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

NOVEMBER 2007


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
11/1/07     "Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become the recipients of confidences." - Thornton Wilder
11/2/07     "Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair." - Elie Wiesel
11/3/07     "Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day." - Albert Camus
11/4/07     "I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me." - Martin Buber
11/5/07     "A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember." - John Mason Brown
11/6/07     "Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse." - Joseph Brodsky
11/7/07     "Judgment is more than skill. It sets forth on intellectual seas beyond the shores of hard indisputable factual information." - Kingman Brewster
11/8/07     "We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect." - Sissela Bok
11/9/07     "The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge." - Daniel J. Boorstin
11/10/07     "Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences." - Norman Cousins
11/11/07     "Americans never quit." - Douglas MacArthur
11/12/07     "More common sense can be induced by observation of the diversity of human beings in a small town than can be learned in academia." - Louis B. Wright
11/13/07     "The idea was to prove at every foot of the way up ... that you were one of the elected and anointed ones who had the right stuff and could move higher and higher and even - ultimately, God willing, one day - that you might be able to join that special few at the very top, that elite who had the capacity to bring tears to men's eyes, the very Brotherhood of the Right Stuff itself." - Tom Wolfe
11/14/07     "I survived ... by mastering my own emotions ... a kind of private arrangement within oneself - an understanding of the heart and mind - that one's life and purposes are essentially good, and that nothing from outside must be allowed to impair that understanding ... I learned that one can live alone." - Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
11/15/07     "Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation." - Tennessee Williams
11/16/07     "Pessimism is as American as apple pie - frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese." - George F. Will
11/17/07     "The planting of trees is the least self-centered of all that we do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children." - Thornton Wilder
11/18/07     "When the Devil quotes Scriptures, it's not, really, to deceive, but simply that the masses are so ignorant of theology that somebody has to teach them the elementary texts before he can seduce them." - Paul Goodman
11/19/07     "Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other." - Elie Wiesel
11/20/07     "History is a vast early warning system." - Norman Cousins
11/21/07     "It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion." - Rebecca West
11/22/07     "How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative - or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people" - Sir John Templeton
11/23/07     "We are all refugees of a future that never happened." - Lee Weiner
11/24/07     "So many old landmarks have been set in motion that they have become misleading as guides. Newness has become an even more treacherous beacon." - Max Ways
11/25/07     "Not everyone grows to be old, but everyone has been younger than he is now." - Evelyn Waugh
11/26/07     "Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth." - Alan Watts
11/27/07     "A young man's ambition [is] to get along in the world and make a place for himself - half your life goes that way, till you're 45 or 50. Then, if you're lucky, you make terms with life, you get released." - Robert Penn Warren
11/28/07     "Today the man who is the real risk-taker is anonymous and nonheroic. He is the one trying to make institutions work." - John William Ward
11/29/07     "The dead carry with them to the grave in their clutched hands only that which they have given away." - DeWitt Wallace
11/30/07     "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference." - Elie Wiesel


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