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They cut her in two an' drug her over with twelve head of horses and two mules.

Was a family livin' there, an' they moved away. Grampa an' Pa an' my brother Noah like to took the whole house, but she wouldn't come. They only got part of her. That's why she looks so funny on one end. They cut her in two an' drug her over with twelve head of horses and two mules. They was goin' back for the other half an' stick her together again, but before they got there Wink Manley come with his boys and stole the other half. Pa an' Grampa was pretty sore, but a little later them an' Wink got drunk together an' laughed their heads off about it. Wink, he says his house is a stud, an' if we'll bring our'n over an' breed 'em we'll maybe get a litter of crap houses. Wink was a great ol' fella when he was drunk. After that him an' Pa an' Grampa was friends. Got drunk together ever' chance they got.

Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck. benzband (talk) 19:20, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Support HueSatLum ? 23:55, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - splitting and merging are not violent acts... Kayau (talk · contribs) 10:36, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

They cut her in two an' drug her over with twelve head of horses and two mules.

Edit 1 (added mw:Help:Moving a page for the "finale"). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:39, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened - not enough consensus. Simply south...... walking into bells for just 6 years 18:25, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

  Declined both versions (no consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:24, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia: Now Twenty Percent More Cool

Because funny. Also an 'up to date' motto might be seen as clever. HalfShadow 03:26, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:19, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia: Now Twenty Percent More Cool

Edit 1 with WP:COOL. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:48, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:19, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia: Now Twenty Percent More Cool

Edit 2 with WP:WWISG. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:48, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 6, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:19, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia: Now Twenty Percent More Cool

Edit 3 with Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-10-08/Technology report. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:48, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:19, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

At three, we run. Three!

La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz (1995). benzband (talk) 11:49, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:36, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

At three, we run. Three!

Edit 1. benzband (talk) 11:49, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 5, 2013 (per consensus; 3.5 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:36, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (b. 1931). Related link: Wikipedia:Learn, share, invent cycle? benzband (talk) 21:30, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened - not enough consensus. Simply south...... walking into bells for just 6 years 18:25, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:33, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

Edit 1pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:52, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Reopened - not enough consensus. Simply south...... walking into bells for just 6 years 18:25, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (Edit 1) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 1, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:33, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

You'll all chatter yourselves away into the grave.

Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof. HueSatLum ? 00:51, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 28, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:27, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

Alexander Graham Bell. HueSatLum ? 00:51, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 3, 2013 (per WP:SNOW) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:25, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Keep calm and carry on

Simply south...... walking into bells for just 6 years 17:58, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 25, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:23, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

It is cheering to see that the rats are still around - the ship is not sinking.

Eric Hoffer (1902–1983). benzband (talk) 13:48, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 07:24, 18 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support HueSatLum ? 00:51, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, but there seems to be fewer vandals after I came back. Is WP on the verge of sinking? :( Kayau (talk · contribs) 08:18, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/May 21, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:21, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Philosophy begins in wonder.

Plato at Theaeteus 155 d (translated by Benjamin Jowett). benzband (talk) 13:48, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 24, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:19, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain.
("Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens")

Friedrich Schiller (1759—1805), cited by Isaac Asimov in The Gods Themselves (1972). benzband (talk) 13:48, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens
("Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain")

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:06, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

  • This quote (using the same link) has already been approved and scheduled for May 9, 2013 (see archived discussion), but without the german language part. How about withdrawing this nomination and adding the german bit to the already scheduled one? benzband (talk) 21:04, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
  • That's what I think should be done... smtchahal 13:21, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
  • 100% agreepjoef (talkcontribs) 08:31, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Withdrawn, plus added the original in German to the scheduled motto. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:52, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/May 9, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:17, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). benzband (talk) 13:48, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 23, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:14, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.

Voltaire (1694—1778). benzband (talk) 13:48, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 22, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:12, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies.

Voltaire (1694—1778) on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan. benzband (talk) 13:48, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/May 30, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:10, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Can you smell the irony?
How many attacks have they made?

