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

DECEMBER 2005


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
12/01/05      "When I had youth I had no money; now I have the money I have no time; and when I get the time, if I ever do, I shall have no health to enjoy life. I suppose itís the discipline I need; but itís rather hard to love the things I do, and see them go by because duty chains me to my galley. If I ever come into port with all sails set, that will be my reward perhaps." - Louisa May Alcott
12/02/05      "Where love rules, there is no will to power; where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other." - Carl Gustav Jung
12/03/05      "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust
12/04/05      "Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to be quite true." - Samuel Johnson
12/05/05      "How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world." - William Shakespeare
12/06/05      "Don't be too timid and squeamish about your action. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
12/07/05      "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." - Mark Twain
12/08/05      "To be successful, grow to the point where one completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause." - Booker T. Washington
12/09/05      "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein
12/10/05      "The music than can deepest reach, / And cure all ill, is cordial speech." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
12/11/05      "I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." - William Faulkner
12/12/05      "We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
12/13/05      "I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
12/14/05      "The uniformity of earthís life, more astonishing than its diversity, is accountable by the high probability that we derived, originally, from some single cell, fertilized in a bolt of lightning as the earth cooled." - Lewis Thomas
12/15/05      "What will our children remember of us, ten, fifteen years from now? The mobile we bought or didn't buy? Or the tone in our voices, the look in our eyes, the enthusiasm for life - and for them - that we felt? They, and we, will remember the spirit of things, not the letter. Those memories will go so deep that no one could measure it, capture it, bronze it, or put it in a scrapbook." - Sonia Taitz
12/16/05      "Always be a little kinder than necessary." - James M. Barrie
12/17/05      "The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
12/18/05      "Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." - Clive James
12/19/05      "Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on." - Samuel Butler
12/20/05      "The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything." - Oscar Wilde
12/21/05      "Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others." - H. Jackson Brown
12/22/05      "Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour." - John Boswell
12/23/05      "Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
12/24/05      "Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart ... filled it, too, with melody that would last forever." - Bess Streeter Aldrich
12/25/05      "Peace, peace is what I seek and public calm,
Endless extinction of unhappy hates." - Matthew Arnold
12/26/05      "Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace - that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best not only in our own lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march toward the clean world our hands can make." - Stephen Vincent Benet
12/27/05      "Life is a tragedy full of joy." - Bernard Malamud
12/28/05      "No matter what you have done to this moment, you get 24 brand new hours to spend every single day." - Brian Tracy
12/29/05      "We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings." - Abraham Maslow
12/30/05      "Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world." - Arthur Schopenhauer
12/31/05      "Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. " - Hal Borland

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