Words of Wisdom

Today: March 25

“But for you there would have been no Battle of Bull Run.” — Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, at the trial of Civil War hostess and spy Rose Greenhow

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  • January 1

    “Freedom does not mean being free of something, but to be free to do something.” — Angela Merkel

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  • January 2

    “The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” — Jonas Salk, MD

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  • January 4

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

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  • January 5

    “I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.” — Catherine the Great

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  • January 6

    “Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.” — Charles Dickens

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  • January 7

    “"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching."” — Mahatma Gandhi

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  • January 8

    “"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."” — Will Rogers

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  • January 9

    “Humility is no substitute for a good personality.” — Fran Lebowitz

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  • January 10

    “"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts."” — Nikki Giovanni

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  • January 11

    “"There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs."” — Zig Ziglar

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  • January 12

    “"True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past."” — Nelson Mandela

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  • January 13

    “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” — Coco Chanel

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  • January 14

    “"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the pst or the present are certain to miss the future."” — John F. Kennedy

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  • January 15

    “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart

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  • January 16

    “"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • January 17

    “"The only way to enjoy life is to work. Work is much more fun than fun."” — Noël Coward

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  • January 18

    “"Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. Play as well as you can. Go, team, go! Live! ... Otherwise you've got nothing to talk about in the locker room."” — Ruth Gordon

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  • January 19

    “And there are many such, who think they gain a point if only they be like a great man in some thing; and frequently they devote themselves to that which is his only fault.” — Baldassarre Castiglione

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  • January 20

    “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  • January 21

    “"Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."” — Maya Angelou

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  • January 22

    “"The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself."” — Mark Twain

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  • January 23

    “Don't let the bastards grind you down.” — Barry Goldwater

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  • January 24

    “I shall never forget that morning ... My eye was caught with the glimpse of something shining in the bottom of the ditch. I reached my hand down; it made my heart thump, for I was certain it was gold.” — James Wilson Marshall

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  • January 25

    “"What is success? I think it is the mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have to have hard work and a sense of purpose."” — Margaret Thatcher

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  • January 26

    “There cannot be a mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things.” — Alexander Graham Bell

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  • January 27

    “"One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world."” — Malala Yousafzai

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  • January 28

    “"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."” — Thomas Edison

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  • January 29

    “"It is no achievement to walk a tightrope laid flat on the floor. Where there is no risk, there can be no pride in achievement — and, consequently, no happiness."” — Ray Kroc

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  • January 30

    “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” — Indira Gandhi

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  • January 31

    “Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.” — Joseph Campbell

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  • February 1

    “When people made up their minds that they wanted to be free and took action, then there was change.” — Rosa Parks

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  • February 2

    “When you have a good idea and you've tried it and you know it's going to work, go ahead and do it, because it is much easier to apologize later than it is to get permission.” — Grace Hopper

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  • February 3

    “The worst thing that can happen in a democracy — as well as in an individual's life — is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.” — Hillary Clinton

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  • February 4

    “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” — Abraham Lincoln

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  • February 4

    “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — Colin Powell

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  • February 5

    “The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.” — Woodrow Wilson

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  • February 6

    “Now an army may be likened to water, for just as flowing water avoids the heights and hastens to the lowlands, so an army avoids strength and strikes weakness.” — Military Strategist Sun Tzu, author, “The Art of War”

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  • February 7

    “For there are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. ” — Andre Lorde

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  • February 8

    “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs

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  • February 9

    “There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” — Booker T. Washington

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  • February 10

    “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” — Science Fiction writer Ray Bradbury

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  • February 11

    “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” — Thomas Edison, “The Wizard of Menlo Park”

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  • February 12

    “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” — Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

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  • February 13

    “Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done. ” — Frederick Douglass

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  • February 14

    “The rose is red, the violet's blue, The honey's sweet, and so are you. Thou art my love and I am thine; I drew thee to my Valentine: The lot was cast and then I drew, And Fortune said it shou'd be you. — English nursery rhymes Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784)” — Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • February 15

