Last modified on 5 August 2014, at 14:13

August 7

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2003
It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word. ~ Andrew Jackson
2004
A man should be upright, not kept upright. ~ Marcus Aurelius
2005
Intelligence is like four-wheel drive. It only allows you to get stuck in more remote places. ~ Garrison Keillor (born 7 August 1942)
2006
We help the internet not suck. ~ Jimmy Wales (born 7 August 1966)
2007
Wikipedia is first and foremost an effort to create and distribute a free encyclopedia of the highest possible quality to every single person on the planet in their own language. Asking whether the community comes before or after this goal is really asking the wrong question: the entire purpose of the community is precisely this goal. ~ Jimmy Wales
2008
The question isn't whether you have a good master or a bad master. It's to be your own master. That is the dignity of humanity. ~ Alan Keyes
2009
Going to church no more makes you a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a car. ~ Garrison Keillor
2010
The real struggle is not between the right and the left but between the party of the thoughtful and the party of the jerks. ~ Jimmy Wales
2011
Simply having rules does not change the things that people want to do. You have to change incentives. ~ Jimmy Wales
2012
It turns out a lot of people don’t get it. Wikipedia is like rock’n’roll; it’s a cultural shift.
~ Jimmy Wales ~
2013
There's not a single thing on offer in this all-too-temporary world for which you should ever sell your soul.
~ Alan Keyes ~
2014
If the government can round up someone and never be required to explain why, then it's no longer the United States of America as you and I always understood it. Our enemies have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They have made us become like them.
~ Garrison Keillor ~
2015 
Rank or add further suggestions…

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

  • Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. ~ Jimmy Wales

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

When someone just writes 'fuck, fuck, fuck', we just fix it, laugh and move on. But the difficult social issues are the borderline cases - people who do some good work, but who are also a pain in the neck. ~ Jimmy Wales (born that day) "Who knows?", The Guardian, October 26, 2004

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 05:42, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 AllanHainey 12:00, 26 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki 22:34, 5 August 2005 (UTC) "laugh and move on..."
  • 0 Zarbon 15:09, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC) His Wikiquote page says he was born August 8.

When a feeling dissolves, it ceases to be your enemy and begins to be one of your allies. ~ Ed Seykota

  • 2 Zarbon 04:57, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:05, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Freedom does not mean doing what you can get away with, doing what you please. It means, instead, having the opportunity to do what you ought to do--for family and for community and for humanity as a whole. ~ Alan Keyes

  • 2 Zarbon 04:57, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:05, 5 August 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3 or 4.
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

There can be no self-government without self-discipline. There can be no self-government without self-control. There can be no liberty unless it is grounded in moral discipline and the ability to do what is right. ~ Alan Keyes

  • 2 Zarbon 04:57, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:05, 5 August 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

The travesty of slavery wasn't physical abuse. It was the moral abuse of looking at a human being as if they are an animal. ~ Alan Keyes

  • 2 Zarbon 04:57, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:05, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Our success or failure is not in the hands of our leaders. It is in our hands. ~ Alan Keyes

  • 2 Zarbon 04:57, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:05, 5 August 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Every leader, and every regime, and every movement, and every organization that steps across the line to terrorism must be banished from the discourse of civilized human life. ~ Alan Keyes

  • 2 Zarbon 04:57, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:05, 5 August 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

The answer to crime is not gun control, it is law enforcement and self-control. ~ Alan Keyes

  • 3 Zarbon 04:57, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 17:05, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 10:45, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

"The Russians aren't dedicated world dominationists. You know, they just sort of want it on account of a sentimental way, you know, but not like 'By God, we got to have it!' It just doesn't make sense for them to really push too hard, you know, but just to push easy." Herman Kahn

  • 4 Abattoir666 (talk · contributions) 11:33, 5 August 2014 (EST) I'm sorry, but the incessant optimism is kinda killing me, besides, this ones kinda funny.
  • 1 Kalki·· 13:51, 5 August 2014 (UTC) there is no clear relation to the date, and there are many others by Kahn I would prefer to use, even on such dates as have more relation to Kahn, or the statement.

Jesus said the meek would inherit the earth, but so far all we've gotten is Minnesota and North Dakota.
~ Garrison Keillor ~

The funniest line in English is “Get it?” When you say that, everyone chortles.
~ Garrison Keillor ~

I want to resume the life of a shy person.
~ Garrison Keillor ~

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
~ Garrison Keillor ~

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
~ Garrison Keillor ~

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
~ Garrison Keillor ~

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
~ Garrison Keillor ~

God writes a lot of comedy, Donna; the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play "funny".
~ Garrison Keillor ~

When the country goes temporarily to the dogs, cats must learn to be circumspect, walk on fences, sleep in trees, and have faith that all this woofing is not the last word. What is the last word, then? Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music and books, raising kids — all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through. Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
~ Garrison Keillor ~