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January 31, 2004

It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God’s will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you—try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as God’s will yourself!
  —Thomas Merton

January 30, 2004

Better the occasional faults of a Government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.
  —Franklin D. Roosevelt

January 29, 2004

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
  —Thomas Paine

January 28, 2004

When I say artist I don’t mean in the narrow sense of the word—but the man who is building things—creating molding the earth—whether it be the plains of the west—or the iron ore of Penn. It’s all a big game of construction—some with a brush—some with a shovel—some choose a pen.
  —Jackson Pollock

January 27, 2004

The spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned, but has never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest.
  —Learned Hand

January 26, 2004

Reading about one’s failings in the daily papers is one of the privileges of high office in this free country of ours.
  —Nelson A. Rockefeller

January 25, 2004

The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.
  —Somerset Maugham

January 24, 2004

Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask.
  —Robert Motherwell

January 23, 2004

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material … but I know it [pornography] when I see it.
  —Potter Stewart

January 22, 2004

There is, in fact, no law or government at all; and it is wonderful how well things go on without them.
  —Lord Byron

January 21, 2004

I predict you will sink step by step into a bottomless quagmire, however much you spend in men and money.
  —Charles de Gaulle

January 20, 2004

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
  —George Burns

January 19, 2004

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
  —Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2004

The more it / GOES-tiddely-pom / The more it / GOES-tiddely-pom / On / Snowing.
  —A.A. Milne

January 17, 2004

If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas.
  —Benjamin Franklin

January 16, 2004

Our culture is ill-equipped to assert the bourgeois values which would be the salvation of the under-class, because we have lost those values ourselves.
  —Norman Podhoretz

January 15, 2004

New-born desires, after all, have inexplicable charms, and all the pleasure of love is in variety.

January 14, 2004

Extinct is forever.
  —Friends of Animals

January 13, 2004

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
  —James Joyce

January 12, 2004

The small force that it takes to launch a boat into the stream should not be confused with the force of the stream that carries it along: but this confusion appears in nearly all biographies.
  —Friedrich Nietzsche

January 11, 2004

Advertising causes conflicts at exactly the most vulnerable age for children to be in conflict with parents.
  —John Condry

January 10, 2004

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
  —Lord Acton

January 9, 2004

In all history no class has been enfranchised without some selfish motive underlying. If to-day we could prove to Republicans or Democrats that every woman would vote for their party, we should be enfranchised.
  —Carrie Chapman Catt

January 8, 2004

Heaven open’d wide / Her ever during gates, harmonious sound, / On golden hinges moving.
  —John Milton

January 7, 2004

A government of laws and not of men.
  —John Adams

January 6, 2004

Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.
  —Kahlil Gibran

January 5, 2004

The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects—making it possible … to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
  —Susan Sontag

January 4, 2004

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
  —André Gide

January 3, 2004

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.
  —J.R.R. Tolkien

January 2, 2004

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
  —Isaac Asimov

January 1, 2004

Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the whole world over—except when they are different.
  —Nancy Banks-Smith


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