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Quotes of the day from previous years:

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." ~ Opening statement of The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America, composed primarily by Thomas Jefferson (Third of three from The Declaration of Independence or drafts of it, that were quoted July 4,5, & 6 of 2004)
I have not yet begun to fight! ~ John Paul Jones (born 6 July 1747)
They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality. ~ Frida Kahlo (born 6 July 1907)
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935)
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way. ~ John Paul Jones
Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (date of birth)
I believe that at every level of society — familial, tribal, national and international — the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
We need a little more compassion, and if we cannot have it then no politician or even a magician can save the planet. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Our gains are not measured in the losses of others. They are counted in the conflicts we avert, the prosperity we share and the peace we extend.
~ George W. Bush ~
I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect. Practice brings the clear realisation of the oneness of all human beings and the importance of others benefiting by your actions.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~
With the ever-growing impact of science on our lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play by reminding us of our humanity. There is no contradiction between the two. Each gives us valuable insights into the other. Both science and the teachings of the Buddha tell us of the fundamental unity of all things. This understanding is crucial if we are to take positive and decisive action on the pressing global concern with the environment. I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means might appear different the ends are the same.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~
I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greed.
The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger, and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.
Although I have found my own Buddhist religion helpful in generating love and compassion, even for those we consider our enemies, I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and a sense of universal responsibility with or without religion.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~
Many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times. But however long the journey, our destination is set: liberty and justice for all.
~ George W. Bush ~
Our identity as a nation — unlike many other nations — is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. Being an American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility. We become the heirs of Thomas Jefferson by accepting the ideal of human dignity found in the Declaration of Independence. We become the heirs of James Madison by understanding the genius and values of the U.S. Constitution. We become the heirs of Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing one another not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed. And it means that the very identity of our nation depends on the passing of civic ideals to the next generation. ... It is the great advantage of free societies that we creatively adapt to challenges, without the direction of some central authority. Self-correction is the secret strength of freedom. We are a nation with a history of resilience and a genius for renewal. Right now, one of our worst national problems is a deficit of confidence. But the cause of freedom justifies all our faith and effort. It still inspires men and women in the darkest corners of the world, and it will inspire a rising generation. The American spirit does not say, “We shall manage,” or “We shall make the best of it.” It says, “We shall overcome.” And that is exactly what we will do, with the help of God and one another.
~ George W. Bush ~
Down through the years, African Americans have upheld the ideals of America by exposing laws and habits contradicting those ideals. … At every turn, the struggle for equality was resisted by many of the powerful. And some have said we should not judge their failures by the standards of a later time, yet in every time there were men and women who clearly saw this sin and called it by name. We can fairly judge the past by the standards of President John Adams, who called slavery "an evil of colossal magnitude". We can discern eternal standards in the deeds of William Wilberforce and John Quincy Adams and Harriet Beecher Stowe and Abraham Lincoln. These men and women, black and white, burned with a zeal for freedom and they left behind a different and better nation. Their moral vision caused Americans to examine our hearts, to correct our Constitution and to teach our children the dignity and equality of every person of every race. … My Nation's journey toward justice has not been easy, and it is not over. The racial bigotry fed by slavery did not end with slavery or with segregation. And many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times. But however long the journey, our destination is set: liberty and justice for all.
~ George W. Bush ~
It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~
I am optimistic that the ancient values that have sustained mankind are today reaffirming themselves to prepare us for a kinder, happier twenty-first century.
I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~
As to war, I am and always was a great enemy, at the same time a warrior the greater part of my life, and were I young again, should still be a warrior while ever this country should be invaded and I lived — a Defensive war I think a righteous war to Defend my life & property & that of my family, in my own opinion, is right & justifiable in the sight of God.
An offensive war, I believe to be wrong and would therefore have nothing to do with it, having no right to meddle with another man's property, his ox or his ass, his man servant or his maid servant or anything that is his. Neither does he have a right to meddle with anything that is mine, if he does I have a right to defend it by force.
~ Daniel Morgan ~
Within the body there are billions of different particles. Similarly, there are many different thoughts and a variety of states of mind. It is wise to take a close look into the world of your mind and to make the distinction between beneficial and harmful states of mind. Once you can recognize the value of good states of mind, you can increase or foster them.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~
Our country has voted decisively for change, for national renewal and a return of politics to public service … we can make a start today with the simple acknowledgement that public service is a privilege and that your government should treat every single person in this country with respect. If you voted Labour yesterday, we will carry the responsibility of your trust as we rebuild our country.
But whether you voted Labour or not — in fact, especially if you did not — I say to you directly, my government will serve you. Politics can be a force for good. We will show that.
~ Keir Starmer ~
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.



Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about. ~ George W. Bush, born that day.

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:32, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 ~ Too many topics around America. A bit bored. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Aphaia (talkcontribs) 02:09, 5 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 0. Jeff Q (talk) 16:59, 4 July 2006 (UTC) Concur with Aphaia.
  • 1 Kalki 19:27, 9 July 2007 (UTC) Would prefer something more remarkable by Bush, if he were to be quoted on his birthday.
  • 0 Strongly concur with Aphaia and Jeffq. Zarbon 05:03, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 00:01, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

I may sink, but I'll be damned if I strike! ~ John Paul Jones

Where men of fine feeling are concerned there is seldom misunderstanding. ~ John Paul Jones

I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region, and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we'd be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we'd allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous. ~ George W. Bush

  • 2,5 because it came true. DanielTom (talk) 10:52, 4 March 2015 (UTC) #ThanksObama
  • 2 ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC), The statement is certainly valid, and yet the ironical hypocrisies and stupidities innate in the general context of it being made are not easily apparent without very extensive commentary. The greatest enemy of all humanity is human stupidity which persists in absolutist forms of error. Some of the worst, most pervasive and pernicious forms of human stupidity are those forms of entrenched bigotry born of ignorance and confusion by which one person or group of persons declares other persons or groups of persons absolutely good or absolutely bad, and absolutist wars of absolutist enmities are so "justified" and so initiated and so fought, by many diverse parties thinking of themselves as absolutely good or entirely right, and others as absolutely bad and entirely wrong — and deserving of only contempt, and worthy only to be mercilessly punished or even exterminated — throughout the ages of human histories. Some people have enough wisdom, even in infancy to reject such pervasive forms of stupidity, and yet know that contending ably against the many forms of it which exists in others can be very dangerous and exhausting, and must be done wisely and with great grace. The wise seek to assert the ways of greatest grace and wise virtues, and know that this path is not always easy or simple or easily explained. So it goes ~ ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC) + tweak
    Straw man. ~ DanielTom (talk) 12:09, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
Certainly you seem to be setting up a straw man argument in apparently implying that I do. I simply state a few of my reasons for not ranking this very highly at this time, preferring quotes of the sage Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama and the able warrior Daniel Morgan to this person, who initiated a profoundly stupid act of aggression against a profoundly corrupt nation-state in profoundly corrupt and corruptive ways. That he afterward then makes the valid argument that one cannot easily withdraw from the mess created by mutually supportive forms of corruption and stupidity, without creating in many ways a fouler mess, shows he was cognizant of greater need of caution and reserve than he had when he initiated much of the most deadly and dangerous aspects of the mess. The seeds of ISIS/ISIL were sown by the destruction of the infrastructure if Iraq in the war of stupidities with stupidity which was stupidly initiated by this person against a nation on rather false and flimsy suppositions that it would be good for America and good for the world. I have no hatred of him as a human being, despite some of his more unfortunate stupidities, and yet I considered and still consider the invasion he initiated, on the whole, to have been a profoundly stupid, wasteful, act which endangered the world as a whole far more than it directly alleviated some of the problems caused by a brutally petty-minded and profoundly stupid and pernicious dictator. ~ ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 12:25, 5 July 2015 (UTC) + tweaks

Reason well from the beginning and then there will never be any need to look back with confusion and doubt.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~

Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~

The time has come to educate people, to cease all quarrels in the name of religion, culture, countries, different political or economic systems. Fighting is useless. Suicide.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~

Freedom is not the possession of one race. We know with equal certainty that freedom is not the possession of one nation. This belief in the natural rights of man, this conviction that justice should reach wherever the sun passes, leads America into the world.
~ George W. Bush ~

Maintain our moral clarity. I have often spoken to you about good and evil. This has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right.
~ George W. Bush ~

To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, 'well done'. And as I like to tell the 'C' students: You, too, can be President.
~ George W. Bush ~

Human beings have the power to continue to oppress other species forever, or until we make this planet unsuitable for living beings. Will our tyranny continue, proving that morality counts for nothing when it clashes with selfinterest, as the most cynical of poets and philosophers have always said? Or will we rise to the challenge and prove our capacity for genuine altruism by ending our ruthless exploitation of the species in our power, not because we are forced to do so by rebels or terrorists, but because we recognize that our position is morally indefensible? The way in which we answer this question depends on the way in which each one of us, individually, answers it.
~ Peter Singer ~