Words of Wisdom

Today: November 20

“That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.” — John Stuart Mill, philosopher whose conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state and social control

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  • January 1

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

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  • January 2

    “The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” — Jonas Salk, MD, American medical researcher and virologist who discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines

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  • January 3

    “Gift, like genius, I often think, only means an infinite capacity for taking pains.” — Ellice Hopkins

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  • January 4

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, American politician, diplomat, and activist

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  • January 5

    “I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.” — Catherine the Great, the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia (1762-1796)

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  • January 6

    “Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.” — Charles Dickens, author of “A Christmas Carol,” “Oliver Twist” and “Great Expectations”

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  • January 7

    “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” — Mahatma Gandhi, the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India

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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, American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator

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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, South African elder whose government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation

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  • January 13

    “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” — Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and businesswoman

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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, 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963

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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, 32nd US President

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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, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist

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  • January 22

    “"The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself."” — Mark Twain, author of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876) and its sequel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1885)

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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, American carpenter and sawmill operator, who reported the finding of gold at Coloma on the American River in California on January 24, 1848, the impetus for the California Gold Rush

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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, an Indian politician and central figure of the Indian National Congress party, and to date the only female Prime Minister of India.

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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, a US Navy Rear Admiral who invented the first compiler for a computer programming language

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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, American politician who was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013

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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, American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army

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  • February 5

    “The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.” — Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the US

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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.” — Steve Jobs, Apple computer co-founder

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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, American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community

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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, South Africa’s first black head of state

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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, American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War

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  • February 18

    “For knowledge itself is power.” — English philosopher Francis Bacon, who served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England

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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, German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics

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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, Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher

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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, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War

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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, American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

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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, 18th-century English poet best known for his satirical verse, as well as for his translation of Homer

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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, American actress, comedian, model, film-studio executive, and producer

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  • March 1

    “Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.” — E.B. White, author of “Stuart Little” (1945) and “Charlotte’s Web” (1952)

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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, author, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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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

    “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet

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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, Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants

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  • March 14

    “Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin, earned the title of “The First American” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity, initially as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies

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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 26

    “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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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, American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States (1901 to 1909)

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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, American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

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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 3

    “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” — Sir Winston Churchill, British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945

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  • April 4

    “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” — Elbert Hubbard, American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher

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  • April 5

    “With great power comes great responsibility.” — Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben

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  • April 6

    “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” — John Adams, US President from 1797-1801

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  • April 7

    “Nothing succeeds like success.” — Alexandre Dumas, considered to be one of the most widely read French authors

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  • April 8

    “I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” — Groucho Marx

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  • April 9

    “There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.” — Saint Teresa of Avila, a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun and author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer

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  • April 10

    “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?” — Rabbi Hillel

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  • April 11

    “Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.” — Charles De Gaulle, the 18th President of France (1958-1969)

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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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  • April 13

    “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for.” — Barack Obama, 44th US President

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  • April 14

    “If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Sir Isaac Newton

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  • April 15

    “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” — A Day of Mourning: Abraham Lincoln is Assassinated Today in 1865

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  • April 16

    “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” — Easter Sunday Thought from President Abraham Lincoln

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  • April 17

    “A dying man can do nothing easy. ” — Benjamin Franklin, after his daughter asked him to move, April 17, 1790

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  • April 18

    “The man who is just and resolute will not be moved from his settled purpose, either by the misdirected rage of his fellow citizens or by the threats of an imperious tyrant.” — Horace, the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus

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  • April 19

    “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas Edison

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  • April 20

    “If we long for our planet to be important, there is something we can do about it. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.” — Carl Sagan

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  • April 21

    “Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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  • April 22

    “You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” — Musician Bob Dylan

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  • April 23

    “This is not a time for tinkering; it is a time for transformation.” — Ban Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations from (January 2007 to December 2016)

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  • April 24

    “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” — Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and philosopher — best known as one of the first two inventors of the mechanical calculator

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  • April 25

    “Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability.” — Edmund Burke, the philosophical founder of modern conservatism; he criticized British treatment of the American colonies

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  • April 26

    “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — William Shakespeare, English poet, playwright, and actor

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  • April 27

    “Be not the slave of your past ... Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so shall you come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that will explain and overlook the old.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson dies today in 1882

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  • April 28

    “A fool always finds some greater fool to admire him.” — Nicolas Boileau, French poet and critic

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  • April 29

    “Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.” — Krishna

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  • April 30

    “Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.” — Jidda Krishnamurti, philosopher, speaker and writer on psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society

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  • May 1

    “If you can't count, they can cheat you. If you can't read, they can beat you.” — Toni Morrison, American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University

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  • May 2

    “Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others ... Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else.” — Nathaniel Branden

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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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  • May 4

    “It's not the load that breaks you down. It's the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne, American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist

