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Archives - April 2003

April 1, 2003

Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.

– Cato the Elder, from PLUTARCH'S LIVES

April 2, 2003

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

– Helen Keller

April 3, 2003

I must take issue with the term 'a mere child,' for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.

– Fran Lebowitz

April 4, 2003

A good listener tries to understand thoroughly what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but before he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with.


April 5, 2003

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.

– Sigmund Freud

April 6, 2003

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.

– Francis Maitland Balfour

April 6, 2003

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.

– Doris Day

April 7, 2003

Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.

– Lord Chesterfield

April 8, 2003

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.

– William Dement

April 9, 2003

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

– Sam Ewing

April 10, 2003

No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.

– Dr. Joyce Brothers

April 11, 2003

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.

– Bob Hope

April 12, 2003

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

– Washington Irving

April 13, 2003

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.

– General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

April 14, 2003

What we should have fought for was representation without taxation.


April 15, 2003

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.

– Kathleen Norias, HANDS FULL OF LIVING

April 16, 2003

Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.

– Amy Bloom

April 17, 2003

Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.

– John Keats

April 18, 2003

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.

– Groucho Marx

April 19, 2003

Dating from Easter, life took on a newness which made it a different kind of life not known before - life that will not be content until all the world comes alive. Despair is death, and despair faded from the minds of men who believed. Fear is death, and fear no longer invaded the still hours. Cowardice is death, and cowardice ceased to be a part of those who knew Easter.

– Glenn H. Asquith

April 20, 2003

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.

– Elwyn Brooks White, ESSAYS OF E.B. WHITE, 1977

April 21, 2003

To people who think of themselves as God's houseguests, American enterprise must seem arrogant beyond belief. Or stupid. A nation of amnesiacs, proceeding as if there were no other day but today. Assuming the land could also forget what had been done to it.

– Barbara Kingsolver, ANIMAL DREAMS

April 22, 2003

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.

– Mark Twain

April 23, 2003

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.


April 24, 2003

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

– Mother Teresa

April 25, 2003

The problem with the person who thinks he's a long-term investor and impervious to short-term gyrations is that the emotion of fear and pain will eventually make him sell badly.

– Robert Wibbelsman

April 26, 2003

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

– Calvin Coolidge

April 27, 2003

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.

– Warren Bennis

April 28, 2003

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

– Oscar Wilde

April 29, 2003

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

– Orson Welles

April 30, 2003

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.

– Dorothy Day, THE LONG LONELINESS, 1952