June 20

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that a soldier, a soldier's servant, a cook, a porter brags and wishes to have his admirers. Even philosophers wish for them. Those who write against it want to have the glory of having written well; and those who read it desire the glory of having read it. I who write this have perhaps this desire, and perhaps those who will read it... ~ Blaise Pascal
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions. ~ Lillian Hellman (born 20 June 1905)
We wanted to bring some love to the world. I thought we were good at doing that. Bringin' love to the world. ~ Brian Wilson (born 20 June 1942)
If there's not love present, it's much, much harder to function. When there's love present, it's easier to deal with life. ~ Brian Wilson
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt. ~ Lillian Hellman
Humor — it helps to make the vibe better — it loosens up the vibrations. ~ Brian Wilson
The Tennessee stud was long and lean
The color of the sun and his eyes were green.
He had the nerve and he had the blood
And there never was a hoss like the Tennessee stud.

~ Jimmy Driftwood

Ole Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise,
If we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eyes.
We held our fire 'til we seed their faces well,
Then we opened up our squirrel guns an' really gave 'em ...well!

Yeah, they ran through the briars an' they ran through the brambles
An' they ran through the bushes where the rabbits couldn't go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

~ Jimmy Driftwood ~

The well taught philosophic mind
To all compassion gives;
Casts round the world an equal eye,
And feels for all that lives.
~ Anna Letitia Barbauld ~
It's time to start believing — Oh yes
Believing who you are:
You are a shining star.
~ Lionel Richie ~
Nothing is wholly obvious without becoming enigmatic. Reality itself is too obvious to be true.
~ Jean Baudrillard ~
I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I'd be without you…
~ Brian Wilson ~
All of us have the privilege of making music that helps and heals — to make music that makes people happier, stronger and kinder. Don't forget: music is God's voice.
~ Brian Wilson ~
Lives were being ruined and few hands were raised in help. Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
~ Lillian Hellman ~
Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a Judge's chamber can believe in an unprejudiced point of view.
~ Lillian Hellman ~
There are people who eat Earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. Then there are people who stand around and watch them eat it. … Sometimes I think it ain't right to stand and watch them do it.
~ Lillian Hellman ~
The colours of the pales are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the colour of the Chief signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice. The Olive branch and arrows denote the power of peace & war which is exclusively vested in Congress. The Constellation denotes a new State taking its place and rank among other sovereign powers. The Escutcheon is born on the breast of an American Eagle without any other supporters to denote that the United States of America ought to rely on their own Virtue.
~ Charles Thomson ~
Two hearts,
Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun.
~ Lionel Richie ~
The chearful light, the vital air,
Are blessings widely given;
Let nature's commoners enjoy
The common gifts of heaven.
~ Anna Letitia Barbauld ~
Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did.
~ Lillian Hellman ~
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The idea that I can be presented with a problem, set out to logically solve it with the tools at hand, and wind up with a program that could not be legally used because someone else followed the same logical steps some years ago and filed for a patent on it is horrifying. ~ John Carmack, in celebration of the two year anniversary of the expiry of the infamous U.S. Patent 4,558,302 pertaining to GIF generation.

  • 3 MosheZadka 00:03, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 21:42, 19 June 2006 (UTC) with a lean toward 2.
  • 1 although I highly respect Carmack's prior game work heavily, groundbreaking to say the least, this quote isn't a very memorable one. Zarbon 04:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier. ~ Lillian Hellman

  • 3 because loneliness is sometimes contageous. Zarbon 05:42, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Child of mortality, whence comest thou? Why is thy countenance sad, and why are thine eyes red with weeping? ~ Anna Letitia Barbauld

  • 3 Zarbon 03:24, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

OH! hear a pensive captive's prayer,
For liberty that sighs ;
And never let thine heart be shut
Against the prisoner's cries. ~ Anna Letitia Barbauld

  • 3 Zarbon 03:24, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

However important it is that love shall precede marriage, it is far more important that it shall continue after marriage. ~ Samson Raphael Hirsch

  • 3 because a love marriage is only as good as the extent to which it lasts. It's much more important that the couple love each other after marriage than before marriage. This has nice meaning to it. Zarbon 03:24, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

I like my whisky old and my women young. ~ Errol Flynn

  • 2 for comedic value. Zarbon 03:24, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 23:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

So when unseen destruction lurks,
Which men like mice may share,
May some kind angel clear thy path,
And break the hidden snare. ~ Anna Letitia Barbauld

My love,
There's only you in my life
The only thing that's right.
My first love,
You're every breath that I take
You're every step I make.

~ Lionel Richie ~

Your eyes, your eyes
They tell me how much you care
Ooh yes, you will always be
My endless love.

~ Lionel Richie ~

And love
and, love
I'll be a fool
For you,
I'm sure.
You know I don't mind...

~ Lionel Richie ~

You mean the world to me
I know
I've found in you
My endless love.

~ Lionel Richie ~

Along about eighteen and twenty-five
I left Tennessee very much alive
I never would have got through the Arkansas mud
If I hadn't been a-ridin on the Tennessee stud.

~ Jimmy Driftwood ~

Stirrup to stirrup and side by side
We crossed the mountains and the valleys wide.

~ Jimmy Driftwood ~

I love the girl with golden hair
And the Tennessee stud loves the Tennessee mare.

~ Jimmy Driftwood ~

In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip.
We took a little bacon an' we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British at the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns an' the British kept a'comin'.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was awhile ago.
We fired once more an' they begin to runnin'
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

~ Jimmy Driftwood ~ (born 20 June 1907)

We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down,
So we grabbed an alligator an' we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls an' powdered his behind,
An' when they touched the powder off, the 'gator lost his mind.

~ Jimmy Driftwood ~ (born 20 June 1907)

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on, believe me,
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would livin' do me?
God only knows what I'd be without you…
~ Brian Wilson ~

We will not think noble because we are not noble. We will not live in beautiful harmony because there is no such thing in this world, nor should there be. We promise only to do our best and to live out our lives. Dear God, that's all we can promise in truth.
~ Lillian Hellman ~

I do not believe in recovery. The past with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.
~ Lillian Hellman ~

  • June with her glancing grasses,
      June with a smiling sky,
    June, brown as the country lasses
      Or wings of the dragon-fly!
    The mown hay lies like sedges
      Or weed of the seashore strewn;
    Abrim with corn to the hedges
      The fields are filled in June. ~ Walter Headlam (deathday and theme of the month)