Last modified on 13 April 2014, at 17:51

March 20

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Where there is great love there are always miracles. ~ Willa Cather
2005
Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour. ~ Ovid (born 20 March 43 BC)
2006
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom — these are the pillars of society. ~ Henrik Ibsen (born 20 March 1828)
2007
It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and all kinds of old dead beliefs and things of that kind. They are not actually alive in us; but there they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creeping between the lines. There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as the grains of the sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us. ~ Henrik Ibsen (born 20 March 1828)
2008
If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one — the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative. ~ Arthur C. Clarke (recent death)
2009
What is all that men have done and thought over thousands of years, compared with one moment of love. But in all Nature, too, it is what is nearest to perfection, what is most divinely beautiful! There all stairs lead from the threshold of life. From there we come, to there we go. ~ Friedrich Hölderlin
2010
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. ~ Henrik Ibsen
2011
When we dead awaken. ... We see that we have never lived. ~ Henrik Ibsen
2012
I knew the Spring was come. I knew it even
Better than all by this, that through my chase
In bush and stone and hill and sea and heaven
I seem'd to see and follow still your face.
Your face my quarry was. For it I rode,
My horse a thing of wings, myself a god.

~ Wilfrid Scawen Blunt ~
2013
Being at one is god-like and good, but human, too human, the mania
Which insists there is only the One, one country, one truth, and one way.
~ Friedrich Hölderlin ~
2014
The trees are cloth'd with leaves, the fields with grass;
The blossoms blow; the birds on bushes sing;
And Nature has accomplish'd all the Spring.
~ Virgil ~
as translated by
~ John Dryden ~
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

You see, the point is that the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. ~ Henrik Ibsen

  • 3 because strength is heightened ten-fold by serenity, devoid of human obsessions and needs. Zarbon 05:33, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 20:31, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

We can learn even from our enemies. ~ Ovid

  • 3 because learning from friends and allies alone will never be enough. In order to understand one's enemies, one must study them and learn from them. Very militaristic strategist persona taken here. Zarbon 05:41, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 20:31, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 04:42, 16 March 2012 (UTC) 3 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4. I still like this one, but have stronger preference for another this year.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Nothing is stronger than habit. ~ Ovid

  • 3 because those governed by habit will become accustomed to it and the harder it will become to separate oneself from it. Zarbon 05:41, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 20:31, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are. ~ Ovid

  • 3 because convenience is a very powerful ally. To decipher motives based on convenience and to conceive of opportunities solely based on belief when needed, is how people become successful...it takes more than being at the right place at the right time. Zarbon 05:41, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 20:31, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Time, the devourer of all things. ~ Ovid

  • 3 because the description of time here is solid, a personification of the very word, characterizing time as a learner of man's history, and a devourer who has never subsided or been subdued. Zarbon 05:41, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 20:31, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC), but I would prefer to include the original Latin as well: Tempus edax rerum
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

You need a reason to be sad. You don't need a reason to be happy. ~ Louis Sachar


Yet still are you holy to me, as the might of the earth
That bore you away, audaciously perishing!
And I would follow the hero into the depths
Did love not hold me.
~ Friedrich Hölderlin


What is the wisdom of a book compared with the wisdom of an angel? ~ Friedrich Hölderlin

  • 2 Zarbon 14:58, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man. ~ B. F. Skinner

  • 3 Zarbon 14:58, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC) (but part of this quote was already used, and there are others I prefer to use).
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander (talk) 16:20, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. ~ B. F. Skinner

  • 2 Zarbon 14:58, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. ~ B. F. Skinner

  • 2 Zarbon 14:58, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 10:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 bystander (talk) 16:20, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Tho' Doubt's beleaguering forces hem us in,
Yet Truth upon the Serpent's head shall trample.
The cause of Love shall win —
Yes, Love shall win!

~ Henrik Ibsen ~

  • 3 Kalki 15:26, 19 March 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 04:15, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

The gods have their own rules. ~ Ovid


It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul. ~ Ovid


Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these. ~ Ovid


The mind, conscious of rectitude, laughed to scorn the falsehood of report. ~ Ovid

  • 3 Kalki·· 04:40, 16 March 2012 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

He who possesses liberty otherwise than as an aspiration possesses it soulless, dead. One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. ~ Henrik Ibsen


The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. The great secret of action and victory is to be capable of living your life without ideals. Such is the sum of the whole world's wisdom. ~ Henrik Ibsen


It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. ~ Henrik Ibsen

  • 2 bystander (talk) 16:20, 18 March 2012 (UTC) I have no strong desire to see this used, but I find it humorous.
  • 3 Kalki·· 16:36, 18 March 2012 (UTC) with a slight lean toward 4 (of course not agreeing with the suggestion literally, but accepting it as ironically humorous).

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement. ~ B. F. Skinner