October 28

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
We're just being ourselves and having fun playing baseball. The biggest thing is when people look at our team, they can see that we're having a lot of fun. ~ Johnny Damon
2005
Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man's papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive. ~ Jonas Salk (born 28 October 1914)
2006
The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish. ~ Evelyn Waugh (born 28 October 1903)
2007
I have dreams, and I have nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams. ~ Jonas Salk (date of birth)
2008
Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens. ~ Jigoro Kano
2009
The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more. ~ Jonas Salk (date of birth)
2010
Paradoxically, the man who has failed and one who is at the peak of success are in exactly the same position. Each must decide what he will do next, choose the course that will lead him to the future. ~ Jigoro Kano
2011
My attitude was always to keep open, to keep scanning. I think that's how things work in nature. Many people are close-minded, rigid, and that's not my inclination. ~ Jonas Salk
2012
Neither wisdom nor good will is now dominant. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.
~ Jonas Salk ~
2013
I see the triumph of good over evil as a manifestation of the error-correcting process of evolution.
~ Jonas Salk ~
2014 
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The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor large prime numbers. ~ Bill Gates, born that day

If at first you don't succeed, maybe losing is your style. Chris Lang October 28th 2008


To know and love another human being is the root of all wisdom. ~ Evelyn Waugh (date of birth)

  • 3 Kalki 18:52, 27 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 05:45, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0. I can't find this quote on the Waugh page. - InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
This is a line from Brideshead Revisited, which has now been added to the page. ~ Kalki 22:12, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility. ~ Francis Bacon

  • 2 Zarbon 05:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:52, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

To ask may be but a moment's shame, not to ask and remain ignorant is a lifelong shame. ~ Jigoro Kano

  • 3 Zarbon 05:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

1 * 3 Kalki 15:52, 18 October 2008 (UTC) This seems to be a general Japanese proverb; I found no published mention of Jigoro Kano as its author. ~ Kalki 19:01, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced to Kano. - InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
    • Comment: actually, this quote is attributed heavily to Jigoro Kano and Judo training. I located many books that have the quote, but I'm having trouble locating the exact source crediting Kano as the sole author. I'm pretty sure he did say it though. Zarbon 23:12, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Consider fully, act decisively. ~ Jigoro Kano

  • 2 Zarbon 05:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 15:52, 18 October 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4 but I would prefer to extend it to:
Carefully observe oneself and one's situation, carefully observe others, and carefully observe one's environment,
Seize the initiative in whatever you undertake,
Consider fully, act decisively,
Know when to stop,
Keep to the middle.
  • 3 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 (unsourced) Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
This is now sourced. ~ Kalki 19:01, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. ~ Bill Gates

  • 3 Zarbon 05:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 15:52, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 ~ UDScott 12:30, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Ningauble 16:14, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 InvisibleSun 19:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Aesthetic value is often the by-product of the artist striving to do something else. ~ Evelyn Waugh (date of birth)


Some people might look at something and let it go by, because they don't recognize the pattern and the significance. It's the sensitivity to pattern recognition that seems to me to be of great importance. It's a matter of being able to find meaning, whether it's positive or negative, in whatever you encounter. It's like a journey. It's like finding the paths that will allow you to go forward, or that path that has a block that tells you to start over again or do something else. ~ Jonas Salk

  • 3 Kalki 05:50, 19 October 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

I do what I feel impelled to do, as an artist would. Scientists function in the same way. I see all these as creative activities, as all part of the process of discovery. Perhaps that's one of the characteristics of what I call the evolvers, any subset of the population who keep things moving in a positive, creative, constructive way, revealing the truth and beauty that exists in life and in nature. ~ Jonas Salk

  • 3 Kalki 05:50, 19 October 2009 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4.

Apply just the right amount of force — never too much, never too little. All of us know of people who have failed to accomplish what they set out to do because of not properly gauging the amount of effort required. At one extreme, they fall short of the mark; at the other, they do not know when to stop. ~ Jigoro Kano

  • 3 Kalki 05:50, 19 October 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored. ~ Evelyn Waugh

  • 3 Kalki 06:01, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

I came to the conclusion many years ago that almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression. ~ Evelyn Waugh

  • 3 Kalki 06:01, 19 October 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.

Judo teaches us to look for the best possible course of action, whatever the individual circumstances, and helps us to understand that worry is a waste of energy. ~ Jigoro Kano

  • 3 Kalki 06:23, 19 October 2009 (UTC)


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