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THOUGHT-OF-THE-DAY ARCHIVES
FEBRUARY 2000

DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
2/01/00      "Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it." - Albert Einstein
2/02/00      "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." - Albert Einstein
2/03/00      "The majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith." - T.S. Eliot
2/04/00      "The gods can either take away evil from the world and will not, or, being willing to do so cannot; or they neither can nor will, or lastly, they are able and willing. If they have the will to remove evil and cannot, then they are not omnipotent. If they can but will not, then they are not benevolent. If they are neither able nor willing, they are neither omnipotent nor benevolent. Lastly, if they are both able and willing to annihilate evil, why does it exist?" - Epicurus
2/05/00      "The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason." - T.S. Eliot
2/06/00      "An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't." - Anatole France
2/07/00      "You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake." - Jeannette Rankin
2/08/00      "All human wisdom is summed up in two works: wait and hope." - Alexandre Dumas
2/09/00      "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential cause of Rome's decline lay in her people, her horals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars...Rome was not destroyed by Christianity, any more than by barbarian invasion; it was an empty shell when Christianity arose to influence and invasion came." - Will and Ariel Durant
2/10/00      "The evil is not that you cannot change human nature. The evil is human nature cannot change you." - Barrows Dunham
2/11/00      "I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions." - Lillian Hellman
2/12/00      "...that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful." - Ernest Hemingway
2/13/00      "[One] disadvantage of digital media is that people are not digital: they are physical objects who live and work in three spatial dimensions. This situation is not expected to change. People prefer to work and play with objects arranged around them, and their memories depend on cues provided by spatial location. Until homes can have dozens of digital displays and eBooks, paper is therefore likely to keep a place within them. Some technologies do their job perfectly and tend to stick around. The spoon is one example, the lawn-roller another. Paper may well be a third." - "Bad News for Trees," The Economist, Dec. 19, 1998
2/14/00      "Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire." - Margaret Mead
2/15/00      "The years teach much which the days never knew." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
2/16/00      "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes
2/17/00      "The Two-Step Time Management Rule: 1. Plan your day to achieve your goals. 2. Keep to your plan." - "Tips for Success," Dale Carnegie Training
2/18/00      "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
2/19/00      "Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire in yourself. Give yourself piece of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight." - Mark Victor Hansen
2/20/00      "Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement." - Charles F. Ketterling
2/21/00      "Trust yourself. Create the kind of self you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement." - Foster C. McClellan
2/22/00      "Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C's. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable." - Walt Disney
2/23/00      "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." - Alexander Graham Bell
2/24/00      "A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success." - Alec Waugh
2/25/00      "It is easier to love humanity than to love your neighbor." - Eric Hoffer
2/26/00      "We love too much, hate in the same extreme." - Homer
2/27/00      "Force without mind falls by its own weight." - Horace
2/28/00      "Nothing else in the world...not all the armies...is so powerful as an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo
2/29/00      "Avaritia Facit Bardus - Greed makes you stupid" - Anon

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