August 21

day of the year

Quotes of the day from previous years:

The barge she sat in, like a burnishd throne, burnd on the water; the poop was beaten gold, purple the sails, and so perfumed, that the winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver, which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made the water which they beat to follow faster, as amorous of their strokes. For her own person, it beggard all description ~ "Enobarbus" on Cleapatra, in Antony and Cleopatra Act II sc. ii by William Shakespeare
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. ~ Thomas Carlyle
If you want the world to know
We won't let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart.

~ Jackie DeShannon ~ (born 21 August 1944)
Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and vileness, and enjoy it to the full. ~ Leon Trotsky (died 21 August 1940)
Another day goes by
Still the children cry
Put a little love in your heart.

~ Jackie DeShannon ~
A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified. ~ Leon Trotsky
People ask me... "What do you still bring from Hawaii? How does it affect your character, how does it affect your politics?" I try to explain to them something about the Aloha Spirit. I try to explain to them this basic idea that we all have obligations to each other, that we're not alone, that if we see somebody who's in need we should help... that we look out for one another, that we deal with each other with courtesy and respect, and most importantly, that when you come from Hawaii, you start understanding that what's on the surface, what people look like — that doesn't determine who they are.
And that the power and strength of diversity, the ability of people from everywhere … whether they're black or white, whether they're Japanese-Americans or Korean-Americans or Filipino-Americans or whatever they are, they are just Americans, that all of us can work together and all of us can join together to create a better country.
And it's that spirit, that I'm absolutely convinced, is what America is looking for right now. ~ Barack Obama (A quote of a statement about Hawaii, using one of the most famous of Hawaiian words, made by the first US president to be born in Hawaii, for the 50th anniversary of the Statehood of the 50th US State, "The Aloha State.")

The night was long and dark and just
Another dagger to my trust.
I thrust it in until I bleed
I wiped my point for you to see.

And anyway,
It's over now.
Nothing left to say.

I don't know why,
I don't care how,
It's over anyway.

~ Alicia Witt ~ (born 21 August 1975)

Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other. ~ Leon Trotsky
I have no respect for people who deliberately try to be weird to attract attention, but if that's who you honestly are, you shouldn't try to "normalize yourself".
~ Alicia Witt ~
Everything was okay, as long as I could dream.
Its amazing, really, the difference between having a dream and not having any left that can come true. It's the difference between living and dying.
~ Alicia Witt ~
I like to play any character that allows me the freedom to explore it and teach the audience something they didn't know, and show them a journey they identify with... or be inspired, or moved. Anything that touches someone's heart is important for me.
~ Alicia Witt ~
All we can do is live every single day and do our best to be present with the ones that we love and with everybody that we come in contact with … The timing of everything seems too divine sometimes to ignore.
~ Alicia Witt ~
I like digging into these characters that are a lot more complex, and there's a lot that isn't apparent on the surface … In a weird way, you can access all that fear and pain. … Nothing makes me happier than when somebody figures out I was in something, and then they'd seen me in something else, and had no idea it was the same person… Then I feel like I've done my job.
~ Alicia Witt ~
Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
And there's nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart.
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark.
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart.
~ Jim Steinman ~
Every object, the old man had said, is but an interpretation of every other object. There is no sure knowledge, only endless process.
~ Lucius Shepard ~
We uncovered new forces, we took a step along what may be an endless path toward divinity, we redirected the entire thrust of psychoanalytic theory, and, as with all knowledge, we found that deeper and more compelling mysteries yet lay beyond those we had reduced to the security of fact.
~ Lucius Shepard ~
We must rekindle the fire of idealism in our society — for nothing suffocates the promise of America more than unbounded cynicism and indifference. We must reclaim the tradition of community in our society. Only by recognizing that we share a common obligation to one another and to our country can we ever hope to maximize our national or personal potential. We must reassert the oneness of America. America has been and must once again be the seamless web of caring and community.
~ Joe Biden ~
  • proposed by Kalki, in regard to abiding affirmations in his role as candidate for President of the United States of America.
Friend, I haven't a dollar in the world, but if thee knows a fugitive who needs a breakfast, send him to me.
~ Thomas Garrett ~
The necessary had been accomplished. That’s the way Les Invisibles work. Singular, unquantifiable events. Impossible to treat statistically, to define with theory.
~ Lucius Shepard ~
There can be a new tomorrow
There can be a brighter day
There can be a new tomorrow
Love will find a way
~ Jackie DeShannon ~
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Hawaii becomes 50th state of the US (1959) · Soviet coup d'état attempt (1991)
DOB: Count Basie · Sergey Biryuzov · Wilt Chamberlain · Jackie DeShannon · Thomas Garrett · Kenny Rogers · Lucius Shepard · Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon · Alicia Witt · DOD: Leon Trotsky

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Until the Yom Kippur War, in 1973, until then Israel didn't have a chance but to fight for her life. We were attacked five times, outgunned, outnumbered, on a small piece of land, and our main challenge was to remain alive. ~ Shimon Peres (b. August 21, 1923)

  • 3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 07:04, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • Comment: It's not my fault Peres's birthday is one day after the finalization of the Oslo Accords! :) ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 07:04, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 3, but I'd say use 1 or the other but not both, we shouldn't have 2 days relating to Israel v Palestine.
  • 1 Zarbon 15:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki (talk · contributions) 01:26, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Socialism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen. ~ Leon Trotsky, died this day.

  • 3 AllanHainey 12:00, 26 July 2005 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 15:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:14, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki (talk · contributions) 22:00, 18 August 2011 (UTC) —with information presently available, this does not seem to be a quote of Trotsky but a paraphrase or summary assessment of his attitudes. * 2 Kalki (talk · contributions) 01:26, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain—at least in a poor country like Russia—and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect. ~ Leon Trotsky, died this day

Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here. ~ Vice President Dan Quayle; Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state on 21 August 1959

  • 3 ~ Jeff Q (talk) 17:18, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 4 Sveden 13:22, 3 August 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 16:58, 20 August 2006 (UTC) If we do honor Hawaii, perhaps on the 50th anniversary of its statehood in 2009, I would hope it would be with something more than Quayle's fumblings.
  • 1 Zarbon 15:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 22:14, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:28, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

I can feel a something pounding in my brain
Just any time that someone speaks your name
Trumpets sound and I hear thunder boom
Every time that you walk in the room.

~ Jackie DeShannon ~

Strategic missiles are precisely the weapons which can deliver a decisive blow against the enemy's primary targets — his armed forces, and first of all, his strategic nuclear attack weapons. As a result of such a strike, the political objectives of a war can be attained in the first days of the conflict. ~ Sergei Biriuzov

  • 3 Zarbon 15:42, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:14, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 23:19, 20 August 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 0.
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 01:28, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

The outcry surrounding the public disclosure of the project had taken only three months to die, this … a telling commentary upon the spongelike capacity of the American consciousness to absorb miracles, digest them along with the ordinary whey provided by the media, and reduce them to half-remembered trivia.
~ Lucius Shepard ~

I submit that all psychotherapy is manipulation; that as psychiatrists we do not heal people, but manipulate their neuroses into functional modes.
~ Lucius Shepard ~

Manipulate? Yes, I manipulated. And despite the ensuing events, I would do so again, for it is the function of psychiatry to encourage the living to live.
~ Lucius Shepard ~