March 7

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
Man is constituted as a speculative being; he contemplates the world, and the objects around him, not with a passive indifferent eye, but as a system disposed with order and design. ~ John Herschel (born 7 March 1792)
Burn all the statutes and their shelves:
They stir us up against our kind;
And worse, against ourselves.
We have a passion — make a law,
Too false to guide us or control!
And for the law itself we fight
In bitterness of soul.
And, puzzled, blinded thus, we lose
Distinctions that are plain and few:
These find I graven on my heart:
That tells me what to do.

~ William Wordsworth in "Rob Roy's Grave" ~ (Rob Roy born 7 March 1671)
Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes. To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement. ~ Aristotle
Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game. ~ Gary Gygax (recent death)
Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ~ Thomas Aquinas
It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs. ~ Aristotle
I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. ~ Aristotle
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. ~ Aristotle
Reason in man is rather like God in the world.
~ Thomas Aquinas ~
He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
~ Aristotle ~
One swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
~ Aristotle ~
Life can be great, but not when you can't see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life. And when it comes to drugs and alcohol just say NO.
~ Nancy Reagan ~
  • proposed by Kalki, to commemorate her recent death.
Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.
~ Aristotle ~
What is history … without politics? A guide who walks on and on with no one following to learn the road, so that his every step is wasted; just as politics without history is like a man who walks along without a guide.
~ Alessandro Manzoni ~
Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
~ John Herschel ~
A mind which has once imbibed a taste for scientific inquiry, and has learnt the habit of applying its principles readily to the cases which occur, has within itself an inexhaustible source of pure and exciting contemplations. … Accustomed to trace the operation of general causes, and the exemplification of general laws, in circumstances where the uninformed and unenquiring eye perceives neither novelty nor beauty, he walks in the midst of wonders.
~ John Herschel ~
In whatever state of knowledge we may conceive man to be placed, his progress towards a yet higher state need never fear a check, but must continue till the last existence of society.
~ John Herschel ~
There was a lot of talk about humanitarian corridors. Every day they talked about the opportunity for people to get out of the cities where Russia moved in, the Russian military. I am grateful to every Ukrainian and everyone who stays around to defend our cities, our freedom. But I also know that there are people who really need to flee, who can't stay, and we heard the promise that there will be humanitarian corridors. There are none! Instead of humanitarian corridors, they can only ensure bloody ones.
~ Volodymyr Zelenskyy ~
If we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children's birthright.
~ Amanda Gorman ~
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
~ Amanda Gorman ~
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DOB: Thomas Aquinas · Amanda Gorman · John Herschel · Robert Roy MacGregor · Alessandro Manzoni

Note: Aristotle still has many suggestions here, because previously this date was given as that of his death on Wikipedia; this is no longer accepted, but as no other date seems likely to be provided, this continues to be a primary place for suggestions of quotes by him.

To the natural philosopher there is no natural object unimportant or trifling. ~ John Herschel

  • 3 Kalki 15:45, 28 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 19:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

If ye are seeking Rob Roy, he's ken'd to be better than half a hunder men strong when he's at the fewest. ~ Sir Walter Scott, (Rob Roy's date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 15:50, 28 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 19:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. ~ Thomas Aquinas (date of death; date of birth unknown)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. ~ Thomas Aquinas

  • 2 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

The most hopeful people in the world are the young and the drunk. The first because they have little experience of failure, and the second because they have succeeded in drowning theirs. ~ Thomas Aquinas

  • 3 and lean toward a 4. Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 bystander (talk) 21:18, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,
Of His Flesh the mystery sing;
Of the Blood, all price exceeding,
Shed by our immortal King. ~ Thomas Aquinas

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. ~ Aristotle

The law is reason unaffected by desire. ~ Aristotle

  • 3 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 22:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC) Would that laws were so, but this is too ironic for me.
  • 1 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC) Frankly, I must agree with Ninguable here, at least with most understandings of the word "Law."
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. ~ Aristotle

And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace. ~ Aristotle

  • 3 and lean toward a 4. Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC) There are too many other bases for happiness, activity, and war making.
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

For the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility. ~ Aristotle

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. ~ Aristotle

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies. ~ Aristotle

  • 4 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

What comes after is not always progress. ~ Alessandro Manzoni

It is one of the advantages of this world that people can hate and be hated without knowing each other. ~ Alessandro Manzoni

  • 3 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 22:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC) Taken literally or ironically, I find this unappealing.
  • 1 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things—and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning. ~ Aristotle

The general practice is for the secret to be confided only to an equally trustworthy friend, the same conditions being imposed on him. And so from trustworthy friend to trustworthy friend the secret goes moving on round that immense chain, until finally it reaches the ears of just the very person or persons whom the first talker had expressly intended it never should reach.
~ Alessandro Manzoni ~