July 10

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! ~ Michael Palin as "Dennis" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combatted, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle. ~ Nikola Tesla (born 10 July 1856)
The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of a planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation of those who are to come and point the way. ~ Nikola Tesla (born 10 July 1856)
The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is. ~ Marcel Proust
Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity. ~ Nikola Tesla
It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer. ~ William Blackstone
Universal peace as a result of cumulative effort through centuries past might come into existence quickly — not unlike a crystal that suddenly forms in a solution which has been slowly prepared. ~ Nikola Tesla
When from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection. ~ Marcel Proust
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
~ Marcel Proust ~
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
~ Arthur Ashe ~
Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child's play.
~ Carl Orff ~
A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature. In no way can we get such an overwhelming idea of the grandeur of Nature than when we consider, that in accordance with the law of the conservation of energy, throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe.
~ Nikola Tesla ~
People are curious. A few people are. They will be driven to find things out, even trivial things. They will put things together, knowing all along that they may be mistaken. You see them going around with notebooks, scraping the dirt off gravestones, reading microfilm, just in the hope of seeing this trickle in time, making a connection, rescuing one thing from the rubbish.
~ Alice Munro ~
Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe. This idea is not novel. Men have been led to it long ago by instinct or reason; it has been expressed in many ways, and in many places, in the history of old and new. We find it in the delightful myth of Antaeus, who derives power from the earth; we find it among the subtle speculations of one of your splendid mathematicians and in many hints and statements of thinkers of the present time. Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic! If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature.
~ Nikola Tesla ~
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.


Tesla has contributed more to electrical science than any man up to his time. ~ Lord Kelvin. Nikola Tesla was born that day.

  • 1 121a0012 June 27, 2005 03:59 (UTC) (Surely wtih the likes of Cheryl Wheeler and Arlo Guthrie born on this day, we can do better!)
  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 27 June 2005 11:27 (UTC) (Better than Tesla, to whom all people are indebted to? Tesla made mass-use of computers which generate large amount of electricity possible with alternating current. There are not many people who contributed more to humanity than Tesla has, and very few who got as little thanks).
  • 3 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 13:55 (UTC)
  • 1 Sorry, but bored. Aphaia 21:26, 9 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Jeff Q (talk) 10:15, 8 July 2006 (UTC). Better a quote from Telsa himself.
  • 1 Kalki 20:11, 9 July 2007 (UTC) Agree that quotes by Tesla are superior to quotes about him as commemorations of his birthday, but might eventually rank this higher.
  • 0 because I agree with Jeffq. Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

That's all, folks! ~ Porky Pig voiced by Mel Blanc who died on this day.

  • 3 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 13:55 (UTC)
  • 2 Without context, it sounds not significant. --Aphaia 21:26, 9 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 11:22, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:57, 9 July 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 0 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Ningauble 14:01, 3 July 2009 (UTC) Because (1) Mel Blanc's rendition was original but we cannot render it here, and (2) the closing line was not original to the Porky Pig character, but was borrowed from Bosko.
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

  • "Eh... what's up, doc?" - Bugs Bunny by Mel Blanc
  • 3 AllanHainey 7 July 2005 13:55 (UTC) both just so that there is a few to choose from.
  • 2 Without context, it sounds not significant. --Aphaia 21:26, 9 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 11:22, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:57, 9 July 2007 (UTC) would be better on Blanc's birthday perhaps.
  • 0 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Doubtless all arbitrary powers, well executed, are the most convenient, yet let it be again remembered, that delays, and little inconveniences in the forms of justice, are the price that all free nations must pay for their liberty in more substantial matters; that these inroads upon this sacred bulwark of the nation are fundamentally opposite to the spirit of our constitution; and that, though begun in trifles, the precedent may gradually increase and spread, to the utter disuse of juries in questions of the most momentous concern. ~ William Blackstone (born July 10, 1723)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:22, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:57, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2013 (UTC) I've read this three times and I still have no idea what it means. Once I get to the semicolon, it's all downhill.

Even in the most insignificant details of our daily life, none of us can be said to constitute a material whole, which is identical for everyone, and need only be turned up like a page in an account-book or the record of a will; our social personality is created by the thoughts of other people. ~ Marcel Proust (born July 10, 1871)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:22, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:57, 9 July 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

We passionately long that there may be another life in which we shall be similar to what we are here below. But we do not pause to reflect that, even without waiting for that other life, in this life, after a few years we are unfaithful to what we have been, to what we wished to remain immortally. ~ Marcel Proust

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:22, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:57, 9 July 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains. ~ Marcel Proust

Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand. ~ Carl Orff

  • 3 Kalki 20:11, 9 July 2007 (UTC) (I would probably rank this a 4, if proven to be Orff's comment, but I haven't been able to definitely source it; though I have seen it specifically cited to Orff, it has also sometimes been cited as an "ancient proverb" "ancient chinese proverb" or "old chinese proverb" — since at least as early as 1983 — though it does seem precisely characteristic of Orff's teaching philosophy.)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:18, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2013 (UTC) ("3" with a source)

Elemental Music is never just music. It's bound up with movement, dance and speech, and so it is a form of music in which one must participate, in which one is involved not as a listener bust as a co-performer. ~ Carl Orff

  • 3 Kalki 10:14, 3 July 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 05:04, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
~ Nikola Tesla ~

It's the rich and powerful, by and large, who glamorize immorality, but it's the poor and vulnerable who pay the price.
~ Robert P. George ~

The most abject form of slavery there is, is slavery to one's own feelings or passions or desires.
~ Robert P. George ~

The goal, the project of living a human life, a truly human life, is all about self-mastering.
~ Robert P. George ~