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Archives - July 2004

July 1, 2004

Jobs are physically easier, but the worker now takes home worries instead of an aching back.

– Homer Bigart

July 2, 2004

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.

– Paul Sweeney

July 3, 2004

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.

– Hamilton Fish

July 4, 2004

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.

– Benjamin Franklin

July 5, 2004

The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

July 6, 2004

Every man has three characters -- that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.

– Alphonse Karr

July 7, 2004

Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.

– André Maurois

July 8, 2004

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.

– Albert Einstein

July 9, 2004

Rapidity does not always mean progress, and hurry is akin to waste. The old fable of the hare and the tortoise is just as good now, and just as true, as when it was first written.

– Charles A. Stoddard

July 10, 2004

The worst thing about work in the house or home is that whatever you do it is destroyed, laid waste or eaten within twenty-four hours.

– Lady Hasluck

July 11, 2004

Music must rank as the highest of the arts -- more than any other, it ministers to human welfare.

– Herbert Spencer

July 12, 2004

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

– Diane Arbus

July 13, 2004

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few.

– Shunryu Suzuki

July 14, 2004

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature ... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

– Helen Keller, THE OPEN DOOR (1957)

July 15, 2004

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.

– Dr. Martin Henry Fischer

July 16, 2004

If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.

– Bob Hope

July 17, 2004

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.

– Euripides

July 18, 2004

Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.

– Stewart E. White

July 19, 2004

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.

– John G. Pollard

July 20, 2004

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.

– Orison Swett Marden

July 21, 2004

Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread -- there may be.


July 22, 2004

A market is the combined behavior of thousands of people responding to information, misinformation and whim.

– Kenneth Chang

July 23, 2004

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.

– Lord Chesterfield, Letter to his son, October 9, 1746

July 24, 2004

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest....

– C.S. Lewis

July 25, 2004

Humor has a way of bringing people together. It unites people. In fact, I'm rather serious when I suggest that someone should plant a few whoopee cushions in the United Nations.

– Ron Dentinger

July 26, 2004

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.

– W. H. Auden, THE DYER'S HAND, 1962

July 27, 2004

What we remember from childhood we remember forever --- permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.

– Cynthia Ozick

July 28, 2004

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

– Thomas Carlyle

July 29, 2004

The best security against revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.

– Richard Whately

July 30, 2004

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.

– Lady Bird Johnson

July 31, 2004

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.

– Wendell Phillips