Last modified on 2 November 2014, at 03:58

February 20

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom. Friendship loves a free Air, and will not be penned up in streight and narrow Enclosures. It will speak freely, and act so too; and take nothing ill where no ill is meant; nay, where it is, ’twill easily forgive, and forget too, upon small Acknowledgments. ~ William Penn
2005
All in all is all we are. ~ Kurt Cobain (born 20 February 1967)
2006
We picked up everything we could get our hands on. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug-collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon. ~ Hunter S. Thompson (died 20 February 2005)
2007
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. ~ Frederick Douglass
2008
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get. ~ Frederick Douglass (died February 20, 1895; born February 1817/1818, birthdate unknown)
2009
No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. ~ Frederick Douglass
2010
Our world is in profound danger. Mankind must establish a set of positive values with which to secure its own survival.
This quest for enlightenment must begin now.
It is essential that all men and women become aware of what they are, why they are here on Earth and what they must do to preserve civilization before it is too late. ~ Richard Matheson (born 20 February 1926)
2011
I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery — the great sin and shame of America! "I will not equivocate; I will not excuse;" I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgement is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just. ~ Frederick Douglass
2012
The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel. ~ John Glenn (50th Anniversary of first American orbitting Earth, 20 February 1962) John Glenn Friendship 7 Day
2013
I don’t believe in the “supernatural,” I believe in the “supernormal.” To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.
~ Richard Matheson ~
2014
Robert Neville looked out over the new people of the earth. He knew he did not belong to them; he knew that, like the vampires, he was anathema and black terror to be destroyed. And, abruptly, the concept came, amusing to him even in his pain. … Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever.
I am legend.
~ Richard Matheson ~
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

Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears. At least, such is my experience. ~ Frederick Douglass

  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:36, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC) but perhaps extending it, or replacing it with the extension: "I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness. Crying for joy, and singing for joy, were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery. The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion." (of either option I am still inclined to rank them at 3).
I would also rate the alternative as a 3. - InvisibleSun 21:26, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid, and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us.

~ Kurt Cobain ~ (born 20 February 1967)

  • 3 Kalki 01:23, 29 March 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 allixpeeke (talk) 01:41, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

He's the one
Who likes all the pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means.

~ Kurt Cobain ~ (born 20 February 1967)

  • 3 Kalki 01:23, 29 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 (leaning toward 1) allixpeeke (talk) 01:41, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Come as you are, as you were
As I want you to be
As a Trend, as a friend, as an old enemy
Take your time, hurry up
The choice is yours, don't be late.

~ Kurt Cobain ~ (born 20 February 1967)

  • 3 Kalki 01:23, 29 March 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 (strongly lean to 4) allixpeeke (talk) 01:41, 23 August 2014 (UTC) (But I would reformat the song as follows: "Come<br>As you are<br>As you were<br>As I want you to be<br>As a Trend<br>As a friend<br>As an old enemy<br>Take your time<br>Hurry up<br>The choice is yours<br>don't be late<br>As a trend<br>As a friend<br>As an old memoria".)

There he goes, One of God's Own Prototypes; a High-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

—This unsigned comment is by D is for d (talkcontribs) .

You never know, he thought. You just never know. You drift along, year after year, presuming certain values to be fixed; like being able to drive on a public thoroughfare without somebody trying to murder you. You came to depend on that sort of thing. Then something occurs and all bets are off. One shocking incident and all the years of logic and acceptance are displaced and, suddenly, the jungle is in front of you again. Man, part animal, part angel. ~ Richard Matheson


The old baggage, old roles of authority, who's the teacher, who's the father, gets in the way of who we really are to each other. ~ What Dreams May Come ~ based on the work of Richard Matheson


What some folks call impossible, is just stuff they haven't seen before. ~ What Dreams May Come ~ based on the work of Richard Matheson


Thought is real. Physical is the illusion. Ironic, huh? ~ What Dreams May Come ~ based on the work of Richard Matheson


Sometimes, when you lose, you win. ~ What Dreams May Come ~ based on the work of Richard Matheson


What's true in our minds is true, whether some people know it or not. ~ What Dreams May Come ~ based on the work of Richard Matheson


I want to save you if I can.
When I was first given the job of spying on you, I had no feelings about your life. … But now it’s different. I know now that you were just as much forced into your situation as we were forced into ours. We are infected. But you already know that. What you don’t understand yet is that we’re going to stay alive. We’ve found a way to do that and we’re going to set up society again slowly but surely. ~ Richard Matheson

  • 3 Kalki·· 20:20, 14 February 2012 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

It is a secret but I have pulled the chain out of the wall. I can see out the little window all I like. ~ Richard Matheson


X — This day when it had light mother called me a retch. You retch she said. I saw in her eyes the anger. I wonder what it is a retch. ~ Richard Matheson


According to legend, they were invisible in mirrors, but he knew that was untrue. As untrue as the belief that they transformed themselves into bats. That was a superstition that logic, plus observation had easily disposed of. ‘It was equally foolish to believe that they could transform themselves into wolves. Without a doubt there were vampire dogs; he had seen and heard them outside his house at night. But they were only dogs. ~ Richard Matheson


The world’s gone mad, he thought. The dead walk about and I think nothing of it.
The return of corpses has become trivial in import. How quickly one accepts the incredible if only one sees it. ~ Richard Matheson


Sometimes he had indulged in daydreams about finding someone. More often, though, he had tried to adjust to what he sincerely believed was the inevitable — that he was actually the only one left in the world. At least in as much of the world as he could ever hope to know. ~ Richard Matheson


Remember, stay ahead of them. Keep the mystery, always mystery. Excess within control. ~ Richard Matheson in Somewhere in Time


The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of, in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? "Forgive me. I have never known this feeling. I have lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, I failed to recognize you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way I can tell you how my life have changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say... I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you." Such would I say to him if he were really here. ~ "Elise McKenna" in Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson


I have a question for you, sir. Is time travel possible? ~ Richard Matheson in Somewhere in Time


At this point I have a request for our fans.  If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us - leave us the fuck alone!  Don't come to our shows and don't buy our records. ~ Kurt Cobain

Note:  Cobain was born on 20 February 1967.  This quote was included in the liner notes to Incesticide.  Sources: Pages 1–2, pages 3–4.  See also this.


To be positive at all times is to ignore all that is important, sacred or valuable.  To be negative at all times is to be threatened by ridiculousness and instant discredibility. ~ Kurt Cobain

Note:  Cobain was born on 20 February 1967.  This quote was included on page 18 of Journals.

  • 3 (strongly leaning to 4) allixpeeke (talk) 01:24, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth.  And it happens every few minutes. ~ Kurt Cobain

Note:  Cobain was born on 20 February 1967.  This quote was included on page 18 of Journals.


I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience.  I know they're out there and it really bothers me. ~ Kurt Cobain

Note:  Cobain was born on 20 February 1967.