October 25

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Quotes of the day from previous years:

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. ~ John Wesley
Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. ~ Richard E. Byrd (born 25 October 1888)
A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensable. ~ Richard E. Byrd
For out of olde feldes, as men seith,
Cometh al this new corn fro yeer to yere;
And out of olde bokes, in good feith,
Cometh al this newe science that men lere.

~ Geoffrey Chaucer ~
I would prefer to remain in prison for another 20 years than bargain my beliefs for freedom. ~ Samir Geagea

This day is call'd — the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and sees old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his friends,
And say, "To-morrow is Saint Crispian;"
Then will he strip his sleeve, and show his scars,
And say, "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words, —
Harry the King, Bedford, and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd, —
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me,
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England, now a-bed,
Shall think themselves accurs'd, they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap, whiles any speaks,
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

King Henry V
as portrayed in
Henry V
~ William Shakespeare ~


The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne.
Th’ assay so hard, so sharp the conquerynge,
The dredful joye, alwey that slit so yerne;
Al this mene I be love.

~ Geoffrey Chaucer ~

It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
Of studie took he most cure and most hede.
Noght o word spak he more than was nede,
And that was seyd in forme and reverence,
And short and quik, and ful of hy sentence.
Souninge in moral vertu was his speche,
And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer ~
Those who compare the age in which their lot has fallen with a golden age which exists only in imagination, may talk of degeneracy and decay; but no man who is correctly informed as to the past, will be disposed to take a morose or desponding view of the present.
~ Thomas Macaulay ~
Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
"To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods,
And for the tender mother
Who dandled him to rest,
And for the wife who nurses
His baby at her breast,
And for the holy maidens
Who feed the eternal flame,
To save them from false Sextus
That wrought the deed of shame?"
~ Thomas Babington Macaulay ~
Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.
~ Max Stirner ~
The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
~ Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay ~
The Bill of Rights was not written to protect governments from trouble. It was written precisely to give the people the constitutional means to cause trouble for governments they no longer trusted.
~ Henry Steele Commager ~
If government, or those in positions of power and authority, can silence criticism by the argument that such criticism might be misunderstood somewhere, there is an end to all criticism, and perhaps an end to our kind of political system. For men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
~ Henry Steele Commager ~
The greatest danger that threatens us is neither heterodox thought nor orthodox thought, but the absence of thought.
~ Henry Steele Commager ~
Who are those who are really disloyal? Those who inflame racial hatreds, who sow religious and class dissensions. Those who subvert the Constitution by violating the freedom of the ballot box. Those who make a mockery of majority rule by the use of the filibuster. Those who impair democracy by denying equal educational facilities. Those who frustrate justice by lynch law or by making a farce of jury trials. Those who deny freedom of speech and of the press and of assembly. Those who press for special favors against the interest of the commonwealth. Those who regard public office as a source of private gain. Those who would exalt the military over the civil. Those who for selfish and private purposes stir up national antagonisms and expose the world to the ruin of war.
~ Henry Steele Commager ~
Neither is there figurative and non-figurative art. All things appear to us in the shape of forms. Even in metaphysics ideas are expressed by forms, well then think how absurd it would be to think of painting without the imagery of forms. A figure, an object, a circle, are forms; they affect us more or less intensely.
~ Pablo Picasso ~
I am humbled and honoured to have the support of my parliamentary colleagues and to be elected as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.
It is the greatest privilege of my life, to be able to serve the party I love and give back to the country I owe so much to.
The United Kingdom is a great country, but there is no doubt we face a profound economic challenge.
We now need stability and unity and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together.
Because that is the only way we will overcome the challenges we face and build a better, more prosperous future for our children and our grandchildren.
I pledge that I will serve you with integrity and humility. And I will work day in, day out to deliver for the British people.
~ Rishi Sunak ~
  • proposed by Kalki; recent statement on being chosen to head the Conservative Party, and to become the next Prime Minister of the UK.
We do not protect freedom in order to indulge error. We protect freedom in order to discover truth.
~ Henry Steele Commager ~
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Six hours sleep are enough for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool. ~ George III of the United Kingdom, became king that day.

Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of death
Rode the six hundred.

~ Alfred Tennyson ~

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

~ Alfred Tennyson ~

  • 3 Kalki 19:13, 24 October 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 4 : The Charge of the Light Brigade occurred on this date.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 04:50, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:38, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need. ~ Richard E. Byrd (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 19:13, 24 October 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 04:50, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:38, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

For thogh we slepe, or wake, or rome, or ryde,
Ay fleeth the tyme; it nyl no man abyde.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer (died October 25, 1400) [date of birth unknown]

  • 3 InvisibleSun 04:50, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:38, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

On this earth you must belong to the church militant or get the hell out of it. That's the right word. You're either with me or against me. There is no middle ground in this battle between Christ and the anti-Christ. ~ Charles Coughlin

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (until properly sourced) Kalki 23:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC) * 1 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because insufficiently sourced. - InvisibleSun 20:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Pain is temporary, pride is forever. ~ Dan Gable

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (until properly sourced) Kalki 23:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC) * 1 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength. ~ Dan Gable

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (until properly sourced) Kalki 23:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC) * 1 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. ~ Dan Gable

  • 3 Zarbon 04:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (until properly sourced) Kalki 23:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC) * 1 Kalki 22:22, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:11, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

I have no need to take up each thing that wants to throw its cause on us and show that it is occupied only with itself, not with us, only with its good, not with ours. Look at the rest for yourselves. Do truth, freedom, humanity, justice, desire anything else than that you grow enthusiastic and serve them? ~ Max Stirner

I, with two more to help me,
Will hold the foe in play.
In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three.
Now who will stand on either hand,
And keep the bridge with me?
~ Thomas Babington Macaulay ~

Physically Americans were pioneers; in the realm of social and economic institutions, too, their tradition has been one of pioneering. From the beginning, intellectual and spiritual diversity have been as characteristic of America as racial and linguistic. The most distinctively American philosophies have been transcendentalism — which is the philosophy of the Higher Law and pragmatism — which is the philosophy of experimentation and pluralism. These two principles are the very core of Americanism: the principle of the Higher Law, or of obedience to the dictates of conscience rather than of statutes, and the principle of pragmatism, or the rejection of a single good and of the notion of a finished universe. From the beginning Americans have known that there were new worlds to conquer, new truths to be discovered. Every effort to confine Americanism to a single pattern, to constrain it to a single formula, is disloyalty to everything that is valid in Americanism.
~ Henry Steele Commager ~