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

MAY 2002


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
5/01/02      "Do not dare to live without some clear intention toward which your living shall be bent. Mean to be something with all your might." - Phillips Brooks
5/02/02      "Lead your life so you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip." - Will Rogers
5/03/02      "A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push." - Ludwig Wittgenstein
5/04/02      "A good teacher is one who can understand those who are not very good at explaining, and explain to those who are not very good at understanding." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
5/05/02      "He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king." - John Milton
5/06/02      "Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power." - Alfred Tennyson
5/07/02      "Now ‘tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted; / Suffer them now, and they’ll outgrow the garden, / And choke the herbs for want of husbandry." - William Shakespeare
5/08/02      "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau
5/09/02      "See first that the design is wise and just; that ascertained, pursue it resolutely." - William Shakespeare
5/10/02      "We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge." - Rutherford D. Rogers
5/11/02      "A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying that he is wiser today than he was yesterday." - Alexander Pope
5/12/02      "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." - Reinhold Niebuhr
5/13/02      "He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger." - Romain Gary
5/14/02      "Not until just before dawn do people sleep best; not until people get old do they become wise." - Chinese proverb
5/15/02      "Courage is the greatest of all the virtues. Because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others." - Samuel Johnson
5/16/02      "We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount … The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants." - Omar Bradley
5/17/02      "Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons." - John Ruskin
5/18/02      “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
5/19/02      "No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices." - Edward R. Murrow
5/20/02      "Life has a tendency to obfuscate and bewilder, such as fating us to spend the first part of our lives being embarrassed by our parents and the last part being embarrassed by our children." - Ogden Nash
5/21/02      "Our [adult] children have an adult’s right to make their own choices and have the responsibility of living with the consequences. If we make their problems ours, they avoid that responsibility, and we are faced with problems we can’t and shouldn’t solve." - Jane Adams
5/22/02      "It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. - Alfred Adler
5/23/02      "There is a strange fact about the human mind, a fact that differentiates the mind sharply from the body. The body is limited in ways that the mind is not. One sign of this is that the body does not continue indefinitely to grow in strength and develop in skill and grace. By the time most people are thirty years old, their bodies are as good as they will ever be; in fact, many persons’ bodies have begun to deteriorate by that time. But there is no limit to the amount of growth and development that the mind can sustain. The mind does not stop growing at any particular age." - Mortimer J. Adler
5/24/02      "If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." - John Stuart Mill
5/25/02      "Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time." - E. B. White
5/26/02      "A goal is a dream that has an ending." - Duke Ellington
5/27/02      "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/28/02      "Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean." - Goethe
5/29/02      "Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish." - Jean de la Fontaine
5/30/02      "Happy is he who dares courageously to defend what he loves." - Ovid
5/31/02      "Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones." - Charlotte Brontë

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