Wikipedia:Motto of the day/Nominations

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Motto criteria[edit]

Your motto should:[edit]

  • Reflect the community or purpose of Wikipedia.
  • Be short; it's a motto, not an essay.
  • Be funny or serious; but nevertheless, interesting.
  • Be powerful; it should provoke a reaction or draw attention, not just another "blah blah".

Your motto should not:[edit]

  • Be similar to another approved motto.
  • Be offensive or inflammatory.
  • Be too obscure (so no little-known Yoda quotes, please).
  • Contain redundant links (e.g. We want you! …to join Wikipedia., where the meaning is clear without the links).

Tip: avoid rarely used words that not everyone will understand. Remember, a lot of non-English speakers read Wikipedia.

Nomination procedure[edit]

To nominate a motto for review, simply add it at the top of the In review section using this format:

=== Example motto ===
Origin of the motto and your comments. ~~~~
*First comment goes here. ~~~~
*:Any replies get indented again. ~~~~

==== Edit 1 of Example motto ====
'''Edit 1'''. Reason for edit, what was changed, etc. ~~~~
  • Anyone can comment on a nomination. Simply type Support or Oppose ('''Support''' or '''Oppose'''), and, if possible, leave a reason. Remember to always sign your posts on discussion pages. However, it is generally frowned upon if you vote twice in one motto so please stick to one, although multiple comments are allowed.
    • Please do not support yourself.
  • Please note that this page uses the bulleted !voting style, the same as on Featured picture candidates (see below).
  • If you find a motto that is the same or similar to a previously nominated motto, please leave a comment on the new nomination that links to the old nomination, so that others will be able to compare the two.
  • Simple spelling mistakes or punctuation errors may be corrected without creating a new edit; just be sure to leave a comment explaining exactly what you have changed. If you have an idea that might improve a motto by rewording, changing the links, etc., nest a new heading (see the above example) under the motto.
  • After 14 days, it’s decision time—the motto should be moved to the top of the decision section. Anyone in the discussion is welcome to judge the consensus to either accept, reject, or reopen a motto. See below for the procedure on how to do this. Also please note that determining consensus should not be just based on counting votes.

Remember, new nominations for mottos go AT THE TOP of the In review section

Reusing a motto[edit]

Sometimes you may think of an idea and then find it has already been suggested a while ago. It is possible to reuse a motto that has been suggested in the past. However, there are some provisos:

  • If the motto has been declined in the past nomination, this means it can be reused at any time.
  • If the motto has been approved in the past nomination, so long as a year has passed since its nomination and it also has different links it can be reused.
  • If a motto has been nominated and approved many times in the past it should be added to WP:Motto of the day/Nominations/Frequently used ideas. These mottoes are generally frowned upon unless a long time has passed.

Please check the archives and search for your motto or variation to check its status before nominating

How to comment for nominations[edit]

  • Write Support, if you approve of the nomination. A reason is optional.
  • Write Oppose, followed by your reasoning, if you disapprove of the nomination. All objections should be accompanied by a specific rationale that, if addressed, would make you support the nomination.
  • You can weak support or weak oppose instead, so that your opinion will be weighed as half of a "full" opinion.
    • To change your opinion, strike it out (with <s>...</s>) rather than removing it.
  • If you think a nominated motto obviously fails the general criteria, write Speedy close followed by your reasons. Nominations may be closed early if this is the case.
Recommendations added early in the process may be disregarded if they do not address concerns and/or improvements that arise later in the debate. Reviewers are advised to monitor the progress of a nomination and update their votes accordingly.


Special nominations[edit]

This section is used to group holiday, anniversary, or otherwise special mottos that should be displayed on a specific day (if not add it to the "in review" page) Please keep in mind that Wikipedia is an international community, and that your event may not be celebrated in every part of the world. As such, it is very important that your motto remain neutral, so as to not offend anyone. Don't forget to specify the day your motto should appear on. But most of all, be creative! Try adding a motto about an event that not everyone knows about, or a motto that gives a common event an interesting twist.

Ah si, godiamo, la tazza, la tazza e il cantico,
la notte abbella e il riso;

in questo, in questo paradiso ne scopra il nuovo dì.
("Let's enjoy the wine and the singing, the beautiful night, and the laughter. Let the new day find us in this paradise.")

For the 31st of December. "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" ("Let's drink from the joyful cups") in La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi with words written by Francesco Maria Piave. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:30, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always discover forgiveness.[edit]

Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850). For Mother's Day. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:19, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

  • Support - benzband (talk) 14:49, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    • Also, shouldn't it be "a deep abyss"? benzband (talk) 18:28, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
      • Sure! Thank you!

