[<< wikiquote] May 9
Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. ~ George Washington (Mother's Day 2004)
selected by Kalki2005
Life is a long lesson in humility. ~ J. M. Barrie (born 9 May 1860)
selected by Kalki2006
The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us. ~ Nelson Mandela (inaugurated as President of the Republic of South Africa, 9 May 1994)
selected by Kalki2007
Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did. ~ Sophie Scholl of the White Rose
selected by Kalki2008
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~ J. M. Barrie (born 9 May 1860)
proposed by Zarbon2009
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. ~ J. M. Barrie
proposed by Zarbon2010
It is not enough that we have a guilty defendant. We must have an innocent system as well. - John Ashcroft
proposed by Zarbon2011
It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing known for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children. ~ J. M. Barrie
proposed by Kalki2012
Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness. The symbol of art is seen again in the magic flute of the Great God Pan which makes the young goats frisk at the edge of the grove.  All modern art begins to appear comprehensible and in a way great when it is interpreted as an attempt to instill youthfulness into an ancient world. ~ José Ortega y Gasset
proposed by Kalki2013proposed by Kalki2014proposed by Kalki2015proposed by Kalki2016proposed by Kalki2017proposed by Kalki2018proposed by Kalki2019proposed by Kalki2020proposed by Kalki2021proposed by Kalki2022
Rank or add further suggestions…


== Suggestions ==
Power is what spoils people. Yes, it seems to me that the seeking after power is the great danger and the great corruptor of mankind. ~ Baldur von Schirach (born May 9)

3 and lean toward a 4, because power can corrupt anyone. Zarbon 04:49, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 06:21, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
1 Aphaia 08:57, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 17:16, 8 May 2008 (UTC)What we do we do not merely with our hands and brains, but with our hearts and souls. This has often become a tragic fate for us. ~ Baldur von Schirach (born May 9)

3 Zarbon 04:49, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
1 InvisibleSun 06:21, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
1 Aphaia 08:57, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 17:16, 8 May 2008 (UTC)Standards always are out of date. That is what makes them standards. ~ Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934)

3 InvisibleSun
4 Aphaia 08:57, 8 May 2008 (UTC) Witty, isn't it?
1 Zarbon 12:38, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 17:16, 8 May 2008 (UTC)The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it's as if a hand has come out, and taken yours. ~ Alan Bennett (from The History Boys, for which Bennett wrote both the play and the screenplay)

3 InvisibleSun 06:21, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
1 Zarbon 12:38, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
3 Kalki 17:16, 8 May 2008 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.I am fully persuaded that I am worth inconceivably more to hang than any other purpose. ~ John Brown (born May 9, 1800)

3 InvisibleSun 06:21, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
3 Aphaia 08:57, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
3 Zarbon 12:38, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 09:03, 9 May 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.I'm convinced that faith is a matter of inspiration, not a matter of imposition. It is something a person models rather than mandates. Faith does not impose itself on other people. Imposition usually sacrifices somebody else; it seeks to injure or extort others. ~ John Ashcroft

3 Zarbon 02:38, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
3 InvisibleSun 22:58, 8 May 2009 (UTC)
3 Kalki 09:03, 9 May 2009 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.Through it all, I've learned to trust that God does indeed have a plan and purpose for me. Trust doesn't come into play when you can figure everything out; that's mere reason. Trust operates when you can't understand why circumstances or events happen. That's where it takes faith to believe that God knows what is best for our lives. ~ John Ashcroft

3 Zarbon 02:38, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 22:58, 8 May 2009 (UTC)
2 Kalki 09:03, 9 May 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.This day had been a nightmare, and I had not yet been asleep. ~ John Ashcroft

3 Zarbon 02:38, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 22:58, 8 May 2009 (UTC)
2 Kalki 09:03, 9 May 2009 (UTC)Doing what is right in the face of adversity is not always easy or popular. Critics may assail you, but the critics don't always realize what they don't know or don't understand, because they don't have access to all the information. ~ John Ashcroft

3 Zarbon 20:15, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 22:58, 8 May 2009 (UTC)
2 Kalki 09:03, 9 May 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.Wise children always choose a mother who was a shocking flirt in her maiden days, and so had several offers before she accepted their fortunate papa. ~ J. M. Barrie

