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"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius
DATE THOUGHT OF THE DAY
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to
- H.L. Mencken
"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning."
- Louis L'Amou
"Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity."
"Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us."
- Henri Matisse
"The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all."
- Pablo Casals
"Only a mediocre person is always at his best."
- W. Somerset Maugham
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." - Thomas Jefferson
"The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!" - Soren Kierkegaard
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Bessie Stanley
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." - Aristotle
"We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered." - Tom Stoppard
"You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question." - Albert Camus
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." - Horace Mann
"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." - Albert Schweitzer
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson
"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right." - Sir Laurens van der Post
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." - E. B. White
"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." - Lloyd Alexander
"The compulsion to take ourselves seriously is in inverse proportion to our creative capacity. When the creative flow dries up, all we have left is our importance." - Eric Hoffer
"What this generation was bred to at television's knees was not wisdom, but cynicism." - Pauline Kael
"A great statesman is he who knows when to depart from traditions, as well as when to adhere to them." - John Stuart Mill
"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence." - Erich Fromm
"It is the weakness and danger of republics that the vices as well as virtues of the people are represented in their legislation." - Helen Hunt Jackson
"The wretchedness of being rich is that you live with rich people.... To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober." - Logan Pearsall Smith
"The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The earthly paradise is where I am." - Voltaire
"I have always suspected that too much knowledge is a dangerous thing. It is a boon to people who don't have deep feelings; their pleasure comes from what they know about things, and their pride from showing off what they know. But this only emphasizes the difference between the artist and the scholar." - Margaret Anderson
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
"You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it. Better keep yourself clean and bright: you are the window through which you must see the world." - Sir Walter Besant