March 7

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
2005
Man is constituted as a speculative being; he contemplates the world, and the objects around him, not with a passive indifferent eye, but as a system disposed with order and design. ~ John Herschel (born 7 March 1792)
2006
Burn all the statutes and their shelves:
They stir us up against our kind;
And worse, against ourselves.
We have a passion — make a law,
Too false to guide us or control!
And for the law itself we fight
In bitterness of soul.
And, puzzled, blinded thus, we lose
Distinctions that are plain and few:
These find I graven on my heart:
That tells me what to do.

~ William Wordsworth in "Rob Roy's Grave" ~ (Rob Roy born 7 March 1671)
2007
Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes. To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement. ~ Aristotle (date of death)
2008
Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game. ~ Gary Gygax (recent death)
2009
Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ~ Thomas Aquinas
2010
It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs. ~ Aristotle
2011
I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. ~ Aristotle
2012
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. ~ Aristotle
2013
Reason in man is rather like God in the world.
~ Thomas Aquinas ~
2014
He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
~ Aristotle ~
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

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue. ~ John Herschel

  • 2 because one who does not respect himself/herself, will not respect others. Zarbon 16:22, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:45, 28 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Ningauble 22:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

To the natural philosopher there is no natural object unimportant or trifling. ~ John Herschel

  • 3 Kalki 15:45, 28 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 19:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

If ye are seeking Rob Roy, he's ken'd to be better than half a hunder men strong when he's at the fewest. ~ Sir Walter Scott, (Rob Roy's date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 15:50, 28 February 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 19:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. ~ Thomas Aquinas (date of death; date of birth unknown)

  • 3 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. ~ Thomas Aquinas

  • 2 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

The most hopeful people in the world are the young and the drunk. The first because they have little experience of failure, and the second because they have succeeded in drowning theirs. ~ Thomas Aquinas

  • 3 and lean toward a 4. Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 bystander (talk) 21:18, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,
Of His Flesh the mystery sing;
Of the Blood, all price exceeding,
Shed by our immortal King. ~ Thomas Aquinas


It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. ~ Aristotle


Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all. ~ Aristotle


The law is reason unaffected by desire. ~ Aristotle

  • 3 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 22:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC) Would that laws were so, but this is too ironic for me.
  • 1 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC) Frankly, I must agree with Ninguable here, at least with most understandings of the word "Law."
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

One swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. ~ Aristotle

  • 3 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. ~ Aristotle


And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace. ~ Aristotle

  • 3 and lean toward a 4. Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC) There are too many other bases for happiness, activity, and war making.
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

For the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility. ~ Aristotle


Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. ~ Aristotle


I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies. ~ Aristotle

  • 4 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

What comes after is not always progress. ~ Alessandro Manzoni


It is one of the advantages of this world that people can hate and be hated without knowing each other. ~ Alessandro Manzoni

  • 3 Zarbon 04:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 15:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Ningauble 22:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC) Taken literally or ironically, I find this unappealing.
  • 1 Kalki 16:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:13, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

But what is history, Don Ferrante would often say, without politics? A guide who walks on and on with no one following to learn the road, so that his every step is wasted; just as politics without history is like a man who walks along without a guide. ~ Alessandro Manzoni


Accustomed to trace the operation of general causes, and the exemplification of general laws, in circumstances where the uninformed and unenquiring eye perceives neither novelty nor beauty, he walks in the midst of wonders. ~ John Herschel


The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things—and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning. ~ Aristotle



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