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- Marcus Aurelius
DATE THOUGHT OF THE DAY
"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."
- Charles Lamb
"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste they hurry past it."
- Soren Kierkegaard
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."
"If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another."
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
- Mohandas K. Gandhi
"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases."
- Carl Jung
"Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both."
- John Andrew Holmes
"Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!"
- William James
"To be well informed, one must read quickly a great number of merely instructive books. To be cultivated, one must read slowly and with a lingering appreciation the comparatively few books that have been written by men who lived, thought, and felt with style."
- Aldous Huxley
"Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time."
"The trouble with many married people is that they are trying to get more out of marriage than there is in it."
- Elbert Hubbard
"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Wild honey smells of freedom.
The dust - of sunlight.
The mouth of a young girl, like a violet.
But gold - smells of nothing.
- Anna Akhmatova
"It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus
"Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them."
"He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever."
- Chinese Proverb
"Those who make the worse use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness."
- Jean De La Bruyere
"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one's whole being into the being of another."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own."
- H.G. Wells
"In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it."
- Lao Tzu
"To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice."
"If it doesn't absorb you, if it isn't any fun, don't do it."
- D.H. Lawrence
"A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner."
- English proverb
"There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work."
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."
- Sydney J. Harris
"Expect only 5% of an intelligence report to be accurate. The trick of a good commander is to isolate the 5%."
- Douglas MacArthur
"Never cut what you can untie."
- Joseph Joubert
"There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away."
- Winston Churchill
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
- William Jennings Bryan
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