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

AUGUST 2007


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
8/1/07     "You owe it to us all to get on with what you're good at." - W.H. Auden
8/2/07     "Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it." - Simone Weil
8/3/07     "Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement." - C. S. Lewis
8/4/07     "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time." - Anna Freud
8/5/07     "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." - Plutarch
8/6/07     "For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints." - Robert Louis Stevenson
8/7/07     "It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way." - Rollo May
8/8/07     "Express a mean opinion of yourself occasionally; it will show your friends that you know how to tell the truth." - Edgar Watson Howe
8/9/07     "People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend." - Walter Savage Landor
8/10/07     "Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." - Abraham Lincoln
8/11/07     "Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate." - Germaine Greer
8/12/07     "We bestow on others praise in which we do not believe, on condition that in return they bestow upon us praise in which we do." - Jean Rostand
8/13/07     "Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's St Matthew Passion on a ukulele: The instrument is too crude for the work, for the audience and for the performer." - Ben Bagdikian
8/14/07     "A newspaper is lumber made malleable. It is ink made into words and pictures. It is conceived, born, grows up and dies of old age in a day." - Jim Bishop
8/15/07     "The day of the printed word is far from ended. Swift as is the delivery of the radio bulletin, graphic as is television's eyewitness picture, the task of adding meaning and clarity remains urgent. People cannot and need not absorb meanings at the speed of light." - Erwin Canham
8/16/07     "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." - Richard Bach
8/17/07     "[There is] an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for." - Saul Bellow
8/18/07     "Through the years, a man peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face." - Jorge Luis Borges
8/19/07     "A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession." - Albert Camus
8/20/07     "The novel remains for me one of the few forms where we can record man's complexity and the strength and decency of his longings. Where we can describe, step by step, minute by minute, our not altogether unpleasant struggle to put ourselves into a viable and devout relationship to our beloved and mistaken world." - John Cheever
8/21/07     "The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all." - Winston Churchill
8/22/07     "I have noted that persons with bad judgment are most insistent that we do what they think best." - Lionel Abel
8/23/07     "The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem." - Dean Acheson
8/24/07     "There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends - always ready to meet your mood, always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that." - J. Donald Adams
8/25/07     "Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men." - Mortimer Adler
8/26/07     "Every day has been so short, every hour so fleeting, every minute so filled with the life I love that time for me has fled on too swift a wing." - Aga Khan III
8/27/07     "A dying man needs to die as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist." - Stewart Alsop
8/28/07     "If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you. It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right." - Maxwell Anderson
8/29/07     "Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable." - Maya Angelou
8/30/07     "Books are quiet. They do not dissolve into wavy lines or snowstorm effects. They do not pause to deliver commercials. They are three-dimensional, having length, breadth and depth. They are convenient to handle and completely portable." - Anonymous
8/31/07     "We neither get better or worse as we get older, but more like ourselves." - Robert Anthony


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