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

NOVEMBER 2003


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11/01/02      "... literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness." - Helen Keller
11/02/03      "People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
11/03/03      "If you hide your ignorance no one will hit you and you will never learn." - Ray Bradbury
11/04/03      "Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question." - Thomas Jefferson
11/05/03      "Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life's morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie." - Carl Jung
11/06/03      "There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves." - George Washington
11/07/03      "What is man but a mass of thawing clay?" - Henry David Thoreau
11/08/03      "To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is disease." - Lao Tzu
11/09/03      "It shows an excellent command of language to say nothing." - Karol Newlin
11/10/03      "I never meet anyone nowadays who admits to having had a happy childhood. Everyone appears to think happiness betokens a lack of sensitivity." - Jessamyn West
11/11/03      "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
11/12/03      "Just as it would be madness to settle on medical treatment for the body of a person by taking an opinion poll of the neighbors, so it is irrational to prescribe for the body politic by polling the opinions of the people at large." - Plato
11/13/03      "Joy is not in things; it is in us." - Richard Wagner
11/14/03      "We come into this world crying while all around us are smiling. May we so live that we go out of this world smiling while everybody around us is weeping." - Persian proverb
11/15/03      "One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests." - John Stuart Mill
11/16/03      "Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said." - George Santayana
11/17/03      "Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
11/18/03      "Change has considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. Obviously, then, one’s character and frame of mind determine how readily he brings about change and how he reacts to change that is imposed on him." - King Whitney Jr.
11/19/03      "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein
11/20/03      "The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility." - Charles Caleb Colton
11/21/03      "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
11/22/03      "Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
11/23/03      "There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." - Josh Billings
11/24/03      "Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life." - Benjamin Disraeli
11/25/03      "Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity." - Christopher Morley
11/26/03      "Life baffles and seems almost to mock. It refuses long to remain consistently one thing or another and it seldom puts us into one mood without violating it soon after. But Art, seeming to have for human dignity a respect which Life consistently lacks, grants us at least our right to sorrow fully and freely when sorrow is called for or to laugh our laugh out when laughter is appropriate. The artist selects and classifies what nature mingles in a hideous confusion and in doing so he is, in one of his many ways, adapting the universe to our minds by presenting it in an order which our emotions can follow." - Joseph Wood Krutch
11/27/03      "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." - J.R.R. Tolkien
11/28/03      "Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing." - John Stuart Mill
11/29/03      "In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em." - William Shakespeare
11/30/03      "Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." - Anais Nin
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