zarbon 06:44, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:26, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Reflecting on these complex relationships between reader and story, fiction and life, can constitute a form of therapy against the sleep of reason, which generates monsters. ~ Umberto Eco


The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. If it had been possible he would have settled the matter otherwise, and without bloodshed. He doesn't boast of his own death or of others'. But he does not repent. He suffers and keeps his mouth shut; if anything, others then exploit him, making him a myth, while he, the man worthy of esteem, was only a poor creature who reacted with dignity and courage in an event bigger than he was. ~ Umberto Eco


Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d'état, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of industrialization the whole scene changes. The day after the fall of Khrushchev, the editors of Pravda, Izvestiia, the heads of the radio and television were replaced; the army wasn't called out. Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications. ~ Umberto Eco


A monk should surely love his books with humility, wishing their good and not the glory of his own curiosity; but what the temptation of adultery is for laymen and the yearning for riches is for secular ecclesiastics, the seduction of knowledge is for monks. ~ Umberto Eco


Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means... ~ Umberto Eco