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February 25

Quotes of the day from previous years:

An amicable divorce is like a ventilated condom; it just doesn't work. ~ Rita Rudner
Little darling,
I feel that ice is slowly melting.
Little darling,
It seems like years since it's been clear.
Here comes the sun...
Here comes the sun,
And I say
It's alright.

~ George Harrison ~
(born 25 February 1943, according to death certificate)
That so many writers have been prepared to accept a kind of martyrdom is the best tribute that flesh can pay to the living spirit of man as expressed in his literature. One cannot doubt that the martyrdom will continue to be gladly embraced. To some of us, the wresting of beauty out of language is the only thing in the world that matters. ~ Anthony Burgess (born 25 February 1917)
I look at the world and I notice it’s turning.
While my guitar gently weeps.
With every mistake we must surely be learning,
Still my guitar gently weeps.

~ George Harrison ~
Every intelligent child is an amateur anthropologist. The first thing such a child notices is that adults don't make sense. ~ John Leonard (born 25 February 1939)
Do what you want to do
And go where you're going to
Think for yourself
'Cause I won't be there with you.

~ George Harrison ~
When the state murders, it assumes an authority I refuse to concede: the authority of perfect knowledge in final things. ~ John Leonard
If there is victory in overcoming the enemy, there is a greater victory when a man overcomes himself. ~ José de San Martín
The scientist, like the magician, possesses secrets. A secret — expertise — is somehow perceived as antidemocratic, and therefore ought to be unnatural. We have come a long way from Prometheus to Faust to Frankenstein. And even Frankenstein's monster is now a joke. ~ John Leonard
My best friend is he who rights my wrongs or reproaches my mistakes.
~ José de San Martín ~
The culture as a whole is losing its individual notes, its diversity. And this is… it's not only sad. It's devastating. It's devastating because routine language means routine thought. And it means unquestioning thought.
~ John Leonard ~
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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.


War is so terrible that it desperately requires any limits anyone can agree on, any gesture toward dignity, any mitigation suggesting civilized scruple. There isn’t even persuasive evidence that torture makes its victims tell their secrets, instead of saying whatever we want to hear. ~ John Leonard

The books we love, love us back. In gratitude, we should promise not to cheat on them — not to pretend we're better than they are; not to use them as target practice, agit-prop, trampolines, photo ops or stalking horses; not to sell out scruple to that scratch-and-sniff info-tainment racket in which we posture in front of experience instead of engaging it. ~ John Leonard

To be capable of embarrassment is the beginning of moral consciousness. Honor grows from qualms. ~ John Leonard

  • 4 InvisibleSun 15:58, 16 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:09, 24 February 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:51, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

A well-fought defeat is worth more than a casual victory. ~ José de San Martín (born February 25)

  • 4 because I love this one. For to lose in style is better than to win without enthralling magnificence. Zarbon 17:12, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:17, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

More noise does a single man yelling, than a hundred who remain quiet. ~ José de San Martín (born February 25)

  • 3 Zarbon 17:12, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:17, 20 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

In God's body shop, each of us was customized. But science came along to substitute statistical inference for free will. We are now a tribe of likelihoods. ~ John Leonard

Granted, religion is wishful thinking, but there is no other kind of thinking. ~ John Leonard

The words, the style always reflects a habit of mind. And the habit of mind comes in from a different angle. ~ John Leonard

Everybody is forever saying that the essay is dead. This is always said in essays. ~ John Leonard

There are too many ironies in the fire! ~ John Leonard

Let us be free, the rest matters not. ~ José de San Martín

I only want Lions in my regiment. ~ José de San Martín

You will be what you must be, or else you will be nothing. ~ José de San Martín

My promises to the people for whom I have waged war have been fulfilled — to accomplish their independence and leave the choice of their rulers to their own will. ~ José de San Martín

The conscience is the best and most impartial judge that a righteous man has. ~ José de San Martín