April 6

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. ~ George Bernard Shaw
See, I write jokes for a living, man. I sit in my hotel at night and think of something that's funny and then I go get a pen and write 'em down. Or, if the pen's too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of ain't funny. ~ Mitch Hedberg (recent death)
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ~ Isaac Asimov (died 6 April 1992)
I am less concerned with expressing the motions of the soul and mind than to render visible, so to speak, the inner flashes of intuition which have something divine in their apparent insignificance and reveal magic, even divine horizons, when they are transposed into the marvellous effects of pure plastic art. ~ Gustave Moreau
I have never looked for dream in reality or reality in dream. I have allowed my imagination free play, and I have not been led astray by it. ~ Gustave Moreau

Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Make our pleasant earth below
Like the heaven above.

~ Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney ~


Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.

Thus the little minutes,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of eternity.

~ Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney ~

I believe neither in what I touch nor what I see. I only believe in what I do not see, and solely in what I feel. ~ Gustave Moreau
אלהי אלהי למא שבקתני
ελωι ελωι λεμα σαβαχθανι
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
~ Jesus ~
No one could have less faith in the absolute and definitive importance of the work created by man, because I believe that this world is nothing but a dream.
~ Gustave Moreau ~
Whenever the powers of government are placed in any hands other than those of the community, whether those of one man, of a few, or of several, those principles of human nature which imply that government is at all necessary, imply that those persons will make use of them to defeat the very end for which government exists.
~ James Mill ~
Speak kindly to the erring;
Thou yet may'st lead them back,
With holy words and tones of love,
From misery's thorny track.
Forget not thou hast often sinned.
And sinful yet must be;
Deal gently with the erring one,
As God hath dealt with thee.
~ Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney ~
Sleep and death of the senses; tears and the death of the heart. Do you understand the progression?
Sleep, though sad, is gentler than tears which, though painful, are gentler than death. Ecstasy is more delightful than song, which is gentler than work. Prayer is superior to dreaming which is more elevated than manual work.
~ Gustave Moreau ~
Today I started loving you again
I'm right back where I've really always been;
I got over you just long enough to let my heartache mend,
Then today I started loving you again.
~ Merle Haggard ~
Of the laws of nature on which the condition of man depends, that which is attended with the greatest number of consequences is the necessity of labor for obtaining the means of subsistence, as well as the means of the greatest part of our pleasures. This is no doubt the primary cause of government; for if nature had produced spontaneously all the objects which we desire, and in sufficient abundance for the desires of all, there would have been no source of dispute or of injury among men, nor would any man have possessed the means of ever acquiring authority over another.
The results are exceedingly different when nature produces the objects of desire not in sufficient abundance for all. The source of dispute is then exhaustless, and every man has the means of acquiring authority over others in proportion to the quantity of those objects which he is able to possess. In this case the end to be obtained through government as the means, is to make that distribution of the scanty materials of happiness which would insure the greatest sum of it in the members of the community taken altogether, preventing every individual or combination of individuals from interfering with that distribution or making any man to have less than his share.
~ James Mill ~
The government and the people are under a moral necessity of acting together; a free press compels them to bend to one another.
~ James Mill ~
Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow.

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on.
~ Bill Withers ~
  • proposed by Kalki, in regard of his recent death.
This habit of forming opinions, and acting upon them without evidence, is one of the most immoral habits of the mind. ... As our opinions are the fathers of our actions, to be indifferent about the evidence of our opinions is to be indifferent about the consequences of our actions. But the consequences of our actions are the good and evil of our fellow-creatures. The habit of the neglect of evidence, therefore, is the habit of disregarding the good and evil of our fellow-creatures.
~ James Mill ~
The war in Ukraine is one of the greatest challenges ever to the international order and the global peace architecture, founded on the United Nations Charter.
Because of its nature, intensity, and consequences.
We are dealing with the full-fledged invasion, on several fronts, of one Member State of the United Nations, Ukraine, by another, the Russian Federation — a Permanent Member of the Security Council — in violation of the United Nations Charter, and with several aims, including redrawing the internationally-recognized borders between the two countries.
The war has led to senseless loss of life, massive devastation in urban centres, and the destruction of civilian infrastructure.
I will never forget the horrifying images of civilians killed in Bucha.
I immediately called for an independent investigation to guarantee effective accountability.
~ António Guterres ~
No good government can ever want more than two things for its support: 1st, Its own excellence; and, 2dly, a people sufficiently instructed, to be aware of that excellence. Every other pretended support, must ultimately tend to its subversion, by lessening its dependence upon these.
~ James Mill ~
Every fool has a rainbow
But he never seems to find
The reward that should be waiting
At the end of the line.

But he'll give up a bed of roses
For a hammock filled with thorns
And go chasing after rainbows
Every time a dream is born.
~ Merle Haggard ~
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If we don't play God, who will? ~ James D. Watson

  • 3 Zarbon 00:37, 4 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:01, 5 April 2009 (UTC) there is ambiguity and significance here beyond his intentions.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:23, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Do things as soon as you can. If a decision needs to be made, make it. It gives you more time to change your mind.
~ James D. Watson ~

Every fool has a rainbow
That only he can see
Every fool has a rainbow
And the rule applies to me.
~ Merle Haggard ~

When the world wide war is over and done
And the dream of peace comes through
We'll all be drinking some free bubble up
And eating some rainbow stew.
~ Merle Haggard ~

Having lots of ideas doesn't mean you're clever, any more than having lots of soldiers means you're a good general.
~ Nicolas Chamfort (dob) ~