Last modified on 19 May 2014, at 11:03

May 19

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
It is love alone that gives worth to all things. ~ St. Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Jesús)
2005
Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else. ~ Malcolm X (born 19 May 1925)
2006
Faith is a continuum, and we each fall on that line where we may. By attempting to rigidly classify ethereal concepts like faith, we end up debating semantics to the point where we entirely miss the obvious — that is, that we are all trying to decipher life's big mysteries, and we're each following our own paths of enlightenment. ~ Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code; film adaptation released worldwide on 19 May 2006)
2007
With all reverence, I would say, let God do His work, we will see to ours. Bring in the candles. ~ Abraham Davenport (Statement on 19 May 1780, "New England's Dark Day" which many feared might be the coming of the Last Judgment; as quoted by John Greenleaf Whittier.
2008
Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say "What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?" If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness. ~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (precise birthdate unknown, but celebrated on May 19)
2009
Humankind consists of two sexes, woman and man. Is it possible that a mass is improved by the improvement of only one part and the other ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains and the other half can soar into skies? ~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (born May 19)
2010
I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful and that which is love. Therefore, since I have known all of these things, I have found them to be reason enough and — I wish to live. Moreover, because this is so, I wish others to live for generations and generations and generations. ~ Lorraine Hansberry (born 19 May 1930)
2011
To make a discovery is not necessarily the same as to understand a discovery. ~ Abraham Pais (born 19 May 1918)
2012
I have found out that the real essentials of greatness in men are not written in books, nor can they be found in the schools, They are written into the inner consciousness of everyone who intensely searches for perfection in creative achievement and are understandable to such men only.
~ Walter Russell ~
2013
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also.
~ Johann Gottlieb Fichte ~
2014
Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your thought pattern, you change your — your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it changes your behavior pattern and then you go on into some action.
~ Malcolm X ~
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

If the Tiger does not stop fighting the Elephant, the Elephant will die of exhaustion. ~ Ho Chi Minh (born May 19)

  • 4 because this is so true. A battle can be won by tiring the greater enemy into defeat. I love this quote wholeheartedly. It sets the idea of david and goliath into an understandable and moral realm. Zarbon 06:23, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: A Short History of Communism - Page 137 - by Robert Harvey - Political Science - 2004
  • 1 Kalki (talk · contributions) 08:11, 30 April 2010 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 00:08, 18 May 2008 (UTC) I still wish to use this quote eventually, but am making a tactical shift, because I strongly prefer another for this year.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Men, I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die. ~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (born May 19)

  • 3 because in this one statement, the leader explains to the soldiers how low their chances of survival would be in one assault, yet in this honest situation, gives courage and strikes honor and valor, allowing the soldier to serve full-throttle and serve to the bitter end. Zarbon 05:08, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:08, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 09:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment: Although Atatürk's birthdate is unknown, this is a good day for posting quotes for him because it has become the Turkish national holiday in his honor. - InvisibleSun 09:32, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Comment: But I could've sworn he's born on May 19th. Maybe it's not listed on the wikipedia pages, but it is listed in numerous other sites, for reference purposes. Zarbon 16:52, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
His birthdate isn't listed on Wikipedia because they evidently concluded, based on the information shown here, that his birthdate could not be determined. - InvisibleSun 21:40, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Eventually it comes to you: the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. ~ Lorraine Hansberry (born May 19, 1930)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 09:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 14:21, 18 May 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 because those who are bound to being exceptional are bound to loneliness. Nice. Zarbon 16:54, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, "They lived happily ever after" and the following quarter century warning that they'll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are entering a third era, in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know, it just might work. ~ Nora Ephron (born May 19, 1941)


Never be afraid to sit a while and think.~ Lorraine Hansberry (born May 19, 1930)


Children see things very well sometimes — and idealists even better. ~ Lorraine Hansberry (born May 19, 1930)


A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men — and people in general. ~ Lorraine Hansberry (born May 19, 1930)


There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing. ~ Lorraine Hansberry (born May 19, 1930)

  • 3 Kalki 18:38, 18 May 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:13, 18 May 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 02:34, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Humanity may endure the loss of everything: all its possessions may be torn away without infringing its true dignity; — all but the possibility of improvement. ~ Johann Gottlieb Fichte

  • 3 Kalki 10:18, 12 October 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

Progress leads to confusion leads to progress and on and on without respite. Every one of the many major advances … created sooner or later, more often sooner, new problems. These confusions, never twice the same, are not to be deplored. Rather, those who participate experience them as a privilege. ~ Abraham Pais


Of course, relative citation frequencies are no measure of relative importance. Who has not aspired to write a paper so fundamental that very soon it is known to everyone and cited by no one? ~ Abraham Pais


We do not know where we are going, nor even where we ought to be going. ~ Abraham Pais