        Le coeur d'une mère est un abîme au fond duquel se trouve toujours un pardon.

        pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:05, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Love is a great and mighty lord[edit]

And as my wit doth best devise,
Love's dwelling is in ladies' eyes,
From whence do glance love's piercing darts,
That make such holes into our hearts;
And all the world herein accord,
Love is a great and mighty lord;

George Peele (1559–1596), The Hunting of Cupid (l. 36–40; 1591)

For Valentine's Day. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:44, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Man is but half without woman; and
As do idolaters their heavenly gods,
We deify the things that we adore.

Philip James Bailey (22 April 1816 – 6 September 1902), Festus (1839).
For International Women's Day on March 8. It's without links, but here are some I would like to use:

pjoef (talkcontribs) 12:04, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

  • The quote's good but i don't know what links fit best. Confused-tpvgames.png benzband (talk) 21:54, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Man is but half without woman; and
As do idolaters their heavenly gods,
We deify the things that we adore.

Edit 1: using Gender gap, Mind the Gap, and How to achieve a 94% female contributor ratio on a wiki. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:47, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Crawl up the Mountain
To reach where the Eagles fly
You won’t have to look around
You know you cast
A long shadow on the ground

For August 17 (or 18 or 19) 2012 20** ~ Strummer of Love Festival. Quote from Joe and the Mescaleros' "Long Shadow": i've trimmed it a bit, but the full verse is right below. benzband (talk) 19:50, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Crawl up the Mountain
To reach where the Eagles fly
Sure you can glimpse from the mountaintop
Where the soul of the muse might rise.
And if you put it all together
You won’t have to look around
You know you cast
A Long Shadow On the Ground

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them![edit]

For The Twelfth (12 July 2012 2013 20**). benzband (talk) 09:45, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

  • hum... it is missing "something" for the last —and the most important— sentence. I think this will be good for 2013.pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:11, 10 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 08:16, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

If you blame someone else, you don't learn nothing, cause hey, it's not your fault, it's his fault, over there.[edit]

For August 21, 2013, Joe's birthday. The link is an extremely useful tool that every Wikipedian should keep close at hand when the editing gets hot —just click the image to flip the wheel. (note: suggest renominating at /In review if it is declined "in favor" of a different edit) benzband (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

You can't hold onto the past if you want any future.[edit]

Edit 1A. (note: see above note) benzband (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

You can't hold onto the past if you want any future.[edit]

Edit 1B, with WP:Always move forward. benzband (talk) 14:47, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

'What's the hurry?'[edit]

Edit 2 (note: see above note) benzband (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (all the three) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 14:55, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I'm not sure that the birthday of a musician is a good reason for a special motto of the day... Nutiketaiel (talk) 12:53, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

When you're eight years old nothing is your business.[edit]

For March 30, 2013 which will be the motto project's eighth birthday. benzband (talk) 14:00, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - I prefer this one, since it actually references the fact that the project is 8 years old. Nutiketaiel (talk) 12:57, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Everybody has a story to tell.[edit]

Edit 1 (Joe Strummer). benzband (talk) 14:41, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

My motto is…[edit]

Edit 2 (Joe again). benzband (talk) 12:36, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Weak Support - It's a little bland... Nutiketaiel (talk) 12:57, 11 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Support (all versions, with a slight prefe—reve—rence for Edit 1, and then 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 13:20, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
    • Wait, wait... I really think I missed the EIGHT point before, and I also agree with Nutiketaiel regarding edit 1. Go for the original. My prefe—reve—rence now is: original version and then edit 2. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:01, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
    • i feel the same way ^^ benzband (talk) 11:50, 10 July 2012 (UTC)
      • *about the re-verence. benzband (talk) 10:34, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Hello to the World[edit]

For November 21, 2012, known as Hello World Day. PS- This was the first ever Wikipedia edit. benzband (talk) 18:11, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

Hello World[edit]

Edit 1 for 2012-11-21 with WP:HELLO. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:54, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - Thankyou pjoef for finding a better solution. - benzband (talk) 20:34, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Not much of a motto. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 04:59, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Hello World[edit]

Edit 2 for 2012-11-21 with WP:WC. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:54, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - Although HELLO is a nicer link than WC, the actual page behind this one is as good if not better. benzband (talk) 20:34, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Not much of a motto. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 04:59, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - I agree, Hi878, that the motto leaves something to be desired. However, for "Hello World Day," it seems oddly appropriate. Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:12, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

For Summer/Winter Solstice, June 22 | 23 or December 20 | 21.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), "BED IN SUMMER"

pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:25, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

  • Support. I see the link is only a proposed guideline, but I still like it. Mr. Stradivarius 14:05, 10 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Absolutely not. A link that could be used for every single holiday that we can think of is rather idiotic to use, in my opinion. Don't we want something a bit more creative? ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 05:00, 11 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - It's not applicable to every day; it's a specific reference to the solstice and the lengthening of days. I hadn't heard of this new proposal; it's a good awareness-raiser, I hope. Smaug123 (talk) 11:51, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
    I am talking about the link. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 00:04, 6 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I'm not fond of the idea of linking to a proposed policy. Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:15, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Let Winter come! Let polar spirits sweep the darkening world, and tempest-troubled deep! Though boundless snows the withered heath deform, and the dim sun scarce wanders through the storm.
Then came the jolly Sommer, being dight in a thin silken cassock coloured greene, that was unlyned all, to be more light: and on his head a girlond well beseene.

