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I meant what I said, and I said what I meant; an elephant's faithful one-hundred percent!

Unless this one's been done, of course. Like my singing? Ha-la-la-la-la-la-LA-LAAA!!! (talk) 00:28, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 2, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:59, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

Another one of these random quotes for days without mottos. benzband (talk) 19:00, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/August 14, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:56, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Poems are difficult to silence.

And another. benzband (talk) 19:00, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 7, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:55, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

The anarchist, the nihilist but can you prove that you exist?

"(…) To a population who insist you're just a bunch of fakes." Subhumans: Time Flies... but Aeroplanes Crash: Work, Rest, Play, Die. benzband (talk) 18:51, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 4, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:52, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

The anarchist, the nihilist but can you prove that you exist?

Edit 1. benzband (talk) 18:51, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (both versions) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:19, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Support (either version) HueSatLum 16:08, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of the original) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:52, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

- Fletcher, there's an old saying: To the victors belong the spoils.
- There's another old saying, Senator: Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). benzband (talk) 17:25, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 3, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:49, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

And then one day you find, ten years have gone behind you

"Time" HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 4, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:26, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

French K-n-n-n-niggit. benzband (talk) 11:55, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 2, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:23, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

George Orwell. benzband (talk) 11:55, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/June 25, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:21, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent.
He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.

Benjamin Franklin. benzband (talk) 11:55, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (I removed a period in the link) HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 06:28, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 30, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:19, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask, why not?

George Bernard Shaw. benzband (talk) 11:55, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/July 26, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:16, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

How do you know she is a witch?
She looks like one.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail. benzband (talk) 18:54, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Dialogue
   Bedevere: How do you know she is a witch?
   Peasant: She looks like one.
   [Crowd indistinctly shouts]
   Bedevere: Bring her forward!
   Girl: I'm not a witch.
   Bedevere: But you are dressed as one...
   Girl: They dressed me up like this. [Crowd murmurs]
   Girl: And this isn't my nose. This is a false one.
   Bedevere: [inspects the nose and confirms] Well?
   Peasant: Well, we did do the nose.
   Bedevere: The nose?
   Peasant: And the hat. She's a witch!
   Peasant Crowd: Burn her!
   Bedevere: Did you dress her up like this?
   Peasant Crowd: No, no, no! [beat] Yes, yes. A bit. But she's got a wart.
   Bedevere: What makes you think she is a witch?
   Peasant: Oh, she turned me into a newt!
   [Bedevere gives him a disbelieving look]
   Bedevere: A newt?
   [Silence]
   Peasant: Well, I got better.
   Peasant Crowd: Burn her anyway!

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 29, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:14, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

I'm not dead!

See above. benzband (talk) 18:54, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Dialogue
   The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead! [a man puts a body on the cart]
   Large Man with Dead Body: Here's one.
   The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
   The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
   The Dead Collector: What?
   Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. [hands the collector his money] There's your ninepence.
   The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead!
   The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
   Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
   The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not.
   The Dead Collector: He isn't.
   Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
   The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm getting better.
   Large Man with Dead Body: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
   The Dead Collector: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
   The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I don't want to go on the cart.
   Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, don't be such a baby.
   The Dead Collector: I can't take him.
   The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I feel fine.
   Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, do me a favor.
   The Dead Collector: I can't.
   Large Man with Dead Body: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
   The Dead Collector: I promised I'd be at the Robinsons'. They've lost nine today.
   Large Man with Dead Body: Well, when's your next round?
   The Dead Collector: Thursday.
   The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I think I'll go for a walk.
   Large Man with Dead Body: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there anything you could do?
   The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I feel happy. I feel happy. [The collecter glances up and down the street furtively, then whacks the body with his club, solving the problem]
   Large Man with Dead Body: Ah, thank you very much.
   The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
   Large Man with Dead Body: Right.

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 28, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:10, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

You know I've tried to keep it short

Minor Threat's Think Again. benzband (talk) 17:32, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 27, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:09, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Put my name down on that list!

Oi Oi Deacon off of Appetite of Kings. benzband (talk) 17:32, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 24, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:07, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill?

Animal Farm (George Orwell, 1945). benzband (talk) 17:32, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 21, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:05, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill?

