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Archives - October 2003

October 1, 2003

When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.

– Bernard Bailey

October 2, 2003

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.


October 3, 2003

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

– Betty Smith

October 4, 2003

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.

– Norm Crosby

October 5, 2003

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

– Helen Keller

October 6, 2003

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

– Baruch Spinoza

October 7, 2003

There is no one so bound to his own face that he does not cherish the hope of presenting another to the world.

– Antonio Machado

October 8, 2003

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

– Michel de Montaigne

October 9, 2003

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

– Albert Pike

October 10, 2003

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.


October 11, 2003

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?

– François de La Rouchefoucauld

October 12, 2003

Love is like pi --- natural, irrational, and very important.

– Lisa Hoffman

October 13, 2003

Columbus had all the spirit of a crusader and, at the same time, the investigating nature of a modern man of science.

– Edmund Arthur Helps

October 14, 2003

The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.

– Tom Robbins

October 15, 2003

We can say 'Peace on Earth,' we can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be.

– Betty Shabazz

October 16, 2003

There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job.

– George Crane

October 17, 2003

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

– Ambrose Redmoon

October 18, 2003

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke rising from the chimney and continue on their way.

– Vincent Van Gogh

October 19, 2003

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

– Mahatma Gandhi

October 20, 2003

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

– Henry David Thoreau, WALDEN

October 21, 2003

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.

– Bob Newhart

October 22, 2003

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.

– Agatha Christie

October 23, 2003

Animals are such agreeable friends --- they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

– George Eliot, "Mr. Gilfil's Love Story" from SCENES OF CLERICAL LIFE

October 24, 2003

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.


October 25, 2003

The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.

– Matthew Arnold, LITERATURE AND DOGMA, preface to 1883 edition

October 26, 2003

I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities --- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

October 27, 2003

Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

– Albert Einstein

October 28, 2003

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

– Marcus Aurelius

October 29, 2003

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

– William Faulkner

October 30, 2003

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

– Eric Hoffer

October 31, 2003

GHOST, n. The outward and visible sign of an inward fear.

– Ambrose Bierce