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

NOVEMBER 2008


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
11/1/08     "What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god - the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!" - William Shakespeare
11/2/08     "If you are able to state a problem, it can be solved." - Edwin H. Land
11/3/08     "I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election." - Walt Whitman
11/4/08     "The most important political office is that of the private citizen." - Louis Brandeis
11/5/08     "Advice is like snow --- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
11/6/08     "The heart of a fool is his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is his heart." - Benjamin Franklin
11/7/08     "The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent." - David Mamet
11/8/08     "Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm." - Graham Greene
11/9/08     "The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have [to] bare the secrets of government and inform the people." - Hugo L. Black
11/10/08     "Thought is the work of the intellect, reverie is its self-indulgence. To substitute day-dreaming for thought is to confuse a poison with a source of nourishment." - Victor Hugo
11/11/08     "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder." - George Washington
11/12/08     "The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned." - Somerset Maugham
11/13/08     "By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day." - Robert Frost
11/14/08     "Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments." - John Steinbeck
11/15/08     "We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress." - Tennessee Williams
11/16/08     "The artist must be in his work like God in his Creation, invisible and all-powerful, so that he is felt everywhere but not seen." - Gustave Flaubert
11/17/08     "Sigmund Freud was once asked to describe the characteristics of maturity, and he replied: lieben un arbeiten ('loving and working'). The mature adult is one who can love and allow himself or herself to be loved and who can work productively, meaningfully, and with satisfaction." - David Elkind
11/18/08     "God made integers, all else is the work of man." - Leopold Kronecker
11/19/08     "We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning." - George Steiner
11/20/08     "I think that today's youth have a tendency to live in the present and work for the future---and to be totally ignorant of the past." - Steven Spielberg
11/21/08     "Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" - T. S. Eliot
11/22/08     "The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error." - Bertolt Brecht
11/23/08     "God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed; Give us the courage to change what should be changed; Give us the wisdom to distinguish one from the other." - Reinhold Niebuhr
11/24/08     "The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget." - Thomas Szasz
11/25/08     "Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone." - Charles de Gaulle
11/26/08     "Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it." - D. H. Lawrence
11/27/08     "If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart
11/28/08     "Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. Seize the day, trust not to the morrow." - Horace
11/29/08     "Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything." - Evelyn Waugh
11/30/08     "Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts." - Jean Cocteau


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