The Infested's "Smell The Irony" off of Myths, Lies and Hypocrites (2008). benzband (talk) 13:48, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 07:27, 18 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support HueSatLum ? 00:51, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Strong support - definitely one that will bring a smile to anyone's face. Kayau Voting IS evil 08:13, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 20, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:01, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). benzband (talk) 19:20, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved per consensus. Simply south...... walking into bells for just 6 years 18:25, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

Edit 1. Classic version (WP:FA?WP:FACWP:FA). (WP:DEV is a good alternative for both the first and the second link.) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:15, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - benzband (talk) 20:45, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support Either edit. HueSatLum ? 23:55, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support (both versions) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:30, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

  Declined in favour of original Simply south...... walking into bells for just 6 years 18:25, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.

Benjamin Disraeli. HueSatLum ? 01:48, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 19, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:57, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

He declared that he knew nothing, except the fact of his ignorance.

Book two of Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius. HueSatLum ? 01:48, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Withdrawnpjoef (talkcontribs) 07:54, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Cum grano salis
("With a grain of salt")

Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis 23:149 has "addito salis grano" as a prophylactic against poison, and not yet with the later meaning of the phrase. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 14:14, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 18, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:52, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth produce,
But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use.

The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth produce,
But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use:
So Age a mature mellowness doth set
On the green promises of youthful heat.

John Denham (1614 or 1615 – 19 March 1669), Cato Major of old Age, Part IV. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 13:57, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 19, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:50, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Hello, gorgeous

Funny Girl (musical) (1964 musical; 1968 film). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 13:46, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 17, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:48, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Taste not his flesh, but look for harmless food!

bos aret aut mortem senioribus inputet annis,
horriferum contra borean ovis arma ministret,
ubera dent saturae manibus pressanda capellae!
retia cum pedicis laqueosque artesque dolosas
tollite! nec volucrem viscata fallite virga
nec formidatis cervos includite pennis,
nec celate cibis uncos fallacibus hamos;
perdite siqua nocent, verum haec quoque perdite tantum:
ora cruore vacent alimentaque mitia carpant!'

“Let the ox plough, or let him owe his death
to weight of years; and let the sheep give us
defence against the cold of Boreas;
and let the well-fed she-goats give to man
their udders for the pressure of kind hands.”

“Away with cruel nets and springs and snares
and fraudulent contrivances: deceive
not birds with bird-limed twigs: do not deceive
the trusting deer with dreaded feather foils:
do not conceal barbed hooks with treacherous bait:
if any beast is harmful, take his life,
but, even so, let killing be enough.
Taste not his flesh, but look for harmless food!”

Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), Metamorphoses, Book XV: Pythagoras. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 13:41, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 16, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:46, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Friends can help each other.

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to-letting a person be what he really is.

— Jim Morrison (8 December 1943 – 3 July 1971)

pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:55, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 8, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:43, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

There's nothing you can do that can't be done […] you can learn how to play the game / It's easy

"All You Need Is Love" (1967) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:49, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.

"All You Need Is Love" (1967), written and composed by John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) and credited to Lennon–McCartney. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:49, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/October 9, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:41, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Mark Twain (1835-1910). benzband (talk) 15:58, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 30, 2013 (per WP:SNOW) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:39, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

I'd love to meet the asshole who invented it.

The Bangalore Torpedo was 50' long and packed with 85 pounds of TNT and you assembled it along the way. By hand. I'd love to meet the asshole who invented it. - Zab

Zab (Robert Carradine) in Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One (1980). benzband (talk) 10:13, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 15, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:36, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

They thought that one up at West Point.

You know how you smoke out a sniper? You send a guy out in the open and you see if he gets shot. They thought that one up at West Point. - Zab

The Big Red One (1980). benzband (talk) 10:13, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 13, 2013 (per consensus; 4 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:34, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

They thought that one up at West Point.

Edit 1, with Wikipedia's "West Point". benzband (talk) 10:13, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

  • What's the difference? –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:42, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Oops! I've corrected it to WP:MHAC. benzband (talk) 18:26, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support either HueSatLum ? 01:48, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of the original) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:34, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Nuts!

