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

JULY 2005


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
7/01/05      "If people behaved in the way nations do they would all be put in straitjackets." - Tennessee William
7/02/05      "Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited." - Margaret Mead
7/03/05      "On this showing, the nature of the breakdowns of civilizations can be summed up in three points: a failure of creative power in the minority, an answering withdrawal of mimesis on the part of the majority, and a consequent loss of social unity in the society as a whole." - Arnold Joseph Toynbee
7/04/05      "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - Abraham Lincoln
7/05/05      "The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
7/06/05      "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." - Thomas Jefferson
7/07/05      "When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life." - Christopher Morley
7/08/05      "History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are." - David C McCullough
7/09/05      "Egotism is nature's compensation for mediocrity." - L.A. Safian
7/10/05      "Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee." - F. Lee Bailey
7/11/05      "People ask for criticism, but they only want praise." - W. Somerset Maugham
7/12/05      "Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations." - Johann Paul Richter
7/13/05      "The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." - Edmund Burke
7/14/05      "Those who make the worst use of their time most complain about its shortness." - Jean de la Bruyere
7/15/05      "People sleep peacably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
7/16/05      "The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts." - Charles Darwin
7/17/05      "It [television] is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome." - T. S. Eliot
7/18/05      "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
7/19/05      "A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece." - Ludwig Erhard
7/20/05      "We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic." - E. Merrill Root
7/21/05      "The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment." - Herbert Marcuse
7/22/05      "If we lose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay." - Theodore Roosevelt
7/23/05      "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
7/24/05      "You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them." - William Blake
7/25/05      "The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind." - William James
7/26/05      "Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success." - William J. H. Boetcker
7/27/05      "Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself." - John MacNaughton
7/28/05      "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
7/29/05      "There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming." - Soren Kierkegaard
7/30/05      "A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood." - Chinese Proverb
7/31/05      "But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness - each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked - each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity." - Herbert Butterfield
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