Edit 2. benzband (talk) 17:32, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (either edit) HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of the original) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:05, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

If you have a belly-button, you're entitled to make mistakes.

Traditional saying according to User:Ben. benzband (talk) 18:42, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:57, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 23, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:01, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

[Citation needed]

benzband (talk) 18:42, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:57, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 21, 2012Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 1, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:00, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

Friedrich Nietzsche. benzband (talk) 18:42, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:56, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/August 25, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:57, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Stare in amusement then look away.

Subhumans : The Day The Country Died : People Are Scared. benzband (talk) 17:27, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 20, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:55, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Le sens commun n'est pas si commun.
Common sense is not so common.

Voltaire in A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary. benzband (talk) 17:27, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (very enlightened) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:49, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Support HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/May 30, 2013 Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 21, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:52, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

We therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land.

Sitting Bull. benzband (talk) 17:27, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 15, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:50, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

I just got an extension:
The office had run out of space.

Citizen Fish : Thirst : Used To Work. benzband (talk) 17:02, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 18, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:47, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Politeness, n.: The most acceptable hypocrisy.

The Devil's Dictionary. benzband (talk) 18:51, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

Politeness, n.: The most acceptable hypocrisy.

Edit 1. benzband (talk) 18:51, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (either edit) HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (original version) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 26, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:45, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Great Runes, n.

[1] benzband (talk) 20:49, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Weak Support (it is not really a motto, but the link is appropriate) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:28, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:55, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (last chance) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:28, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 17, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:41, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Caelum non animum mutant
("They change their sky, not their soul")

Horace (65 BC – 8 BC), Epistulae I11:27. It's for those who seek variety in travel. WP:PROJ and Wikipedia:How to contribute to Wikipedia guidance are two good alternatives.
The following is the full hexameter:

Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt   Those who hurry cross the sea change the sky [upon them], not their souls or state of mind

Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD) shortened it to Animum debes mutare, non caelum ("You must change [your] disposition [soul or state of mind], not [your] sky") in his Letter to Lucilium XXVIII, 1. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:28, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened - no consensus. Simply south...... coming and going for just 6 years 00:11, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (second chance) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:30, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:38, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Caelum non animum mutant
("They change the sky, not their heart")

Edit 1, changing "their sky" to "the sky" - seemed more in keeping with the sense of it, because of the idea of changing the entire world (not just "my world" implied by "their sky") rather than their own mind. Smaug123 (talk) 09:23, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (all versions; last chance) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:47, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (very last chance) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:27, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 15:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 8, 2012 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:38, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Eating shoes for just seven years

Couldn't resist using my self-mocking humourous catchphrase here. Simply south...... eating shoes for just 6 years 02:03, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - Nominating mottos for just six years? benzband (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, but with seven instead of six, and for the 30th of March 2013. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:00, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Support HueSatLum 21:47, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 30, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 18:03, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

The difference between genius and stupidity is: genius has its limits

Albert Einstein. Regards, RJH (talk) 22:09, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:54, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

The difference between genius and stupidity is: genius has its limits

Edit 1, with the unlimited Wikipedia:N things not to write your article about. benzband (talk) 20:16, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

The difference between genius and stupidity is: genius has its limits.

Edit 2, with the third link per pjoef. The second can be WP:STUPID instead. benzband (talk) 07:48, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (all versions; not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:10, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (I do not know what to do with this nomination) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:31, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved Edit 2 for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 18, 2013 (per consensus; X in support and X opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:54, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

C'est moi qui ai sauvé le brol.
It was I who saved the rubbish.

Prince Charles of Belgium. HueSatLum 21:47, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/October 10, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:55, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

The covers of this book are too far apart.

Ambrose Bierce. benzband (talk) 18:51, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/June 24, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:52, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.

Tom Waits. benzband (talk) 19:44, 7 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 19, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:47, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

Socrates. benzband (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 14, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:46, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

He walked on the track.
And he was surprised to learn how certain he suddenly was of a single fact he could not prove.

Fahrenheit 451 (1951) by Ray Bradbury.

"… Once, long ago, Clarisse had walked here, where he was walking now."

benzband (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 25, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:44, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.

Fahrenheit 451'. benzband (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/August 22, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:42, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

What asses and fools we are.

