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Archives - November 2002

November 1, 2002

Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.

– Ernest Hemingway

November 2, 2002

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.

– H. F. Hedge

November 3, 2002

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.

– Harold Wilson

November 4, 2002

Some people read quotes for guidance, I read them to see if they are true.

– John Arbizo

November 5, 2002

The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.

– Walt Whitman

November 6, 2002

If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.

– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

November 7, 2002

I'm the one who has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.

– Jimi Hendrix

November 8, 2002

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

– Dorothy Parker

November 9, 2002

I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

– Abraham Lincoln

November 10, 2002

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.

– Tom Stoppard

November 11, 2002

We make war that we may live in peace.

– Aristotle

November 12, 2002

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling "Kilroy was here" on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass.

– William Faulkner

November 13, 2002

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

November 14, 2002

One discovers a friend by chance, and cannot but feel regret that 20 or 30 years of life may have been spent without the least knowledge of him.

– Charles Dudley Warner

November 15, 2002

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.

– Last words of Humphrey Bogart

November 16, 2002

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.

– E. E. Cummings

November 17, 2002

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; there is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

– Henry David Thoreau

November 18, 2002

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.

– Thomas Jefferson

November 19, 2002

Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don't do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill.

– Jacob M. Braude

November 20, 2002

Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are.

– Houssaye

November 21, 2002

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

November 22, 2002

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

November 23, 2002

Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing.

– Alexander Woollcott

November 24, 2002

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

– George Bernard Shaw

November 25, 2002

All history becomes subjective; in other words there is properly no history, only biography.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

November 26, 2002

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

– Philip K. Dick

November 27, 2002

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

– Tom Stoppard

November 28, 2002

Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.

– Mark Twain

November 29, 2002

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

– John Steinbeck

November 30, 2002

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.

– Voltaire