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November 21

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Fame is something which must be won; honor is something which must not be lost. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
2005
We must believe in free will — we have no choice. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer (born 21 November 1902 or 14 July 1904; uncertainties exist)
2006
Man is free at the instant he wants to be. ~ Voltaire (date of birth)
2007
It requires twenty years for a man to rise from the vegetable state in which he is within his mother's womb, and from the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of reason begins to appear. It has required thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure. It would need eternity to learn something about his soul. It takes an instant to kill him. ~ Voltaire
2008
If your object is to secure liberty, you must learn to do without authority and compulsion. If you intend to live in peace and harmony with your fellow-men, you and they should cultivate brotherhood and respect for each other. If you want to work together with them for your mutual benefit, you must practice cooperation. The social revolution means much more than the reorganization of conditions only: it means the establishment of new human values and social relationships, a changed attitude of man to man, as of one free and independent to his equal; it means a different spirit in individual and collective life, and that spirit cannot be born overnight. It is a spirit to be cultivated, to be nurtured and reared, as the most delicate flower it is, for indeed it is the flower of a new and beautiful existence. ~ Alexander Berkman
2009
Although I came to doubt all revelation, I can never accept the idea that the Universe is a physical or chemical accident, a result of blind evolution. Even though I learned to recognize the lies, the clichés and the idolatries of the human mind, I still cling to some truths which I think all of us might accept some day. There must be a way for man to attain all possible pleasures, all the powers and knowledge that nature can grant him, and still serve God — a God who speaks in deeds, not in words, and whose vocabulary is the Cosmos. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer
2010
"Man's inhumanity to man" is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep. ~ Alexander Berkman
2011
I know as a writer how valuable a tool is the wastebasket. Perhaps God throws away many experiments before He finds the right expression. Perhaps we are the discards — or we could be the part He keeps. This mystery is what keeps us all going, to see what happens in the next chapter. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer
2012
The principles of terrorism unavoidably rebound to the fatal injury of liberty and revolution. Absolute power corrupts and defeats its partisans no less than its opponents. A people that knows not liberty becomes accustomed to dictatorship: fighting despotism and counter-revolution, terrorism itself becomes their efficient school. Once on the road of terrorism, the State necessarily becomes estranged from the people.
~ Alexander Berkman ~
2013
Wherever we are, God's in that moment, God's speaking to us, and if we've just got our ears open and our antennas up, there's no lack of inspiration. He's not silent. We just have to be listening.
~ Steven Curtis Chapman ~
2014
Virtue supposes liberty, as the carrying of a burden supposes active force. Under coercion there is no virtue, and without virtue there is no religion. Make a slave of me, and I shall be no better for it. Even the sovereign has no right to use coercion to lead men to religion, which by its nature supposes choice and liberty. My thought is no more subject to authority than is sickness or health.
~ Voltaire ~
2015 
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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

Men are equal; it is not birth
But virtue that makes the difference. ~ Voltaire (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.

Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so. ~ Voltaire (date of birth)

  • 3 UDScott 14:53, 15 November 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Such then is the human condition, that to wish greatness for one's country is to wish harm to one's neighbors. ~ Voltaire

  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 4 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki with a lean toward 0 — as such is the human condition ONLY when very ignorant and confused … there are MANY humans who do not succumb to such delusions, which this portion of a quip does not make clear. (talk · contributions) 20:20, 20 November 2009 (UTC) 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

All men would then be necessarily equal, if they were without needs. It is the poverty connected with our species which subordinates one man to another. It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence. ~ Voltaire

  • 3 InvisibleSun 01:09, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:32, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 06:47, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The sea! the sea! the open sea!
The blue, the fresh, the ever free! ~ Bryan Procter

  • 2 Zarbon 02:31, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

There's obviously always danger in making music or art for art's sake. Even as Christians we can be guilty of that, being more about the art than the Artist who gave us this gift. ~ Steven Curtis Chapman

  • 2 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Only the heel
Of splendid steel
Shall stand secure on sliding fate,
When golden navies weep their freight. ~ Arthur Quiller-Couch

  • 3 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

I could not find the way to God;
There were too many flaming suns
For signposts, and the fearful road
Led over wastes where millions
Of tangled comets hissed and burned—
I was bewildered and I turned. ~ Arthur Quiller-Couch

  • 2 Zarbon 23:22, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

  • 3 Kalki 19:31, 14 November 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 2 Zarbon 03:13, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:52, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Even a monotonously undeviating path of self-examination does not necessarily lead to self-knowledge. I stumble towards my grave confused and hurt and hungry. ~ Quentin Crisp (date of death)