Edit 1. benzband (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of the original) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:42, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be.

Fahrenheit 451. benzband (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit ) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:40, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be.

Edit 1pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:00, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (Edit 1) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/June 5, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:40, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

All men are equal before fish.

Herbert Hoover. benzband (talk) 19:05, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 21:47, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/October 20, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:10, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.

Aristotle. (The "similar persons" is/was a bit awkward though). benzband (talk) 18:49, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 11, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:00, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

Leisure is the time for doing something useful.

Benjamin Franklin. benzband (talk) 09:27, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

  • Support —HueSatLum 13:23, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
Switched to edit 1 HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:24, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Leisure is the time for doing something useful.

Edit 1, with WP:RELAX per pjoef. benzband (talk) 12:33, 10 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (both versions) (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:25, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (last chance for both versions) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:59, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1... if I can. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:17, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (Edit 1) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 17, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:24, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

I don't wanna hear about what the rich are doing

The Clash: The Clash (1977): "Garageland". benzband (talk) 10:02, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

I don't wanna hear about what the rich are doing

Edit 1 with Wikipedia:Editcountitis. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:10, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (edit 1 in favour of the original) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:20, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (both versions; not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:25, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (original version) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 10, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:20, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

It's your problem, not mine. This is my seat and I'm not moving.

Tickets (2005). benzband (talk) 10:37, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 9, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:14, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

The uneducated child is not just my problem, it's the state's problem.

Richard Daley. benzband (talk) 10:37, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Support, but I'm not totally convinced by the first link. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:34, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
    • It substitutes "unreferenced article" for "uneducated child". (or even in some respects references could be kind of an article's 'education') benzband (talk) 18:06, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Support HueSatLum 22:18, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 16, 2012 moved to Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 8, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:13, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Pointless execution, verbal pollution.

Topnovil on HC4Syria Vol 1. benzband (talk) 15:37, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 6, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:10, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Three choices,
One bullet,
One trigger,
Guess who gets to pull it?

"Head? Chest? Or foot?" by Propagandhi. benzband (talk) 17:00, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 5, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:08, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

User, n.: The word computer professionals use when they mean "idiot."

Dave Barry. benzband (talk) 17:00, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:18, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 4, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:07, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

What's dangerous about this is we don't know its potential.

David L. Heymann (1946–). The subject of the linked essay is David Heymann. benzband (talk) 09:27, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:18, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 3, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:04, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

They're stealing all your time, so what are you gonna do?

The Showcase Showdown : "Rip 'Em Off" (see here for "Rip 'Em Off" and 11 more great tracks by them on U2be :). benzband (talk) 18:11, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Did you mean to link "stealing all your time" to WP:WoTHueSatLum 22:18, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
Yes! Thanks, i've fixed it :-) benzband (talk) 18:13, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 2, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:02, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Get up! Your voices are needed.

Anti-Flag - "The Ranks of the Masses Rising" off of The General Strike and the Hardcore for Syria compilation album. benzband (talk) 20:33, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Support either edit. HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Get up! Your voices are needed.

Edit 1, with CENT. benzband (talk) 20:33, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (edit 1; in favour of the original) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:00, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (both the original and edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:06, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (original version) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 1, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:00, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

Winston Churchill (1874-1975). benzband (talk) 14:49, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 24, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:56, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Ce qu'il faut éviter, c'est moins l'erreur que la contradiction avec soi-même ; c'est surtout par cette seconde faute que l'autorité perd de sa force.
(The thing to avoid is not so much error as self-contradiction. It is especially by the latter that authority loses its force.)

edit 1 of NSOFT motto. Simply south...... flapping wings into buildings for just 6 years 00:12, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

Ce qu'il faut éviter, c'est moins l'erreur que la contradiction avec soi-même ; c'est surtout par cette seconde faute que l'autorité perd de sa force.
(The thing to avoid is not so much error as self-contradiction. It is especially by the latter that authority loses its force.)

Edit 2. benzband (talk) 10:28, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:53, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (edit 1 & 2; not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:57, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (Edit 1) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 29, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:53, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

The solitary monk who shook the world.

