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

DECEMBER 2006


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
12/1/06     "The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves." - Helen Keller
12/2/06     "I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act." - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
12/3/06     "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius
12/4/06     "Sympathy: Two hearts tugging at one load." - Charles H. Parkhurst
12/5/06     "A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers." - Robert Quillen
12/6/06     "To be yourself in a world that is doing its best, day and night to make you like everybody else - is to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." - E.E. Cummings
12/7/06     "The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions." - Claude Levi-Strauss
12/8/06     "I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man." - Alexander Hamilton
12/9/06     "We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government." - William Howard Taft
12/10/06     "The compulsion to take ourselves seriously is in inverse proportion to our creative capacity. When the creative flow dries up, all we have left is our importance." - Eric Hoffer
12/11/06     "With willing hearts and skillful hands, the difficult we do at once; the impossible takes a bit longer." - Author unknown
12/12/06     "In modern America, anyone who attempts to write satirically about the events of the day finds it difficult to concoct a situation so bizarre that it may not actually come to pass while his article is still on the presses." - Calvin Trillin
12/13/06     "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men. We... solemnly publish and declare, that these colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states... and for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honour." - Thomas Jefferson
12/14/06     "The chief duty of governments, in so far as they are coercive, is to restrain those who would interfere with the inalienable rights of the individual, among which are the right to life, the right to liberty, the right to the pursuit of happiness and the right to worship God according to the dictates of one's conscience." - William Jennings Bryan
12/15/06     "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." - Charles Dickens
12/16/06     "Salvation for a race, nation, or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races, and the struggle must be continuous, for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationships." - Asa Philip Randolph
12/17/06     "Sir, I say that justice is truth in action." - Benjamin Disraeli
12/18/06     "To every thing there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." - The Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
12/19/06     "There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third." - Aubrey Menen
12/20/06     "It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril." - James William Fulbright
12/21/06     "The President must be greater than anyone else, but not better than anyone else. We subject him and his family to close and constant scrutiny and denounce them for things that we ourselves do every day. A Presidential slip of the tongue, a slight error in judgment - social, political, or ethical - can raise a storm of protest. We give the President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man should take, more pressure than a man can bear. We abuse him often and rarely praise him. We wear him out, use him up, eat him up. And with all this, Americans have a love for the President that goes beyond loyalty or party nationality; he is ours, and we exercise the right to destroy him." - John Steinbeck
12/22/06     "If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process." - Felix Frankfurter
12/23/06     "Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing." - Thomas Henry Huxley
12/24/06     "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads." - Clement Clarke Moore
12/25/06     "At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year." - Thomas Tusser
12/26/06     "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana
12/27/06     "Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means." - Robert Louis Stevenson
12/28/06     "The truth is I am the people's man, for you acted in their name, and I accepted and began my new and solemn trust with a promise to serve all the people and do the best that I can for America." - Gerald Ford
12/29/06     "Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax." - Arthur Schopenhauer
12/30/06     "Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
12/31/06     ".... Should old acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, And days of old long past.... " - Robert Burns


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