July 21

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

The barge she sat in, like a burnishd throne, burnd on the water; the poop was beaten gold, purple the sails, and so perfumed, that the winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver, which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made the water which they beat to follow faster, as amorous of their strokes. For her own person, it beggard all description ~ "Enobarbus" in Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~ Elbert Hubbard
We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for awhile, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. ~ Carl Sagan
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. ~ Ernest Hemingway (born 21 July 1899)
If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. ~ J. K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (a quote from the first "Harry Potter" book on the date of release of the 7th and last of the series.)
No one thing is true. It's all true. ~ Ernest Hemingway
Now I've been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun.

Oh, I've been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it's going to come.

~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It's been that way all this year. It's been that way so many times. All of war is that way. ~ Ernest Hemingway
Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ~ Ernest Hemingway
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
~ Robin Williams ~
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
~ J. K. Rowling ~
~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ~
Complexity is looking at interacting elements and asking how they form patterns and how the patterns unfold. It’s important to point out that the patterns may never be finished. They’re open-ended. In standard science this hit some things that most scientists have a negative reaction to. Science doesn’t like perpetual novelty.
~ W. Brian Arthur ~
I don't think that God sent us prophets and books to fight about these books and these prophets. But they were telling us, actually, how to live together. If we ignore those teachings — whichever faith … you profess, then I think we'll be finding ourselves in an even deeper mess.
~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~
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The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. ~ Marshall McLuhan (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 13:36, 20 July 2005 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 DanielTom (talk) 13:12, 14 July 2013 (UTC) not a new thought.
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:33, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

The medium is the message. ~ Marshall McLuhan (date of birth)

Don't you feel a change a coming from another side of time, breaking down the walls of silence, lifting shadows from your mind. ~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) (born 21 July 1948)

  • 3 Kalki 13:59, 20 July 2005 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:33, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

"It's funny," I said. "It's very funny, and it's a lot of fun, too, to be in love." ~ Ernest Hemingway

—This unsigned comment is by Japhy (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki 20:22, 14 July 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:19, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:33, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

"Peace Train" is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution.
~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~

It's the people and the cause that matter and right now there's an important need, which is bridge-building. I wanted to support the cause of humanity, because that's what I always sang about.
Music can be healing, and with my history and my knowledge of both sides of what looks like a gigantic divide in the world, I feel I can point a way forward to our common humanity again. It's a big step for me but it's a natural step. I don't feel at all irked by the responsibility — I feel inspired.
~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~

We believe that the civilised world is a multicultural, multi-religious world. That is the type of message we want to get across. … I think there are many who are Muslims and non-Muslims, who are not warmongers but peace makers and want this world to be a better place.
We believed the unison of the voices of so many people standing together against international terrorism is something to be valued and something to be built upon.
~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~