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

AUGUST 2002


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
8/01/02      "Earth’s crammed with heaven, / And every common bush afire with God; / And only he who sees takes off his shoes; / The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
8/02/02      "Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves." - Albert Einstein
8/03/02      "So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievement, that, as long as the sun keeps a set course in heaven, it would be foolish to despair of the human race." - Ernest L. Woodward
8/04/02      "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
8/05/02      "All day long and all night through, / One thing only must I do: / Quench my pride and cool my blood, / Lest I perish in the flood." - Countee Cullen
8/06/02      "I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, / And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." - John Masefield
8/07/02      "Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking." - John Maynard Keynes
8/08/02      "Men first feel necessity, then look for utility, next attend to comfort, still later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury, and finally go mad and waste their substance." - Giambattista Vico
8/09/02      "Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats." - George Orwell
8/10/02      "Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart." - Luigi Pirandello
8/11/02      "Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
8/12/02      "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams
8/13/02      "Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried." - William Shakespeare
8/14/02      "What can be more soothing, at once to a man’s Pride, and to his Conscience, than the conviction that, in taking vengeance on his enemies for injustice done him, he has simply to do them justice in return?" - Edgar Allan Poe
8/15/02      "We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms --to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." - Viktor E. Frankl
8/16/02      "No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne
8/17/02      "Nature has given men one tongue and two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak." - Epictetus
8/18/02      "Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open- eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham." - Joseph Conrad
8/19/02      "humanity i love you because when you’re hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink" - E.E. Cummings
8/20/02      "Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country." - Sinclair Lewis
8/21/02      "If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice." - Learned Hand
8/22/02      "Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us." - Van Wyck Brooks
8/23/02      "Having served on various committees, I have drawn up a list of rules: Never arrive on time; this stamps you as a beginner. Don’t say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise. Be as vague as possible; this avoids irritating the others. When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed. Be the first to move for adjournment; this will make you popular; it’s what everyone is waiting for." - Harry Chapman
8/24/02      "To keep your marriage brimming, / With love in the loving cup, / Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; / Whenever you’re right, shut up." - Ogden Nash
8/25/02      "I believe that one of the characteristics of the human race - possibly the one that is primarily responsible for its course of evolution - is that it has grown by creatively responding to failure." - Glen Seaborg
8/26/02      "Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious." - George Orwell
8/27/02      "We cannot make good news out of bad practice." - Edward R. Murrow
8/28/02      "We are in the process of doing things in defense of our society which may very well produce a society which is not worth defending." - John LeCarre
8/29/02      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
8/30/02      "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." - Noam Chomsky
8/31/02      "A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas—a place where history comes to life." - Norman Cousins

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