For Summer/Winter (December) Solstice on 21|22 December (or Winter/Summer Solstice on 20|21 June). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:08, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Line 1 (Winter Solstice for the northern hemisphere): The Pleasures of Hope (1799) by Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
  • Line 2 (Summer Solstice for the southern hemisphere): The Faerie Queene, Book VII: "Two Cantos of Mutabilitie", Canto VII, Stanza XXIX (1590) by Edmund Spenser (1552–1599)
  • Oppose - The first half sounds more negative, but your links are positive. In addition, you use FAR in a spot that looks like it should have a positive link. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 01:58, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
    • How about the first half for winter and the second for summer? benzband (talk) 20:36, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
      • Yes it is (^___^). The first half is for winter and the second half is for summer. Don't forget that when it is summer in the northern hemisphere then it is winter in the southern hemisphere, and viceversa. That's the reason why I wrote two quotations. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:41, 24 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I'm inclined to agree with Hi878 on this one. The linking does not seem appropriate. Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:15, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

April Fools[edit]

Do not touch![edit]

For April 1st. Probably pretty lame. Simply south...... facing oncoming traffic for over 5 years 01:12, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

  • Comment - It's not lame, and I like it a little bit, however it's a little short.
    • You forgot to sign… ~~~~.
  • Supportpjoef (talkcontribs) 13:09, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Do not touch![edit]

Edit 1 For April 1st. Better version with bigger picture and more shiz. Not to mention added NSA stuff and blamed Windows for it along with the {{REVISIONUSER}}. --Ankit Maity § (chatter) «Contribs» 16:59, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

What about this?[edit]

Edit 1 for April Fools' Day (^____^) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:28, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

  • Comment only one problem: it won't fit on 80% of all MOTD templates :) Kayau Voting IS evil 11:12, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
    • Update: Two, actually: my dictionary doesn't put the apostrophe-s after 'april'. Neither BrE nor AmE. Kayau Voting IS evil 11:14, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Strong support if it can be made so that it fits in a box (I'm experimenting with it). Smaug123 (talk) 21:08, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose this and all the April Fools mottoes listed. They're all pretty corny. I think we'd be better off just using a normal motto. Nutiketaiel (talk) 02:35, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Reply - what's wrong with having a bit of fun on April Fool's Day? Kayau Voting IS evil 10:03, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  • First Preference If it can fit in all of the templates, then it is perfect. Hi878 (talk) 22:49, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
    • Oppose - I would prefer something that could be called a motto. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 08:17, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support - Great, in my opinion better than any of the other mottos! I hope it fits in a box! WVRMADTalkGuestbook 11:39, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Support if we can fit this onto a motto. BTW I fixed the grammatical mistake in this motto. MC10 (TCGBL) 05:14, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Edit 1b (see below)[edit]


<div class="NavFrame" style="border-style: none; padding: 0">
<div class="NavHead" style="background: transparent">[[Wikipedia:April fools|SPECIAL OFFER FOR TODAY ONLY <br />Get 15% off the cost of your edits on Wikipedia, by clicking on "[show]" →]]</div>
<div class="NavContent" style="display: none; background: #ffffff; color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Comicate, Cartoon, 'Happy Days', Neon, Blox, Impact, fantasy; font-size: 36px; text-align: center; margin-top: 1em; padding-top: 18px; padding-bottom: 24px; border: #ffd700 2px ridge; border-radius: 14px; -moz-border-radius: 14px; -webkit-border-radius: 14px; -webkit-border-radius: 14px">April F[[Image:smile.png]][[Image:smile.png]]ls!</div></div></div>

Edit 1 b for April Fools' Day ~ This should work. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 12:13, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Get 15% off the cost of your edits on Wikipedia, by clicking on
this link

If I instituted the page 'April 1st Offer' with text 'April's FSmile.pngSmile.pngl!'? Smaug123 (talk) 21:14, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

