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THOUGHT-OF-THE-DAY ARCHIVE
"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius

AUGUST 2006


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
8/1/06     "He declares himself guilty who justifies himself before accusation." - Anonymous
8/2/06     "The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good. Almost every thing, especially of governmental policy, is an inseparable compound of the two; so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded." - Abraham Lincoln
8/3/06     "Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil." - Albert Schweitzer
8/4/06     "I would rather quit public life at seventy, and quit it forever, than to retain public life at a sacrifice to my own self-respect. I will not vote for any law which will make fair for me and foul for another. The blacklist is the most cruel form of oppression ever devised by man for the infliction of suffering upon his weaker fellows." - Joseph Gurney Cannon
8/5/06     "A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed - I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself." - Georges Clemenceau
8/6/06     "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." - Theodore Roosevelt
8/7/06     "I have no use for men who fail. The cause of their failure is no business of mine, but I want successful men as my associates." - John Davison Rockefeller
8/8/06     "If I were to attempt to put my political philosophy tonight into a single phrase, it would be this: Trust the people. Trust their good sense, their decency, their fortitude, their faith. Trust them with the facts. Trust them with the great decisions. And fix as our guiding star the passion to create a society where people can fulfill their own best selves - where no American is held down by race or color, by worldly condition or social status, from gaining what his character earns him as an American citizen, as a human being and as a child of God." - Adlai Ewing Stevenson
8/9/06     "Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is nothing more remorseless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than truth." - William C. Redfield
8/10/06     "Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. - George Eliot
8/11/06     "For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. Soe that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world." - John Winthrop
8/12/06     "America ... It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time." - Thomas Clayton Wolfe
8/13/06     "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." - Barry Morris Goldwater
8/14/06     "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." - E.B. White
8/15/06     "We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - Thomas Stearns Eliot
8/16/06     "Never complain and never explain." - Benjamin Disraeli
8/17/06     "Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time." - Thomas Carlyle
8/18/06     "Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much." - Albert Schweitzer
8/19/06     "We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore." - Mark Twain
8/20/06     "Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away." - Sophocles
8/21/06     "The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." - Plato
8/22/06     "Equal laws protecting equal rights ... the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country." - James Madison
8/23/06     "We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft." - Adlai Ewing Stevenson
8/24/06     "The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced." - Frederick Douglass
8/25/06     "What you fail to understand is the power of hate. It can fill the heart as surely as love can." - Earl Felton
8/26/06     "Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts." - Bernard Mannes Baruch
8/27/06     "If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience!" - George Bernard Shaw
8/28/06     "Doing for people what they can and ought to do for themselves is a dangerous experiment. In the last analysis the welfare of the workers depends upon their own initiative. Whatever is done under the guise of philanthropy or social morality which in any way lessens initiative is the greatest crime that can be committed against the toilers. Let social busy-bodies and professional 'public morals experts' in their fads reflect upon the perils they rashly invite under this pretense of social welfare." - Samuel Gompers
8/29/06     "All my life I've known better than to depend on the experts. How could I have been so stupid, to let them go ahead?" - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
8/30/06     "Never Explain - your Friends do not need it and your Enemies will not believe you anyway." - Elbert Hubbard
8/31/06     "He declares himself guilty who justifies himself before accusation." - Anonymous


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