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

OCTOBER 2006


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
10/1/06     "It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment, or the courage, to pay the price." - Morris West
10/2/06     "I am an idealist. I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way." - Carl Sandburg
10/3/06     "Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
10/4/06     "There is, I think, nothing in the world more futile than the attempt to find out how a task should be done when one has not yet decided what the task is." - Alexander Meiklejohn
10/5/06     "There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery that there are ancient and flourishing civilized societies which have somehow managed to exist for many centuries and are still in being though they have had no help from the traveler in solving their problems." - Walter Lippmann
10/6/06     "Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization." - Victor Hugo
10/7/06     "Man is by nature a political animal." - Aristotle
10/8/06     "Nothing is worse than active ignorance." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
10/9/06     "Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly ... is having to accept it." - William Faulkner
10/10/06     "Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?" - Confucius
10/11/06     "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning." - Mark Twain
10/12/06     "Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny." - Carl Schurz
10/13/06     "A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved." - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
10/14/06     "To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." - Jane Austen
10/15/06     "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt
10/16/06     "What is man but his passion?" - Robert Penn Warren
10/17/06     "If you would be loved, love and be lovable." - Benjamin Franklin
10/18/06     "Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty." - Galileo
10/19/06     "We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice - that is, until we have stopped saying, 'It got lost,' and say, 'I lost it.' " - Sydney J. Harris
10/20/06     "The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves." - Bernard Mannes Baruch
10/21/06     "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." - Aristotle
10/22/06     "Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert. The magic of PROPERTY turns sand to gold." - Arthur Young
10/23/06     "The nation is burdened with the heavy curse on those who come afterwards. The generation before us was inspired by an activism and a naive enthusiasm, which we cannot rekindle, because we confront tasks of a different kind from those which our fathers faced." - Max Weber
10/24/06     "The great German poet, Goethe, who also lived through a crisis of freedom, said to his generation: 'What you have inherited from your fathers, earn over again for yourselves or it will not be yours.' We inherited freedom. We seem unaware that freedom has to be remade and re-earned in each generation of man." - Adlai Ewing Stevenson
10/25/06     "That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next." - John Stuart Mill
10/26/06     "Don't try to go too fast. Learn your job. Don't ever talk until you know what you're talking about. If you want to get along, go along." - Sam Rayburn
10/27/06     "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein
10/28/06     "Give light and the people will find their own way." - Scripps-Howard newspapers
10/29/06     "There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…. It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! - I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" - Patrick Henry
10/30/06     "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense." - Bernard Mannes Baruch
10/31/06     "The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves." - Sir Winston Churchill


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