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Quotes of the day from previous years:

There are worlds beyond worlds and times beyond times, all of them true, all of them real, and all of them (as children know) penetrating each other. ~ P. L. Travers
The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape. ~ Bono (born 10 May 1960)
The Truth lies not in the Yes and not in the No, but in the knowledge and the beginning from which the Yes and the No arise. ~ Karl Barth (born 10 May 1886)
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think. ~ Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, (d. 10 May 1696)
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other... one.

~ Bono ~ (Born 10 May 1960)
Seeing a woman's child is like seeing a woman naked, in the way it changes how her face looks to you, how her face becomes less the whole story. ~ John Crowley

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I'm not a hopeless case
What you don't have you don't need it
What you don't know you can feel it somehow

~ Bono ~

I do not preach universal salvation, what I say is that I cannot exclude the possibility that God would save all men at the Judgment. ~ Karl Barth
The most important of my achievements, if you want to call them that, was that I successfully introduced mystical ideas into pop culture, … I wanted to save our culture from the stupidity and the bigotry and the ignorance that threatened it.
~ Donovan ~
It seemed — in 1968 — the possibilities of peace and brotherhood could be realised that very year. We're still working on it.
~ Donovan ~
Our Yes towards life from the very beginning carries within it the Divine No which breaks forth from the antithesis and points away from what now was the thesis to the original and final synthesis. The No is not the last and highest truth, but the call from home which comes in answer to our asking for God in the world.
~ Karl Barth ~
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
~ Abraham Lincoln ~
We are magic. It is magic that we're walking around. It's fantastic magic. Some people would call it miracles; I like to call it magic. … I'm very aware of this. Yes, the more aware I get, the more I can understand how big it is, how big it will get. It'll be harder to comprehend; that's why I have to go along with it, 'cause its so vast. To say to somebody that God is everything that lives and ever has lived and ever will live, and you're never going to touch and see, smell and be everything that is God. Magic is very hard to comprehend.
~ Donovan ~
The productions of the earth require long and difficult preparations, before they are rendered fit to supply the wants of men.
~ Turgot ~
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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.


We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all. ~ Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, (d. 10 May 1696)

  • 3 --Aphaia 05:27, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:07, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 02:10, 9 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Since La Bruyère was born on August 16, I would propose that this quote be transferred to that date. - InvisibleSun 15:40, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Man as man can never know God: His wishing, seeking, and striving are all in vain. ~ Karl Barth (born May 10)

  • 3 because the image of God is not visible to the physical man...for the man of the material world is blinded by illusion. Zarbon 05:21, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki (talk · contributions) 03:36, 30 April 2010 (UTC) * 2 Kalki 02:10, 9 May 2008 (UTC) the statement is true, but without greater context can easily be misinterpreted to mean things Barth had not intended which are false.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 15:40, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Eternity is here (in the stable at Bethlehem and on the cross of Calvary) in time. ~ Karl Barth

  • 3 Kalki 09:22, 9 May 2009 (UTC) (though this might be better around Christmas time or on a Good Friday)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 22:31, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

[The Harvard Observatory Computers included] Annie Jump Cannon, the leader of the team [who eventually] catalogued a quarter of a million stars, [and] Henrietta Swan Leavitt [who] discovered the law that astronomers still use more than a century later to measure the distances to the stars. . . . [Cannon provided classification data to Cecilia Payne, whose] "Stellar Atmospheres" is widely regarded as the most brilliant PhD thesis ever written in astronomy. ~ In commemoration of the May 10, 1900 birth of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, from the eighth episode of the science documentary television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014).

  • 4 Pithy Francoln (talk) 23:58, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki·· 23:52, 9 May 2017 (UTC) without any disregard of the worth of any of those mentioned, I simply believe that this is a rather low quality statement for use as QOTD.