April 30

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. ~ Robert J. Hanlon
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss (born 30 April 1777)
You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss (born 30 April 1777)
In a political struggle, never get personal — else the dagger digs too deep. ~ Jack Valenti (recent death)
The Gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools. ~ Larry Niven
Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In Zazen neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination take place. It's enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance — embracing all opposites. ~ Taisen Deshimaru
The god of war has gone over to the other side. ~ Adolf Hitler (died April 30)
Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)
I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss
Anything you don't understand is dangerous until you do understand it.
~ Larry Niven ~
There are problems to whose solution I would attach an infinitely greater importance than to those of mathematics, for example touching ethics, or our relation to God, or concerning our destiny and our future; but their solution lies wholly beyond us and completely outside the province of science.
~ Carl Friedrich Gauss ~
I still get laughed at but it doesn't bother me,
I'm just so glad to hear laughter around me.
~ Amanda Palmer ~
I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.
~ Carl Friedrich Gauss ~
I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses.
~ Adolf Hitler ~
We don’t think the world can be Woodstock … Who’d think the world could be a perpetual carnival? But we do think that the world could rediscover values that used to be automatically produced by culture but aren’t anymore because culture is subject to the commodification in our world. Everything is sold back to us, targeted to demographics. What we have to do is make progress in the quality of connection between people, not the quantity of consumption.
~ Larry Harvey ~
  • proposed by Kalki, in regard to his recent death.
To receive everything, one must open one's hands and give.
~ Taisen Deshimaru ~
Life does not forgive weakness.
~ Adolf Hitler ~
Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit.
~ Taisen Deshimaru ~
Now we are at ground zero as regards the world we need to build. A world of respect for international law, the UN Charter, and the power of multilateralism. A world where civilians have protection. Where human rights are a priority. Where leaders live up to the declared values they have committed to. It is also a struggle, but we must win it for the sake of every country, community and person around the world.
~ António Guterres ~
I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.
~ Carl Friedrich Gauss ~
  If you have a glass full of liquid you can discourse forever on its qualities, discuss whether it is cold, warm, whether it is really and truly composed of H-2-O, or even mineral water, or saki. Meditation is Drinking it.
~ Taisen Deshimaru ~
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If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower. ~ Adolf Hitler (died April 30)

  • 3 because one's willpower serves as a strong device for motivation, even when short of artillery. It is a magnificent source of attaining courage even in the darkest hour of the battle. Zarbon 06:14, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 08:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC) I hold that to even consider Hitler a spokesman for freedom in any admirable way is disgusting and contemptible. The type of "freedom" Hitler stood for was the freedom to oppress, the freedom to lie, the freedom to murder, and no matter how bold and brazen a liar and oppressor might be, or how strong they may become because of the will of other fools and cowards and the lack of will among many other fools and cowards, they are ultimately in many extreme ways craven fools and cowards themselves, who are afraid to speak, to hear, or to allow others to hear or to speak many important truths.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal themselves in all their beauty only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss (born April 30)

  • 2 because those who are truly determined will unlock the beauty of science. Zarbon 14:40, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 08:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Think with your whole body. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

You have to practice until you die. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)

  • 2 Zarbon 06:28, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:26, 8 April 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

We feel our shell keeps us safe, but it crushes us and others, and keeps out light and sun. ~ Taisen Deshimaru (date of death)