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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
selected by Nanobug2004
Where is the Life we have lost in living?  Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?  Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?  ~ T. S. Eliot ~
selected by Kalki2005
To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs. ~ Sri Aurobindo (born 15 August 1872), also Independence Day of India (15 August 1947)
proposed by Kalki2006
Call for the grandest of all earthly spectacles, what is that? It is the sun going to his rest. Call for the grandest of all human sentiments, what is that? It is that man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep. ~ Thomas De Quincey (born 15 August 1785)
proposed by InvisibleSun2007
The aggressive and quite illogical idea of a single religion for all mankind, a religion universal by the very force of its narrowness, one set of dogmas, one cult, one system of ceremonies, one ecclesiastical ordinance, one array of prohibitions and injunctions which all minds must accept on peril of persecution by men and spiritual rejection or eternal punishment by God, that grotesque creation of human unreason which has been the parent of so much intolerance, cruelty and obscurantism and aggressive fanaticism, has never been able to take firm hold of the Indian mentality. ~ Sri Aurobindo (date of birth, and the 60th Independence day of India)
proposed by Kalki2008
A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root. ~ Napoleon I of France
proposed by Kalki2009
The supreme truths are neither the rigid conclusions of logical reasoning nor the affirmations of credal statement, but fruits of the soul's inner experience. ~ Sri Aurobindo
proposed by Kalki2010
If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest. ~ Napoleon I of France ~
proposed by Zarbon2011
True spirituality rejects no new light, no added means or materials of our human self-development. It means simply to keep our centre, our essential way of being, our inborn nature and assimilate to it all we receive, and evolve out of it all we do and create. ~ Sri Aurobindo
proposed by Kalki2012proposed by Kalki2013proposed by Kalki2014proposed by Nvvchar
2015proposed by Kalki2016proposed by Kalki2017proposed by Kalki2018proposed by Kalki2019proposed by Kalki2020proposed 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 ==
India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only. ~ Mark Twain in honour of the India independence day

3 ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 06:40, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
3 AllanHainey 12:00, 26 July 2005 (UTC)
2 Kalki 18:48, 11 August 2005 (UTC)
3 InvisibleSun 23:28, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
1 Zarbon 15:35, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC)
Comment: I could not find this quote on the Mark Twain page. Jedi3.This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast — man's laws, not God's — and if you cut them down — and you're just the man to do it — d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ~ Robert Bolt (born August 15, 1924)

—This unsigned comment is by BD2412 (talk • contribs) .3 Kalki 16:31, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
3 InvisibleSun 23:28, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
2 Zarbon 15:35, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
3 DanielTom (talk) 10:54, 13 January 2018 (UTC) but I would extend this to include the immediately preceding dialogue leading up to "And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you—where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?"Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates, loots, and burns. Considering the alternative, it is better to eat than to be eaten. ~ Napoleon I of France (born August 15)

3 because it is always the victor who smiles and the vanquished who remains guilty. Truly, enigmatically, it is better to eat than be eaten, complete ideology of darwinism defined and a very militant persona to embody, which I myself believe holds powerful enthralling magnetism and high moral standards. Zarbon 06:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
1 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
1 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
1 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC) As I said for a quote on the 14th, "The same sentiment has been stated much more "pleasingly" (for grievous lack of a better word)."A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position. ~ Napoleon I of France (born August 15)

3 because the rank of king in itself is characterized as a crime. Very magnificent explanation of blame toward the highest rank. Zarbon 06:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
1 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
1 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC)A picture is worth a thousand words. ~ Napoleon I of France (born August 15)

3 because actions are always speak louder than words, and as such, similarly, an image speaks a thousand words in a thousand ways. Zarbon 06:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC) * 3 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC) reduced ranking, as this is likely the paraphrasing of an expressed thought with the modern english proverb; would prefer to use: "A good sketch is better than a long speech." which I have suggested below.
1 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
~ Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC) Is this, in fact, originally Napoleon's quote? It's unsourced in his article, and I think it's slightly inappropriate and POV as QOTD to ascribe an ancient / anonymous quote to a particular historical figure.Better to have a known enemy than a hidden ally. ~ Napoleon I of France (born August 15)

4 because this is very true and holds high moral value...the hidden is always more dangerous than that which we can see. Zarbon 06:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
1 Kalki (talk · contributions) 02:55, 12 August 2011 (UTC) 2 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC) tactical reduction — though there is merit to the observation, I am not inclined to rank it among the best of the quotes available, and would rank many others by Napoleon far higher.
3 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC) I definitely don't think this is "very true." I could give some examples, but this isn't the place for discourse. There's definitely a problem with quotes that seem to have "lyrical validity" and are thus accepted, when in fact, in the real world it is rather obvious that the opposite is true. There may be some "wisdom" gained in looking at the world in such a way for a moment, but often upon realistic observation, they prove absurd. I choose the guardian angel....Cruelty can only be justified by necessity. ~ Napoleon I of France (born August 15)

3 because this is very true, where cruelty has become a standardized rationale for human behavior and necessity has been entangled as one of its most dominating excuses. Zarbon 06:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC) This would be a really good quote if Napoleon then said something about the epistemological uncertainty and dubious nature of necessity.In victory, you deserve Champagne; in defeat, you need it. ~ Napoleon I of France (born August 15)

3 because sometimes a drink can truly calm one in a moment of defeat. Zarbon 06:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
1 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
~ Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC) Perfect (text-book) addictive mindset! I'm not sure what to give this one, it's important for a much different reason that Zarbon posits.Speeches pass away, but acts remain. ~ Napoleon I of France (born August 15)

