Last modified on 13 April 2014, at 17:49

March 14

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace. ~ Helen Keller
2005
Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest. ~ Albert Einstein (born 14 March 1879)
2006
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. ~ Albert Einstein (born 14 March 1879)
2007
Let us not forget that human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. What humanity owes to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements of the enquiring and constructive mind.
What these blessed men have given us we must guard and try to keep alive with all our strength if humanity is not to lose its dignity, the security of its existence, and its joy in living. ~ Albert Einstein
2008
Today we must abandon competition and secure cooperation. This must be the central fact in all our considerations of international affairs; otherwise we face certain disaster. Past thinking and methods did not prevent world wars. Future thinking must prevent wars... The stakes are immense, the task colossal, the time is short. But we may hope — we must hope — that man’s own creation, man’s own genius, will not destroy him. ~ Albert Einstein
2009
Only the individual can think, and thereby create new values for society — nay, even set up new moral standards to which the life of the community conforms. Without creative, independently thinking and judging personalities the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community.
The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion. ~ Albert Einstein
2010
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams; —
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy ~
2011
With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample a kingdom down.

~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy
2012
We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o'erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world's worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.

~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy ~
2013
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions. ~
~ Albert Einstein ~
2014
Sweet and gentle and sensitive man
With an obsessive nature and deep fascination
For numbers
And a complete infatuation with the calculation
Of π.
~ Kate Bush ~
2015 
Rank or add further suggestions…

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.


SuggestionsEdit

This is the date of Pi Day, and a quote explicitly related to π would be particularly apt in 2015: on that date of 3/14/15 the time at 9:26:53 will correspond to 3.141592653 — π to 9 decimal places. There is a couple of years yet for great suggestions to accumulate. ~ Kalki··

One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility. ~ Albert Einstein (born March 14, 1879)

  • 4 InvisibleSun 06:46, 13 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:16, 13 March 2007 (UTC) I've never actually thought this was one of Einstein's best stated quips, and in Out of My Later Years (1956) this reads : One may say "the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility" as if he is quoting or paraphrasing the statement of someone else — perhaps Immanuel Kant. I also tend to prefer the variant translations which previous to today were not sourced at all: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible." or "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible." — this might be the oldest version or translation as quoted in Scripta Mathematica (1932) by Yeshiva University; it also appears in "Physics and Reality" (1936) as quoted in Einstein: A Biography (1954) by Antonina Vallentin, p. 24. — Lately I love using "Google Books" which now permits far easier sourcing of many quotes than was previously available.
  • Note: Of the quote and its variations, I would opt for the one from 1932. - InvisibleSun 20:30, 13 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 04:20, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 20:10, 9 March 2009 (UTC) - and I also would prefer the 1932 variant.
  • 3 Ningauble 18:25, 13 March 2009 (UTC) – (1932) Wishing the origin were more certain.

The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavour in art and science. ~ Albert Einstein

  • 3 InvisibleSun 06:46, 13 March 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 18:16, 13 March 2007 (UTC) (similar to one translation of this already used, on 25 July 2003, but there are many variant translations of this statement and I would not want to totally exclude any of them. I might rank this higher eventually.)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:20, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 20:10, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 18:25, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

Cupid has offered his arrows for Jesus to try;
He has offered his bow for the game.
But Jesus went weeping away, and left him there wondering why.
~ Harold Monro


I am a mighty Garage,
On the corner of the Square,
And it is all my pleasure,
To provide a quick repair,
Or I can do your service,
In the blinking of an eye,
I wouldn't say it's thorough,
But it'll get you by.
~ Pam Ayres


The lesson is that dying men must groan;
And poets groan in rhymes that please the ear.
~ John Wain


Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking. ~ John Wain


A breath of our inspiration
Is the life of each generation;
A wondrous thing of our dreaming
Unearthly, impossible seeming-
The soldier, the king, and the peasant
Are working together in one,
Till our dream shall become their present,
And their work in the world be done.
~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy

  • 3 Zarbon 20:36, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 08:50, 13 March 2009 (UTC) with a VERY strong lean toward 4.
  • 2.5 Ningauble 18:25, 13 March 2009 (UTC) Difficult without context for "our inspiration"
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:40, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

They had no vision amazing
Of the goodly house they are raising;
They had no divine foreshowing
Of the land to which they are going:
But on one man's soul it hath broken,
A light that doth not depart;
And his look, or a word he hath spoken,
Wrought flame in another man's heart.
~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy


Great hail! we cry to the comers
From the dazzling unknown shore;
Bring us hither your sun and your summers;
And renew our world as of yore;
You shall teach us your song's new numbers,
And things that we dreamed not before:
Yea, in spite of a dreamer who slumbers,
And a singer who sings no more.
~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy


He does love his numbers
And they run, they run, they run him
In a great big circle
In a circle of infinity
3.14159 26535897932 3846 264 338 3279...
~ Kate Bush ~

Something's going on. It has to do with that number. There's an answer in that number.
~ Darren Aronofsky ~
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~ π ~

It's a door, Sol. It's a door.
~ Darren Aronofsky ~
in
~ π ~