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Archives - April 2005

April 1, 2005

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.

– George Orwell

April 2, 2005

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.

– William Saroyan

April 3, 2005

If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like.

– Phyllis Diller

April 3, 2005

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

– Albert Einstein

April 4, 2005

We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic.

– Susan Jeffers

April 5, 2005

Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.

– Tallulah Bankhead

April 6, 2005

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?

– Scott Adams

April 7, 2005

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.


April 8, 2005

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.

– Sir Wilfred Grenfell

April 9, 2005

There's something intrinsically therapeutic about choosing to spend your time in a wide, open, park-like setting that non-golfers can never truly understand.

– Charles Rosin, "Northern Exposure"

April 10, 2005

Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

April 11, 2005

Save a little money each month and at the end of the year you'll be surprised at how little you have.

– Ernest Haskins

April 12, 2005

The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.

– Lewis Thomas

April 13, 2005

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.


April 14, 2005

The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.

– Will Rogers

April 15, 2005

In case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.

– Roger Allen

April 16, 2005

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault.

– Dr. David M. Burns

April 17, 2005

Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.

– Ralph W. Sockman

April 18, 2005

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.

– Jef Raskin, interviewed in Doctor Dobb's Journal

April 19, 2005

Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.

– John Keats

April 20, 2005

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.

– Robert Fripp

April 21, 2005

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.

– Thomas Sowell, Creators Syndicate

April 22, 2005

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.

– Samuel Goldwyn

April 23, 2005

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.

– Jack London

April 24, 2005

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.

– Jean Cocteau

April 25, 2005

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.

– Jim Bishop, New York Journal-American, March 14, 1959

April 26, 2005

One has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.

– Alice James

April 27, 2005

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

– John Ciardi

April 28, 2005

Justice does not come from the outside. It comes from inner peace.


April 29, 2005

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.

– Kathleen Norris, HANDS FULL OF LIVING

April 30, 2005

Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of the consequences.

– François de La Rouchefoucauld, MAXIMS, 1665