Robert Montgomery in Luther: A Poem (1842). benzband (talk) 21:10, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:56, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 28, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:50, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

"You're looking very umbrella tonight!"
"Now, would that be an opened or a closed umbrella, Mr. Parker?"

Closest link I could find. Originally Parker from Seven Days was studying Russian to try to speak with his Russian love interest Olga. Simply south...... eating shoes for just 6 years 18:25, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 27, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:38, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

I praise loudly. I blame softly.

Catherine II of Russia. (WP:BLAME could be used for the second link). HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - benzband (talk) 06:01, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - but what is the BLAMEWHEEL? :P I don't really understand it... Smaug123 (talk) 18:56, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 06:53, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 17, 2012 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:27, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

My heart is harden'd, I cannot repent.

The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, 2.3.18, by Christopher MarloweHueSatLum 22:15, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:13, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 25, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:23, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

A bump in the road will not end the journey.

I could not seem to find anyone who spoke this quote, so I'll attribute it to general proverbs. After all, it probably is a Latin, Greek, or Mesopotamian proverb, or at least that is what I'd speculate it to be; something from the old world. --~ScholarlyBreeze~ 17:50, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:12, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 24, 2012 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:21, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Alternative WP:Point? benzband (talk) 14:49, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 23, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:19, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Not Hercules could have knock'd out his brains, for he had none.

Shakespeare's Cymbeline (1611), Act 4 Scene 2. benzband (talk) 14:49, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 22, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:18, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.

Mark Twain (1835-1910). benzband (talk) 14:49, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 21, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:16, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume.

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597). benzband (talk) 12:10, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:58, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 21, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:00, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

My dear, I don't give a damn.

Margaret Mitchell: Gone with the Wind (1936). benzband (talk) 21:10, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:55, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 20, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:58, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

benzband (talk) 20:50, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:54, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/October 28, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:55, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Other Voices, Other Rooms.

benzband (talk) 20:50, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:54, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 18, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:52, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Social progress may be measured precisely by the social position of the fair sex (plain ones included).

Karl Marx in a letter to Friedrich Engels (1868). benzband (talk) 15:45, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:51, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/May 5, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:50, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

There's something bloody wrong with our ships today.

David Beatty at the Battle of Jutland (1916). benzband (talk) 15:45, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:51, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 11, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:48, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but caring little for it, and even less about the imperfections of my garden.

Montaigne Essais 1580 bk 1 ch 20. benzband (talk) 15:45, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:44, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 26, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:46, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

There was an old man with a beard…

Edward Lear in A book of nonsense (1846). benzband (talk) 18:53, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:40, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 29, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:43, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

The laughing queen that caught the world's great hands.

Leigh Hunt in "The Nile" (1818). benzband (talk) 18:53, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:39, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/October 19, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:39, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.

Leon J. Suenes (1904-1996). --~ScholarlyBreeze~ 03:10, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:26, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/May 6, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:35, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Database, n.: the information you lose when your memory crashes.

Dave Barry (1947—). The angry german kid strikes back. benzband (talk) 13:06, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:23, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 15, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:33, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

The Internet: transforming society and shaping the future through chat.

See above. benzband (talk) 13:06, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:22, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/July 3, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:31, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

The fucking leads are weak? You're weak!

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). Also quoted in NOFX's "We Called It America" on Coaster, lol. benzband (talk) 12:08, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (switched to Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:47, 31 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - whilst I'm neutral, I think a lot of people are going to get the wrong idea on this one. Simply south...... flapping wings into buildings for just 6 years 19:16, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Sorry, I think Simply south is right... Smaug123 (talk) 09:12, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:29, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

The leads are weak? You're weak!

Edit 1. benzband (talk) 10:01, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:21, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support for Edit 1. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:21, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1 HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 14, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:29, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Peace, peace!
Doth thou not see my baby at my breast?

(trimmed: "that sucks the nurse asleep") Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra (1606-7). benzband (talk) 13:12, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:19, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 13, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:27, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

I am a very foolish, fond old man,
Fourscore an upward' not an hour more or less;
And, to deal plainly,
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.

Shakespeare: King Lear (1605-6). benzband (talk) 13:12, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:18, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 12, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:25, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

The everlasting No.

