[<< wikiquote] August 14
Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
I never met a man so stupid I could not learn something from him. ~ Galileo Galilei2004
Life itself is the proper binge. ~ Julia Child2005
There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. ~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton
in honor of the first beauty contest, August 14, 1908
proposed by User:MosheZadka2006
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. ~ Russell Baker (born August 14, 1925)
proposed by InvisibleSun2007
It's always worth while before you do anything to consider whether it's going to hurt another person more than is absolutely necessary. ~ John Galsworthy
proposed by Kalki2008
Life seemed to be an educator's practical joke in which you spent the first half learning and the second half learning that everything you learned in the first half was wrong. ~ Russell Baker
proposed by Kalki2009
Time will rust the sharpest sword,Time will consume the strongest cord;That which molders hemp and steel,Mortal arm and nerve must feel.  ~ Walter Scott
proposed by Zarbon2010
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honour or observation. ~ Walter Scott
proposed by Zarbon2011
Art is the one form of human energy in the whole world, which really works for union, and destroys the barriers between man and man. It is the continual, unconscious replacement, however fleeting, of oneself by another; the real cement of human life; the everlasting refreshment and renewal. ~ John Galsworthy
proposed by Kalki2012
proposed by Kalki2013proposed by Kalki2014proposed by Kalki2015proposed by Nvvchar2016proposed by Zarbon2017proposed by Kalki2018proposed by Kalki2019proposed by Kalki2020
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 ==
All of a sudden I had to remember some words that Marlowe had told me over fifteen years ago: 'Dead men don't wear plaid.' Hmm... Dead men don't wear plaid. I still don't know what it means. ~ Steve Martin as "Rigby Reardon" in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid  (date of birth)

3 Kalki 10:26, 15 August 2005 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4. The line still cracks me up.
1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
3 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC) Amusing, and incidentally, somewhat deep and satirical of deep things at the same time.The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity I need. My name in print. That really makes somebody. Things are going to start happening to me now! ~ Steve Martin as "Navin R. Johnson" in The Jerk  (date of birth)

3 Kalki 10:26, 15 August 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC) I like it, but not sure of it as QOTD.You kill me and I'll see that you never work in this town again.  ~ Steve Martin as "Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr" in The Man with Two Brains  (date of birth)

3 Kalki 10:26, 15 August 2005 (UTC)
1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC)It's so hard to believe in anything anymore. If it weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch, I wouldn't believe in anything..  ~ Steve Martin  (date of birth)

3 Kalki 10:26, 15 August 2005 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC) Amusing, but as QOTD?You talk a great deal about building a better world for your children, but when you are young you can no more envision a world inherited by your children than you can conceive of dying. The society you mold, you mold for yourself. ~ Russell Baker

3 InvisibleSun 00:21, 12 August 2006 (UTC)
2 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC)All politicians are humble, and seldom let you forget it. They go around the country boasting about their humility. They are proud of their humility. Many are downright arrogant about their humility and insist that it qualifies them to be President. ~ Russell Baker

3 InvisibleSun 00:21, 12 August 2006 (UTC)
3 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
2 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
3 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC)A solved problem creates two new problems, and the best prescription for happy living is not to solve any more problems than you have to. ~  Russell Baker

3 InvisibleSun 00:21, 12 August 2006 (UTC)
2 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC) with a STRONG lean toward 3 or eventual 4.
2 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
3 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC)Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately to defeat him, and the three major classifications are based on the method each object uses to achieve its purpose. As a general rule, any object capable of breaking down at the moment when it is most needed will do so. ~ Russell Baker

3 Kalki 20:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
1 Zarbon 15:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC)Revenge is the sweetest morsel to the mouth, that ever was cooked in hell. ~ Walter Scott

3 because sometimes, vengeance is sweet Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
1 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC)Vacant heart, and hand, and eye,Easy live and quiet die. ~ Walter Scott

3 because those who live without struggle, die a quiet death. Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
3 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC) Intriguing kind of corollary to "An unexamined life is not worth living...."And come he slow, or come he fast,It is but Death who comes at last. ~ Walter Scott

3 because sooner or later, we all die. Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
1 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC) One of the most common "concepts" in literature — The same sentiment has been stated much more "pleasingly" (for grievous lack of a better word).For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears. ~ Walter Scott

2 Zarbon 05:27, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
3 InvisibleSun 20:41, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
3 Kalki 00:11, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:12, 10 August 2009 (UTC)Love! Beyond measure — beyond death — it nearly kills. But one wouldn't have been without it. ~ John Galsworthy

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 02:29, 12 August 2011 (UTC)God save the pennon, ragged to the dawn,That signs to moon to stand, and sun to fly; And flutters when the weak is overborneTo stem the tide of fate and certainty.That knows not reason, and that seeks no fame —So! Undismayed beneath the serried clouds, Raise up the banner of forlorn defence — A jest to the complacency of crowds — Bright-haloed with the one diviner sense:To hold itself as nothing to itself;And in the quest of its imagined starTo lose all thought of after-recompense!  ~ John Galsworthy ~
3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 02:29, 12 August 2011 (UTC)The value of a sentiment is the amount of sacrifice you are prepared to make for it. ~ John Galsworthy ~

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 02:29, 12 August 2011 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy, the building of a house, the writing of a novel, the demolition of a bridge, and, eminently, the finish of a voyage. ~ John Galsworthy

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 02:29, 12 August 2011 (UTC)Of all kinds of human energy, Art is surely the most free, the least parochial; and demands of us an essential tolerance of all its forms. Shall we waste breath and ink in condemnation of artists, because their temperaments are not our own? ~ John Galsworthy

4 ♞☤☮♌︎Kalki ⚚⚓︎⊙☳☶⚡ 23:54, 13 August 2020 (UTC) 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 02:29, 12 August 2011 (UTC) with a VERY STRONG lean toward 4.