Last modified on 11 April 2014, at 01:21

April 12

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. ~ Pierre Trudeau (on Canadian relations with the US)
2005
A living body is not merely an integration of limbs and flesh but it is the abode of the soul which potentially has perfect perception, perfect knowledge, perfect power, and perfect bliss. ~ Mahavira (599 or 549 BC) Mahavira Jayanti 2005 celebrating Mahavira's birth (Cregorian calendar and the traditional Jain calculations do not correspond precisely from year to year).
2006
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. ~ Tom Clancy (born 12 April 1947)
2007
Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle. ~ Tom Clancy
2008
The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. - Henry Clay (born 12 April 1777)
2009
He that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Easter Sunday 2009)
2010
No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it. Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there's somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, "Oh, you can't do that..." ~ Tom Clancy
2011
I don't know what God is, or what God had in mind when the universe was set in motion. In fact, I don't know if God even exists, although I confess that I sometimes find myself praying in times of great fear, or despair, or astonishment at a display of unexpected beauty. There are some ten thousand religious sects — each with its own cosmology, each with its own answer for the meaning of life and death. Most assert that the other 9,999 not only have it completely wrong but are instruments of evil, besides. None of the ten thousand has yet persuaded me to make the requisite leap of faith. In the absence of conviction, I've come to terms with the fact that uncertainty is an inescapable corollary of life. An abundance of mystery is simply part of the bargain — which doesn't strike me as something to lament. Accepting the essential inscrutability of existence, in any case, is surely preferable to its opposite: capitulating to the tyranny of intransigent belief. And if I remain in the dark about our purpose here, and the meaning of eternity, I have nevertheless arrived at an understanding of a few modest truths: Most of us fear death. Most of us yearn to comprehend how we got here, and why — which is to say, most of us ache to know the love of our creator. And we will no doubt feel that ache, most of us, for as long as we happen to be alive. ~ Jon Krakauer
2012
Historically, anything that gets information to people is good for the world. The most important human being whoever lived, if you want to leave out religious figures, would be Johannes Gutenberg... that's when the liberation of human thought happened, because people could read the thoughts of people across the world, and have thoughts of their own, and publish them and spread information around. Anything that gets information to people is good. ~ Tom Clancy
2013
The basic drive behind real philosophy is curiosity about the world, not interest in the writings of philosophers. Each of us emerges from the preconsciousness of babyhood and simply finds himself here, in it, in the world. That experience alone astonishes some people. What is all this — what is the world? And what are we? From the beginning of humanity some have been under a compulsion to ask these questions, and have felt a craving for the answers. This is what is really meant by any such phrase as "mankind's need for metaphysics."
~ Bryan Magee ~
2014
I have very strongly this feeling... that our everyday life is at one and the same time banal, overfamiliar, platitudinous and yet mysterious and extraordinary.
~ Bryan Magee ~
2015 
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The average guy is smart enough to know the difference between what works and what doesn't, and if you have bad information, sooner or later, you figure it out and you get onto something else. ~ Tom Clancy

  • 3 Kalki 14:37, 11 April 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4
  • 3 InvisibleSun 15:38, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Arjen Dijksman 13:58, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity — unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity. - Henry Clay


I have heard something said about allegiance to the South. I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance... The Union, sir, is my country. - Henry Clay


Slow justice is not justice. ~ Federico Hernández Denton


Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet. I understood on some dim, detached level that the sweep of earth beneath my feet was a spectacular sight. I'd been fantasizing about this moment, and the release of emotion that would accompany it, for many months. But now that I was finally here, actually standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care. ~ Jon Krakauer


Religion is another name for the realization of Truth. It consists in becoming and being one with the Supreme Being. Doctrines and dogmas are only details of a secondary nature. ~ Swami Narayanananda

  • 2 Zarbon 15:19, 7 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 07:47, 11 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:38, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Every discord is a harmony not understood. Happiness is a disease, and pain, a medicine. ~ Swami Narayanananda


Love is not lust. The two are poles apart. Love liberates while lust binds. ~ Swami Narayanananda

  • 3 Zarbon 15:19, 7 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 07:47, 11 April 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:38, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

If women could be fair and yet not fond,
Or that their love were firm, not fickle still,
I would not marvel that they make men bond
By service long to purchase their good will;
But when I see how frail those creatures are,
I laugh that men forget themselves so far.
~ Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford


Nothing, believe me, nothing is more satisfying to me personally than getting a great idea and then beatin' it to death. ~ David Letterman


It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so. ~ Josh Billings


I don't care how much a man talks, if he only says it in a few words. ~ Josh Billings


You will either offend the world and please God, or please the world and offend God. ~ John Hagee

  • 4 Zarbon 15:19, 7 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 07:47, 11 April 2009 (UTC) Though I accept that there are absolute truths to be sought and reckoned by, far beyond concerns about any pleasing or displeasing of others, because I do, I cannot accept so absolute and thus false a dichotomy as this statement implies.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 18:38, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Why would you want to be politically correct when you can be right? ~ John Hagee

  • 2 Zarbon 15:19, 7 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 07:47, 11 April 2009 (UTC) Though the wisest usually aim to be polite and politically prudent, they don't seek to have themselves or anyone else constrained to any extremely shallow notions of "correctness" as are presumptively pre-defined and delineated by many — whether they are actually called that or not. Too shallow and narrow a conception of what is either "right" or "correct" for everyone, is galling to a mind which respects the principles of both Liberty and Justice, and the interplay that arises between them.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 18:38, 11 April 2009 (UTC)