March 1

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think. ~ John Stuart Mill
2005
Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. ~ Jef Raskin (recent death)
2006
I dreamt the past was never past redeeming:
But whether this was false or honest dreaming
I beg death's pardon now. And mourn the dead.

~ Richard Wilbur (born 1 March 1921)
2007
We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found. ~ Tzvetan Todorov ( born 1 March 1922)
  • proposed by Fys
2008
Try to remember this: what you project
Is what you will perceive; what you perceive
With any passion, be it love or terror,
May take on whims and powers of its own.

~ Richard Wilbur ~
2009
From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step. ~ Napoleon I of France
2010
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. ~ Frédéric Chopin
2011
My social and political interests are part of my career. I cannot separate them. My songs reflect the human condition. The role of art isn't just to show life as it is, but to show life as it should be. ~ Harry Belafonte
2012
We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found. ~ Tzvetan Todorov
2013
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A =POPE= is someone who is not under the authority of the authorities.
~ Principia Discordia ~
2014
I, who have sent armies into fire and soldiers to their death, say today: We sail onto a war which has no casualties, no wounded, no blood nor suffering. It is the only war which is a pleasure to participate in — the war for peace.
~ Yitzhak Rabin ~
2015 
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Military cemeteries in every corner of the world are silent testimony to the failure of national leaders to sanctify human life. ~ Yitzhak Rabin, born 1 March 1922

  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 10:12, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander (talk) 18:08, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

I am standing on the threshold of another trembling world. May God have mercy on my soul. ~ Diary entry by Bobby Sands, 1 March 1981.

  • 4. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 10:12, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

People who believe themselves to be the incarnation of good have a distorted view of the world. ~ Tzvetan Todorov, born 1 March 1939.

  • 3. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 10:12, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander (talk) 18:08, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full. ~ Lucius Cornelius Sulla (sacking of Athens occurred on this date)

  • 2 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 because revenge is sweet and loyalty is that much sweeter. Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte (returned to France from Elba on this date)

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things' selves for a second finding, to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.

~ Richard Wilbur ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

A thrush, because I'd been wrong,
Burst rightly into song
In a world not vague, not lonely,
Not governed by me only.

~ Richard Wilbur ~

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

The relation between the artist and reality is an oblique one, and indeed there is no good art which is not consciously oblique. If you respect the reality of the world, you know that you can approach that reality only by indirect means. ~ Richard Wilbur

  • 3 Kalki 20:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 03:56, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness, but I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them. ~ Frédéric Chopin

  • 3 and leaning toward a 4. Zarbon 15:49, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:12, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Her mouth is a honey-blossom,
No doubt, as the poet sings;
But within her lips, the petals,
Lurks a cruel bee that stings.
~ William Dean Howells

  • 3 Zarbon 15:49, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:12, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence. ~ William Dean Howells

  • 4 Zarbon 15:49, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:12, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all. ~ William Dean Howells

  • 3 and leaning toward a 4. Zarbon 15:49, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:12, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

I am an invisible man… I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. ~ Ralph Ellison

  • 3 Zarbon 15:49, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:12, 28 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander (talk) 18:08, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do? ~ Ralph Ellison

  • 3 Zarbon 15:49, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:12, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

I'm not interested in truths, like drawing an accurate picture of the real world. I'm interested in exploring the verities of the human condition. ~ Jim Crace

  • 2 Zarbon 16:32, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:29, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

It is perhaps as difficult to write a good life as to live one. ~ Lytton Strachey

  • 3 Zarbon 16:32, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:29, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

I AM A REALIST. I AM A CONSERVATIVE realist. I cling to logic, morality, and history, and I apply them consistently. I find no reason not to apply them; after all, if something is true, then is it not wise to give it proper credence? It is not only proper, but it is also in our best interest. To know the truth leads to a more potent and effective solution. Often falsities plague society with the equally false premise that they give us effective solutions, but in all actuality they hurt society. ~ Jonathan Krohn Defining Conservatism (born 01 Mar 1995)


I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. ~ Ralph Ellison (born 01 Mar 1913)


See how today's achievement is only tomorrow's confusion;
See how possession always cheapens the thing that was precious.
~ William Dean Howells (born 01 Mar 1837)


Neither the sword of popes, nor the cross, nor the image of death — nothing will halt the march of truth. I wrote what I felt and that is what I preached with trusting spirit. I am convinced that after my destruction the teachings of false prophets will collapse.
~ Ferenc Dávid ~
  • 3 Kalki·· 22:53, 26 February 2013 (UTC) merely as a pun on the word "March", to start the month.

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
~ Anonymous English Proverb ~


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