Wikiquote talk:Quotes of the Year

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Krhm. I don't mean to be obnoxious, but the quote "Ars longa, vita brevis." is quite likely not attributable to Horace... -- Cimon Avaro

That's not being obnoxious at all. Authenticity is one of the main goals of this site, which is why we set up Verified and Attributed in the first place. If you don't think it is authentic, even as an Attributed phrase, move it. I noticed on Talk:Horace you suggested it is attributed to Seneca. Just create a page for them and move the quote. Nanobug 20:38, 12 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Actually, let me backpedal a little. I googled, and did in fact find an occurence where it was attributed to Horace. And Seneca seems to have used an inverted word ordering. Let it stay attributed to Horace. In any case it is a translation from the Greek of Hippocrates, and may have been used by quite a few orators and penmen... -- Cimon avaro 00:31, 13 Sep 2003 (UTC)

The phrase that someone posted for June 6th, 2004 "Do no work but get everything done." though probably based on a passage of the Dao De Jing does not appear in any published translations that I could find, (I own over a dozen) and is not actually a coherent expression, contradicting itself in ways that are more than merely apparent and paradoxical. Wikimedia technical difficulties prevented me from making a timely ammendment of this post, and I am archiving it only here, and adding to the normal archive two alternate translations of the phrase that are not self-contradicting and better convey the wisdom of the expression, rather than making it seem extremely absurd. These are both published translations of section 48 of the Dao De Jing, which is the passage of the book by Lao Zi which is most likely to be the ultimate source of the attempt at translation that was posted. Chapter 2, Chapter 63, and a few others have similar statements, but I believe this is the closest match to what was posted. ~ Kalki 03:28, 8 Jun 2004 (UTC)


"Only a gobal wisdom can help us for reach to the human top advancement. This would be our vision".-- 07:50, 29 Jul 2004 (UTC) Sima Mohazab Iran.