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

MAY 2004


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
5/01/04      "He who fights against monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process. And when you stare persistently into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
5/02/04      "The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self- complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter." - Wlliam Somerset Maugham
5/03/04      "As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash." - Harper Lee
5/04/04      "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." - Carl Sandburg
5/05/04      "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." - Pericles
5/06/04      "The palest ink is better than the best memory." - Chinese proverb
5/07/04      "A man there was, tho' some did count him mad / The more he cast away, the more he had." - John Bunyan
5/08/04      "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." - Elie Wiesel
5/09/04      "Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power." - Lao-Tzu
5/10/04      "The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization." - Sigmund Freud
5/11/04      "A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future." - Sydney J. Harris
5/12/04      "History ... is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. But what experience and history teach is this - that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
5/13/04      "Words are a mirror of their times. By looking at the areas in which the vocabulary of a language is expanding fastest in a given period, we can form a fairly accurate impression of the chief preoccupations of society at that time and the points at which the boundaries of human endeavour are being advanced." - John Ayto
5/14/04      "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell
5/15/04      "Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much." - Erastus Wiman
5/16/04      "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers." - Charles W. Eliot
5/17/04      "For all men of good will May 17, 1954, came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of enforced segregation. . . . It served to transform the fatigue of despair into the buoyancy of hope." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
5/18/04      "It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable." - Moliere
5/19/04      "Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
5/20/04      "Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." - Charles Dickens
5/21/04      "The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality." - John Quincy Adams
5/22/04      "He who would travel happily must travel light." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
5/23/04      "This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere: the dew is never all dried at once: a shower is forever falling, vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls." - John Muir
5/24/04      "Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction: therefore it destroys freedom." - Albert Camus
5/25/04      "I have made mistakes, but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one." - James Gordon Bennett
5/26/04      "A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." - Demosthenes
5/27/04      "Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." - Sir James Barrie
5/28/04      "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." - Max Planck
5/29/04      "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/30/04      "Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind." - Leonardo da Vinci
5/31/04      "Courage is knowing what not to fear." - Plato
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