September 20

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche in Beyond Good and Evil
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age. ~ Sophia Loren (born 20 September 1934)
We control fifty percent of a relationship. We influence one hundred percent of it. ~ Joyce Brothers (born 20 September 1928)
In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them. ~ Joyce Brothers
When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all. ~ Joyce Brothers
Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. ~ Sophia Loren
The silence of a wise man is always meaningful. ~ Leo Strauss
I have a conscience and a religious faith, and I know that our liberties were not won without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice. ~ Upton Sinclair
My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results... but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.
~ George R. R. Martin ~
After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
~ Sophia Loren ~
Men are constantly attracted and deluded by two opposite charms: the charm of competence which is engendered by mathematics and everything akin to mathematics, and the charm of humble awe, which is engendered by meditation on the human soul and its experiences. Philosophy is characterized by the gentle, if firm, refusal to succumb to either charm. It is the highest form of the mating of courage and moderation.
~ Leo Strauss ~
An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.
~ Joyce Brothers ~
The battle between good and evil is a legitimate theme for a Fantasy (or for any work of fiction, for that matter), but in real life that battle is fought chiefly in the individual human heart. Too many contemporary Fantasies take the easy way out by externalizing the struggle, so the heroic protagonists need only smite the evil minions of the dark power to win the day. And you can tell the evil minions, because they're inevitably ugly and they all wear black.
I wanted to stand much of that on its head.
In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.
~ George R. R. Martin ~
Now and then it occurs to one to reflect upon what slender threads of accident depend the most important circumstances of his life; to look back and shudder, realizing how close to the edge of nothingness his being has come.
~ Upton Sinclair ~
It is safer to try to understand the low in the light of the high than the high in the light of the low. In doing the latter one necessarily distorts the high, whereas in doing the former one does not deprive the low of the freedom to reveal itself as fully as what it is.
~ Leo Strauss ~
History is full of stories, full of triumph and tragedy and battles won and lost. It is the people who speak to me, the men and women who once lived and loved and dreamed and grieved, just as we do. Though some may have had crowns on their heads or blood on their hands, in the end they were not so different from you and me, and therein lies their fascination. I suppose I am still a believer in the now unfashionable "heroic" school, which says that history is shaped by individual men and women and the choices that they make, by deeds glorious and terrible.
~ George R. R. Martin ~
My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.
~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg ~
Religious belief, trust, a sense of connection to the universe — no matter what you call it, there is a spiritual component to strong families. They see their lives as imbued with purpose, reflected in the things they do for one another and the community. Small problems provide a chance to grow; large ones are a lesson in courage. … It takes a certain type of spiritual grace to see beyond one’s own misery to the needs of others. Strong families try to live so they can look outward — and inward — every single day.
~ Joyce Brothers ~
Strong families use the word "we" a lot, but "I" is never forgotten.
~ Joyce Brothers ~
At this inflection point in history, we’re going to be judged by whether or not we live up to the promises we have made to ourselves, to each other, to the most vulnerable, and to all those who will inherit the world we create, because that’s what we’re doing.
Will we find within ourselves the courage to do what must be done to preserve the planet, to protect human dignity, to provide opportunity for people everywhere, and to defend the tenets of the United Nations?
There can be only one answer to that question: We must, and we will.
~ Joe Biden ~
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May I remind you that it does NOT say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty! ~ (Cher Horowitz, "Clueless")

  • 4 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 05:13, 14 September 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 22:46, 19 September 2005 (UTC) No clear correlation with the date.
  • 1 per Kalki. Besides that, I have no idea in what context this quote was said. --Aphaia 07:50, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got. ~ Sophia Loren (born 20 September 1934)

  • 3 Kalki 22:46, 19 September 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:26, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 because I don't particularly think quotes that mention sex appeal would make a good QOTD. Zarbon 23:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words. ~ Joyce Brothers

  • 3 Zarbon 05:08, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 08:11, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Music isn't enough. Performers aren't enough. There must be someone that loves music as much as life. For you...we give everything. ~ William Kapell

  • 2 Zarbon 05:08, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 08:11, 20 September 2008 (UTC) bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint. ~ Leo Strauss

  • 2 Zarbon 05:08, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 08:11, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 N6n 11:51, 8 September 2010 (UTC) --palatable or not, it is something which has to considered.
  • 3 bystander (talk) 03:27, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

Kings have no friends, only subjects and enemies. ~ George R. R. Martin

  • 3 Zarbon 05:08, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 08:11, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Don’t fool yourself that you are going to have it all. You are not. Psychologically, having it all is not even a valid concept. The marvelous thing about human beings is that we are perpetually reaching for the stars. The more we have, the more we want. And for this reason, we never have it all. ~ Joyce Brothers

  • 3 Kalki 17:51, 19 September 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 N6n 11:51, 8 September 2010 (UTC)

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable. ~ Joyce Brothers

  • 3 Kalki 17:51, 19 September 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.

The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real... for a moment at least... that long magic moment before we wake. ~ George R. R. Martin

All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda. ~ Upton Sinclair

Let us redeem our great words from base uses. Let that no longer call itself Love, which knows that it is not free! ~ Upton Sinclair

The first thing brought forth by the study of any religion, ancient or modern, is that it is based upon Fear, born of it, fed by it — and that it cultivates the source from which its nourishment is derived. ~ Upton Sinclair

When the first savage saw his hut destroyed by a bolt of lightning, he fell down upon his face in terror. He had no conception of natural forces, of laws of electricity; he saw this event as the act of an individual intelligence. … The story of the hero who slays the devouring dragon was not merely a symbol of day and night, of summer and winter; it was a literal explanation of the phenomena, it was the science of early times. ~ Upton Sinclair