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

DECEMBER 2007


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
12/1/07     "Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings." - Elie Wiesel
12/2/07     "We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death, yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind." - Thornton Wilder
12/3/07     "There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way." - Christopher Morley
12/4/07     "All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness." - Tennessee Williams
12/5/07     "Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies." - Thornton Wilder
12/6/07     "Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse." - Elie Wiesel
12/7/07     "What is youth except a man or woman before it is ready or fit to be seen?" - Evelyn Waugh
12/8/07     "Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth." - Mark Van Doren
12/9/07     "We are all pretending ... The important thing is to maintain a straight face." - Maurice Valency
12/10/07     "We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable." - John Updike
12/11/07     "The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard." - Barbara Tuchman
12/12/07     "What a holler would ensue if people had to pay the minister as much to marry them as they have to pay a lawyer to get them a divorce." - Claire Trevor
12/13/07     "There is a kind of intellectual provincialism in the dogma that 'life is just one damned thing after another.' ... human affairs do not become intelligible until they are seen as a whole." - Arnold Toynbee
12/14/07     "The more refined and subtle our minds, the more vulnerable they are." - Paul Tournier
12/15/07     "Future shock [is] the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time." - Alvin Toffler
12/16/07     "I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation." - Mike Todd
12/17/07     "Astonishment is the root of philosophy." - Paul Tillich
12/18/07     "It is the formidable character of the species to routinely seek the improbable, the difficult, even the impossible, as a source of pleasure and self-justification. Who would try to write poems, or novels, or paint pictures unless he is an optimist?" - Lionel Tiger
12/19/07     "Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity." - James Thurber
12/20/07     "We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our worst enemies." - Roderick Thorp
12/21/07     "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
12/22/07     "Fearful as reality is, it is less fearful than evasions of reality ... Look steadfastly into the slit, pinpointed malignant eyes of reality as an old-hand trainer dominates his wild beasts." - Caitlin Thomas
12/23/07     "People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates." - Thomas Szasz
12/24/07     "A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain." - Mildred Witte Struven
12/25/07     "The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means." - Tom Stoppard
12/26/07     "The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him." - Henry L. Stimson
12/27/07     "We have confused the free with the free and easy." - Adlai E. Stevenson
12/28/07     "The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself." - Wallace Stevens
12/29/07     "The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves ... is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital." - George Steiner
12/30/07     "Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there's time, the Bastard Time." - John Steinbeck
12/31/07     "Envy is as persistent as memory, as intractable as a head cold." - Harry Stein


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