Reply to German general Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz's request for surrender during the Siege of Bastogne. HueSatLum ? 23:55, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/July 2, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:31, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea.

James Joyce's Ulysses (1922). Alternative links WP:F***, WP:POV, WP:WORDS#PEA/#LABEL? benzband (talk) 21:30, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - appropriate as it is. Simply south...... walking into bells for just 6 years 22:22, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support HueSatLum ? 23:55, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 07:48, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 13, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:28, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Emotions that come in this explosive way seldom leave things as they found them.

William James (1842-1910). benzband (talk) 21:30, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 11, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:22, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). benzband (talk) 20:45, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/July 12, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:13, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008). An alternative link could be WP:MAGIC which redirects to Help:Magic words. benzband (talk) 20:45, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 16, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:12, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

My brother-in-law is Secretary of State.

Frank Canton: Mr. Champion, my grandfather was the Secretary of War to Harrison. His brother was the governor of the state of New York. My brother-in-law is Secretary of State. And to you, I represent the full authority of the government of the United States and the President.
Nathan D Champion: Fuck him, too.

Heaven's Gate (1980). benzband (talk) 20:45, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 7, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:06, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

For the 31st of December 2012. William Shakespeare (1564–1616), The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene II. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:43, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Moved from Specials –pjoef (talkcontribs) 12:16, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 31, 2012 Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 31, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:04, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Cui bono
("To whose benefit?")

Adagium. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:59, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 6, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:02, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Made it Ma! Top of the world!

White Heat (1949) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:51, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 3, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:53, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Who soweth good seed shall surely reap;
The year grows rich as it groweth old,
And life's latest sands are its sands of gold!

Julia Caroline (Ripley) Dorr (1825–1913) to the "Bouquet Club". –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:40, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 2, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:52, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

We were not created equal and we are not all the same.

The '60s was really stupid... It was a type of merchandising, Americans had this hideous weakness, they had this desire to be OK, fun guys and gals, and they haven't come to terms with the reality of the situation: we were not created equal. Some people can do carpentry, some people can do mathematics, some people are brain surgeons and some people are winos and that's the way it is, and we're not all the same. This concept of one world-ism, everything blended and smoothed out to this mediocre norm that everybody downgrades themselves to be is stupid. The '60s was merchandised to the public at large... My pet theory about the '60s is that there is a sinister plot behind it... The lessons learnt in the '60s about merchandising stupidity to the American public on a large scale have been used over and over again since that time.

— Frank Zappa, "My Pet Theory", The MOFO Project/Object (2006)

Frank Vincent Zappa (21 December 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. – 4 December 1993, Los Angeles, California, U.S.) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:26, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 21, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:50, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? And if I am compelled to take part in it, where is the director? I want to see him.

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855). benzband (talk) 19:20, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  • I added 2 versions below, the first for an "Article", and the second for a "Wikipedian", and answered to (linked) the third question (How did I come to be here?) by adding CREATE (in edit 1) and WP:WELCOME (for edit 2). Replaced WP:WORLD with WP:RD, and WP:CTW with Portal:Contents both in edit 1. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:02, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:42, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? And if I am compelled to take part in it, where is the director? I want to see him.

Edit 1: Article's side. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:02, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:42, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? And if I am compelled to take part in it, where is the director? I want to see him.

Edit 2: Wikipedian's side. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:02, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - benzband (talk) 20:45, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support any edit, but I prefer the links on Edit 2. HueSatLum ? 23:55, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 11, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:42, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

I must warn you, you may be shocked at what you are about to hear.

Aus Rotten, opening of The Rotten Agenda (2001). benzband (talk) 19:20, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 30, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:33, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Do something that's great
Time will never wait
Now's the chance to say
Life is gonna be extraordinary.

Morning Glory's "Extraordinary" off of This Is No Time Ta Sleep (2001). benzband (talk) 19:20, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 28, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:14, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Credo quia absurdum
("I believe because it is absurd")

Derived from a misquoted sentence in Tertullian's [Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus (ca. 160 AD – ca. 225 AD)] De Carne Christipjoef (talkcontribs)

  • Support - Also, i made these changes (fixing the link and the header) to your nominations, if that's okay. benzband (talk) 19:51, 27 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support HueSatLum ? 23:55, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 27, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:12, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

But grant, the virtues of a temp'rate prime bless with an age exempt from scorn or crime; an age that melts with unperceived decay, and glides in modest innocence away.