  • Oppose this and all the April Fools mottoes listed. They're all pretty corny. I think we'd be better off just using a normal motto. Nutiketaiel (talk) 02:35, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Reply - what's wrong with having a bit of fun on April Fool's Day? Kayau Voting IS evil 10:03, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Second Preference Only if the one above doesn't work. Hi878 (talk) 22:49, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
    • Oppose - I would prefer something that could be called a motto. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 08:17, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - My second favourite after the one above. WVRMADTalkGuestbook 11:43, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Support - I like this one. ~NerdyScienceDude () 15:21, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
  • Comment: It is not necessary to create a new page for it. We can use a section of an existing one. For example on the Participants page, and also asking users to join our project. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:40, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Stronger than the Strongest Oppose Ever Opposed! No, just no. Moving on...--Belugaboycup of tea? 12:18, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support (as a second choice). I still prefer the one above. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 17:10, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, this seems good to me. Rehman 17:12, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, I think this will fit nicely for April Fools Day. We should create a new page that simply says "APRIL FOOLS!" and links to our project asking to contribute. BlowingTopHat (talk) 20:31, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Yes, support having a bit of fun on April Fool's Day this year, and this motto is suitably funny. It is a pity that the April Fool Motto could not be some sort of a surprise, but of course every one does know when it comes around, the date is a give-away. Ty NewbyG ( talk) 01:39, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them.[edit]

Edit 3: Samuel Palmer (1805-1881). benzband (talk) 15:19, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

I have great faith in foolsself-confidence my friends will call it.[edit]

Edit 4: Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia. Maybe WP:APRILFOOLS for the last link? benzband (talk) 15:19, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

In review[edit]

Note: If you are adding nominations for specific dates, holidays or other special reasons please add to the Specials section and NOT HERE.
Also, please check the archives in case the motto has been submitted and subsequently approved before. If this is the case try to think up another motto instead. Please check Wikipedia:Motto of the day/Nominations.
Otherwise feel free to add your suggestion, express your opinion on a nomination or create an edited version of a nomination by using these formats:

===[[wlink to the author/work or nearest article, if exists|→]] [[WP:MOTD|Motto]] with words/phrases linked to the [[WP:PRJ|Wikipedia namespace]].===
Origin of the motto and your comments. ~~~~

*'''Support''' your reason... (optional). ~~~~
*'''Oppose''' your reason.... ~~~~
*'''Weak support'''/'''oppose''' your reason.... ~~~~
*''Comment''/''Note'': your comment/note.... ~~~~
*'''Speedy close''' your reason.... ~~~~

====[[wlink to the author/work or nearest article, if exists|→]] [[WP:EDIT|Edited]] [[WP:MOTD|motto]].====
'''Edit n''' reason for edit, what was changed, etc.. ~~~~

Marcet sine adversario virtus
("Valor becomes feeble without an opponent")

Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC – 65 AC), De Providentia ("On Providence") 2:4. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:35, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

O, what authority and show of truth
Can cunning sin cover itself withal!

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), Much Ado About Nothing (c. 1600), Act IV, Scene I. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:21, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Never be jealous again. Never doubt that I love you more than the world. More than myself.[edit]

Camille (1936). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:06, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Magnum vectigal est parsimonia
("Economy is a great revenue")

Cicero (106–43 BC), Paradoxa 6/3:49. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:01, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar? … And the creature run from the cur? There thou mightst behold the great image of authority: a dog's obeyed in office.[edit]

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), King Lear, Act IV, Scene VI (1623). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:05, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

I can stand anything but pain.[edit]

The Band Wagon (1953). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:50, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Magna di curant, parva neglegunt
("The gods care about great matters, but they neglect small ones")

Cicero (106–43 BC), De Natura Deorum (On the Nature of the Gods; 45 BC), 2:167. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:00, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

Authority intoxicates,
And makes mere sots of magistrates;
The fumes of it invade the brain,
And make men giddy, proud, and vain.

Samuel Butler (1612–1680), Miscellaneous Thoughts. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:29, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

That's what makes us tough. Rich fellas come up an' they die an' their kids ain't no good, an' they die out. But we keep a-comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. And we'll go on forever, Pa... 'cause... we're the people.[edit]

The Grapes of Wrath (1940), directed by John Ford, based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name (1939). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:14, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

Lupus est homo homini
("A man to a man is a wolf")

Plautus' adaptation of an old Roman proverb: homo homini lupus est ("man is a wolf to [his fellow] man"). In Asinaria, act II, scene IV, verse 89 [495 overall]. Lupus est homo homini, non homo, quom qualis sit non novit ("a man to a man is a wolf, not a man, when the other doesn't know of what character he is."). Translated by Henry Thomas Riley (1816–1878), in The Comedies of Plautus (1912), Asinaria, or The Ass-Dealer, act II, scene IV, London: George Bell & Sons. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:40, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

The rule
Of the many is not well. One must be chief
In war and one the king.

Homer (c. 8th century BCE), Iliad, Book II, translated by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:20, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

You want the moon? Just say the word, and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey, that's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon.[edit]

It's a Wonderful Life (1946). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:12, 25 November 2014 (UTC)