Archives - December 2004
December 1, 2004
There is nothing that strengthens a nation like reading of a nation's own history, whether that history is recorded in books or embodied in customs, institutions and monuments.
December 2, 2004
The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
December 3, 2004
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
December 4, 2004
Small crimes always precede great ones. Never have we seen timid innocence pass suddenly to extreme licentiousness.
December 5, 2004
One of the most difficult things to contend with in a hospital is the assumption on the part of the staff that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.
December 6, 2004
Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
December 7, 2004
One-third of the people in the United States promote, while the other two-thirds provide.
December 8, 2004
One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity.
December 9, 2004
Some persons do first, think afterward, and then repent forever.
December 10, 2004
Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
December 11, 2004
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
December 12, 2004
The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
December 13, 2004
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
December 14, 2004
The merit of originality is not novelty, it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; he believes for himself, not for another.
December 15, 2004
Heredity is an omnibus in which all our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them puts his head out and embarrasses us.
December 16, 2004
The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.
December 17, 2004
The worst feature of a new baby is its mother's singing.
December 18, 2004
No nation, no matter how enlightened, can endure criminal violence. If we cannot control it, we are admitting to the world and to ourselves that our laws are no more than a facade that crumbles when the winds of crisis rise.
December 19, 2004
Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of taste.
December 20, 2004
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
December 21, 2004
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
December 22, 2004
If one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
December 23, 2004
The White House is the finest prison in the world.
December 24, 2004
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
December 25, 2004
There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
December 26, 2004
Chain letters are the postal equivalent of intestinal flu: you get it and pass it along to your friends.
December 27, 2004
It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.
December 28, 2004
Universities are full of knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in and the seniors take none away, and knowledge accumulates.
December 29, 2004
I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.
December 30, 2004
In America there are two classes of travel --- first class, and with children.
December 31, 2004
New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.