Last modified on 26 July 2014, at 23:36

July 28

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~ Oprah Winfrey
2005
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve. ~ Karl Popper (born 28 July 1902) in Objective Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach (1972)
2006
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong. ~ Karl Popper
2007
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure. ~ Karl Popper
2008
If I could only give three words of advice, they would be, "Tell the Truth." If I got three more words, I'd add, "All the time." ~ Randy Pausch
2009
We do not choose political freedom because it promises us this or that. We choose it because it makes possible the only dignified form of human coexistence, the only form in which we can be fully responsible for ourselves. Whether we realize its possibilities depends on all kinds of things — and above all on ourselves. ~ Karl Popper
2010
Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite. ~ Karl Popper
2011
The World is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with the warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

~ Gerard Manley Hopkins ~

2012
Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.
~ Karl Popper ~
2013
One man can make a difference and every man should try.
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis ~
2014
A rationalist is simply someone for whom it is more important to learn than to be proved right; someone who is willing to learn from others — not by simply taking over another's opinions, but by gladly allowing others to criticize his ideas and by gladly criticizing the ideas of others. The emphasis here is on the idea of criticism or, to be more precise, critical discussion. The genuine rationalist does not think that he or anyone else is in possession of the truth; nor does he think that mere criticism as such helps us achieve new ideas. But he does think that, in the sphere of ideas, only critical discussion can help us sort the wheat from the chaff. He is well aware that acceptance or rejection of an idea is never a purely rational matter; but he thinks that only critical discussion can give us the maturity to see an idea from more and more sides and to make a correct judgement of it.
~ Karl Popper ~
2015 
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Minimum information given with maximum politeness. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (date of birth)

  • 2 Kalki 13:07, 27 July 2009 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 00:10, 28 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 14:43, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:59, 14 July 2013 (UTC) Need context.

Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain. ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins (born July 28, 1844)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 18:28, 23 July 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 12:26, 27 July 2007 (UTC) This just doesn't strike me as a strong statement of much.
  • 2 Zarbon 14:43, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:59, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap
May who ne'er hung there.
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins


When imperialism feels weak, it resorts to brute force. ~ Hugo Chávez

  • 2 Zarbon 20:02, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:12, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2.5 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:59, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

And the Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulphur still today. ~ Hugo Chávez

  • 4 Zarbon 20:02, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 15:12, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:59, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army. ~ John Ashbery

  • 2 Zarbon 20:02, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:12, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:59, 14 July 2013 (UTC)