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Archives - August 2005

August 1, 2005

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.

– Bertrand Russell

August 2, 2005

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.

– Lynn Hall

August 3, 2005

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.

– Christopher Hampton

August 4, 2005

A strong egoism is a protection against disease, but in the last resort we must begin to love in order that we may not fall ill, and must fall ill if, in consequence of frustration, we cannot love.

– Sigmund Freud

August 5, 2005

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.

– Alice May Brock

August 6, 2005

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

– Jack London

August 7, 2005

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.

– Arthur C. Clarke

August 8, 2005

I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me --- shapes and ideas so near to me --- so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.

– Georgia O'Keeffe

August 9, 2005

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.

– Erica Jong

August 10, 2005

A cynic is just a man who found out when he was about ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset.

– James Gould Cozzens

August 11, 2005

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

– Mark Twain

August 12, 2005

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.

– Ludwig Van Beethoven

August 13, 2005

Where love rules, there is no will to power and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

– Carl Jung

August 14, 2005

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Or what's a heaven for?

– Robert Browning

August 15, 2005

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.

– John Cage

August 16, 2005

A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.

– John Locke

August 17, 2005

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

– A. A. Milne

August 18, 2005

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

– Hector Berlioz

August 19, 2005

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.

– Mark Russell

August 20, 2005

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

August 21, 2005

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.

– Mel Brooks

August 22, 2005

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.

– Frieda Norris

August 23, 2005

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere...

– Jane Austen

August 24, 2005

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.

– Milan Kundera

August 25, 2005

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

August 26, 2005

I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.

– Cat Stevens

August 27, 2005

Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest.

– William Faulkner

August 28, 2005

It is easier to be critical than correct.

– Benjamin Disraeli

August 29, 2005

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

August 30, 2005

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.

– Virginia Woolf

August 31, 2005

Never judge a work of art by its defects.

– Washington Allston