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- Marcus Aurelius
DATE THOUGHT OF THE DAY
"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him."
- Thomas Szasz
"Children don't read to find their identity. They don't read to free themselves of guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion, or to get rid of alienation. They have no use for psychology. They detest sociology. They still believe in good, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation and other such obsolete stuff."
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
"If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong."
- Charles Kettering
"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity."
- George Orwell
"When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before."
- Clifton Fadiman
"Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments."
- John Steinbeck
"Science is the search for truth - it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others. We need to have the spirit of science in international affairs, to make the conduct of international affairs the effort to find the right solution, the just solution of international problems, not the effort by each nation to get the better of other nations, to do harm to them when it is possible."
- Linus Pauling
"The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment."
- Robert Hutchins
"There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do."
- Anais Nin
"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."
"Your vision will become clear when you look into your heart."
- Carl Jung
"The truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind."
- Emily Dickinson
"Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
- Willam Faulkner
"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book."
"Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich - simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself."
- Henry Miller
"He that knows not and knows that he knows not is a child, teach him.
He that knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool, shun him. He that knows and knows not that he knows is asleep, wake him.
He that knows and knows that he knows is a teacher, follow him."
- Persian Proverb
"The institution of the family is decisive in determining not only if a person has the capacity to love another individual but in the larger social sense whether he is capable of loving his fellow men collectively. The whole of society rests on this foundation for stability, understanding and social peace."
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress."
- Joseph Joubert
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there ’s nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood."
- William Shakespeare
"The purpose of all war is ultimately peace."
- Saint Augustine
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse.... A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice—is often the means of their regeneration."
- John Stuart Mill
"I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do."
- Arthur Warwick
"Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible."
- Dr. Viktor E. Frankl
"I and the public know / What all schoolchildren learn, / Those to whom evil is done / Do evil in return."
- W.H. Auden
"Will is stronger than fact: it can mold and overcome fact."
- H.G. Wells
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
- William James
"Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. "
"He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas."
"We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter, we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Mistakes are at the very base of human thought, feeding the structure like root nodules. If we were not provided with the knack of being wrong, we could never get anything useful done."
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