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Archives - October 2002

October 1, 2002

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

– Umberto Eco

October 2, 2002

Come to the edge he said; We are afraid they said. Come to the edge he said; They came. He pushed them; and they flew.

– Guillaume Appolinaire

October 3, 2002

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.

– Theodore Roosevelt

October 4, 2002

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

– Franklin P. Jones

October 5, 2002

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

– Epictetus

October 6, 2002

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.

– Bertrand Russell

October 7, 2002

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

– Gustave Flaubert, Madam Bovary

October 8, 2002

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.

– Jean de La Bruyere

October 9, 2002

My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.

– Ashleigh Brilliant

October 10, 2002

After another moment's silence, she mumbled that I was peculiar, that that was probably why she loved me but that one day I might disgust her for the very same reason.

– Albert Camus, L'Etranger

October 11, 2002

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

October 12, 2002

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

– Soren Kierkegaard

October 13, 2002

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

– Oscar Wilde

October 14, 2002

You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.

– Sacha Guitry

October 15, 2002

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

– Buddha

October 16, 2002

This is the true measure of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.

– Goethe

October 17, 2002

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.

– Jean-Paul Sartre

October 18, 2002

When I am dead, I hope it may be said: "His sins were scarlet, but his books were read."

– Hilaire Belloc

October 19, 2002

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

– Groucho Marx

October 20, 2002

One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

October 21, 2002

Humor is a rubber sword it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.

– Mary Hirsch

October 22, 2002

Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision.  But today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.  Look well, therefore to this day.

– Sanskrit Proverb

October 23, 2002

I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.

– A. J. Liebling

October 24, 2002

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over.  Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.

– Kurt Vonnegut

October 25, 2002

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.

– Charles M. Schulz; Charlie Brown, in Peanuts

October 26, 2002

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

– Sir Francis Bacon, "Of Beauty"

October 28, 2002

I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?

– John Steinbeck

October 29, 2002

My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

– A. A. Milne

October 30, 2002

Man is the only animal that blushes or needs to.

– Mark Twain

October 31, 2002

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

– Agatha Christie