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

DECEMBER 2002


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
12/01/02      "The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse." - Carlos Castaneda
12/02/02      "Action without intelligence is a form of insanity, but intelligence without action is the greatest form of stupidity in the world." - Charles F. Kettering
12/03/02      "The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." - Emily Dickinson
12/04/02      "Shopping malls are liquid TVs for the end of the twentieth century. A whole micro-circuitry of desire, ideology and expenditure for processed bodies drifting through the cyber-space of ultracapitalism." - Arthur Kroker
12/05/02      "The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men." - Plato
12/06/02      "The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. Its fit hour of activity is night. Its actions are insane, like its whole constitution. It persecutes a principle; it would whip a right; it would tar and feather justice, by inflicting fire and outrage upon the houses and persons of those who have these. It resembles the prank of boys, who run with fire-engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
12/07/02      "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." - Voltaire
12/08/02      "The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
12/09/02      "I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self." - Aristotle
12/10/02      "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." - Carl Sandburg
12/11/02      "The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind." - Wlliam Somerset Maugham
12/12/02      "Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts." - Blaise Pascal
12/13/02      "When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do not make her more sport than she makes me?" - Michel de Montaigne
12/14/02      "The best portion of a good man's life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." - William Wordsworth
12/15/02      "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
12/16/02      "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." - Napoleon I Bonaparte
12/17/02      "One kind word can warm three winter months." - Japanese proverb
12/18/02      "Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind." - Leonardo Da Vinci
12/19/02      "Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." - Louis Dembitz Brandeis
12/20/02      "Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting." - Elizabeth Bibesco
12/21/02      "Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself." - Elie Wiesel
12/22/02      "A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a 'brief'." - Franz Kafka
12/23/02      "Of all insults, the temporary condescension of a master to a slave is the most outrageous and galling. That potentate who most condescends, mark him well; for that potentate, if occasion come, will prove your uttermost tyrant." - Herman Melville
12/24/02      "In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes." - John Ruskin
12/25/02      "At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year" - Thomas Tusser
12/26/02      "We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." - Marcel Proust
12/27/02      "To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony." - William Channing
12/28/02      "Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth." - Ludwig Borne
12/29/02      "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." - Victor Borge
12/30/02      "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time, and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." - William Shakespeare
12/31/02      "Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that what have you had?" - Henry James

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