3 because actions truly speak louder than words. Zarbon 06:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC) There are quite a few ancient figures that we have fragments extant of what they said, but know little, if anything, of what they did. That doesn't, in any way, defeat the idea "actions speak louder than words," but it is related.The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast. ~ Napoleon I of France (born August 15)

3 because perseverence and dominating are very admirable qualities, and believing that nothing will topple you is key to determination. Zarbon 06:38, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
2 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC)If all the world must see the worldAs the world the world hath seen,Then it were better for the worldThat the world had never been. ~ Charles Godfrey Leland

3 Zarbon 05:36, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
1 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC)More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki 00:41, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
2 Zarbon 03:50, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
3 InvisibleSun 17:45, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
3 Peace and Passion ("I'm listening....") 20:47, 10 August 2009 (UTC)Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Destiny urges me to a goal of which I am ignorant. Until that goal is attained I am invulnerable, unassailable. When Destiny has accomplished her purpose in me, a fly may suffice to destroy me. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)I am the instrument of providence, she will use me as long as I accomplish her designs, then she will break me like a glass. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)War is becoming an anachronism … There are two systems, the past and the future. The present is only a painful transition. Which must triumph? The future, will it not? Yes indeed, the future! That is, intelligence, industry, and peace. The past was brute force, privilege, and ignorance. Each of our victories was a triumph for the ideas of the Revolution. Victories will be won, one of these days, without cannon, and without bayonets. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)A good sketch is better than a long speech. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)It is not that addresses at the opening of a battle make the soldiers brave. The old veterans scarcely hear them, and recruits forget them at the first boom of the cannon. Their usefulness lies in their effect on the course of the campaign, in neutralizing rumors and false reports, in maintaining a good spirit in the camp, and in furnishing matter for camp-fire talk. The printed order of the day should fulfill these different ends. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)In order not to be astonished at obtaining victories, one ought not to think only of defeats. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Nothing is so contrary to military rules as to make the strength of your army known, either in the orders of the day, in proclamations, or in the newspapers. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)There is nothing so imperious as feebleness which feels itself supported by force. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)It is not necessary to prohibit or encourage oddities of conduct which are not harmful. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)There is only one favorable moment in war; talent consists in knowing how to seize it. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)In a battle, as in a siege, the art consists in concentrating very heavy fire on a particular point. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)It is only by prudence, wisdom, and dexterity, that great ends are attained and obstacles overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Parties weaken themselves by their fear of capable men. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)The superior man is never in anyone's way. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)One must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)The laws of circumstance are abolished by new circumstances. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)One can lead a nation only by helping it see a bright outlook. A leader is a dealer in hope. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)It is often in the audacity, in the steadfastness, of the general that the safety and the conservation of his men is found. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Imagination governs the world. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Lead the ideas of your time and they will accompany and support you; fall behind them and they drag you along with them; oppose them and they will overwhelm you. ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)All great events hang by a hair. The man of ability takes advantage of everything and neglects nothing that can give him a chance of success; whilst the less able man sometimes loses everything by neglecting a single one of those chances ~ Napoleon I of France

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)The whole world yearns after freedom, yet each creature is in love with his chains; this is the first paradox and inextricable knot of our nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
None can reach heaven who has not passed through hell. This too the traveller of the worlds must dare. ~ Sri Aurobindo
3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)All can be done if the god-touch is there. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)All things are real that here are only dreams, In our unknown depths sleeps their reserve of truth, On our unreached heights they reign and come to us In thought and muse trailing their robes of light.  ~ Sri Aurobindo ~

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Even soul-force, when it is effective, destroys. Only those who have used it with eyes open, know how much more destructive it can be than the sword and the cannon; and only those who do not limit their view to the act and its immediate results, can see how tremendous are its after-effects, how much is eventually destroyed and with that much all the life that depended upon it and fed upon it. Evil cannot perish without the destruction of much that lives by the evil, and it is no less destruction even if we personally are saved the pain of a sensational act of violence. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.What I cannot do now is the sign of what I shall do hereafter. The sense of impossibility is the beginning of all possibilities. Because this temporal universe was a paradox and an impossibility, therefore the Eternal created it out of His being. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature. As man emerged out of the animal, so out of man the superman emerges. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Thought is not essential to existence nor its cause, but it is an instrument for becoming; I become what I see in myself. All that thought suggests to me, I can do; all that thought reveals in me, I can become. This should be man's unshakable faith in himself, because God dwells in him. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)It is the nature of human institutions to degenerate, to lose their vitality, and decay, and the first sign of decay is the loss of flexibility and oblivion of the essential spirit in which they were conceived. The spirit is permanent, the body changes; and a body which refuses to change must die. The spirit expresses itself in many ways while itself remaining essentially the same but the body must change to suit its changing environments if it wishes to live. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)There are two allied powers in man; knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is so much of the truth seen in a distorted medium as the mind arrives at by groping, wisdom what the eye of divine vision sees in the spirit. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC)If a religion is not universal, it cannot be eternal. A narrow religion, a sectarian religion, an exclusive religion can live only for a limited time and a limited purpose. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.Spirituality is not necessarily exclusive; it can be and in its fullness must be all-inclusive. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 19:42, 12 August 2010 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.Do not be afraid of obstacles in your path, it does not matter how great the forces are that stand in your way.... Do not think that anything is impossible when miracles are being worked on every side. If you are true to yourself there is nothing to be afraid of. There is nothing unattainable by truth, love and faith. ~ Sri Aurobindo

3 --Jedi3 (talk) 08:47, 7 March 2018 (UTC)