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Quotations of the Day: December 2003
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December 31, 2003

The fundamental things apply / As time goes by.
  —Herman Hupfeld

December 30, 2003

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
  —Albert Einstein

December 29, 2003

Justice?—You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.
  —William Gaddis

December 28, 2003

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s; / I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
  —William Blake

December 27, 2003

You bring me the deepest joy that can be felt by a man whose invincible belief is that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will unite, not to destroy, but to build, and that the future will belong to those who will have done most for suffering humanity.
  —Louis Pasteur

December 26, 2003

The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.
  —Henry Miller

December 25, 2003

Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace—that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best not only in our own lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march toward the clean world our hands can make.
  —Stephen Vincent Benét

December 24, 2003

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendour, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.
  —Fra Giovanni Giocondo

December 23, 2003

Only an alert and knowledgeable citzenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
  —Dwight D. Eisenhower

December 22, 2003

The millions who are in want will not stand idly by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach.
  —Franklin D. Roosevelt

December 21, 2003

I repeat … that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist.
  —Benjamin Disraeli

December 20, 2003

We give the President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man should take, more pressure than a man can bear. We abuse him often and rarely praise him. We wear him out, use him up, eat him up. And with all this, Americans have a love for the President that goes beyond loyalty or party nationality; he is ours, and we exercise the right to destroy him.
  —John Steinbeck

December 19, 2003

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
  —Thomas Paine

December 18, 2003

Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
  —Golda Meir

December 17, 2003

The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.
  —Simón Bolívar

December 16, 2003

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
  —George Santayana

December 15, 2003

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
  —J.M. Barrie

December 14, 2003

Friends and foes seem now to combine to pull down the goodly fabric as we have hitherto been raising at the expence of so much time, blood, and treasure; and unless the bodies politick will exert themselves to bring things back to first principles, correct abuses, and punish our internal foes, inevitable ruin must follow.
  —George Washington

December 13, 2003

It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction.
  —Mikhail S. Gorbachev

December 12, 2003

The people who own the country ought to govern it.
  —John Jay

December 11, 2003

There is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets.
  —Fiorello LaGuardia

December 10, 2003

The sense of an entailed disadvantage—the deformed foot doubtfully hidden by the shoe, makes a restlessly active spiritual yeast, and easily turns a self-centred, unloving nature into an Ishmaelite. But in the rarer sort, who presently see their own frustrated claim as one among a myriad, the inexorable sorrow takes the form of fellowship and makes the imagination tender.
  —George Eliot

December 9, 2003

Every citizen will be able, in his productive years when he is earning, to insure himself against the ravages of illness in his old age.
  —Lyndon B. Johnson

December 8, 2003

The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms—hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.
  —James Thurber

December 7, 2003

The will is never free—it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car—it can’t steer.
  —Joyce Cary

December 6, 2003

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want—and their kids pay for it.
  —Richard Lamm

December 5, 2003

In modern America, anyone who attempts to write satirically about the events of the day finds it difficult to concoct a situation so bizarre that it may not actually come to pass while his article is still on the presses.
  —Calvin Trillin

December 4, 2003

The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, who has got no work cut-out for him in the world, and does not go into it.
  —Thomas Carlyle

December 3, 2003

How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization!
  —Eric Hoffer

December 2, 2003

Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.
  —William Burroughs

December 1, 2003

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world.… Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination.
  —Eleanor Roosevelt


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