Last modified on 11 December 2014, at 22:51

December 13

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway... And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! ~ Anne Frank
2005
The maple tree that night
Without a wind or rain
Let go its leaves
Because its time had come.

~ Eugene McCarthy (recent death)
2006
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. ~ Kofi Annan, elected Secretary General of the United Nations on this date, in 1996.
2007
Where they burn books, they will also burn people. ~ Heinrich Heine (born 13 December 1797)
2008
Mark this well, you proud men of action: You are nothing but the unwitting agents of the men of thought who often, in quiet self-effacement, mark out most exactly all your doings in advance. ~ Heinrich Heine
2009
Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry... To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery. ~ George Pólya (date of birth)
2010
The best of ideas is hurt by uncritical acceptance and thrives on critical examination. ~ George Pólya (date of birth)
2011
Life's an awfully lonesome affair. You can live close against other people yet your lives never touch. You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even coming and going. ~ Emily Carr
2012
If our animosities are born out of fear, then confident generosity is born out of hope. One of the central lessons I have learned after a half century of working in the developing world is that the replacement of fear by hope is probably the single most powerful trampoline of progress.
~ Aga Khan IV ~
2013
When words leave off, music begins.
~ Heinrich Heine ~
2014
A higher power than man power guided and watched over me and told me what to do. … There can be no doubt in the world of the fact of the divine power being in that. No other power under heaven could bring a man out of a place like that. Men were killed on both sides of me; and I was the biggest and the most exposed of all. Over thirty machine guns were maintaining rapid fire at me, point-blank from a range of about twenty-five yards.
~ Alvin C. York ~
2015 
Rank or add further suggestions…

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

As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences. ~ Eugene McCarthy (recent death)

  • 2 Kalki 00:11, 12 December 2007 (UTC) 3 Kalki 23:58, 12 December 2005 (UTC) link to date no longer strong.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:52, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 16:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 AdamKadmon 00:45, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

They that won't be counselled, can't be helped. ~ Benjamin Franklin

  • 1. No stated relevance for this day. InvisibleSun 21:52, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:11, 12 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 16:18, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 19:59, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 AdamKadmon 00:45, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

But genius is an enormous littleness, a trickling
Of heart that covers alike the hare and the hunter.
~ Kenneth Patchen (born December 13, 1911)


Have you wondered why all the windows in heaven were
broken?
Have you seen the homeless in the grave of God's
hand?
Do you want to acquaint the larks with the fatuous
music of war?
~ Kenneth Patchen


The animal I wanted
Couldn't get into the world...
I can hear it crying
When I sit like this away from life.
~ Kenneth Patchen


O my love there are larks in our morning
And the finding flame of your hands
And the moss on the bank of the river
And the butterflies
And the whirling-mad
Butterflies!
~ Kenneth Patchen


A proper home can provide the bridge across that terrible gulf between poverty and a better future. ~ Aga Khan IV

  • 3 Zarbon 05:01, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:48, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 14:01, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 19:59, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:29, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged. ~ Heinrich Heine

  • 3 for a living enemy is more deadly than one that is gone. Zarbon 05:01, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 21:48, 10 December 2008 (UTC) Might give this a 2 or even a 3 eventually, though I don't actually agree with it, in the normal interpretations of the words used.
  • 1 Ningauble 14:01, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Antiquary 19:59, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:29, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 AdamKadmon 00:45, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

At first I was almost about to despair, I thought I never could bear it — but I did I bear it. The question remains: how? ~ Heinrich Heine

  • 4 because after the initial act, one may be stunned as to how they lived through it. Whatever "it" is characterized by, I assume any difficult and strenuous task may be applied into the equation. Zarbon 05:05, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:48, 10 December 2008 (UTC) I might rank this higher in the future.
  • 1 Ningauble 14:01, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 19:59, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:29, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

He who will establish himself on a certain height must yield according to circumstances, like the weather-cock on a church-spire, which, though it be made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it remained obstinately immovable, and did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind. ~ Heinrich Heine

  • 3 Kalki 21:48, 10 December 2008 (UTC) with a lean towards 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 15:34, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 14:01, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 19:59, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:29, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

What! Think you that my flashes show me
Only in lightnings to excel?
Believe me, friends, you do not know me,
For I can thunder quite as well.

~ Heinrich Heine ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:48, 10 December 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean towards 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 15:34, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 14:01, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Antiquary 19:59, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:29, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

I noticed the bushes all around where I stood in my fight with the machine guns were all cut down. The bullets went over my head and on either side. But they never touched me.
~ Alvin C. York ~

I was sharpshooting. I don't think I missed a shot. It was no time to miss.
In order to sight me or to swing their machine guns on me, the Germans had to show their heads above the trench, and every time I saw a head I just touched it off. All the time I kept yelling at them to come down. I didn't want to kill any more than I had to. But it was they or I. And I was giving them the best I had.
~ Alvin C. York ~

Suddenly a German officer and five men jumped out of the trench and charged me with fixed bayonets. I changed to the old automatic and just touched them off too. I touched off the sixth man first, then the fifth, then the fourth, then the third and so on. I wanted them to keep coming.
I didn't want the rear ones to see me touching off the front ones.
~ Alvin C. York ~

God would never be cruel enough to create a cyclone as terrible as that Argonne battle. Only man would ever think of doing an awful thing like that. It looked like "the abomination of desolation" must look like. And all through the long night those big guns flashed and growled just like the lightning and the thunder when it storms in the mountains at home.
And, oh my, we had to pass the wounded. And some of them were on stretchers going back to the dressing stations, and some of them were lying around, moaning and twitching. And the dead were all along the road. And it was wet and cold. And it all made me think of the Bible and the story of the Anti-Christ and Armageddon.
And I'm telling you the little log cabin in Wolf Valley in old Tennessee seemed a long long way off.
~ Alvin C. York ~