Archives - January 2004
January 1, 2004
Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
January 2, 2004
Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does --- except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.
January 3, 2004
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
January 4, 2004
Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.
January 5, 2004
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
January 6, 2004
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
January 7, 2004
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
January 8, 2004
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
January 9, 2004
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
January 10, 2004
Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
January 11, 2004
Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment.
January 12, 2004
You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.
January 13, 2004
It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal.
January 14, 2004
The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.
January 15, 2004
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
January 16, 2004
I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice.
January 17, 2004
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
January 18, 2004
Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.
January 19, 2004
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
January 20, 2004
Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
January 21, 2004
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
January 22, 2004
True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.
January 23, 2004
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
January 24, 2004
The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
January 25, 2004
The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
January 26, 2004
For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.
January 27, 2004
Age is no guarantee of maturity.
January 28, 2004
The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones.
January 29, 2004
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
January 30, 2004
Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change.
January 31, 2004
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.