Last modified on 21 June 2014, at 11:41

April 25

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Gautama Buddha
2005
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them. ~ Edward R. Murrow (born 25 April 1908)
2006
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue. ~ Edward R. Murrow (born 25 April 1908)
2007
It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts. ~ Boris Yeltsin (recent death)
2008
The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it. ~ Edward R. Murrow
2009
I will either find a way, or make one. ~ Hannibal
2010
It is best to keep one’s own state intact; to crush the enemy’s state is only second best. ~ Sun Tzu
2011
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. ~ Sun Tzu
2012
Reason, in fact, is a thing of God, inasmuch as there is nothing which God the Maker of all has not provided, disposed, ordained by reason — nothing which He has not willed should be handled and understood by reason. All, therefore, who are ignorant of God, must necessarily be ignorant also of a thing which is His, because no treasure-house at all is accessible to strangers. And thus, voyaging all the universal course of life without the rudder of reason, they know not how to shun the hurricane which is impending over the world. ~ Tertullian
2013
Man is one name belonging to every nation upon earth. In them all is one soul though many tongues. Every country has its own language, yet the subjects of which the untutored soul speaks are the same everywhere.
~ Tertullian ~
2014
No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.
~ Edward R. Murrow ~
2015 
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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

In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. ~ Solomon

  • 3 because to know more is to suffer more, knowledge heightens suffering, beautiful. Zarbon 16:35, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because teaching can lead to truth rather than blind persuasion. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:11, 24 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3
  • 3 Sketchmoose 20:02, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because discipline is a beautiful principle all by itself. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 01:11, 24 April 2009 (UTC) * 2 Kalki 23:21, 24 April 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

Out of the frying pan into the fire. ~ Tertullian

  • 3 because when trying to avoid one disaster, one may fall into another one that is much worse. Beautiful imagery to go with climactic moral. Zarbon 16:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 01:11, 24 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because a smart warrior will know how to trick his enemy. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions. ~ Sun Tzu

  • 3 because a swift victory is respected. Zarbon 17:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 23:19, 24 April 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3, or eventual 4.

Prorsus credibile est, quia ineptum est.
It is to be believed because it is absurd.
~ Tertullian ~

  • 2 Kalki 01:11, 24 April 2009 (UTC) but leaning toward an eventual 3 or even a 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 02:40, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

Cum ergo spiritus Dei descendit, indiuidua patientia comitatur eum.
When God's Spirit descends, then Patience accompanies Him indivisibly.
~ Tertullian ~

  • 3 Kalki 01:11, 24 April 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 02:40, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

I don't believe it can end. Now that I've seen what war is, what civil war is, I know that everybody, if one day it should end, ought to ask himself: "And what shall we make of the fallen? Why are they dead?" I wouldn't know what to say. Not now, at any rate. Nor does it seem to me that the others know. Perhaps only dead know, and only for them is the war really over. ~ Cesare Pavese

  • 3 because it's the day of the liberation from fascism (national holiday). Nemo 13:44, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 17:35, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

Virtue has great power, but not if it is imposed – only when it is chosen. ~ Dinesh D'Souza