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  • May 5

    “We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those things we have put in place of reality.” — Daniel J. Boorstin, 12th Librarian of the United States Congress (1975-1987)

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  • May 6

    “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, and tax resister

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  • May 7

    “I'll not listen to reason ... Reason always means what someone else has got to say.” — Elizabeth Gaskell, author, “Mary Barton” and “The Life of Charlotte Brontë”

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  • May 8

    “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” — Barack Obama

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  • May 9

    “God has given to man no sharper spur to victory than contempt of death.” — Hannibal Barca, Carthaginian general, is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history

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  • May 10

    “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” — Mulla Nasrudin

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  • May 11

    “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” — Iroquois Confederacy maxim

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  • May 12

    “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” — J.K. Rowling, British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series

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  • May 13

    “Conscience in the soul is the root of all true courage. If a man would be brave, let him learn to obey his conscience.” — James F. Clarke, American theologian and author

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  • May 14

    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” — Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer

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  • May 15

    “You are responsible for your life ... If you are sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time because only you have the power to take responsibility to move your life forward.” — Oprah Winfrey, best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011

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  • May 16

    “In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” — Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet

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  • May 17

    “The graveyards of full of people the world could not do without.” — Elbert Hubbard, American writer who with his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915

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  • May 18

    “There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at a conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet

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  • May 19

    “Perfect valor consists in doing without witness all that we should be capable of doing before the whole world.” — François de La Rochefoucauld, noted French author of maxims and memoirs

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  • May 20

    “That is to be wise to see not merely what which lies before your feet, but to foresee even those things which are in the womb of futurity.” — Terence

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  • May 21

    “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  • May 22

    “He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place when all the stars are rotating about it.” — Confucius, Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher

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  • May 23

    “The water you touch in a river is the last of that which has passed, and the first of that which is coming. Thus it is with time present.” — Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography

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  • May 24

    “Behold this day, for it is yours to make.” — Black Elk

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  • May 25

    “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” — Frederick Douglass, African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman

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  • May 26

    “Life is a long lesson in humility.” — James M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan

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  • May 27

    “Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.” — Niels Bohr, Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory

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  • May 28

    “I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” — Will Rogers, motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, and American cowboy

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  • May 29

    “What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” — Epictetus, Greek-speaking Stoic philosopher

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  • May 30

    “I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool, but be wise.” — Montesquieu

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  • May 31

    “I must study politics and war — that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture — in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” — John Adams, 2nd US President

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  • June 1

    “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” — Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic

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  • June 2

    “Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.” — Marc Chagall, a pioneer of modern art

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  • June 3

    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” — Oscar Wilde, author, “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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  • June 4

    “If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” — Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the US (serving 1945-53)

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  • June 5

    “Rivalry causes us to overemphasize old opportunities and slavishly copy what has worked in the past.” — Peter Thiel, American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and author

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  • June 6

    “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” — President Woodrow Wilson

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  • June 7

    “Intelligence is quick to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the apprehended. ” — Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher

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  • June 8

    “Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America’s greatest inventor

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  • June 9

    “There's no real difference between selfish and selfless if you understand how the world works ... Every time you cut off someone else's opportunities, you shrink your own horizon.” — Bill Clinton, 42nd US President

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  • June 10

    “Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.” — C.S. Lewis, author of “The Chronicles of Narnia”

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  • June 11

    “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.” — Ecclesiastes, one of 24 books of the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible

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  • June 12

    “Success is counted sweetest / By those who ne'er succeed.” — Emily Dickinson, recognized as one of the most important American poet of the 19th century

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  • June 13

    “A lot of times, we censor ourselves, before the censor even gets there.” — Spike Lee

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  • June 14

    “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means.” — Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the US

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  • June 15

    “Love, work, and knowledge are wellsprings of our lives. They should also govern it.” — Wilhelm Reich, a member of the second generation of analysts after Sigmund Freud

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  • June 16

    “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” — Comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley

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  • June 17

    “The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.” — Author George Eliot (aka: Mary Anne Evans)

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  • June 18

    “Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.” — Kris Kristofferson, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor

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  • June 19

    “More than anything else, you're going to need the ability to communicate authentically, to speak so that you inspire the people around you, and to listen so that you continue to learn each and every day on the job.” — Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook

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  • June 20

    “There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than Ability. It is the Ability to recognize Ability.” — Elbert Green Hubbard, American writer, publisher, and artist

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  • June 21

    “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President

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  • June 22

    “The world is like a board with holes in it, and the square men have got into the round holes and the round into the square.” — Bishop George Berkeley, Irish philosopher and the namesake of one of Yale University’s 14 residential colleges

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  • June 23

    “All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.” — John Stuart Mill, a philosopher dubbed “the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century”

