Last modified on 13 April 2014, at 22:57

November 13

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor. Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously. And anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should say what is good or keep quiet. ~ Muhammad
2005
Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good. ~ Augustine of Hippo, (born 13 November 354)
2006
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. ~ Louis Brandeis (born November 13, 1856)
2007
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
2008
Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. ~ Louis Brandeis
2009
It is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
2010
The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but — what is worse — the slave of as many masters as he has vices. ~ Augustine of Hippo
2011
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. ~ Augustine of Hippo
2012
I do not fear but that He will go on to supply what is yet wanting when once I have begun to use what He has already given. For a possession which is not diminished by being shared with there, if it is possessed and not shared, is not yet possessed as it ought to be possessed.
~ Augustine of Hippo ~
2013
All who have meant good work with their whole hearts, have done good work, although they may die before they have the time to sign it. Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~
2014 
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Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are wrong. I do not say give them up, for they may be all you have, but conceal them like a vice lest they spoil the lives of better and simpler people. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


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

What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know. ~ Augustine of Hippo born that day

—This unsigned comment is by MosheZadka (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 InvisibleSun 20:55, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, born that day.

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:55, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson (born November 13, 1850)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 20:55, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold. ~ Louis Brandeis (born November 13, 1856)

  • 3 Kalki 00:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:07, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

How many loves have perished because, from pride, or spite, or diffidence, or that unmanly shame which withholds a man from daring to betray emotion, a lover, at the critical point of the relation, has but hung his head and held his tongue? ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

  • 3 Kalki 03:38, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:07, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:16, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Oft has good nature been the fool's defence,
And honest meaning gilded want of sense. ~ William Shenstone

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Every good poet includes a critic; the reverse will not hold. ~ William Shenstone

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

There seem near as many people that want passion as want reason. ~ William Shenstone

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice: whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born. ~ William Shenstone

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Necessity may be the mother of lucrative invention, but it is the death of poetical. ~ William Shenstone

  • 4 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 01:42, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

I am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

I would go to heaven, but I would take my hell; I would not go alone. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

He who holds me by a thread is not strong; the thread is strong. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Whatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take the exact amount. The exact amount is no use to me. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

We become aware of the void as we fill it. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

A thing, until it is everything, is noise, and once it is everything it is silence. ~ Antonio Porchia

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Anger is a weed; hate is the tree. ~ Augustine of Hippo

  • 3 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Virtue and vice are not the same, even if they undergo the same torment. ~ Augustine of Hippo

  • 2 Zarbon 12:04, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 00:18, 13 November 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

Charity is the root of all good works. ~ Augustine of Hippo

  • 3 Kalki 01:42, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times. ~ Augustine of Hippo

  • 3 Kalki 22:47, 12 November 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving. ~ Augustine of Hippo


Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. ~ Augustine of Hippo


The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light, — although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted. ~ Augustine of Hippo


I doubt if there are very many rational people in this world to whom the word "fuck" is particularly diabolical or revolting or totally forbidden.
~ Kenneth Tynan ~
  • 3 Kalki·· 20:37, 24 April 2013 (UTC) The word "fuck" spoken for the first time on British television on this date, by Tynan, on 'BBC-3 (13 November 1965)