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Archives - December 2016

December 1, 2016

Unemployment is like a headache or a high temperature --- unpleasant and exhausting but not carrying in itself any explanation of its cause.

– William Henry Beveridge

December 2, 2016

Clutter is a weight that has built on top of you so gradually, you don't even realize anymore that it is holding you down.

– Mary Johanson

December 3, 2016

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the oceans.

– Khalil Gibran

December 4, 2016

It is better to know what to fear than to say “no fear.”

– Tim Fargo

December 5, 2016

If I set for myself a task, be it so trifling, I shall see it through. How else shall I have confidence in myself to do important things?

– George Clason

December 6, 2016

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.

– Laurens van der Post

December 7, 2016

I think history is continuous. It doesn't begin or end on Pearl Harbor Day or the day Lyndon Johnson withdraws from the presidency or on 9/11. You have to learn from the past but not be imprisoned by it. You need to take counsel of history but never be imprisoned by it.

– Richard Holbrooke

December 8, 2016

I wish I could have known earlier that you have all the time you’ll need right up to the day you die.

– William Wiley

December 9, 2016

The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.

– Orison Marden

December 10, 2016

There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.

– Henry Van Dyke

December 11, 2016

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

– Phyllis Diller

December 12, 2016

We are not only less reasonable and less decent in our dreams... we are also more inteligent, wiser and capable of better judgment when we are asleep than when we are awake.

– Erich Fromm

December 13, 2016

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

– Edith Wharton

December 14, 2016

Sometimes I give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.

– Mary Wortley Montagu

December 15, 2016

Of all eloquence a nickname is the most concise; of all arguments the most unanswerable.

– William Hazlitt

December 16, 2016

The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.

– Joan Didion

December 17, 2016

Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem.

– William Hamilton Gibson

December 18, 2016

An apple is an excellent thing --- until you have tried a peach.

– George du Maurier

December 19, 2016

I don't like where I'm going and I don't like where I've been. Why am I in a hurry?

– Bertolt Brecht

December 20, 2016

At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.

– Paulo Coelho

December 21, 2016

Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter’s evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.

– Virginia Woolf

December 22, 2016

Old age lives minutes slowly, hours quickly; childhood chews hours and swallows minutes.

– Malcolm de Chazal

December 23, 2016

There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it's up to you to draw it.

– B. Quilliam

December 24, 2016

The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light ---
in a little cruse --- lasted as long as they say;
but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day:
let that nourish my flickering spirit.

– Charles Reznikoff, "Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays"

December 25, 2016

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.

– Margaret Thatcher

December 26, 2016

People change and forget to tell each other.

– Lillian Hellman

December 27, 2016

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.

– George Kneller

December 28, 2016

You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion.

– Garrison Keillor

December 29, 2016

Hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside.

– Violet Sueno

December 30, 2016

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

– Emile Zola

December 31, 2016

Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year.

– John R. Dallas Jr.