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

JANUARY 2005


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
1/01/05    "We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws, but for potential." - Ellen Goodman
1/02/05    "The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether or not it is the same problem you had last year." - John Foster Dulles
1/03/05    "Yes, I am the nation, and these are the things that I am. I was conceived in freedom and, God willing, in freedom I will spend the rest of my days. / May I possess always the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world." - Otto Whittaker
1/04/05    "In Words, as Fashions, the same Rule will hold;
Alike Fantastick, if too New, or Old;
Be not the first by whom the New are try'd,
Nor yet the last to lay the Old aside." - Alexander Pope
1/05/05    "Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols." - Thomas Mann
1/06/05    "Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
1/07/05    "I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
1/08/05    "Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still." - Deng Ming-Dao
1/09/05    "A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets." - Arthur C. Clarke
1/10/05    "It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves." - Carl Gustav Jung
1/11/05    "You'll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said." - Sam Rayburn
1/12/05    "More and more I come to value charity and love of one's fellow being above everything else. All our lauded technological progress - our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal." - Albert Einstein
1/13/05    "Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time." - Viktor Frankl
1/14/05    "In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy." - Robert Louis Stevenson
1/15/05    "The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it." - Arthur Schopenhauer
1/16/05    "If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." - Margaret Fuller
1/17/05    "We must meet hate with love. We must meet physical force with soul force. There is still a voice crying out through the vista of time, saying: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you. Then, and only then, can you matriculate into the university of eternal life. That same voice cries out in terms lifted to cosmic proportions: He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword. And history is replete with the bleached bones of nations that failed to follow this command. We must follow nonviolence and love." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
1/18/05    "Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves." - Aldous Huxley
1/19/05    "Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens." - J. R. Tolkien
1/20/05    "He is no more than the chief officer of the people, appointed by the laws, and circumscribed with definite powers, to assist in working the great machine of government erected for their use, and consequently subject to their superintendence." - Thomas Jefferson
1/21/05    "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." - Charles Darwin
1/22/05    "Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar." - William Wordsworth
1/23/05    "I wish I could stand on a busy street corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours." - Bernard Berenson
1/24/05    "Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world." - Eleanor Roosevelt
1/25/05    "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 do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get." - William Feather
1/26/05    "It is always the secure who are humble." - G.K. Chesterton
1/27/05    "We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato
1/28/05    "Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now." - Charlotte P. Gilman
1/29/05    "When you are arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing." - Anonymous
1/30/05    "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." - George Bernard Shaw
1/31/05    "The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself." - Mark Twain
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