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Archives - July 2003

July 1, 2003

Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought --- particularly for people who cannot remember where they left things.

– Woody Allen

July 2, 2003

The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

– Martin Luther King Jr., STRENGTH TO LOVE, 1963

July 3, 2003

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.

– Henry Ward Beecher

July 4, 2003

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.

– Christopher Morley

July 5, 2003

Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.

– Mary MacCracken

July 6, 2003

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

July 7, 2003

Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.

– Benjamin Disraeli

July 8, 2003

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

– Josh Billings

July 9, 2003

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

July 10, 2003

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

– Rodin

July 11, 2003

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

– Miriam Beard

July 12, 2003

The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.

– Charles Caleb Colton

July 13, 2003

Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.

– Sir William Osler, to his students

July 14, 2003

People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have.


July 15, 2003

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

– Sir Richard Steele

July 16, 2003

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

– King Whitney Jr.

July 17, 2003

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.

– Pearl Buck

July 18, 2003

The story of a love is not important --- what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.

– Helen Hayes

July 19, 2003

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

July 20, 2003

Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.

– George Santayana

July 21, 2003

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.

– John Stuart Mill

July 22, 2003

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

– Pablo Picasso

July 23, 2003

Always be nice to people on the way up; because you'll meet the same people on the way down.

– Wilson Mizner

July 24, 2003

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

– Martha Graham

July 25, 2003

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

– Will Rogers

July 26, 2003

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

– Sir Winston Churchill

July 27, 2003

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.

– Henry Miller, THE BOOKS IN MY LIFE

July 28, 2003

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

– Mary Pickford

July 29, 2003

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

– Carl Sandburg

July 30, 2003

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.

– Oscar Wilde, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, 1891, preface

July 31, 2003

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it.

– Helen Hayes, Roy Newquist's SHOWCASE, 1966