Thomas Carlyle: Sartor Resartus (1836): Bk 2 Ch 7. benzband (talk) 09:24, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:13, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 5, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:23, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955). benzband (talk) 09:24, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:07, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 14, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:21, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Oh, go in anywhere Colonel, go in anywhere. You'll find lovely fighting all along the line.

Philip Kearny (1815-1862). benzband (talk) 09:24, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:06, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/June 2, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:19, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

I'm gonna prowl your neighborhood
To the sound of rebel funk

From Cut the Crap (1985): "Dirty punk". benzband (talk) 09:24, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:17, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

I'm gonna prowl your neighborhood.

Edit 1. benzband (talk) 09:24, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (both versions; not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:05, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support edit 1 HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 10, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:17, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

From each according to the rules, to each according to consensus.

User quote (diff) derived from someone, somewhere. benzband (talk) 09:31, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:30, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (second chance) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:00, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 9, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:14, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885). Maybe WP:WOW for "epic"? benzband (talk) 17:51, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 26, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:12, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915). benzband (talk) 17:51, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/May 7, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:09, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

This will never do.

Opening of his review on Wordsworth's The Excursion in Edinburgh Review (November 1814). benzband (talk) 17:51, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 26, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:07, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Has he not a rogue's face?

Love for Love (1695), William Congreve, act 2 scene 7. benzband (talk) 17:51, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 8, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:03, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

I Can Haz Pony?

~ benzband (talk) 17:51, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 7, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:02, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Drama is life with the dull parts left out.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980). benzband (talk) 17:51, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 29, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:00, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Make Today Count

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Darshanst (talkcontribs) 07:16, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:57, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Make Today Count

Edit 1pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:17, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:57, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Make Today Count

Edit 2, with a current/emerging project rather that a defunct one. benzband (talk) 07:46, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Support edit 2 - Seems like the best link to me... Smaug123 (talk) 17:28, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Support edit 2 (or edit 1) HueSatLum 22:44, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 06:57, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 5, 2012 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:57, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Smart Talented Unique Person In Demand

Notice that this is an acronym. benzband (talk) 09:24, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:15, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Smart Talented Unique Person In Demand

Edit 1 with link to Acronym, just to make it more obvious :) Smaug123 (talk) 09:02, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened (not enough discussion) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:04, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (Edit 1) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 4, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:15, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Special nominations

Love not more fugitive in bower.

A line from John Gay's (1685–1732), Fables or Fifty-one Fables in Verse (1727), FABLE LXIII: "Plutus, Cupid, and Time" (hopefully for the 14th of February). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:50, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

  • (?__?) - I don't get it… benzband (talk) 16:05, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I hate to admit it, but I don't either. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 23:01, 3 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Reply: I saw it as an "unhidden love" even if it is Sir Time who is talking there:

FABLE LXIII: Plutus, Cupid, and Time
Fables (1727) by John Gay (1685—1732)

Of all the burthens mortals bear
Time is most galling and severe;
Beneath his grievous load oppressed
We daily meet a man distressed:
“I’ve breakfasted, and what to do
I do not know; we dine at two.”
He takes a pamphlet or the papers,
But neither can dispel his vapours;
He raps his snuff-box, hums an air,
He lolls, or changes now his chair,
He sips his tea, or bites his nails,
Then finds a chum, and then bewails
Unto his sympathising ear
The burthen they have both to bear.
 
“I wish all hours were post meridiem,”
Said Tom; “so that I were well rid of ’m.
Why won’t men play piquet and ombre
Before the evening hour grows sombre?
The women do it,—play quadrille
Morning and evening when they will.
They cast away the spleen and vapours
By daylight as by midnight tapers.”
 
“My case is different,” said Will;
“I have the means, but lack the skill:
I am a courtier, in attendance,
And sleep the time out in dependence.
I should have been until the dark,
But for this rain now, in the park,
And then at court, till coming night
Puts court and all my cares to flight.
Then comes my dinner: then away
From wine unto the stupid play
Till ten o’clock; and then assemblies.
And so my time, which you contemn, flies.
I like to ramble midst the fair,
And nothing I find vexes there,—
Save that time flies: and then the club
Gives men their supper and their rub.
And there we all enjoy ourselves,
Till slumber lays us on her shelves.”
 
