Wikiquote:Quote of the day/April 2010
- April 1
|To joke in the face of danger is the supreme politeness, a delicate refusal to cast oneself as a tragic hero.
~ Edmond Rostand ~
- April 2
||My spirit to yours dear brother,
Do not mind because many sounding your name do not understand you,
I do not sound your name, but I understand you,
I specify you with joy O my comrade to salute you, and to salute those who are with you, before and since, and those to come also,
That we all labor together transmitting the same charge and succession,
We few equals indifferent of lands, indifferent of times,
We, enclosers of all continents, all castes, allowers of all theologies,
Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men,
We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers nor any thing that is asserted,
We hear the bawling and din, we are reach'd at by divisions, jealousies, recriminations on every side,
They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade,
Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down till we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are.
- April 3
|I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- April 4
- April 5
|Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.
~ Colin Powell ~
- April 6
||Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
Thus the little minutes,
- April 7
- April 8
|You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done.
~ Kofi Annan ~
- April 9
- April 10
|It was the wise all-seeing soul
Who counselled neither war nor peace:
"Only be thou thyself that goal
In which the wars of time shall cease."
~ Æ ~
- April 11
- April 12
|No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.
Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there's somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, "Oh, you can't do that..."
~ Tom Clancy ~
- April 13
|History says don't hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.
So hope for a great sea-change
on the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
and cures and healing wells.
~ Seamus Heaney ~
- April 14
|I have read that the secret of gallantry is to accept the pleasures of life leisurely, and its inconveniences with a shrug; as well as that, among other requisites, the gallant person will always consider the world with a smile of toleration, and his own doings with a smile of honest amusement, and Heaven with a smile which is not distrustful — being thoroughly persuaded that God is kindlier than the genteel would regard as rational.|
- April 15
- April 16
|It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.
~ Peter Ustinov ~
- April 17
|The Anarchists never have claimed that liberty will bring perfection; they simply say that its results are vastly preferable to those that follow authority.
~ Benjamin Tucker ~
- April 18
|Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.|
- April 19
|I share the belief of many of my contemporaries that the spiritual crisis pervading all spheres of Western industrial society can be remedied only by a change in our world view. We shall have to shift from the materialistic, dualistic belief that people and their environment are separate, toward a new consciousness of an all-encompassing reality, which embraces the experiencing ego, a reality in which people feel their oneness with animate nature and all of creation.
~ Albert Hofmann ~
- April 20
- April 21
|We define religion as the assumption that life has meaning. Religion, or lack of it, is shown not in some intellectual or verbal formulations but in one's total orientation to life. Religion is whatever the individual takes to be his ultimate concern. One's religious attitude is to be found at that point where he has a conviction that there are values in human existence worth living and dying for.
~ Rollo May ~
- April 22
|We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives, so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption that what is good for the world will be good for us. ... We must recover the sense of the majesty of the creation and the ability to be worshipful in its presence. For it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.
~ Wendell Berry ~
- April 23
|A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
~ Max Planck ~
- April 24
|One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere.|
- April 25
|It is best to keep one’s own state intact; to crush the enemy’s state is only second best.
~ Sun Tzu ~
- April 26
|If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
~ Morris West ~
- April 27
|It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.|
- April 28
|You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage.
~ Terry Pratchett ~
- April 29
|Night has fallen and the barbarians haven't come.
And some of our men who have just returned from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.
Now what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
- April 30
The god of war has gone over to the other side.
~ Adolf Hitler ~