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Archives - January 2005

January 1, 2005

The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!

– Edward Payson Powell

January 2, 2005

What an enormous magnifier is tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it.

– Thomas Carlyle

January 3, 2005

Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

January 4, 2005

No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

January 5, 2005

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

– John Ruskin

January 6, 2005

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.

– Ralph W. Sockman

January 7, 2005

Books may well be the only true magic.

– Alice Hoffman

January 8, 2005

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.

– Oscar Wilde

January 9, 2005

If some people didn't tell you, you'd never know they'd been away on a vacation.

– Kin Hubbard

January 10, 2005

No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.

– Michael Pritchard

January 11, 2005

It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge an elephant, but we can't dodge a fly.

– Josh Billings

January 12, 2005

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of taste.

– Cyril Connolly

January 13, 2005

A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time.

– George Iles

January 14, 2005

Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.

– Dame Edna Everage

January 15, 2005

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.

– Edward R. Murrow

January 16, 2005

Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.

– Christian Dior

January 17, 2005

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2005

The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

January 19, 2005

Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.

– Hosea Ballou

January 20, 2005

It is with words as with sunbeams --- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.

– Robert Southey

January 21, 2005

I wish I could stand on a busy street corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.

– Bernard Berenson

January 22, 2005

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

– Mark Twain

January 23, 2005

Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is.

– P. J. O'Rourke

January 24, 2005

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth *and* fresher breath.

– Dave Barry, "Kids Today: They Don't Know Dum Diddly Do"

January 25, 2005

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.

– Thomas Szasz, THE SECOND SIN, "Science and Scientism"

January 26, 2005

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die --- whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.

– Gilda Radner

January 27, 2005

A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.


January 28, 2005

Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.

– Immanuel Kant

January 29, 2005

Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

– Harry Emerson Fosdick

January 30, 2005

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.

– Steven Weinberg

January 31, 2005

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try.

– Peggy Noonan