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

JANUARY 2004


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
1/01/04      "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
1/02/04      "When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree." - William Blake
1/03/04      "An education isnít how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. Itís being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you donít. Itís knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and itís knowing how to use the information you get." - William Feather
1/04/04      "My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants." - J. Brotherton
1/05/04      "Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education." - Chuang-Tzu
1/06/04      "I donít believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates." - T.S. Eliot
1/07/04      "Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does --- except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place." - Abigail Van Buren, "Dear Abby"
1/08/04      "This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women. There is my creed." - D.H. Lawrence
1/09/04      "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 listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony." - William Henry Channing
1/10/04      "A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age." - Robert Frost
1/11/04      "Our lives are frittered away by detail; simplify, simplify." - Henry David Thoreau
1/12/04      "To aim at the best and to remain essentially ourselves is one and the same thing." - Janet Erskine Stuart
1/13/04      "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
1/14/04      "A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad.... Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse." - Albert Camus
1/15/04      "A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular." - Adlai Stevenson
1/16/04      "An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching." - Mohandas Gandhi
1/17/04      "He who is contented is rich." - Lao Tzu
1/18/04      "Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain." - Edward De Bono
1/19/04      "I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
1/20/04      "The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions--the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1/21/04      "Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame." - Pearl S. Buck
1/22/04      "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 cumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
1/23/04      "People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering." - Saint Augustine
1/24/04      "A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it." - H. L. Mencken
1/25/04      "When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind." - Michel de Montaigne
1/26/04      "A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest-- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein
1/27/04      "The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." - Voltaire
1/28/04      "Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1/29/04      "And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh." - Friedrich Nietzsche
1/30/04      "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - W. B. Yeats
1/31/04      "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw
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