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Archives - August 2004

August 1, 2004

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

– Wendell Phillips

August 2, 2004

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

– Pearl Buck, THE JOY OF CHILDREN, 1964

August 3, 2004

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.

– Sidney J. Harris

August 4, 2004

The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.

– Alan Patrick Herbert

August 5, 2004

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.

– James Thurber

August 6, 2004

A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head, and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot.

– Allan Beck

August 7, 2004

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.

– Leonard Bernstein

August 8, 2004

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.

– Cicero

August 9, 2004

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

– Paul Dirac

August 10, 2004

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

– Warren Buffett

August 11, 2004

Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.

– Eugene S. Wilson

August 12, 2004

The cure for writer's cramp is writer's block.

– Inigo DeLeon

August 13, 2004

Better an ugly face than an ugly mind.

– James Ellis

August 14, 2004

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

– Jules Renard

August 15, 2004

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.

– Lawana Blackwell, THE DOWRY OF MISS LYDIA CLARK, 1999

August 16, 2004

It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.

– Walter Scott

August 17, 2004

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.

– Richard Dawkins

August 18, 2004

If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.

– Alfred North Whitehead

August 19, 2004

After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.

– Fred Thompson, Speech before the Commonwealth Club of California

August 20, 2004

A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.

– Herbert Spencer

August 21, 2004

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances - to choose one's own way.

– Victor Frankl

August 22, 2004

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.

– Sophia Loren

August 23, 2004

To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.

– Josh Jenkins

August 24, 2004

Visitors are insatiable devourers of time, and fit only for those who, if they did not visit, would do nothing.

– William Cowper

August 25, 2004

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.

– George Bancroft

August 26, 2004

The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.

– Robert Frost

August 27, 2004

It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.

– Christian Nestell Bovee

August 28, 2004

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.

– George Washington

August 29, 2004

Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time.

– Horace Mann

August 30, 2004

It's like a convent, the hospital. You leave the world behind and take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience.

– Carolyn Wheat

August 31, 2004

To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did, I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.

– Mark Twain