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

NOVEMBER 2002


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
11/01/02      "All human power is a compound of time and patience." - Honore de Balzac
11/02/02      "Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer." - Oscar Wilde
11/03/02      "A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us." - Franz Kafka
11/04/02      "The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men." - Plato
11/05/02      "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
11/06/02      "The greatest tragedy is indifference." - Red Cross
11/07/02      "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." - Thomas Jefferson
11/08/02      "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." - Theodore Roosevelt
11/09/02      "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
11/10/02      "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
11/11/02      "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
11/12/02      "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
11/13/02      "Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves." - Joseph P. Thompson
11/14/02      "Above all, Vietnam was a war that asked everything of a few and nothing of most in America." - Myra MacPherson
11/15/02      "Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." - Will Durant
11/16/02      "Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict." - William Ellery Channing
11/17/02      "Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." - Nicholas Murray Butler
11/18/02      "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
11/19/02      "To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." - David Viscott
11/20/02      "There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit." - Alexander Pope
11/21/02      "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
11/22/02      "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers." - Jewish Proverb
11/23/02      "A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world." - John le Carre
11/24/02      "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
11/25/02      "I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." - Jorge Luis Borges
11/26/02      "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
11/27/02      "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." - Tacitus
11/28/02      "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
11/29/02      "Aim for success, not perfection. 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, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person." - David M. Burns
11/30/02      "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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