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

AUGUST 2008


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
8/1/08     "When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest." - William Hazlitt
8/2/08     "If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research." - Wilson Mizner
8/3/08     "We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent." - Ronald Reagan
8/4/08     "What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun?" - Langston Hughes
8/5/08     "When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
8/6/08     "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." - Thomas Paine
8/7/08     "The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages." - Virginia Woolf
8/8/08     "I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself." - Jesse Owens
8/9/08     "Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible." - Edward Teller
8/10/08     "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." - Albert Schweitzer
8/11/08     "Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges." - Thomas Wentworth Higginson
8/12/08     "God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December." - J.M. Barrie
8/13/08     "A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition." - Jose Bergamin
8/14/08     "When you do say Yes, say it quickly. But always take a half hour to say No, so you can understand the other fellow's side." - Francis Cardinal Spellman
8/15/08     "We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter, we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
8/16/08     "Mistakes are at the very base of human thought ... feeding the structure like root nodules. If we were not provided with the knack of being wrong, we could never get anything useful done." - Lewis Thomas
8/17/08     "Men who seek happiness are like drunkards who can never find their house but are sure that they have one." - Voltaire
8/18/08     "Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia." - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
8/19/08     "What most people don't seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one." - Margaret Mitchell
8/20/08     "The English people believes itself to be free; it is gravely mistaken; it is free only during election of members of parliament; as soon as the members are elected, the people is enslaved; it is nothing. In the brief moment of its freedom, the English people makes such a use of that freedom that it deserves to lose it." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
8/21/08     "Personally, I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill
8/22/08     "We must take our friends as they are." - James Boswell
8/23/08     "The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life." - Theodore Roosevelt
8/24/08     "The greatest tragedy is indifference." - Red Cross
8/25/08     "Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." - New Testament, James i. 19
8/26/08     "I don't think it is given to any of us to be impertinent to great religions with impunity." - John le Carre
8/27/08     "Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets." - Arthur Miller
8/28/08     "Man's loneliness is but his fear of life." - Eugene O'Neill
8/29/08     "One day with life and heart / Is more than time enough to find a world." - James Russell Lowell
8/30/08     "The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg." - Margaret Thatcher
8/31/08     "True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them - the desire to do right - is precisely the same." - Robert Edward Lee


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