March 11

Quotes of the day from previous years:

To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed. That can make life a garden. ~ Goethe
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. ~ Douglas Adams (born 11 March 1950)
Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. ~ Douglas Adams (born 11 March 1950)
Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. Nearly all men of science, all men of learning for that matter, and men of simple ways too, have it in some form and in some degree. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission. If we abandon that mission under stress we shall abandon it forever, for stress will not cease. Knowledge for the sake of understanding, not merely to prevail, that is the essence of our being. None can define its limits, or set its ultimate boundaries. ~ Vannevar Bush
The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it. ~ Vannevar Bush
All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others. ~ Douglas Adams
Perhaps if only once you did enjoy
The thousandth part of all the happiness
A heart beloved enjoys, returning love,
Repentant, you would surely sighing say,
"All time is truly lost and gone
Which is not spent in serving love."

~ Torquato Tasso ~
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. ~ Douglas Adams
We are not an endangered species ourselves yet, but this is not for lack of trying. ~ Douglas Adams
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
~ Douglas Adams ~
We puzzle as to whether the universe is bounded or extends forever; whether, indeed, it may only be one universe among many. We speculate as to whether our universe began in a vast explosion, whether it pulsates between utter compression and wide diffusion, whether it is self-renewing and thus unchanged forever. And we are humble.
But science teaches more than this. It continually reminds us that we are still ignorant and there is much to learn. Time and space are interconnected in strange ways; there is no absolute simultaneity.
~ Vannevar Bush ~
One Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small café in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.
Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone about it, the Earth was unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, and so the idea was lost, seemingly for ever.
~ Douglas Adams ~
~ So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish ~
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Ranking system:

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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.


Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? ~Douglas Adams

  • 3 not every quote needs to be paraphrased Lyle 15:26, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:21, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 08:08, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 UDScott 20:01, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:44, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

You can be in the public eye all the time and still have a private life, but the important thing is to keep in touch with the people who put you there. ~ John Barrowman

  • 2 Zarbon 04:42, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:27, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 22:44, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. ~ Douglas Adams The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)

The pioneer spirit is still vigorous within this nation. Science offers a largely unexplored hinterland for the pioneer who has the tools for his task. The rewards of such exploration both for the Nation and the individual are great. Scientific progress is one essential key to our security as a nation, to our better health, to more jobs, to higher standard of living, and to our cultural progress. ~ Vannevar Bush

To secure a high level of employment, to maintain a position of world leadership — the flow of new scientific knowledge must be both continuous and substantial. ~ Vannevar Bush

Better defence than shield or breastplate, is holy innocence to the naked breast. ~ Torquato Tasso

This must be Thursday... I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
~ Douglas Adams ~
~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ~
  • 3 Kalki·· 18:08, 16 January 2015 (UTC) with a very strong lean towards 4 for some year in which his birthday is on a Thursday.

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