Quotes of the day from previous years:
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." ~ Opening statement of The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America, composed primarily by Thomas Jefferson (Third of three from The Declaration of Independence or drafts of it, that were quoted July 4,5, & 6 of 2004)
selected by Kalki2005
I have not yet begun to fight! ~ John Paul Jones (born 6 July 1747)
proposed by Kalki2006
They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality. ~ Frida Kahlo (born 6 July 1907)
proposed by InvisibleSun2007
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935)
proposed by Kalki2008
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way. ~ John Paul Jones
proposed by Kalki2009
Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (date of birth)
proposed by Aphaia2010
I believe that at every level of society — familial, tribal, national and international — the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
proposed by Kalki2011
We need a little more compassion, and if we cannot have it then no politician or even a magician can save the planet. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
proposed by Kalki2012proposed by Kalki2013proposed by Kalki2014proposed by Kalki2015proposed by Kalki2016proposed by Kalki2017proposed by Illegitimate Barrister2018proposed by Kalki2019proposed by Illegitimate Barrister2020proposed by Kalki2021
Rank or add further suggestions…Ranking system:
4 : Excellent - should definitely be used.
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.
== Suggestions ==
Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about. ~ George W. Bush, born that day.
3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 08:32, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
1 ~ Too many topics around America. A bit bored. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Aphaia (talk • contribs) 02:09, 5 July 2005 (UTC)
0. Jeff Q (talk) 16:59, 4 July 2006 (UTC) Concur with Aphaia.
1 Kalki 19:27, 9 July 2007 (UTC) Would prefer something more remarkable by Bush, if he were to be quoted on his birthday.
0 Strongly concur with Aphaia and Jeffq. Zarbon 05:03, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
1 InvisibleSun 00:01, 6 July 2008 (UTC)I may sink, but I'll be damned if I strike! ~ John Paul Jones
3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 02:48, 30 June 2010 (UTC)Where men of fine feeling are concerned there is seldom misunderstanding. ~ John Paul Jones
3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 02:48, 30 June 2010 (UTC)I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region, and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we'd be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we'd allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous. ~ George W. Bush
2,5 because it came true. DanielTom (talk) 10:52, 4 March 2015 (UTC) #ThanksObama
2 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC), The statement is certainly valid, and yet the ironical hypocrisies and stupidities innate in the general context of it being made are not easily apparent without very extensive commentary. The greatest enemy of all humanity is human stupidity which persists in absolutist forms of error. Some of the worst, most pervasive and pernicious forms of human stupidity are those forms of entrenched bigotry born of ignorance and confusion by which one person or group of persons declares other persons or groups of persons absolutely good or absolutely bad, and absolutist wars of absolutist enmities are so "justified" and so initiated and so fought, by many diverse parties thinking of themselves as absolutely good or entirely right, and others as absolutely bad and entirely wrong — and deserving of only contempt, and worthy only to be mercilessly punished or even exterminated — throughout the ages of human histories. Some people have enough wisdom, even in infancy to reject such pervasive forms of stupidity, and yet know that contending ably against the many forms of it which exists in others can be very dangerous and exhausting, and must be done wisely and with great grace. The wise seek to assert the ways of greatest grace and wise virtues, and know that this path is not always easy or simple or easily explained. So it goes… ⨀∴☥☮♥∵ॐ … ~ ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC) + tweak
Straw man. ~ DanielTom (talk) 12:09, 5 July 2015 (UTC)Certainly you seem to be setting up a straw man argument in apparently implying that I do. I simply state a few of my reasons for not ranking this very highly at this time, preferring quotes of the sage Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama and the able warrior Daniel Morgan to this person, who initiated a profoundly stupid act of aggression against a profoundly corrupt nation-state in profoundly corrupt and corruptive ways. That he afterward then makes the valid argument that one cannot easily withdraw from the mess created by mutually supportive forms of corruption and stupidity, without creating in many ways a fouler mess, shows he was cognizant of greater need of caution and reserve than he had when he initiated much of the most deadly and dangerous aspects of the mess. The seeds of ISIS/ISIL were sown by the destruction of the infrastructure if Iraq in the war of stupidities with stupidity which was stupidly initiated by this person against a nation on rather false and flimsy suppositions that it would be good for America and good for the world. I have no hatred of him as a human being, despite some of his more unfortunate stupidities, and yet I considered and still consider the invasion he initiated, on the whole, to have been a profoundly stupid, wasteful, act which endangered the world as a whole far more than it directly alleviated some of the problems caused by a brutally petty-minded and profoundly stupid and pernicious dictator. ~ ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 12:25, 5 July 2015 (UTC) + tweaks3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 19:27, 27 March 2015 (UTC) with a very strong lean toward 4; but perhaps trimmed to:As to war, I am and always was a great enemy, at the same time a warrior the greater part of my life, and were I young again, should still be a warrior while ever this country should be invaded and I lived … An offensive war, I believe to be wrong and would therefore have nothing to do with it, having no right to meddle with another man's property, his ox or his ass, his man servant or his maid servant or anything that is his.3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC)3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC)3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC)3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC)3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC)3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 11:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC)3.25. – Illegitimate Barrister, 13:47, 22 September 2015 (UTC)3. – Illegitimate Barrister, 14:07, 22 September 2015 (UTC)3 DanielTom (talk) 22:41, 12 July 2016 (UTC)3 DanielTom (talk) 14:30, 10 July 2017 (UTC)