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

SEPTEMBER 2004


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DATETHOUGHT OF THE DAY
9/01/04      "I go by the great republican principle, that the people will have the virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom [to the offices of government]." - James Madison
9/02/04      "In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill." - Sir Winston Churchill
9/03/04      "The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us." - Paul Valery
9/04/04      "The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense." - Thomas Edison
9/05/04      "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw
9/06/04      "The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week." - Robert Frost
9/07/04      "An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." - Carl Gustav Jung
9/08/04      "It is an axiom in political science that unless a people are educated and enlightened it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty or the capacity for self-government." - Texas Declaration of Independence
9/09/04      "The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper - whether little or great, it belongs to Literature." - Sarah Orne Jewett
9/10/04      "The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
9/11/04      "Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified." - Samuel Johnson
9/12/04      "Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will." - George Bernard Shaw
9/13/04      "The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone." - Orison Swett Marden
9/14/04      "The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." - Abraham Lincoln
9/15/04      "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." - Lao-Tzu
9/16/04      "If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves." - Carl Jung
9/17/04      "What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility ... a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." - Adlai E. Stevenson
9/18/04      "A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget." - Samuel Butler
9/19/04      "What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from'." - Marilyn Vos Savant
9/20/04      "Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity." - Lord Acton
9/21/04      "We do not display our greatness by placing ourselves at one extremity, but rather by being at both at the same time, and filling up the whole of the space between them." - Blaise Pascal
9/22/04      "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." - Buddha
9/23/04      "The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books - a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects." - Albert Einstein
9/24/04      "The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it." - Daniel Webster
9/25/04      "Nothing is so insufferable to man as to be completely at rest, without passions, without business, without diversion, without study. He then feels his nothingness, his forlornness, his insufficiency, his dependence, his weakness, his emptiness. There will immediately rise from the depth of his heart weariness, gloom, sadness, fretfulness, vexation, despair." - Blaise Pascal
9/26/04      "Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you.' " - Erich Fromm
9/27/04      "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.." - Elie Wiesel
9/28/04      "All things are difficult before they are easy." - Thomas Fuller
9/29/04      "Four Rules For Life; Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don't be attached to the results." - Angeles Arrien
9/30/04      "Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium." - Cyril Connolly
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