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), The Vanity of Human Wishes: The Tenth Satire of Juvenal Imitated' (1749). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:55, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 13, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:10, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for The Gipper.

Knute Rockne, All American (1940). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:17, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 23, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:03, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life.

“Whoever destroys living beings,
speaks false words, who in the world
takes that which is not given to him,
or goes too with another's wife,
or takes distilled, fermented drinks —
whatever man indulges thus
extirpates the roots of himself
even here in this very world.”

Gautama Buddha (ca. 563 BCE, Lumbini – ca. 483 BCE, Kushinagar). Dhammapada. pp. 246-247.

These words of the Buddha from the Dhammapada forms the basis of The Five Precepts, the basic Buddhist code of ethics:

  1. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life.
  2. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given.
  3. I undertake the training rule to abstain from sexual misconduct.
  4. I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech.
  5. I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness.

I have used the first of these precepts in conjunction with Wikipedia:Do not disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point. However, there are many different possible interpretations for its linking. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:07, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 22, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:00, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Music is my religion.

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (27 November 1942, Seattle, Washington, USA – 18 September 1970, London, England) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:38, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/September 18, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:58, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

There's many a man has more hair than wit.

Antipholus in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. benzband (talk) 19:20, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 26, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 12:02, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

There really is no alternative.

WP:SOCK#LEGIT (alternative account) could work also. HueSatLum ? 01:13, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/October 13, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:31, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Ghosts are transparent.

Harry Potter. HueSatLum ? 01:13, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 20, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:29, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty

  Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty;
  For in my youth I never did apply
  Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood;
  Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo
  The means of weakness and debility;
  Therefore my age is as a lusty winter,
  Frosty, but kindly.

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616), As You Like It (1623), Act II, Scene III. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:29, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Support ~ benzband (talk) 20:05, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support HueSatLum ? 22:19, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - the linked page is marked historical. I cannot think of anything else to link (maybe someone else has an idea). meshach (talk) 23:35, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:26, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty

Edit 1 with link to WP:OLDEST. HueSatLum ? 01:13, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

*Support like this better. HueSatLum ? 01:13, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (Edit 1) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 23, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:26, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don't work.

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. HueSatLum ? 22:19, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 19, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:32, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

O sancta simplicitas!
"O holy simplicity!"

Jan Hus (c. 1369-1415) HueSatLum ? 22:19, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/July 6, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:29, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Coram populo
("In the presence of the people")

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (8 December 65 BC – 27 November 8 BC), Ars Poetica (ca. 20–18 BC or 10–8 BC), 185 (note: Wikipedia:Who writes Wikipedia and Wikipedia:Wikipedians are also good linking) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:14, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Support any version. ~ benzband (talk) 20:05, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support any link. HueSatLum ? 22:19, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support either. meshach (talk) 23:24, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 27, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:27, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Bible, Proverbs 12:10 –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:58, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 18, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:24, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

You're tearing me apart!

Rebel Without a Cause (1955). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:18, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 16, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:22, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body.

Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. HueSatLum ? 00:15, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - (either version, with a slight preference for the original) benzband (talk) 09:00, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support also with a slight preference to the first version. meshach (talk) 19:54, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support (this version) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:13, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 15, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:52, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body.

Edit 1. HueSatLum ? 00:15, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of the original) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:52, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it till my fingers bled
Was the summer of '69

Popular Bryan Adams song from 1985. meshach (talk) 08:28, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 14, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:50, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Be bold, respect others; you'll gradually become versatile, great Wikipedians!

[1]. benzband (talk) 16:23, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 13, 2013 (moved to Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 12, 2013) (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:48, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

I owe the public nothing.

