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

SEPTEMBER 2002


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
9/01/02      "It [competitive athletics] teaches the strong to know when they are weak and the brave to face themselves when they are afraid. To be proud and unbowed in defeat yet humble and gentle in victory. And to master ourselves before we attempt to master others. And to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep. And to give the predominance of courage over timidity." - General Douglas MacArthur
9/02/02      "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." - Theodore Roosevelt
9/03/02      "I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children; and what an inhuman world without the aged." - S. T. Coleridge
9/04/02      "There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle." - Mahatma Gandhi
9/05/02      "The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason." - T. S. Eliot
9/06/02      "Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." - Douglas Adams
9/07/02      "Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied." - Pearl S. Buck
9/08/02      "Tell me and I may forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand." - Chinese proverb
9/09/02      "Pardon one offense, and you encourage the commission of many." - Publilius Syrus
9/10/02      "The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people." - Leo Tolstoy
9/11/02      "Beware the fury of the patient man." - John Dryden
9/12/02      "You can make mistakes, but you aren't a failure until you start blaming others for those mistakes." - John Wooden
9/13/02      "Aspire, break bounds. Endeavor to be good, and better still, best." - Robert Browning
9/14/02      "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin
9/15/02      "There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval." - George Santayana
9/16/02      "Observe diners arriving at any restaurant and you will see them make a bee-line for the wall-seats. No one ever voluntarily selects a centre table in an open space. Open seating positions are only taken when all the wall-seats are already occupied. This dates back to a primeval feeding practice of avoiding sudden attack during the deep concentration involved in consuming food." - Desmond Morris
9/17/02      "No absolute is going to make the lion lie down with the lamb unless the lamb is inside." - D. H. Lawrence
9/18/02      "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted." - Aldous Huxley
9/19/02      "When I think of all the books I have read, and of the wise words I have heard spoken, and of the anxiety I have given to parents and grandparents, and of the hopes that I have had, all life weighed in the scales of my own life seems to me preparation for something that never happens." - W. B. Yeats
9/20/02      "The world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel." - Horace Walpole
9/21/02      "Life is a gamble, at terrible odds - if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it." - Tom Stoppard
9/22/02      "There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning." - Christopher Morley
9/23/02      "This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: The freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: Any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual." - John Steinbeck
9/24/02      "Emancipation is the demand of civilization. That is a principle; everything else is an intrigue." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
9/25/02      "All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why." - James Thurber
9/26/02      "The world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don't mind some people dying all the time or maybe only starving some of the time which isn't half so bad if it isn't you." - Laurence Ferlinghetti
9/27/02      "íTis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world." - George Washington
9/28/02      "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." - Derek Bok
9/29/02      "There is a theory which states that if ever anyone ever discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." - Douglas Adams
9/30/02      "Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for; but rather something to be achieved." - William Jennings Bryan

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