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- Marcus Aurelius
DATE THOUGHT OF THE DAY
"That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen."
- Michael Harrington
"Her drama was a drama not of heaviness but of lightness. What fell to her lot was not the burden but the unbearable lightness of being."
- Milan Kundera
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
- Maya Angelou
"Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night."
- William Blake
"When television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air ... and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland."
- Newton Minow
"The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"Wall Street indexes predicted nine out of the last five recessions."
- Paul A. Samuelson
"It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression."
- Sigmund Freud
"We are only what we are; not what we would be; nor every thing we hope for. We are but a step in a scale, that reaches further above us than below."
- Herman Melville
"Man is not the sum of what he has but the total of what he does not yet have, of what he might have."
- Jean Paul Sartre
"It was as though to those last minutes he [Eichmann, whose said while awaiting trial in Israel, 'To sum it all up, I must say I regret nothing.'] was summing up the lessons that this long course in human wickedness had taught us - the lesson of the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil."
- Hannan Arendt
"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right."
- Laurens Van der Post
"As crude a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life."
- Rachel Carson
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
- Samuel Johnson
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. General recognition of this fact is shown in the proverbial phrase 'It is the busiest man who has time to spare.' "
- C. Northcote Parkinson
"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other."
- David Riesman
"Technology ... the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it."
- Max Frisch
"The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the originally false conception come true. The specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning."
- Robert K. Merton
"He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper."
- Edmund Burke
"Knowledge -- Zzzzzp! Money - Zzzzzp! -- Power! That's the cycle democracy is built on!"
- Tennessee Williams
"It was the highest point in the arc of a bridge that I became aware suddenly of the depth and bitterness of my feelings about modern life, and of the profoundness of my yearning for a more vivid, simple, and peaceable world."
- John Cheever
"I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day."
- Albert Camus
"Perhaps it is this specter that most haunts working men and women: the planned obsolescence of people that is of a piece with the planned obsolescence of the things they make. Or sell."
- Studs Terkel
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
- Greek proverb
"Our greatest happiness in life does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits."
- Thomas Jefferson
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
- William Butler Yeats
" ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
- Thomas Paine
"If you would see how interwoven it is in the warp and woof of civilization … go at night-fall to the top of one of the down-town steel giants and you may see how in the image of material man, at once his glory and his menace, is this thing we call a city."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
"At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish."
- Thai Proverb
"Try to learn something about everything
and everything about something."
- T.H. Huxley
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