My worthy friends, Time which devours,
Eats up the demons—passing hours:
Were you to books or business bred,
Too fleetly, then, would they be sped;
For time is fugitive as air.
Now lay aside your spleen or care,
And listen unto me and fable—
That is to say, if you are able.
 
Plutus, one morn, met Master Cupid;
They stood a moment, as though stupid,
Until they recognised each other.
They complimented with some pother,
When Time overtook them in his walk,
And then all three fell into talk
Of what each one had done for man.
And Plutus, purse-proud, he began:
 
“Let kings or cobblers, for that matter,
Tell of the gifts which we bespatter;
Deem ye, that loyalty encumbers
The congregated courtly numbers?
Be undeceived: the strongest hold
Man has on fellow-man is gold!
Knaves have led senates, swayed debates,
Enriched themselves, and beggared states
Flatter yourselves no more: ’tis riches—
The depth of pocket of the breeches
That rules the roast. Unhappy wight
Is the poor soul with pocket light;
His solitary day descends,
Quite unencumbered by his friends.”
 
“Of human hearts, and of their yearnings,”
Said Cupid, “I have some discernings;
And own the power of gold. Its power,
Added to beauty as its dower,
Has oftentimes—there’s no disputing—
Added a charm, was passed confuting.
Ay—marriage, as has been professed,
Is but a money-job at best;
But not so hearts, and not so love,—
They are the power of gold above.
Those who have true love known and tried,
Have every pettier want defied;
They nestle, and, beneath the storm,
In their own love lie snug and warm.
They every selfish feeling smother,
And one lives only for the other.”
 
Then Time, who pulled his forelock, said:
“To love and money man is wed,
And very apt are both to flout me;
And, if they could, would do without me.
Fools! I supply the vital space
In which they move, and run their race;
Without me they would be a dream.
Behold the miser! does he deem
Those hoards are his? So long—no more—
Than I am with him, is the store.
Soon from him as I pass away,
His heir will lavish them with play.
To arts and learning, matins’ chime,
Vespers and midnight, seizing time,
I never know an idle hour
Love not more fugitive in bower.
But I have heard coquettes complain
That they have let the seasons wane,
Nor caught me in my flight; and sorrowed
To see the springtide was but borrowed—
Not permanent—and so had wasted
The tide of joy they never tasted.
But myriads have their time employed,
And myriads have their time enjoyed.
Why then are mortals heedless grown,
Nor care to make each hour their own?
They should beware how we may sever,
At unawares, once and for ever!”
 
Cupid and Plutus understood
Old Time was man’s supremest good:
To him they yielded, and confessed
Time is of godlike blessings—best.

  • ...isn't super-great? Anyway, there is another passage from this fable that could be more appropriate for the 14th of February. Please, see edit 1 below. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 14:12, 6 February 2012 (UTC)
  Declined - Mainly opposed. Rcsprinter (talk) 16:52, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:48, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Those who have true love known and tried, have every petty want defied.

Edit 1, sung by Sir Cupid on line 81–82 in bold text. Cupid's last line (86) is also very-very good (for Valentine's Day): "And one lives only for the other." –pjoef (talkcontribs) 14:12, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

  • Support I like it. Mrlittleirish 15:42, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Reviewed, and found quite acceptable at this time, some questions though? Is Sir cupid singing that "love is the best thing of all", better than anything which merely makes us proud? I am not as familiar with Shakespeare as I might be, will there be a bit too much headscratching from readers over this one, though I do think it's OK, just a bit obscure or lacks Oomph, maybe a tad, maybe a little. NewbyG ( talk) 18:42, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
  • You don't need to be familiar with Shakespeare because it is Gay, John Gay. And, yes Master Cupid tried to say that love is the best thing of all, but by reading the ending lines of the poem:

Cupid and Plutus understood
Old Time was man’s supremest good:
To him they yielded, and confessed
Time is of godlike blessings—best

It's Sir Time who won. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:55, 11 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - benzband (talk) 12:50, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - I like this one. Good linking. Nutiketaiel (talk) 14:24, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 14, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:48, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Saluton!

For June 1st, 2013: Brion Vibber Day (lead developer). benzband (talk) 15:52, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/June 1, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:44, 2 October 2012 (UTC)