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Our life is what our thoughts make it.
- Marcus Aurelius

JULY 2002

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7/01/02      "History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are." - David C. McCullough
7/02/02      "Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little." - Edmund Burke
7/03/02      "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." - Dolores Ibarruri
7/04/02      "We hold these truths to be self-evident,—that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - Thomas Jefferson
7/05/02      "A man without passion is only a latent force, only a possibility, like a stone waiting for the blow from the iron to give forth sparks." - Henri Amiel
7/06/02      "In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God." - James Agee
7/07/02      "Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own." - Johann von Goethe
7/08/02      "Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power." - John Steinbeck
7/09/02      "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind." - Bertrand Russell
7/10/02      "I am done with the monster of 'We,' the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehod and shame. And now I see the free face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: 'I.' " - Ayn Rand
7/11/02      "Society’s accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment." - William J. Brennan
7/12/02      "We have two lives - the one we learn with and the life we live after that." - Bernard Malamud
7/13/02      "Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life." - Ann Landers
7/14/02      "The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper." - Aristotle
7/15/02      "If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." - John Stuart Mill
7/16/02      "Will is the measure of power. To a great genius there must be a great will. If the thought is not a lamp to the will, does not proceed to an act, the wise are imbecile. He alone is strong and happy who has a will. The rest are herds. He uses; they are used. He is of the Maker; they are of the Made. Will is always miraculous, being the presence of God to men. When it appears in a man he is a hero, and all metaphysics are at fault." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
7/17/02      "There is no expedient to which man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking." - Sir Joshua Reynolds
7/18/02      "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face ... You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
7/19/02      "I desire ... to leave this one great fact clearly stated. There is no wealth but life." - John Ruskin
7/20/02      "Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them." - Ben Franklin
7/21/02      "Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true, and the beautiful in art." - George Sand
7/22/02      "Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it." - Bertrand Russell
7/23/02      "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." - Ernest Hemingway
7/24/02      "If you begin by saying, 'Thou shalt not lie,' there is no longer any possibility of political action." - Jean-Paul Sartre
7/25/02      "The future of a civilization depends on our overcoming the meaninglessness and hopelessness which characterizes the thought of men today." - Albert Schweitzer
7/26/02      "Show me a man who is not a slave. One is a slave to lust, another to greed, another to ambition, and all men are slaves to fear ... No servitude is more disgraceful than that which is self-imposed." - Seneca
7/27/02      "Knowledge alone effects emancipation. As fire is indispensable to cooking, so knowledge is essential to deliverance." - Shankara
7/28/02      "Western thinking has become conservative; the world situation should stay as it is at any cost; there should be no changes. This debilitating dream of a status quo is the sympton of a society that has come to the end of its development." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
7/29/02      "Avaritia facit bardus - Greed makes you stupid." - Refdesk's Credo
7/30/02      "All happy families resemble each other; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Leo Tolstoy
7/31/02      "Democracy is the most difficult of all forms of government, since it requires the widest spread of intelligence." - Will and Ariel Durant

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