Archives - August 2004
August 1, 2004
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
August 2, 2004
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
August 3, 2004
The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
August 4, 2004
Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.
August 5, 2004
A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head, and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot.
August 6, 2004
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
August 7, 2004
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
August 8, 2004
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
August 9, 2004
In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
August 10, 2004
Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.
August 11, 2004
The cure for writer's cramp is writer's block.
August 12, 2004
Better an ugly face than an ugly mind.
August 13, 2004
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
August 14, 2004
Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
August 15, 2004
It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.
August 16, 2004
Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
August 17, 2004
If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
August 18, 2004
After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.
August 19, 2004
A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.
August 20, 2004
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances - to choose one's own way.
August 21, 2004
Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.
August 22, 2004
To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.
August 23, 2004
Visitors are insatiable devourers of time, and fit only for those who, if they did not visit, would do nothing.
August 24, 2004
By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
August 25, 2004
The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.
August 26, 2004
It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.
August 27, 2004
The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.
August 28, 2004
Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time.
August 29, 2004
It's like a convent, the hospital. You leave the world behind and take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience.
August 30, 2004
To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did, I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.
August 31, 2004
The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.