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 22:38, 29 April 2010 (UTC)What is your name?’  ‘Peter Pan.’  She was already sure that he must be Peter, but it did seem a comparatively short name.  ‘Is that all?’  ‘Yes,’ he said rather sharply. He felt for the first time that it was a shortish name.  ‘I’m so sorry,’ said Wendy Moira Angela.  ‘It doesn’t matter,’ Peter gulped.  She asked where he lived.  ‘Second to the right,’ said Peter, ‘and then straight on till morning.’  ‘What a funny address!’  Peter had a sinking feeling. For the first time he felt that perhaps it was a funny address. ~ J. M. Barrie in Peter Pan

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 22:38, 29 April 2010 (UTC)The rock was very small now; soon it would be submerged. Pale rays of light tiptoed across the waters; and by and by there was to be heard a sound at once the most musical and the most melancholy in the world: the mermaids calling to the moon.  Peter was not quite like other boys; but he was afraid at last. A tremor ran through him, like a shudder passing over the sea; but on the sea one shudder follows another till there are hundreds of them, and Peter felt just the one. Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him. It was saying, "To die will be an awfully big adventure." ~ J. M. Barrie in Peter Pan ~

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 22:38, 29 April 2010 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it. ~ J. M. Barrie

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 22:38, 29 April 2010 (UTC)The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. ~ J. M. Barrie

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 22:38, 29 April 2010 (UTC) with a lean toward 4."If you believe," he shouted to them, "clap your hands; don't let Tink die." Many clapped.  Some didn't.  A few beasts hissed.  The clapping stopped suddenly; as if countless mothers had rushed to their nurseries to see what on earth was happening; but already Tink was saved. First her voice grew strong, then she popped out of bed, then she was flashing through the room more merry and impudent than ever. She never thought of thanking those who believed, but she would have like to get at the ones who had hissed. ~ J. M. Barrie in Peter Pan ~

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 22:38, 29 April 2010 (UTC)I know well that many of my readers do not think as I do. This also is most natural and confirms the theorem. For although my opinion turn out erroneous, there will always remain the fact that many of those dissentient readers have never given five minutes' thought to this complex matter. How are they going to think as I do? But by believing that they have a right to an opinion on the matter without previous effort to work one out for themselves, they prove patently that they belong to that absurd type of human being which I have called the "rebel mass." ~ José Ortega y Gasset in The Revolt of the Masses

3 N6n 09:50, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
2 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 20:26, 1 May 2012 (UTC) with a lean toward 3 or an eventual 4 — there are many others by Ortega y Gasset and J. M. Barrie which I generally prefer.The State is always, whatever be its form — primitive, ancient, medieval, modern — an invitation issued by one group of men to other human groups to carry out some enterprise in common. That enterprise, be its intermediate processes what they may, consists in the long run in the organisation of a certain type of common life. ~ José Ortega y Gasset

3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 20:26, 1 May 2012 (UTC)The common man, finding himself in a world so excellent, technically and socially, believes that it has been produced by nature, and never thinks of the personal efforts of highly-endowed individuals which the creation of this new world presupposed. Still less will he admit the notion that all these facilities still require the support of certain difficult human virtues, the least failure of which would cause the rapid disappearance of the whole magnificent edifice.… These traits together make up the well-known psychology of the spoilt child. ~ José Ortega y Gasset

3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 20:26, 1 May 2012 (UTC)In the presence of one individual we can decide whether he is "mass" or not. The mass is all that which sets no value on itself — good or ill — based on specific grounds, but which feels itself "just like everybody," and nevertheless is not concerned about it; is, in fact, quite happy to feel itself as one with everybody else. ~ José Ortega y Gasset

3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 20:26, 1 May 2012 (UTC)Contrary to what is usually thought, it is the man of excellence, and not the common man who lives in essential servitude. Life has no savour for him unless he makes it consist in service to something transcendental. Hence he does not look upon the necessity of serving as an oppression. When, by chance, such necessity is lacking, he grows restless and invents some new standard, more difficult, more exigent, with which to coerce himself. This is life lived as a discipline — the noble life. ~ José Ortega y Gasset

3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 20:26, 1 May 2012 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.Life is fired at us point blank. ~ José Ortega y Gasset

3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 20:26, 1 May 2012 (UTC)Man’s being is made of such strange stuff as to be partly akin to nature and partly not, at once natural and extranatural, a kind of ontological centaur, half immersed in nature, half transcending it. ~ José Ortega y Gasset

3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 20:26, 1 May 2012 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.3 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 09:36, 11 March 2014 (UTC)