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Archives - December 2004

December 1, 2004

There is nothing that strengthens a nation like reading of a nation's own history, whether that history is recorded in books or embodied in customs, institutions and monuments.

– Joseph Anderson

December 2, 2004

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

– H. L. Mencken

December 3, 2004

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

– Arabian Proverb

December 4, 2004

Small crimes always precede great ones. Never have we seen timid innocence pass suddenly to extreme licentiousness.

– Jean Baptiste Racine

December 5, 2004

One of the most difficult things to contend with in a hospital is the assumption on the part of the staff that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.

– Jean Kerr

December 6, 2004

Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.

– John Dewey

December 7, 2004

One-third of the people in the United States promote, while the other two-thirds provide.

– Will Rogers

December 8, 2004

One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

December 9, 2004

Some persons do first, think afterward, and then repent forever.

– Thomas Secker

December 10, 2004

Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.

– Albert Camus

December 11, 2004

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.

– Anne Bradstreet

December 12, 2004

The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.

– Mark Twain

December 13, 2004

Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.

– Benjamin Franklin

December 14, 2004

The merit of originality is not novelty, it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; he believes for himself, not for another.

– Thomas Carlyle

December 15, 2004

Heredity is an omnibus in which all our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them puts his head out and embarrasses us.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

December 16, 2004

The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.

– Samuel Johnson

December 17, 2004

The worst feature of a new baby is its mother's singing.

– Kin Hubbard

December 18, 2004

No nation, no matter how enlightened, can endure criminal violence. If we cannot control it, we are admitting to the world and to ourselves that our laws are no more than a facade that crumbles when the winds of crisis rise.

– Alan Biole

December 19, 2004

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of taste.

– Cyril Connolly

December 20, 2004

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

– Ingrid Bergman

December 21, 2004

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.

– Andrew Wyeth

December 22, 2004

If one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

– Henry David Thoreau

December 23, 2004

The White House is the finest prison in the world.

– Harry S. Truman

December 24, 2004

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

– Norman Vincent Peale

December 25, 2004

There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.

– Bill McKibben

December 26, 2004

Chain letters are the postal equivalent of intestinal flu: you get it and pass it along to your friends.

– Bob Garfield

December 27, 2004

It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.

– Joseph Addison

December 28, 2004

Universities are full of knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in and the seniors take none away, and knowledge accumulates.

– Abbott L. Lowell

December 29, 2004

I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.

– W. Somerset Maugham

December 30, 2004

In America there are two classes of travel --- first class, and with children.

– Robert Benchley

December 31, 2004

New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.

– Hamilton Wright Mabie