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Quotes of the day from previous years:

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. ~ Education and the Social Order by Bertrand Russell
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. ~ Neil Armstrong on first stepping onto the surface of the moon, 20th July 1969.
You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated. ~ Edmund Hillary (born 20 July 1919)
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. ~ Edmund Hillary (this attribution may be erroneous)
Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure. ~ Petrarch
Houston: Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. ~ Neil Armstrong (first words of a human on the moon)
Hitherto your eyes have been darkened and you have looked too much, yes, far too much, upon the things of earth. If these so much delight you what shall be your rapture when you lift your gaze to things eternal! ~ Petrarch
Books have led some to learning and others to madness, when they swallow more than they can digest. ~ Petrarch
Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.
~ Petrarch ~
To be able to say how much you love is to love but little.
~ Petrarch ~
Five enemies of peace inhabit with us — avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
~ Petrarch ~
Continued work and application form my soul's nourishment. So soon as I commenced to rest and relax I should cease to live. … There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. Other pleasures fail us or wound us while they charm, but the pen we take up rejoicing and lay down with satisfaction, for it has the power to advantage not only its lord and master, but many others as well, even though they be far away — sometimes, indeed, though they be not born for thousands of years to come.
~ Petrarch ~
Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
~ Edmund Hillary ~
I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.
~ Alexander the Great ~
Are you still to learn that the end and perfection of our victories is to avoid the vices and infirmities of those whom we subdue?
~ Alexander the Great ~
JULY 1969, A.D.
~ NASA ~
Some years ago, I was lucky enough invited to a gathering of great and good people: artists and scientists, writers and discoverers of things. And I felt that at any moment they would realise that I didn’t qualify to be there, among these people who had really done things. On my second or third night there, I was standing at the back of the hall, while a musical entertainment happened, and I started talking to a very nice, polite, elderly gentleman about several things, including our shared first name. And then he pointed to the hall of people, and said words to the effect of, "I just look at all these people, and I think, what the heck am I doing here? They’ve made amazing things. I just went where I was sent." And I said, "Yes. But you were the first man on the moon. I think that counts for something." And I felt a bit better. Because if Neil Armstrong felt like an imposter, maybe everyone did.
~ Neil Gaiman ~
The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved. They were mothers and fathers; husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters; friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled. And if there's anything to take away from this tragedy, it's a reminder that life is fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters in the end are not the small and trivial things which often consume our lives. It's how we choose to treat one another, and love one another. It's what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose. That's what matters. That's why we're here.
~ Barack Obama ~
I cannot seek paths so harsh or so savage that Love does not always come along discoursing with me and I with him.
~ Petrarch ~
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Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together. ~ Petrarch

A good death does honor to a whole life. ~ Petrarch

  • 4 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 23:40, 16 July 2014 (UTC) 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC) this is true, but there are more important things to note than something which can be misconstrued as a glorification of honored deaths rather than honorable lives.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 21:08, 19 July 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:05, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

It is better to will the good than to know the truth. ~ Petrarch

  • 3 Zarbon 19:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 21:08, 19 July 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:05, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

The powers, aspirations, and mission of man are such as to raise the study of his origin and nature, inevitably and by the very necessity of the case, from the mere physiological to the psychological stage of scientific operations. ~ Richard Owen

Manifold subsequent experience has led to a truer appreciation and a more moderate estimate of the importance of the dependence of one living being upon another. ~ Richard Owen

[L]ife itself sends its own stories across billions of years. It's a message that every one of us carries inside, inscribed in all the cells of our bodies, in a language that all life on Earth can read. ~ In commemoration of the 20 July 1822 birth of Gregor Mendel, from the eleventh episode of the science documentary television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014).

  • 4 Pithy Francoln (talk) 22:04, 11 October 2016 (UTC)
  • 1 ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 09:00, 18 July 2017 (UTC) with a lean toward 2, but would probably prefer an actual quote by Mendel, rather than a quote about the subject of genetic heredity which he pioneered.

What an excellent horse do they lose, for want of address and boldness to manage him! … I could manage this horse better than others do.
~ Alexander the Great ~