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

OCTOBER 2005


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
10/01/05      "Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions." - Roger Babson
10/02/05      "Motivation will almost always beat mere talent." - Norman R. Augustine
10/03/05      "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
10/04/05      "The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless." - Dorothy L. Sayers
10/05/05      "To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him." - Honore De Balzac
10/06/05      "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." - Albert Schweitzer
10/07/05      "Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind." - James Russell Lowell
10/08/05      "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." - Seneca
10/09/05      "Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government." - Jeremy Bentham
10/10/05      "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." - Thomas Pynchon
10/11/05      "To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts." - Henry David Thoreau
10/12/05      "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted." - Aldous Huxley
10/13/05      "We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time." - T.S. Eliot
10/14/05      "We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other." - Lewis Thomas
10/15/05      "Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders." - Margaret Mead
10/16/05      "The main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." - Thomas Carlyle
10/17/05      "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
10/18/05      "A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer." - Robert Frost
10/19/05      "If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it." - Arthur Schopenhauer
10/20/05      "Respect yourself and others will respect you." - Confucius
10/21/05      "A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road." - Henry Ward Beecher
10/22/05      "Money often costs too much." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
10/23/05      "Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind." - Leonardo Da Vinci
10/24/05      "When you have nothing to say, say nothing." - Charles Caleb Colton
10/25/05      "Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings - give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else!… Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel." - Patrick Henry
10/26/05      "To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." - Confucius
10/27/05      "Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them." - Edward R. Murrow
10/28/05      "You lose it if you talk about it." - Ernest Hemingway
10/29/05      "I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us." - Lord Byron
10/30/05      "Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains - except kill it." - Erich Fromm
10/31/05      "A feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bare-headed, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock." - James Whitcomb Riley
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