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

SEPTEMBER 2006


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
9/1/06     "Each morning the day lies like a fresh shirt on our bed; this incomparably fine, incomparably tightly woven tissue of pure prediction fits us perfectly. The happiness of the next twenty-four hours depends on our ability, on waking, to pick it up." - Walter Benjamin
9/2/06     "Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness." - James Thurber
9/3/06     "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
9/4/06     "What more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more ... a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from labor the bread it has earned." - Thomas Jefferson
9/5/06     "People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools." - Alice Walker
9/6/06     "Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established." - Ludwig Feuerbach
9/7/06     "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." - John Adams
9/8/06     "The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy." - Theodore H. White
9/9/06     "Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." - John Adams
9/10/06     "The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one." - Abraham Lincoln
9/11/06     "I have learned two lessons in my life: first, there are no sufficient literary, psychological, or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings." - Elie Wiesel
9/12/06     "Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam
9/13/06     "I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see." - John Burroughs
9/14/06     "What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." - Havelock Ellis
9/15/06     "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire
9/16/06     "To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have." - Theodore H. White
9/17/06     "So I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it but I couldn't find honest employment." - Mark Twain
9/18/06     "I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live." - Socrates
9/19/06     "In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4-H Club - the 'hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.' " - Spiro Theodore Agnew
9/20/06     "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." - John Stuart Mill
9/21/06     "If, in my retirement to the humble station of a private citizen, I am accompanied with the esteem and approbation of my fellow citizens, trophies obtained by the bloodstained steel, or the tattered flags of the tented field, will never be envied. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." - Thomas Jefferson
9/22/06     "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." - Eleanor Roosevelt
9/23/06     "Persecution cannot harm him who stands by Truth. Did not Socrates fall proudly a victim in body? Was not Paul stoned for the sake of the Truth? It is our inner selves that hurt us when we disobey it, and it kills us when we betray it." - Khalil Gibran
9/24/06     "I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form." - Calvin Coolidge
9/25/06     "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and you can't change human nature from intelligent self-interest into pure idealism - not in this life; and if you could, what would be left for paradise?" - Joseph Gurney Cannon
9/26/06     "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
9/27/06     "Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education." - Alfred Whitney Griswold
9/28/06     "Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel." - John Quincy Adams
9/29/06     "WAR IS PEACE; FREEDOM IS SLAVERY; IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH." - George Orwell
9/30/06     "There is, therefore, only one categorical imperative. It is: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law." - Immanuel Kant


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