February 2

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
My years are not advancing as fast as you might think. ~ Bill Murray as "Phil" in Groundhog Day
2005
Anything different is good. ~ Bill Murray as "Phil" in Groundhog Day
2006
There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens. ~ Coretta Scott King (recent death)
2007
Well, it's Groundhog Day... again... ~ Bill Murray as "Phil" in Groundhog Day
2008
History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses (Joyce born 2 February 1882)
2009
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. ~ Abba Eban (born 2 February 1915)
2010
I'm not playing by their rules anymore! ~ Bill Murray as "Phil" in Groundhog Day
2011
When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets. ~ James Joyce
2012
I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile and cunning. ~ James Joyce
2013
I'm a god — I'm not the God.
I don't think.
~ "Phil" ~
in
~ Groundhog Day ~
2014
I shall choose friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. And I shall choose only such as please me, and them I shall love and respect, but neither command nor obey. And we shall join our hands when we wish, or walk alone when we so desire.
~ Ayn Rand ~
2015 
Rank or add further suggestions…


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

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals to discovery. ~ James Joyce

used 16 June 2009, proposed by Kalki

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

Pity is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the sufferer. Terror is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the secret cause. ~ James Joyce

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:51, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 21:41, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Her image had passed into his soul for ever and no word had broken the holy silence of his ecstasy. Her eyes had called him and his soul had leaped at the call. To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life! A wild angel had appeared to him, the angel of mortal youth and beauty, an envoy from the fair courts of life, to throw open before him in an instant of ecstasy the gates of all the ways of error and glory. On and on and on and on! ~ James Joyce

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:51, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 1 February 2007 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4 but would extend this to begin with:
His cheeks were aflame; his body was aglow; his limbs were trembling. On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him.
  • 1 Zarbon 21:41, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Art has arrived at the paradox that tradition itself requires the occurrence of radical attacks on tradition. ~ Harold Rosenberg (born February 2, 1906)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:51, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 21:41, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Both art and the artist lack identity and define themselves only through their encounter with each other. ~ Harold Rosenberg

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:51, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 1 February 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 21:41, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The artist is obliged to invent the self who will paint his pictures. ~ Harold Rosenberg


The mocker is never taken seriously when he is most serious. ~ James Joyce

  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 1 February 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:51, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 21:41, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light, but though I seem to be driven out of my country as a misbeliever I have found no man yet with a faith like mine. ~ James Joyce

  • 3 Kalki 22:16, 1 February 2007 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:51, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 21:41, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination. ~ Jane Wagner (born 2 February 1935)

  • 3 Kalki 09:23, 2 September 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:02, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 21:41, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

One can't love man without hating most of the creatures who pretend to bear his name. It's one or the other. ~ Ayn Rand (born 2 February 1905)

—This unsigned comment is by Japhy (talkcontribs) .
  • 1 Kalki 18:13, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 23:07, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:31, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where the gun begins. ~ Ayn Rand

  • 3 Kalki 18:37, 31 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:07, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 though I like the concept attributed to the "gun". - Zarbon 04:31, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

You know how people long to be eternal. But they die with every day that passes. When you meet them, they’re not what you met last. In any given hour, they kill some part of themselves. They change, they deny, they contradict — and they call it growth. At the end there’s nothing left, nothing unreversed or unbetrayed; as if there had never been an entity, only a succession of adjectives fading in and out on an unformed mass. ~ Ayn Rand

  • 3 Kalki 18:37, 31 January 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:07, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:31, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours. ~ Ayn Rand

  • 3 Kalki 18:37, 31 January 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:07, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 This is way too long but I would give this a 2 if it were shortened to the last phrase "Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours." - Zarbon 04:31, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

You're not a god. You can take my word for it — this is 12 years of Catholic school talking. ~ Andie MacDowell as "Rita" in Groundhog Day

  • 3 Kalki 23:53, 2 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:31, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

I like to see a man of advancing years throwing caution to the wind. It's inspiring in a way. ~ Andie MacDowell as "Rita" in Groundhog Day

  • 3 Kalki 23:53, 2 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:31, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

You can't plan a day like today. ~ Andie MacDowell as "Rita" in Groundhog Day

  • 3 Kalki 23:53, 2 February 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:31, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

No matter what happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I'm happy now — because I love you. ~ Bill Murray as "Phil" in Groundhog Day

  • 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 17:00, 29 January 2010 (UTC) * 4 Kalki 23:53, 2 February 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 04:31, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

Man cannot survive except by gaining knowledge, and reason is his only means to gain it. Reason is the faculty that perceives, identifies and integrates the material provided by his senses. The task of his senses is to give him the evidence of existence, but the task of identifying it belongs to his reason, his senses tell him only that something is, but what it is must be learned by his mind. ~ Ayn Rand



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