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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Do nothing, and everything is done. ~ Laozi
  • suggested by IP
Fearing no insult, asking for no crown, receive with indifference both flattery and slander, and do not argue with a fool. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin (born 6 June 1799 {26 May O.S.})
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. ~ The Book of Revelation
  • selected by Kalki; once a century date of 06/06/06; too rare a link to this old chestnut to pass up
Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them. ~ Thomas Mann
I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor. ~ Pierre Corneille
Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven. ~ Pierre Corneille
I will keep faith with death in my heart, yet will remember that faith with death and the dead is only wickedness and dark voluptuousness and enmity against humankind, if it is given power over our thought and contemplation. For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death have no sovereignty over his thoughts. And with that, I wake up. ~ Thomas Mann
Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. ~ Thomas Mann
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~
The hand of the aggressor is stayed by strength — and strength alone.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~
The tide has turned!
The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~
After having won a scepter, few are so generous as to disdain the pleasures of ruling.
~ Pierre Corneille ~
It is a fact that a man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own. Whether he realizes it or not, he illustrates the pertinence of the adage: So long as we are, death is not; and when death is present, we are not. In other words, between death and us there is no rapport; it is something with which we have nothing to do — and only incidentally the world and nature. And that is why all living creatures can contemplate it with composure, with indifference, unconcern, with egoistic irresponsibility.
~ Thomas Mann ~
O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.
Thy will be done, Almighty God.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~
There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better."
~ William Ralph Inge ~
Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.
And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~
  • proposed by Kalki, for the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, on which date this prayer was publicly delivered by FDR, 6 June 1944.
Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.
And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~
Love stands opposed to death. It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death. Only love, not reason, gives sweet thoughts. And from love and sweetness alone can form come: form and civilization, friendly, enlightened, beautiful human intercourse — always in silent recognition of the blood sacrifice.
~ Thomas Mann ~
The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths.
~ Aleksandr Pushkin ~
Come purge my soul, Thou Master of my days,
Of vain and empty words, of idle ways,
Of base ambition and the urge to rule;
That hidden serpent that corrupts a fool;
and grant me, Lord, to see my sins alone.
That I not call my brother to atone;
Make chaste my heart and lend me from above
Thy fortitude, humility, and love.
~ Aleksandr Pushkin ~
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‘Tis time, my friend, ‘tis time!
For rest the heart is aching;
Days follow days in flight, and every day is taking
Fragments of being, while together you and I
Make plans to live. Look, all is dust, and we shall die. ~ Aleksandr Pushkin

Time cools, time clarifies, no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because time mends the pain of loss and suffering. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 J.A.R.N.Y.|🗣️|📧 23:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it. ~ Thomas Mann

  • 3 because obsession and possession of a certain idea...makes one become devoured by its very essence, and almost every move one makes, one makes revolving around that idea. Zarbon 23:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 J.A.R.N.Y.|🗣️|📧 23:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Who is all-powerful should fear everything. ~ Pierre Corneille

Your virtue raises your glory above your crime. ~ Pierre Corneille

To die for one’s country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 4 because this quote brilliantly depicts the epitome of that which I stand for. The gallant march to death. The very beauty of death. Yes, the magnificently charming texture of death, best depicted here in the verbalization of the context of this quote. And yes, the death for one's country is so beautiful, darn...beautiful. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 J.A.R.N.Y.|🗣️|📧 23:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory. ~ Pierre Corneille

He who fears not death fears not a threat. ~ Pierre Corneille

As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men. ~ Pierre Corneille

Reason and love are sworn enemies. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 and I love this quote. For those who decide with their heart are those who are "love" oriented. I, on the other hand, prefer the "reason" ascribed people. But regardless of any side, the beautiful image is painted well in this quote, as the characterization of "love" and "reason" is witnessed, neither is "right" and neither is "wrong", but both are different. Zarbon 05:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 J.A.R.N.Y.|🗣️|📧 23:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

One is often guilty by being too just. ~ Pierre Corneille

Sir, what does it matter whom I serve, so long as I am right? ~ Pierre Corneille

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. ~ William Ralph Inge

  • 2 for being outright. Zarbon 06:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3. 1. This quote is unsourced. InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
    • I sourced the quote. You may recast your vote. Zarbon 22:24, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 J.A.R.N.Y.|🗣️|📧 23:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Civilization is a disease which is almost invariably fatal. ~ William Ralph Inge

  • 3 because this statement says what I believe...all civilizations must come to an end. Zarbon 06:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2. 1. This quote is unsourced. InvisibleSun 21:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
    • I sourced the quote. You may recast your vote. Zarbon 22:24, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 J.A.R.N.Y.|🗣️|📧 23:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

We are most likely to get angry and excited in our opposition to some idea when we ourselves are not quite certain of our own position, and are inwardly tempted to take the other side. ~ Thomas Mann

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate. ~ Thomas Mann

While in the life of the human race the mythical is an early and primitive stage, in the life of the individual it is a late and mature one. ~ Thomas Mann

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 and that's the highest I could give this one after I had already examined Corneille fully. Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 J.A.R.N.Y.|🗣️|📧 23:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

The greater the effort, the greater the glory. ~ Pierre Corneille

  • 3 Kalki 22:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 and that's the highest I could give this one after I had already examined Corneille fully. Zarbon 22:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 J.A.R.N.Y.|🗣️|📧 23:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Upon the brink of the wild stream
He stood, and dreamt a mighty dream.

~ Aleksandr Pushkin ~

Eventually we all grow old and die, only sometimes the growing old part doesn't happen. ~ Harvey Fierstein as Merv Green from Death to Smoochy.

For a typical author, obscurity is a far greater threat than piracy. ~ Tim O'Reilly (born 6 June 1954)

"And when he gets to heaven, To St. Peter he will tell, One more soldier reporting sir, I've served my time in Hell!" --Author Unknown. Found inscribed on PFC Bill Cameron's gravestone in 1942. See Soldier's poem:

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