July 15

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so. ~ Bertrand Russell
2004
Thar’s only two possibilities: Thar is life out there in the universe which is smarter than we are, or we’re the most intelligent life in the universe. Either way, it’s a mighty sobering thought. ~ Walt Kelly
2005
Eternal vigilance must be maintained to guard against those who seek to stifle ideas, establish a narrow orthodoxy, and divide our nation along arbitrary lines of race, ethnicity, and religious belief or non-belief. ~ Jesse Ventura (born 15 July 1951)
2006
Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice... No law will make a citizen a patriot. ~ Jesse Ventura
2007
Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality. ~ Iris Murdoch (born 15 July 1919)
2008
Try to put well in practice what you already know; and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. ~ Rembrandt (born 15 July 1606)
2009
Choose only one master — Nature. ~ Rembrandt
2010
There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. ~ Walter Benjamin
2011
It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. ~ J. K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (opening day of final film in the Harry Potter series 15 July 2011)
2012
There's a great need in our government right now for honesty. I speak my mind. You might not always like what you hear, but you're gonna hear it anyway. I call it like I see it; I tell the truth. And if I don't know something, I'll say so. Then I'll try to find the answer.
~ Jesse Ventura ~
2013
This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.
~ Walter Benjamin ~
2014 
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Suggestions[edit]

More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one ~ Napoleon Bonaparte who surrendered on July 15th.


A king should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


I ran for governor to find out if the American dream still exists in anyone's heart other than mine. I'm living proof that the myths aren't true. The candidate with the most money isn't always the one who wins. You don't have to be a career politician to serve in public office. ~ Jesse Ventura (date of birth)


A well-wrapped statistic is better than Hitler's "big lie"; it misleads, yet it cannot be pinned on you. ~ Darrell Huff (date of birth)

  • 3 Ningauble 17:22, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:03, 3 July 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:17, 14 July 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 07:33, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

There is terror in numbers... Perhaps we suffer from a trauma induced by grade-school arithmetic. ~ Darrell Huff (date of birth)

  • 3 Ningauble 17:22, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:03, 3 July 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:17, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 07:33, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man ~ Dr Johnson

—This unsigned comment is by D is for d (talkcontribs) .
  • 1 Kalki 22:33, 14 July 2009 (UTC) no clear relation to the date
  • 2 if it is on the correct date. - Zarbon 18:13, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 07:33, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Only a thoughtless observer can deny that correspondences come into play between the world of modern technology and the archaic symbol-world of mythology. ~ Walter Benjamin


A painting is finished when the artist says it is finished. ~ Rembrandt


If you can't prove what you want to prove, demonstrate something else and pretend they are the same thing. In the daze that follows the collision of statistics with the human mind, hardly anyone will notice the difference. ~ Darrell Huff