J. P. Morgan. HueSatLum ? 00:16, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 31, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:47, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Sarcasm is the language of the devil, for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). benzband (talk) 21:31, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 12, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:45, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

When Wikipedia has a server outage, my apparent IQ drops by about 30 points.

[2]. benzband (talk) 21:31, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 11, 2013 (moved to Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 9, 2013) (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:40, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

You can close you eyes and pretend that everything's fine
But sooner or later you'll open your eyes
And reality will strike you blind

Against All Authority: Destroy What Destroys You: "We Wont Submit". benzband (talk) 21:31, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 10, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:38, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

[Crew] wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.

Apocryphal recruitment poster for 1914 Antarctic expedition of Endurance. Found at Wikivoyage:WV:Wikivoyagers: Wikivoyage was recently (re)integrated into the Wikimedia Foundation. benzband (talk) 21:31, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:36, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

[Crew] wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.

Edit 1. benzband (talk) 21:31, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Support either edit HueSatLum ? 00:16, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support edit1. I like the links. meshach (talk) 19:52, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support (edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:16, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved (Edit 1) for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 9, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:36, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those who have not mastered it.

Leon Trotsky (1879-1940). benzband (talk) 21:31, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/August 21, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:33, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Continua messe senescit ager
("By continuous tillage the field is exhausted")

Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), Ars Amatoria ("The Art of Love") (2 AD) 3:82. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:19, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 8, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:27, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

It is evident that if a man practices a compassionate affection for animals, he is all the more disposed to feel compassion for his fellowmen.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P. (Roccasecca, 1225 – Fossanova, 7 March 1274). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:13, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 7, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:24, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

In every community, in every nation, people are doing little and big things to help make a better world.

“In every community, in every nation, people are doing little and big things to help make a better world. Think of what has been accomplished to date: space exploration; satellite communications; heart transplants. Today, we have managed to do what previous generations never dreamed of. But, you see, today, around the world, 820 million people still don't have enough to eat. And it doesn't have to be this way.” —"Zenzile Miriam Makeba "Mama Africa" (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008)". Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:03, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 4, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:22, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Cogito ergo sum
"I think, therefore I am"

René Descartes (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650). A similar motto/nomination —"I edit, therefore I am"— was rejected in 2007. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:13, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - But i'm not sure if being bold is what defines Wikipedians for what they are… i thought of WP:CTW? but then that's too obvious :P benzband (talk) 18:38, 7 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Weak support I think I would prefer WP:CTW or another link for the first one. HueSatLum ? 23:55, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit ) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:20, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Cogito ergo sum
"I think, therefore I am"

Edit 1 with WP:CTW for the first link per HueSatLum. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:29, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 11, 2013 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:20, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.

Erich Fromm. HueSatLum ? 23:55, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 18, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:52, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Groucho Marx. benzband (talk) 18:38, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/August 19, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:50, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

I did it my way.

Frank Sinatra. benzband (talk) 18:38, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 12, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:48, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog.

Konrad Zacharias Lorenz (7 November 1903 – 27 February 1989), King Solomon's Ring (Er redete mit dem Vieh, den Vögeln und den Fischen; 1949). London: Routledge 2002; ISBN: 0-203-16596-9. p. 111.pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:02, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 27, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:40, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Do what you want, but don't do it around me.

Bad Religion's "Do What You Want". benzband (talk) 17:20, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 5, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:38, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate in their object-relations.

Sigmund Freud (6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:18, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/September 23, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:36, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1876. Also author of "I hate quotes". benzband (talk) 20:50, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 27, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:34, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Coepisti melius quam desinis
(You began better than you end")

Ovid, Heroides 9:23 –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:07, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/March 20, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:31, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

I don't think anybody should write his autobiography until after he's dead.

From Goldwyn: The Man Behind the Myth HueSatLum 16:08, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 31, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:28, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Aber etwas fehlt.
But something's missing.

Bertolt Brecht. HueSatLum 16:08, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/February 10, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:26, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Special nominations

Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

For New Year's Eve. Simply south...... walking into bells for just 6 years 14:02, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 31, 2012 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:01, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

O most illustrious of the days of time!
Day full of joy and benison to earth

When Thou wast born, sweet Babe of Bethlehem!

