Last modified on 13 April 2014, at 11:17

January 9

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy. ~ Spider Robinson
2005
Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~ Robert F. Kennedy
2006
Life will not perish! It will begin anew with love; it will start out naked and tiny; it will take root in the wilderness, and to it all that we did and built will mean nothing — our towns and factories, our art, our ideas will all mean nothing, and yet life will not perish! Only we have perished. Our houses and machines will be in ruins, our systems will collapse, and the names of our great will fall away like dry leaves. Only you, love, will blossom on this rubbish heap and commit the seed of life to the winds. ~ Karel Čapek (born 9 January 1890)
2007
I think it is possible, and that is the most dramatic element in modern civilization, that a human truth is opposed to another human truth no less human, ideal against ideal, positive worth against worth no less positive, instead of the struggle being as we are so often told, one between noble truth and vile selfish error. ~ Karel Čapek (date of birth)
2008
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
2009
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
2010
I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
2011
The individual is defined only by his relationship to the world and to other individuals; he exists only by transcending himself, and his freedom can be achieved only through the freedom of others. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
2012
It is for man to establish the reign of liberty in the midst of the world of the given. To gain the supreme victory, it is necessary, for one thing, that by and through their natural differentiation men and women unequivocally affirm their brotherhood. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
2013
Science condemns itself to failure when, yielding to the infatuation of the serious, it aspires to attain being, to contain it, and to possess it; but it finds its truth if it considers itself as a free engagement of thought in the given, aiming, at each discovery, not at fusion with the thing, but at the possibility of new discoveries; what the mind then projects is the concrete accomplishment of its freedom.
~ Simone de Beauvoir ~
2014
Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.
~ Simone de Beauvoir ~
2015 
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That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:10, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:41, 19 January 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:01, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one. ~ Joan Baez

  • 2 Zarbon 06:34, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:44, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

You can't decide how you're going to die. Or when. What you can decide is how you're going to live now. ~ Joan Baez

  • 2 Zarbon 06:34, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:44, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

Any nation that decides the only way to achieve peace is through peaceful means is a nation that will soon be a piece of another nation. ~ Richard Nixon

  • 4 Zarbon 06:34, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki··☳☶ 13:51, 7 January 2012 (UTC)2 Kalki 14:44, 6 January 2009 (UTC) I can provisionally agree with this to some extent in most the most casually specific or practical contexts, but can perceive others in which it is disputable or definitely untrue — and I would assert that ultimately it's repudiation is true : any person or groups which believe a permanently just and lasting peace can be attained by anything OTHER than peaceful and respectful means, honorable by ALL parties involved, is extremely deluded. I wish to "make it perfectly clear" that I am certainly NOT a pacifist in the conventional sense — when anyone I am capable of defending, including myself (or even many of those I generally despise as extremely ignorant and confused cowards or fools NOT highly disposed to genuinely defend or promote the ideals of Justice, Unity, Liberty, and Love of Truth), is unjustly attacked I am often quite naturally, automatically and extremely inclined to do what I can to damage, devastate, demolish, and eradicate the destructive capacities of the attackers any way I can, and usually with very little if any qualm or reluctance; but I am also certainly NOT inclined to attack others not clearly engaged in intolerably unjust hostilities, NOR to wreak needless and usually quite detrimental vengeance on anyone defeated — I am inclined to forgive but not forget the stupidity of others, and pardon them, to the extent practically possible within the limitations of prudence. I know my stances on these matters can seem paradoxical to the weak minded and shallow perceptions of those who embrace MANY conventional and popular forms of timidity when attacked by the strong, or who lust for vengeance or the depraved will to simply punish others they consider enemies or proper victims when they are at the advantage, and thus seize upon such rationalizations as Nixon here provides as an excuse to act arrogantly, callously or even viciously against the proper rights of others — but I consider such behavior a failure to exercise one's truly rational and human capacities, and so remain in the merely brutal levels of perceptions and responses. Such attitudes are what the wisest ever fight — every way that they can, and it sometimes requires harshness that can easily be mistaken for brutality by those of shallow perception — and so it goes.... ~ Kalki··☳☶ 13:51, 7 January 2012 (UTC) + tweaks
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:20, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

We shall support vigorously the principle that no country has the right to impose its will or rule on another by force. ~ Richard Nixon

  • 3 Zarbon 06:34, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:44, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:20, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Just as we respect the right of each nation to determine its own future, we also recognize the responsibility of each nation to secure its own future. ~ Richard Nixon

  • 3 Zarbon 06:34, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 14:44, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:20, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

All oppression creates a state of war. ~ Simone de Beauvoir


Existentialism does not offer to the reader the consolations of an abstract evasion: existentialism proposes no evasion. ~ Simone de Beauvoir


It is not in vain that man nullifies being. Thanks to him, being is disclosed and he desires this disclosure. There is an original type of attachment to being which is not the relationship “wanting to be” but rather “wanting to disclose being.” Now, here there is not failure, but rather success. ~ Simone de Beauvoir


One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius; and the feminine situation has up to the present rendered this becoming practically impossible. ~ Simone de Beauvoir


There is only one good. And that is to act according to the dictates of one's conscience. ~ Simone de Beauvoir


Any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive. There is a very old saying which goes: “Do what you must, come what may.” That amounts to saying in a different way that the result is not external to the good will which fulfills itself in aiming at it. If it came to be that each man did what he must, existence would be saved in each one without there being any need of dreaming of a paradise where all would be reconciled in death. ~ Simone de Beauvoir