Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft (born 27 April 1759)
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. ~ Edward Gibbon (born 27 April 1737 O.S. but actually 8 May in the Gregorian Calendar — confusions existed when this choice was made.)
Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences. ~ Ulysses S. Grant
The current opinion that science and poetry are opposed is a delusion. … Think you that a drop of water, which to the vulgar eye is but a drop of water, loses any thing in the eye of the physicist who knows that its elements are held together by a force which, if suddenly liberated, would produce a flash of lightning? Think you that what is carelessly looked upon by the uninitiated as a mere snow-flake does not suggest higher associations to one who has seen through a microscope the wondrously varied and elegant forms of snow-crystals? Think you that the rounded rock marked with parallel scratches calls up as much poetry in an ignorantmind as in the mind of a geologist, who knows that over this rock a glacier slid a million years ago? … The truth is, that those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded.
In my view, the composer, just as the poet, the sculptor or the painter, is in duty bound to serve Man, the people. He must beautify human life and defend it. He must be a citizen first and foremost, so that his art might consciously extol human life and lead man to a radiant future. Such is the immutable code of art as I see it. ~ Sergei Prokofiev (born April 27, 1891)
3 Kalki 23:56, 25 April 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.
When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ) (Eastern Orthodox Easter 2008)
2 Kalki 01:58, 24 April 2009 (UTC) * 4 Kalki 23:56, 25 April 2008 (UTC) no longer strongly related to the date.
2 but I would have given it a 3 if it were trimmed to the last bit of the quote. I like this quote because it speaks of determination, a respectable quality, to endure and be saved in turn. Zarbon 00:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the earth on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church. ~ Ferdinand Magellan (date of death)
3 if this is truly properly attributed to Magellan. Zarbon 17:54, 26 April 2009 (UTC)
0 The available evidence indicates this to probably be a misattribution, and thus unacceptable as a quote of Magellan. ~ Kalki 04:27, 28 April 2009 (UTC) + tweaks
Those who cavalierly reject the Theory of Evolution, as not adequately supported by facts, seem quite to forget that their own theory is supported by no facts at all. Like the majority of men who are born to a given belief, they demand the most rigorous proof of any adverse belief, but assume that their own needs none. ~ Herbert Spencer (dob)
3 ♞☤☮♌Kalki·†·⚓⊙☳☶⚡ 09:41, 27 April 2013 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and person hood. ~ Coretta Scott King (GoodReads quotes) (dob)
3 ♞☤☮♌Kalki·†·⚓⊙☳☶⚡ 09:41, 27 April 2013 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
Wherefore my counsel is that we hold fast ever to the heavenly way and follow after justice and virtue always, considering that the soul is immortal and able to endure every sort of good and every sort of evil. Thus shall we live dear to one another and to the gods.
The whole Democratic press, and the morbidly honest and 'reformatory' portion of the Republican press, thought it horrible to keep U.S. troops stationed in the southern states, and when they were called upon to protect the lives of Negroes, as much citizens under the Constitution as if their skins were white, the country was scarcely large enough to hold the sound of indignation belched forth.
The Negro votes the Republican ticket because he knows his friends are of that party. Many a good citizen votes the opposite, not because he agrees with the great principles of state which separate parties, but because, generally, he is opposed to Negro rule. This is a most delusive cry. Treat the negro as a citizen and a voter, as he is and must remain, and soon parties will be divided, not on the color line, but on principle.
I have given the subject of arming the Negro my hearty support. This, with the emancipation of the Negro, is the heavyest blow yet given the Confederacy. The South rave a greatdeel about it and profess to be very angry.
I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.
3. Quote said by U.S. Grant about Robert E. Lee, saying he did not want to rejoice at the latter's misery as the latter had fought so hard for a cause, even though the cause, slavery, was a bad one. – Illegitimate Barrister 20:07, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
The great 'War of the Rebellion' against the United States will have to be attributed to slavery. For some years before the war began it was a trite saying among some politicians that 'A state half slave and half free cannot exist.' All must become slave or all free, or the state will go down. I took no part myself in any such view of the case at the time, but since the war is over, reviewing the whole question, I have come to the conclusion that the saying is quite true.
As soon as slavery fired upon the flag it was felt, we all felt, even those who did not object to slaves, that slavery must be destroyed. We felt that it was a stain to the Union that men should be bought and sold like cattle.
My confidence in General Grant was not entirely due to the brilliant military successes achieved by him, but there was a moral as well as military basis for my faith in him. He had shown his single-mindedness and superiority to popular prejudice by his prompt cooperation with President Lincoln in his policy of employing colored troops, and his order commanding his soldiers to treat such troops with due respect. In this way he proved himself to be not only a wise general, but a great man.