April 13

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
2005
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the limits of the law" because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. ~ Thomas Jefferson (born 13 April 1743 (N.S.))
2006
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson
2007
The secular state is the guarantee of religious pluralism. This apparent paradox, again, is the simplest and most elegant of political truths. ~ Christopher Hitchens
2008
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. ~ Thomas Jefferson
2009
I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. ~ Thomas Jefferson
2010
History says don't hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.
So hope for a great sea-change
on the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
and cures and healing wells.

~ Seamus Heaney ~
2011
There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive. ~ Thomas Jefferson
2012
A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy. ~ Guy Fawkes
2013
Let us do something while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for once the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us!
~ Samuel Beckett ~
2014
Over the mountains,
And over the waves,
Over the fountains,
And under the graves;
Over the floods that are deepest,
Which do Neptune obey;
Over the rocks that are steepest,
Love will find out the way.
~ Thomas Percy ~
2015 
Rank or add further suggestions…

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:


  • We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used.
3 : Very Good - strong desire to see it used.
2 : Good - some desire to see it used.
1 : Acceptable - but with no particular desire to see it used.
0 : Not acceptable - not appropriate for use as a quote of the day.


SuggestionsEdit

It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism — free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence ~ Thomas Jefferson

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:35, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Unfathomable mind, now beacon, now sea. ~ Samuel Beckett (born April 13, 1906)


These things I say, and shall say, if I can, are no longer, or are not yet, or never were, or never will be, or if they were, if they are, if they will be, were not here, are not here, will not be here, but elsewhere. ~ Samuel Beckett


Perhaps it's done already, perhaps they have said me already, perhaps they have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, it will be the silence, where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on. ~ Samuel Beckett


The fact is that serious trials and fearless investigations often are the cause of great division, and rightly so. ~ Christopher Hitchens (born April 13, 1949)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:35, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC) with a slight lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

All the excitements of a prohibited book had their usual effect, one of which, as always, is to expose the fact that the censors don't know what they are talking about. ~ Christopher Hitchens


Yes, in my life, since we must call it so, there were three things, the inability to speak, the inability to be silent, and solitude, that’s what I’ve had to make the best of. ~ Samuel Beckett


To know nothing is nothing, not to want to know anything likewise, but to be beyond knowing anything, to know you are beyond knowing anything, that is when peace enters in, to the soul of the incurious seeker. ~ Samuel Beckett


We are all born mad. Some remain so. ~ Samuel Beckett

  • 3 Kalki 13:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 15:40, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another. ~ Thomas Jefferson

  • 3 Kalki 09:10, 12 April 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 15:19, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give. ~ Thomas Jefferson

  • 3 Kalki 09:10, 12 April 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 15:19, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

God is a foreman with certain definite views
Who orders life in shifts of work and leisure.
~ Seamus Heaney


In conclusion, if you want to unravel the multitude of secrets of chess then don't begrudge the time. ~ Garry Kasparov

  • 3 Zarbon 05:21, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:44, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2. Would not include the first two words. - InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Alekhine's attacks came suddenly, like destructive thunderstorms that erupted from a clear sky. ~ Garry Kasparov


The most completely wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed. ~ Nicolas Chamfort

  • 3 Zarbon 05:21, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:44, 8 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3 or even 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Anyone who has no character is not a man, but a thing. ~ Nicolas Chamfort


The only thing that stops God sending a second Flood is that the first one was useless. ~ Nicolas Chamfort


A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. ~ Eudora Welty

  • 2 Zarbon 05:21, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:44, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

I've learned some things from having lived:
If you're alive, experience largely, merge with rivers, heavens, cosmos
For what we call living is a gift given to life
And life is a gift bestowed upon us

~ Ataol Behramoğlu (born April 13, 1942) ~

  • 4 --Nuktut (talk) 19:26, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer. ~ Christopher Hitchens


Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way. ~ Christopher Hitchens

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