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Our life is what our thoughts make it.
- Marcus Aurelius
DATE THOUGHT OF THE DAY
"All human power is a compound of time and patience." -
Honore de Balzac
"Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer." -
"A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us." -
"The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men." -
"Perhaps our national ambition to standardize ourselves has behind it the notion that democracy means standardization. But standardization is the surest way to destroy the initiative, to benumb the creative impulse above all else essential to the vitality and growth of democratic ideals." -
Ida M. Tarbell
"The greatest tragedy is indifference."
"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing."
"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life."
"The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment."
- T. H. White
"People who have what they want
are very fond of telling people
who haven't what they want
that they don't want it."
- Mark Twain
"The moon gives you light, / And the bugles and the drums give you music, / And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, / My heart gives you love."
- Walt Whitman
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
- James Madison
"Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves."
- Joseph P. Thompson
"Above all, Vietnam was a war that asked everything of a few and nothing of most in America."
- Myra MacPherson
"Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
- Will Durant
"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict."
- William Ellery Channing
"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress."
- Nicholas Murray Butler
"A proclivity for science is embedded deeply within us, in all times, places, and cultures. It has been the means for our survival. It is our birthright. When, through indifference, inattention, incompetence, or fear of skepticism, we discourage children from science, we are disenfranchising them, taking from them the tools needed to manage their future."
- Carl Sagan
"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."
- David Viscott
"There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit."
- Alexander Pope
"There are two kinds of fool. One says, 'This is old, and therefore good.' And one says, 'This is new, and therefore better.' "
- John Brunner
"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers."
- Jewish Proverb
"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world."
- John le Carre
"To see a world in a grain of sand, / And a heaven in a wild flower, / Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, / And eternity in an hour."
- William Blake
"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."
- Jorge Luis Borges
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."
- George Bernard Shaw
"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
"Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in."
- Phillips Brooks
"Aim for success,
Never give up your right to be wrong,
because then you will lose
the ability to learn new things
and move forward with your life.
Remember that fear
always lurks behind perfectionism.
Confronting your fears and allowing yourself
the right to be human can,
make you a far happier and
more productive person."
- David M. Burns
"The most important
function of education
at any level is to develop
the personality of the individual
and the significance of his life
to himself and to others.
This is the basic architecture of a life;
the rest is ornamentation and
decoration of the structure."
- Grayson Kirk
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