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Archives - October 2004

October 1, 2004

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

– George Bernard Shaw

October 2, 2004

A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.

– Alistair Cooke

October 3, 2004

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.


October 4, 2004

A friend is a gift you give yourself.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

October 5, 2004

The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the step at a time.

– Joe Girard

October 6, 2004

It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.

– George Harrison

October 7, 2004

The young always have the same problem --- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.

– Quentin Crisp

October 8, 2004

It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is simple patience.

– Horace Bushnell

October 9, 2004

Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

– Richard Bach

October 10, 2004

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.

– Martina Navratilova

October 11, 2004

You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.

– Michael Pritchard

October 12, 2004

All the taxes paid over a lifetime by the average American are spent by the government in less than a second.

– Jim Fiebig

October 13, 2004

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

– Leo Tolstoy

October 14, 2004

We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

– Plato

October 15, 2004

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

October 16, 2004

If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.

– Tallulah Bankhead

October 17, 2004

If you achieve success, you will get applause, and if you get applause, you will hear it. My advice to you concerning applause is this; enjoy it but never quite believe it.

– Robert Montgomery

October 18, 2004

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now.

– Charlotte P. Gilman

October 19, 2004

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

– Michel de Montaigne

October 20, 2004

Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.

– Wilson Mizner

October 21, 2004

There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.

– Mahatma Gandhi

October 22, 2004

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.

– Ted Williams

October 23, 2004

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.

– Mark Twain

October 24, 2004

The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal, but ideas are immortal.

– William Lippmann

October 25, 2004

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.

– Arthur Calwell

October 26, 2004

In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.


October 27, 2004

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

– Anatole France

October 28, 2004

When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong --- or absolutely right.

– Albert Guinon

October 29, 2004

The world is divided into two kinds of people, those who spend a great deal of time saving money, and those who spend a great deal of money saving time.

– Peter Cochrane, <em>Head of BT Labs UK talking about the Internet -- November 2000</em>

October 30, 2004

A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.

– Erma Bombeck