November 6

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. ~ Jean Giraudoux
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. ~ Mohandas Gandhi (arrested 6 November 1913 while leading an Indian miners' march)
Me, I shall be an autocrat: that is my trade; and The Good God will forgive me: that is His. ~ Catherine the Great (died 6 November 1796)
  • proposed by Fys
I don’t think that combat has ever been written about truthfully; it has always been described in terms of bravery and cowardice. I won’t even accept these words as terms of human reference any more. And anyway, hell, they don’t even apply to what, in actual fact, modern warfare has become. ~ James Jones
This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can! ~ Barack Obama (recent election to be 44th President of USA).
A man or woman is seldom happy unless he or she is sustaining him or herself and making a contribution to others. ~ Zig Ziglar
The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities. ~ Cesare Lombroso
If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere. ~ Zig Ziglar
I write to reach eternity.
~ James Jones ~
The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.
~ Zig Ziglar ~
Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.
~ Zig Ziglar ~
Go so far as you can see and when you get there you will always be able to see farther. … as you head toward your goals, be prepared to make some slight adjustments to your course. You don't change your decision to go — you do change your direction to get there.
~ Zig Ziglar ~
Why was it everything was always so goddam complicated? Even the simplest things was so goddam complicated when you come to doing them.
~ James Jones ~
Where words prevail not, violence prevails;
But gold doth more than either of them both.
~ Thomas Kyd ~
  • proposed by Kalki (for the date of Kyd's baptism — birthdate unknown)
I am an adherent of the ideal of democracy, although I know well the weaknesses of the democratic form of government. Social equality and economic protection of the individual have always seemed to me the important communal aims of the state.
Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice keeps me from feeling isolated.
~ Albert Einstein ~
  • proposed by Kalki, for election day 2018 in the USA.
I'm an American, and always will be. I happen to love that big, awkward, sprawling country very much — and its big, awkward, sprawling people. Anyway, I don't like politics; and I don't make "political gestures" … I don't even believe in politics. To me, politics is like one of those annoying, and potentially dangerous (but generally just painful) chronic diseases that you just have to put up with in your life if you happen to have contracted it. Politics is like having diabetes. It's a science, a catch-as-catch-can science, which has grown up out of simple animal necessity more than anything else. If I were twice as big as I am, and twice as physically strong, I think I'd be a total anarchist.
~ James Jones ~
The presidency itself is not a partisan institution. It’s the one office in this nation that represents everyone and it demands a duty of care for all Americans. That is precisely what I will do. I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as I will for those who did vote for me. Now, every vote must be counted. No one’s going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever. America’s come too far. America’s fought too many battles. America’s endured too much to ever let that happen.
We the people will not be silenced. We the people will not be bullied. We the people will not surrender. My friends, I’m confident we’ll emerge victorious. But this will not be my victory alone or our victory alone. It’ll be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America.
~ Joe Biden ~
Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.
~ Cesare Lombroso ~
You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
~ Zig Ziglar ~
As we speak, the world feels more unstable and more dangerous than it has in a very long time. Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine continues to challenge the international order. This summer delivered record breaking temperatures across the planet, with an uptick in drought and flooding and wildfires.
Right here in America, but also around the world, we’ve seen a continued assault on democratic norms, escalating political polarization, a lot of it fueled by a steady stream of misinformation, and bile on social media.
And of course, over the last few weeks, we have watched a deadly struggle unfold in the Middle East, triggered by the horrific murder of more than 1,400 mostly civilian Israelis, many of them children, at the hands of Hamas, as well as the abduction of over 200 hostages; and then an Israeli response that has so far resulted in the displacement of well over a million people, the death of at least 9,000 Palestinian civilians, thousands of them also children, the cutoff of water, food, electricity to a captive population that risks creating an even greater humanitarian crisis.
And all of this is taking place against the backdrop of decades of failure to achieve a durable peace for both Israelis and Palestinians, one that is based on genuine security for Israel, a recognition of its right to exist, and a peace that is based on an end of the occupation and the creation of a viable state and self-determination for the Palestinian people.
I will admit it is impossible to be dispassionate in the face of this carnage. It is hard to feel hopeful. The images of families mourning, of bodies being pulled from rubble force a moral reckoning on all of us. … And yet, as heartbreaking as the news is right now — and it is heartbreaking — as daunting as all the challenges that we face may be, I stand here convinced that it is within our power, or more specifically within your power to make this world better.
~ Barack Obama ~
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Remember that life is hard, but when you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you. ~ Zig Ziglar

  • 3 Zarbon 04:18, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. ~ Cesare Lombroso

  • 3 Zarbon 04:24, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

The ignorant man always adores what he cannot understand. ~ Cesare Lombroso

  • 3 Zarbon 04:24, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
This is now sourced. Kalki 12:51, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

I'm not a racist. I hate everybody. ~ Christian Lorenz

  • 2 for comedic value. Zarbon 04:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:49, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 22:45, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation. ~ Zig Ziglar

  • 3 Kalki 15:07, 4 November 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. ~ Zig Ziglar

You might occasionally feel that some people are standing in the way and slowing your progress, but in reality the biggest person standing in your way is you. Others can stop you temporarily — you are the only one who can do it permanently.
~ Zig Ziglar ~