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

MARCH 2007


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
3/1/07     "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. General recognition of this fact is shown in the proverbial phrase 'It is the busiest man who has time to spare.' " - C. Northcote Parkinson
3/2/07     "I praise loudly. I blame softly." - Catherine the Great
3/3/07     "Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasn't been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place." - William Strunk
3/4/07     "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony
3/5/07     "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." - Mark Twain
3/6/07     "The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude." - Aldous Huxley
3/7/07     "Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are." - John W. Gardner
3/8/07     "The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them." - Sir William Bragg
3/9/07     "A good reputation is more valuable than money." - Publilius Syrus
3/10/07     "Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody." - Benjamin Franklin
3/11/07     "Let us consider the polarity of love and hate.... Now, clinical observation shows not only that love is with unexpected regularity accompanied by hat (ambivalence), and not only that in human relationships hate is frequently a forerunner of love, but also that in many circumstances hate changes into love and love into hate." - Sigmund Freud
3/12/07     "If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself." - Charles Schulz
3/13/07     "A word in earnest is as good as a speech." - Charles Dickens
3/14/07     "You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip." - James M. Barrie
3/15/07     "To want to be what one can be is purpose in life." - Cynthia Ozick
3/16/07     "The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking." - Albert Einstein
3/17/07     "May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whisky, but be tormented with itching without benefit of scratching." - Traditional St. Patrick's Day toast.
3/18/07     "There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion." - John Emerich Edward Dalberg
3/19/07     "Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices." - Paul Tournier
3/20/07     "We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert." - J. Robert Oppenheimer
3/21/07     "A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience." - John Updike
3/22/07     "In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action." - Dag Hammarskjold
3/23/07     "The purpose of ritual for men is to learn the rules of power and competition. Watching sports together, for example, they see the formal enactment of ritual, become loyal to a team, learn to conceal their vulnerability. The purpose of ritual for women (going to lunch together, sharing a favorite salon, etc.) is to learn how to make human connections." - Diane Ackerman
3/24/07     "Self-esteem equals Success over Pretensions." - William James
3/25/07     "When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change." - Lucius Cary
3/26/07     "Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character." - Henry Clay
3/27/07     "Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
3/28/07     "The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one's own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard - every action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals which they serve." - Erich Fromm
3/29/07     "Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of red cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a temper of the will; a quality of the imagination; a vigor of the emotions; it is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a tempermental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease. This often exists in a man of fifty, more than in a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals." - Samuel Ullman
3/30/07     "The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life." - Woodrow Wilson
3/31/07     "We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all mankind." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt


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