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Quotes of the day from previous years:

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Wave after wave, each mightier than the last,
Till last, a ninth one, gathering half the deep
And full of voices, slowly rose and plunged
Roaring, and all the wave was in a flame:
And down the wave and in the flame was borne
A naked babe...

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King ~
For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

~ "Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns ~
When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective. ~ George Marshall
For my part I have never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered it cowardice and a lack of sincerity toward myself. ~ Henri Matisse (born December 31, 1869)
It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... Let's go exploring! ~ Bill Watterson - Final strip of Calvin and Hobbes, published December 31, 1995
The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it. ~ George Marshall
At each stage I reach a balance, a conclusion. At the next sitting, if I find that there is a weakness in the whole, I make my way back into the picture by means of the weakness — I re-enter through the breach — and I reconceive the whole. Thus everything becomes fluid again. ~ Henri Matisse (born 31 December 1869)
Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars. ~ George Marshall
I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
~ Henri Matisse ~
The most important thing for the world today in my opinion is a spiritual regeneration which would reestablish a feeling of good faith among men generally. Discouraged people are in sore need of the inspiration of great principles. Such leadership can be the rallying point against intolerance, against distrust, against that fatal insecurity that leads to war. It is to be hoped that the democratic nations can provide the necessary leadership.
~ George Marshall ~
If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.
~ George Marshall ~
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naiveté. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.
~ Henri Matisse ~
Life is a slow-motion avalanche, and none of us are steering.
~ Donald E. Westlake ~
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Ranking system:

4 : Excellent - should definitely be used. (This is the utmost ranking and should be used only for one quote at a time, per person, 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.


There is no freedom without justice. ~ Simon Wiesenthal

  • There was a quotation by him in September, 2005 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:55, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki·· 23:34, 28 December 2013 (UTC) (it appears this IS his day of birth — don't know how I had missed this earlier) 1 Kalki 11:11, 30 December 2006 (UTC) Good quote, but no clear relation to the date.
  • 1 InvisibleSun 14:34, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 0 Zarbon 21:00, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Lyle 18:35, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

~ Robert Burns ~ (Traditional New Year's Eve song)

  • 1 Kalki 11:11, 30 December 2006 (UTC) 4 ~ Kalki 23:33, 29 December 2005 (UTC) Downgraded from 4 to 1 as a variant of this has already been used — last year... and which indicates to me I better start updating the date pages more regularly — one of my resolutions for the coming year... ~ Kalki 01:11, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 InvisibleSun 14:34, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 21:00, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

War is very uncertain in its results, and often when affairs look most desperate they suddenly assume a more hopeful state. ~ George Meade

  • 3 Zarbon 05:59, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Lyle 18:35, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 20:30, 11 December 2008 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:25, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Never fear your enemies, fear your actions. ~ George Meade

  • 2 Zarbon 05:59, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Lyle 18:35, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 Kalki·· 23:36, 30 December 2015 (UTC) I cannot currently find any reliable sources for this attribution — I had intended to use it for QOTD, but cannot do so now. 4 Kalki·· 23:30, 30 December 2015 (UTC) 3 Kalki 20:30, 11 December 2008 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

Nobody gets everything in this life. You decide your priorities and you make your choices. I'd decided long ago that any cake I had would be eaten. ~ Donald E. Westlake Two Much (recent death)

Only bad books have good endings. If a book is any good, it's ending is always bad - because you don't want the book to end.
~ The Name of this Book is Secret ~