April 2

day of the year
(Redirected from 2 April)

Quotes of the day from previous years:

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life — It goes on. ~ Robert Frost
To be an artist is a blessing and a privilege. Artists must never betray their true hearts. Artists must look beneath the surface and show that there is more to this world than what meets the eye. ~ Marvin Gaye (born 2 April 1939)
Whether it is happy or unhappy, a man's life is the only treasure he can ever possess. ~ Giacomo Casanova (born 2 April 1725)
How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself. ~ Kenneth Tynan
Forgiveness is the offspring of a feeling of heroism, of a noble heart, of a generous mind, whilst forgetfulness is only the result of a weak memory, or of an easy carelessness, and still oftener of a natural desire for calm and quietness. Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom. ~ Giacomo Casanova
Truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it. ~ Émile Zola (born 2 April 1840)
My spirit to yours dear brother,
Do not mind because many sounding your name do not understand you,
I do not sound your name, but I understand you,
I specify you with joy O my comrade to salute you, and to salute those who are with you, before and since, and those to come also,
That we all labor together transmitting the same charge and succession,
We few equals indifferent of lands, indifferent of times,
We, enclosers of all continents, all castes, allowers of all theologies,
Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men,
We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers nor any thing that is asserted,
We hear the bawling and din, we are reach'd at by divisions, jealousies, recriminations on every side,
They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade,
Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down till we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are.

~ Walt Whitman in "To Him Who Was Crucified" in Leaves of Grass
(for Good Friday 2010, in both Western and Eastern Orthodox calculations)
My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark days I have gone through, everything has proved to me that in this world, either physical or moral, good comes out of evil just as well as evil comes out of good. My errors will point to thinking men the various roads, and will teach them the great art of treading on the brink of the precipice without falling into it. It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless. ~ Giacomo Casanova
We avenge intellect when we dupe a fool, and it is a victory not to be despised. ~ Giacomo Casanova
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate.

You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today.

~ Marvin Gaye ~
Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at liberty to do everything he pleases, for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion. The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.
~ Giacomo Casanova ~
Man is free, but his freedom ceases when he has no faith in it; and the greater power he ascribes to faith, the more he deprives himself of that power which God has given to him when He endowed him with the gift of reason. Reason is a particle of the Creator's divinity. When we use it with a spirit of humility and justice we are certain to please the Giver of that precious gift.
~ Giacomo Casanova ~
No theater could sanely flourish until there was an umbilical connection between what was happening on the stage and what was happening in the world.
~ Kenneth Tynan ~
The man who forgets does not forgive, he only loses the remembrance of the harm inflicted on him; forgiveness is the offspring of a feeling of heroism, of a noble heart, of a generous mind, whilst forgetfulness is only the result of a weak memory, or of an easy carelessness, and still oftener of a natural desire for calm and quietness. Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom.
~ Giacomo Casanova ~
I attacked those Western playwrights who use their influence and affluence to preach to the world the nihilistic doctrine that life is pointless and irrationally destructive, and that there is nothing we can do about it. Until everyone is fed, clothed, housed and taught, until human beings have equal leisure to contemplate the overwhelming fact of mortality, we should not (I argued) indulge in the luxury of "privileged despair."
~ Kenneth Tynan ~
All writing is an antisocial act, since the writer is a man who can speak freely only when alone; to be himself he must lock himself up, to communicate he must cut himself off from all communication; and in this there is something always a little mad.
~ Kenneth Tynan ~
We shall be judged by what we do, not by how we felt while we were doing it.
~ Kenneth Tynan ~
Eternity is here (in the stable at Bethlehem and on the cross of Calvary) in time.
~ Karl Barth ~
  • proposed by Kalki, for the Good Friday on this date in 2010, and used for the Good Friday of 2021.
Let Moscow not forget that the sanctions policy will only be continued and intensified. As long as there is no peace — sanctions are needed. Until Russia begins to invest as sincerely in the search for peace as it invests in the destruction of our state, sanctions will remain unalterable.
~ Volodymyr Zelenskyy ~
The man who reacts to the universe with a cry of impotent anguish is acceptable as an artist only if he can persuade us that he has sanely considered the other possible reactions and found them inadequate.
~ Kenneth Tynan ~
I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent.
~ Giacomo Casanova ~
Rank or add further suggestions…

The Quote of the Day (QOTD) is a prominent feature of the Wikiquote Main Page. Thank you for submitting, reviewing, and ranking suggestions!

Ranking system
4 : Excellent – should definitely be used. (This is the utmost ranking and should be used by any editor for only one quote at a time for each date.)
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.
An averaging of the rankings provided to each suggestion produces it’s general ranking in considerations for selection of Quote of the Day. The selections made are usually chosen from the top ranked options existing on the page, but the provision of highly ranked late additions, especially in regard to special events (most commonly in regard to the deaths of famous people, or other major social or physical occurrences), always remain an option for final selections.
Thank you for participating!



Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance against it. ~ Joan Vinge (born April 2)

  • 3 and strong lean toward 4. Zarbon 06:31, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
    • Source: "What's Your Mood?: A Good Day, Bad Day, In-between Day Book" - by Kimberly Potts - Psychology - 2005
  • 1 Kalki 02:17, 29 March 2009 (UTC) Indifference is not a force at all — it is the base out of which Life and all Love and Hate emerge, and with Love ultimately the victor in all that endures with Life. ~ Kalki 02:17, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Human life began in flight and fear. Religion rose from rituals of propitiation, spells to lull the punishing elements. ~ Camille Paglia

  • 2 Zarbon 05:32, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 06:44, 31 March 2009 (UTC) I might rank this a 2 or more with some context, but it doesn't seem to have much of a point as it stands.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:15, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one. ~ Eligius Franz Joseph von Münch-Bellinghausen

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 ~

The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
~ Émile Zola (dob) ~