July 19


Quotes of the day from previous years:

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. ~ Otto von Bismarck
Truth is never ugly when one can find in it what one needs. ~ Edgar Degas (born 19 July 1834)
The museums are here to teach the history of art and something more as well, for, if they stimulate in the weak a desire to imitate, they furnish the strong with the means of their emancipation. ~ Edgar Degas
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty. ~ Edgar Degas
Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away; they just keep coming back for more. And that's the way it is... ~ Walter Cronkite (recent death)
I should like to be famous and unknown. ~ Edgar Degas
It is very good to copy what one sees; it is much better to draw what you can't see any more but is in your memory. It is a transformation in which imagination and memory work together. You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary. ~ Edgar Degas
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning.
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it.
~ Billy Joel ~
You have to have a high conception, not of what you are doing, but of what you may do one day: without that, there's no point in working.
~ Edgar Degas ~
A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.
~ Edgar Degas ~
Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us.
~ A. J. Cronin ~
You must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do to-day. Otherwise, working is just a waste of time.
~ Edgar Degas ~
It seems to me that today, if the artist wishes to be serious — to cut out a little original niche for himself, or at least preserve his own innocence of personality — he must once more sink himself in solitude. There is too much talk and gossip; pictures are apparently made, like stock-market prices, by competition of people eager for profit; in order to do anything at all we need (so to speak) the wit and ideas of our neighbors as much as the businessmen need the funds of others to win on the market. All this traffic sharpens our intelligence and falsifies our judgment.
~ Edgar Degas ~
Hell is that state where one has ceased to hope.
~ A. J. Cronin ~
Buddy, you're a young man, hard man
Shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday
You got blood on your face, you big disgrace
Waving your banner all over the place
We will, we will rock you, sing it!
We will, we will rock you, yeah.
~ Brian May ~
Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.
~ John Lewis ~
  • proposed by Kalki, in regard of his recent death.
When I'm gone, people will no doubt remember me for Queen, but I would much rather be remembered for attempting to change the way we treat our fellow creatures.
~ Brian May ~
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I've fallen and I can't get up. ~ Dorothy McHugh as Mrs. Fletcher in a famous commercial. Dorothy died on July 19th. See w:I've fallen and I can't get up

War does not determine who is right — only who is left. ~ Bertrand Russell

  • proposed by IP, no clear relation to date.
  • 1 Kalki 14:30, 18 July 2007 (UTC) good quote, but no clear relation to date.
  • 4 if it were used on the right date Zarbon 06:29, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 12:54, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Father Ted (series two episode, "Hell") Father Dougal's take on July 19: Would that be the day the Ice Age ended?

—This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) . proposed by IP something or other, no clear relation to date.
  • 2 Kalki 20:00, 14 July 2009 (UTC) Though I'm not sure of the context, I find this rather humorous.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:18, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 12:54, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Even if my country remains at war with yours . . . remember ... I am not your enemy.
~ A. J. Cronin ~