April 13


Quotes of the day from previous years:

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the limits of the law" because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. ~ Thomas Jefferson (born 13 April 1743 (N.S.))
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson
The secular state is the guarantee of religious pluralism. This apparent paradox, again, is the simplest and most elegant of political truths. ~ Christopher Hitchens
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. ~ Thomas Jefferson
I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. ~ Thomas Jefferson
History says don't hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.
So hope for a great sea-change
on the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
and cures and healing wells.

~ Seamus Heaney ~
There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive. ~ Thomas Jefferson
A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy. ~ Guy Fawkes
Let us do something while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for once the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us!
~ Samuel Beckett ~
Over the mountains,
And over the waves,
Over the fountains,
And under the graves;
Over the floods that are deepest,
Which do Neptune obey;
Over the rocks that are steepest,
Love will find out the way.
~ Thomas Percy ~
I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another, for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
I've learned some things from having lived:
If you're alive, experience largely, merge with rivers, heavens, cosmos
For what we call living is a gift given to life
And life is a gift bestowed upon us
~ Ataol Behramoğlu ~
I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights; that confidence is every where the parent of despotism; free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power; that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no farther, our confidence may go; and let the honest advocate of confidence read the Alien and Sedition Acts, and say if the Constitution has not been wise in fixing limits to the government it created, and whether we should be wise in destroying those limits; let him say what the government is, if it be not a tyranny, which the men of our choice have conferred on the President, and the President of our choice has assented to and accepted, over the friendly strangers, to whom the mild spirit of our country and its laws had pledged hospitality and protection; that the men of our choice have more respected the bare suspicions of the President than the solid rights of innocence, the claims of justification, the sacred force of truth, and the forms and substance of law and justice.
In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
To know nothing is nothing, not to want to know anything likewise, but to be beyond knowing anything, to know you are beyond knowing anything, that is when peace enters in, to the soul of the incurious seeker.
~ Samuel Beckett ~
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  • We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. ~ Thomas Jefferson

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It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism — free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence ~ Thomas Jefferson

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:35, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Unfathomable mind, now beacon, now sea. ~ Samuel Beckett (born April 13, 1906)

These things I say, and shall say, if I can, are no longer, or are not yet, or never were, or never will be, or if they were, if they are, if they will be, were not here, are not here, will not be here, but elsewhere. ~ Samuel Beckett

Perhaps it's done already, perhaps they have said me already, perhaps they have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, it will be the silence, where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on. ~ Samuel Beckett

The fact is that serious trials and fearless investigations often are the cause of great division, and rightly so. ~ Christopher Hitchens (born April 13, 1949)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:35, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 13:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC) with a slight lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

All the excitements of a prohibited book had their usual effect, one of which, as always, is to expose the fact that the censors don't know what they are talking about. ~ Christopher Hitchens

Yes, in my life, since we must call it so, there were three things, the inability to speak, the inability to be silent, and solitude, that’s what I’ve had to make the best of. ~ Samuel Beckett

We are all born mad. Some remain so. ~ Samuel Beckett

  • 3 Kalki 13:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 15:40, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 23:45, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

God is a foreman with certain definite views
Who orders life in shifts of work and leisure.
~ Seamus Heaney

In conclusion, if you want to unravel the multitude of secrets of chess then don't begrudge the time. ~ Garry Kasparov

  • 3 Zarbon 05:21, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:44, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2. Would not include the first two words. - InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Alekhine's attacks came suddenly, like destructive thunderstorms that erupted from a clear sky. ~ Garry Kasparov

The most completely wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed. ~ Nicolas Chamfort

  • 3 Zarbon 05:21, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:44, 8 April 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3 or even 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:46, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Anyone who has no character is not a man, but a thing. ~ Nicolas Chamfort

The only thing that stops God sending a second Flood is that the first one was useless. ~ Nicolas Chamfort

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. ~ Eudora Welty

  • 2 Zarbon 05:21, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 05:44, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer. ~ Christopher Hitchens

Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way. ~ Christopher Hitchens

We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?
~ Samuel Beckett ~

Whatever be their degree of talent it is no measure of their rights. Because Sir Isaac Newton was superior to others in understanding, he was not therefore lord of the person or property of others.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~

What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment, be deaf to all those motives whose powers supported him through his trial, and inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~

Originally suggested at 21 March, but also moved here as a more appropriate date.

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. ~ Samuel Ullman

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.