    “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — US businessman John A. Shedd

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  • February 16

    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

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  • February 17

    “I had reasoned this out in my mind: there were one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death. If I could not have one, I would have the other. For no man should take me alive. I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted. And when it was time for me to go, the Lord would let them take me. ” — Harriet Tubman

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  • February 18

    “For knowledge itself is power.” — English philosopher Francis Bacon

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  • February 19

    “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

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  • February 20

    “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” — George Washington, 1789-1797

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  • February 21

    “The more cunning a man is, the less he suspects that he will be caught in a simple thing.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

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  • February 22

    “There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.” — George Washington

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  • February 23

    “He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.” — Joseph Heller

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  • February 24

    “Be thankful for what you have, and you'll end up having more. If you focus on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. ” — Oprah Winfrey

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  • February 25

    “Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.” — E.M. Foster

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  • February 26

    “For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. ” — Alexander Pope

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  • February 27

    “No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.” — Anna Pavlova

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  • February 28

    “I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.” — Lucille Ball

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  • March 1

    “Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.” — E.B. White

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  • March 2

    “Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either.” — Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel

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  • March 3

    “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.” — Oscar Wilde

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  • March 4

    “As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” — Martin Van Buren: President March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1841

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  • March 5

    “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they are have not been.” — American diplomat Henry Kissinger

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  • March 6

    “Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” — Dr. Joseph Warren

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  • March 7

    “Generally, in war, the best policy is to take a state intact; to ruin it is inferior to this ... For to win 100 victories is not the acme of skill. to subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence.” — Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu

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  • March 8

    “For a very long time everyone refuses and then almost without pause everyone accepts.” — Gertrude Stein

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  • March 9

    “” — American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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  • March 10

    “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” — Physicist and chemist Marie Curie

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  • March 11

    “If you want work well done, select a busy man, the other kind has no time.” — American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher Elbert Hubbard

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  • March 12

    ““The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.”” — Napoleon Hill, American Author

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  • March 13

    “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” — Billy Graham

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  • March 14

    “Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin

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  • March 15

    “Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression, or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.” — Pope Francis, 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

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  • March 16

    “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt: the “First Lady of the World”

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  • March 17

    “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — General George Patton

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  • March 18

    “Our vanity desires that what we do best should be considered what is hardest for us.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

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  • March 19

    “Whatever you are, be a good one.” — William Makepeace Thackeray

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  • March 20

    “Is the spring coming? he said. "What is it like?" "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine ... ” — Frances Hodgson Burnett, English-American novelist

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  • March 21

    “Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.” — Francis Bacon, English philosopher considered “the father of empiricism”

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  • March 22

    “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” — Hanlon’s Razor

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  • March 23

    “You see, ultimately, all types of knowledge simply mean self-knowledge.” — Bruce Lee

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  • March 24

    “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ” — American football coach Vince Lombardi

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  • March 25

    “But for you there would have been no Battle of Bull Run.” — Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, at the trial of Civil War hostess and spy Rose Greenhow

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  • March 27

    “It's not the having, it's the getting.” — Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1979-1990

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  • March 28

    “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt

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  • March 29

    “One must be something in order to do something.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman

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  • March 30

    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • March 31

    “We have only the name of masters, and rather than give up this, which would completely subject us to the despotism of the petticoat, I hope General Washington and all our brave heroes would fight.” — John Adams, in response to his wife Abigail’s March 31, 1776 letter not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence from Great Britain. He declined Abigail’s “extraordinary code of laws”

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  • April 1

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. ” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • April 2

    “We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.” — John Calvin Coolidge Jr.

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  • April 12

    “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt — pictured here with Winston Churchill

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  • May 3

    “Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.” — Happy Birthday to Golda Meir, former Prime Minister of Israel

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