July 13

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. ~ G. K. Chesterton
2005
I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others — that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail. ~ Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London (responding to the subway bombings of 7 July 2005)
2006
To-morrow comes, true copy of to-day,
And empty shadow of what is to be;
Yet cheated Hope on future still depends,
And ends but only when our being ends.

~ John Clare ~ (born 13 July 1793)
2007
Changes in the structure of society are not brought about solely by massive engines of doctrine. The first flash of insight which persuades human beings to change their basic assumptions is usually contained in a few phrases. ~ Kenneth Clark
2008
People sometimes tell me that they prefer barbarism to civilisation. I doubt if they have given it a long enough trial. Like the people of Alexandria, they are bored by civilisation; but all the evidence suggests that the boredom of barbarism is infinitely greater. ~ Kenneth Clark
2009
O how I feel, just as I pluck the flower
And stick it to my breast — words can't reveal;
But there are souls that in this lovely hour
Know all I mean, and feel whate'er I feel.

~ John Clare ~
2010
It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation. We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs. ~ Kenneth Clark
2011
Men willingly believe what they wish. ~ Julius Caesar
2012
Alea iacta est.
The die is cast.
~ Julius Caesar ~
2013
I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves.
~ Kenneth Clark ~
2014 
Rank or add further suggestions…

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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

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. ~ Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Star Wars IV: A New Hope

  • Harrison Ford born that day.
  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 09:01, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • Comment: I would also go for something from Indiana Jones, if anyone would choose something as recognizable. ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 27 June 2005 11:28 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 21:01, 12 July 2005 (UTC) Good quote, but I prefer the Jedi view on things...
  • 2 Jeff Q (talk) 10:53, 10 July 2006 (UTC). Concur with Kalki.
  • 2 Here's a nice Star Wars quote but I still feel there are lots of better, more elegant and charming dark side quotes that haven't been used, by Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, and Grand Moff Tarkin, to name a few. Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

The riddle nature could not prove
Was nothing else but secret love.
~ John Clare

  • 3 Kalki 20:59, 12 July 2005 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:23, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

The ivyed oaks dark shadow falls
Oft picking up with wondering gaze
Some little thing of other days
Saved from the wreck of time.
~ John Clare

  • 3 Kalki 20:59, 12 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:23, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

A man who has a million dollars is as well off as if he were rich. ~ John Jacob Astor IV (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 20:59, 12 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:35, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC) I don't get it.

Serve the classes, live with the masses. Serve the masses, live with the classes. ~ John Jacob Astor IV (date of birth)

  • 2 Kalki 20:59, 12 July 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:35, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

There is (gentle reader) nothing (the works of God only set apart) which so much beautifies and adorns the soul and mind of man as does knowledge of the good arts and sciences. ~ John Dee (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 20:59, 12 July 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:23, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

It is by the straight line and the circle that the first and most simple example and representation of all things may be demonstrated, whether such things be either non-existent or merely hidden under Nature's veils. ~ John Dee (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 20:59, 12 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:23, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Energy is eternal delight; and from the earliest times human beings have tried to imprison it in some durable hieroglyphic. It is perhaps the first of all the subjects of art. ~ Kenneth Clark (born July 13, 1903)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:23, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:10, 12 July 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

The eye instinctively looks for analogies and amplifies them, so that a face imagined in the pattern of a wallpaper may become more vivid than a photograph. ~ Kenneth Clark

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:23, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:10, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

"What is too silly to be said may be sung" — well, yes; but what is too subtle to be said, or too deeply felt, or too revealing or too mysterious — these things can also be sung and can only be sung. ~ Kenneth Clark

  • 3 InvisibleSun 08:23, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 18:10, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:34, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

We have not to fear anything, except fear itself. ~ Julius Caesar (born July 13)

  • 3 and this is something that defines powerful characteristics. Fear nothing and success is but definite. I love this quote. Zarbon 06:08, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • I remain dubious as to the authenticity of this attribution, as I can only find internet sources ascribing it or its Latin version to Julius Caesar, and no earlier published sources which do so. ~ Kalki 22:18, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 pending better sourcing, if any. InvisibleSun 23:35, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 17:39, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Veni, vidi, vici.
(I came, I saw, I conquered.)
Julius Caesar


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