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Archives - February 2004

February 1, 2004

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

February 2, 2004

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

– Erica Jong

February 3, 2004

We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.

– Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

February 4, 2004

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.

– Henry C. Link

February 5, 2004

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

– Cicero

February 6, 2004

Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

– Laurence J. Peter, THE PETER PRINCIPLE (1969), Chapter 1

February 7, 2004

Words have a longer life than deeds.


February 8, 2004

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

– Susan Ertz, ANGER IN THE SKY

February 9, 2004

Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.

– Groucho Marx

February 10, 2004

The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

– Rene Descartes

February 11, 2004

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.

– Petrarch, DE REMEDIES

February 12, 2004

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

– Abraham Lincoln

February 13, 2004

If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.

– Brendan Francis

February 14, 2004

Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart.

– Kay Knudsen

February 15, 2004

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

– Charles Dickens

February 16, 2004

All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.

– Harry S. Truman, Letter to his sister, Nov. 14, 1947

February 17, 2004

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape...

– Pablo Picasso

February 18, 2004

Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.

– Henry Ward Beecher

February 19, 2004

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

– Hannah Whitall Smith

February 20, 2004

All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

– Cyril Connolly, ENEMIES OF PROMISE (1938)

February 21, 2004

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

– Jawaharlal Nehru

February 22, 2004

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

– George Washington

February 23, 2004

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

– Josh Billings

February 24, 2004

History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.

– James A. Garfield

February 25, 2004

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, MEDITATIONS, 200 A.D.

February 26, 2004

Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.

– Democritus

February 27, 2004

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.

– Marlene Dietrich

February 28, 2004

It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours.

– Sam Ewing