For the 25th of December 2012. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:54, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

O most illustrious of the days of time!

Day full of joy and benison to earth
When Thou wast born, sweet Babe of Bethlehem!
With dazzling pomp descending angels sung

Good-will and peace to men, to God due praise. —Abraham Coles (1813–1891), The Microcosm And Other Poems (1881)

  • Support - Let's say you have foresight :-D benzband (talk) 20:25, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - Looks good. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 05:12, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Weak Support - It's not bad, though it would be better I think if the first two lines did not both have the same link. Also, I tried to put in an arrow link to the source, but apparently Abraham Coles doesn't have an article. Who was this guy? Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:10, 11 July 2012 (UTC)
    • An American (from New Jersey) physician, translator and author of the 19th century. See his memorial page at findagrave.com. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:14, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
      •  Y i've added an attribution link. benzband (talk) 14:06, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

O most illustrious of the days of time!
Day full of joy and benison to earth
When Thou wast born, sweet Babe of Bethlehem!

Edit 1 per Nutiketaiel (with Help:Wikipedia: The Missing Manual/Editing, Creating, and Maintaining Articles/Creating a New Article for the second line. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:54, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/December 25, 2012 (per consensus) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 12:19, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

New Year greeting and a hug for you all.

For the 1st of January 2013. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:24, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Through the dust kicked up by the hooves of Rocinante, with my spear poised to hurl at the enemy giants who are pursuing me, I hurry to send you this almost telepathic message and pass on a ritual New Year greeting and a hug for you all.” —Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928–1967), "Last Letter To His Family From Bolivia" (1967)

  • Support - Yes! benzband (talk) 20:25, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - This'll do. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 05:13, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - This is a really good one, and makes sense! BlowingTopHat (talk) 22:23, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose - Given the full context of the quote, I'm not sure that this is an appropriate Wikipedia motto... Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:06, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/January 1, 2013 (per consensus; 4 in support and 1 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 12:17, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Feeling lucky punk? Oh, good.

For April 2, 2013 which will be WikiProject Punk music's seventh birthday. benzband (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 14:54, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - I didn't even know we had a Wikiproject Punk... Nutiketaiel (talk) 12:52, 11 July 2012 (UTC)
    • Unfortunately, so many WikiProjects (including MOTD) are in disuse right now, and that is not good at all. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:52, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/April 2, 2013 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 12:05, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Tout sang coule rouge.
All blood runs red.

For November 11, 2012 the anniversary of the end of World War One (Armistice with Germany). This was the motto painted on Bullard's aeroplane when he flew into combat. benzband (talk) 21:01, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

Here are some links: WP:BRD, WP:OOA, Wikipedia:Divisiveness, WP:CANDOR, Wikipedia:How to lose, WP:OTHERUSERS, WP:FORGIVE, WP:WIN, WP:ENEMY, WP:EDIANS, and of course, WP:LOVE, WP:PEACE, and WP:WAR. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:01, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, though i can't seem to find a perfect fit. WP:NVC and WP:HUMAN also come to mind. benzband (talk) 15:20, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support but I'm not sure which link to use. HueSatLum ? 23:53, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

  Declined (in favour of Edit 1) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:28, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction.

Edit 1 for 11 November 2012: Helen Keller in "Strike Against War" (5 January 1916). benzband (talk) 15:20, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Pardon my ignorance, but is there a reason for it being for November 11? HueSatLum ? 23:57, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
On 11 November 1918 at 11:00 a.m. (11/11/11) Germany signs an armistice with the Allies (see: Armistice with Germany); while Helen Keller was one of the most prominent/important anti-war figures/activists of her period (WWWI). Read her Strike Against War apeech at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 5, 1916, when you get a chance. This is exactly the final sentence of that speech. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:52, 7 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, then. I think I prefer this one to the one above (and there isn't really a good link for it). HueSatLum ? 23:57, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

  Approved for Wikipedia:Motto of the day/November 11, 2012 (per consensus; 3 in support and 0 opposed) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:28, 10 November 2012 (UTC)