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  • June 24

    “Whatever can happen to anyone can happen to me.” — Muriel Rukeyser, American poet and political activist

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  • June 25

    “You can get anything in this world if you genuinely don't want it.” — Happy Birthday George Orwell, born today in 1903

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  • June 26

    “I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust.” — Geronimo, prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache tribe

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  • June 27

    “To be a king and wear a crown is more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasure to them that bear it.” — Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603

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  • June 28

    “To be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession ... when you work you fulfill a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born.” — Kahlil Gibran, third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi

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  • June 29

    “Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.” — Horace Walpole, nglish art historian and son of the first British Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole

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  • June 30

    “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” — Langston Hughes, American poet and one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry

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  • July 1

    “it is one of our most exciting discoveries that local discovery leads to a complex of further discoveries. Corollary to this we find that we no sooner get a problem solved than we are overwhelmed with the multiplicity of additional problems in a most beautiful payoff of heretofore unknown ... problems.” — Happy Birthday to R. Buckminster Fuller, American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor

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  • July 2

    “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer, disappeared today in 1937

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  • July 2

    “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” — Thomas Edison, described as America’s greatest inventor

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  • July 3

    “Remember that it is nothing to do your duty, that is demanded of you and is no more meritorious than to wash your hands when they are dirty; the only thing that counts is the love of duty; when love and duty are one, then grace is in you and you will enjoy a happiness which passes all understandings.” — W. Somerset Maugham, reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s

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  • July 4

    “The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.” — Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (1953-1961)

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  • July 5

    “Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” — Margaret Thatcher, longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century, and the first woman to have held the office

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  • July 6

    “Peace is not just the absence of war ... Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.” — Pope John Paul II

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  • July 7

    “There's no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.” — Jack Welch, chairman and CEO of the American company General Electric (1981-2001)

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  • July 8

    “Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!” — Charles Dickens, writer who created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era

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  • July 9

    “When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown-up.” — C.S. Lewis, author of “The Screwtape Letters”

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  • July 10

    “Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.” — Black Elk

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  • July 11

    “Insist on yourself; never imitate ... Every great man is unique. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet

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  • July 12

    “They are able who think they are able.” — Virgil, one of ancient Rome’s greatest poets

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  • July 13

    “Once you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.” — Alice Paul, one of the main leaders and strategists of the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote

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  • July 14

    “Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.” — Bernadette Devlin, Irish republican socialist political activist and former politician

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  • July 15

    “If you worry about who is going to get credit, you don't get much work done.” — Dorothy Height, a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women

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  • July 16

    “Joy is the emotional expression of the courageous Yes to one's own true being.” — Paul Tillich

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  • July 17

    “Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.” — Aesop, Greek storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables

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  • July 18

    “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but just as much to stand up to your friends.” — J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter fantasy series

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  • July 19

    “'Tis strange but true — for truth is always strange — stranger than fiction.” — Lord Byron, British poet, peer, politician, and a leading figure in the Romantic movement

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  • July 20

    “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou, author of 7 autobiographies, 3 books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and TV shows spanning over 50 years

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  • July 21

    “It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego.” — Bell Hooks, American author, feminist, and social activist

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  • July 22

    “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” — Madeleine Albright, first woman US Secretary of State

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  • July 23

    “Your reaction to an opening offer can also influence your counterpart’s expectations. By reacting with a surprised look, a laugh, or a flinch, you can lower your counterpart’s expectations about the feasible bargaining zone.” — Maurice Switzer, professor Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania / author, “Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both”

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  • July 24

    “I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.” — Septum Clark, considered the grandmother of the Civil Rights movement

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  • July 25

    “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” — Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome (161-180 AD)

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  • July 26

    “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” — G.K. Chesterton, the “prince of paradox”

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  • July 27

    “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you started.” — Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League

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  • July 28

    “Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for — in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” — Ellen Goodman

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  • July 29

    “The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.” — Charles Baudelaire, French poet and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe

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  • July 30

    “The more cunning a man is, the less he suspects that he will be caught in a simple thing.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher; his 1864 novella Notes from Underground is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature

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  • July 31

    “When angry, count to 10 before you speak; if very angry, count to 100.” — Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States (1801-1809)

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  • August 1

    “If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.” — Montesquieu, political philosopher who lived during the Age of Enlightenment

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  • August 2

    “Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” — Florence Shovel Shinn, American artist and book illustrator who became a New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysical writer in her middle years

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  • August 3

    “Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.” — Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist

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  • August 4

    “The moment we care for anything deeply, the world — that is, all the other miscellaneous interests — becomes our enemy.” — G.K. Chesterton, English writer, poet, philosopher, and dramatist

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  • August 5

    “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” — Agnes Repplier, American essayist

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  • August 6

    “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.” — American novelist Erica Jong

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  • August 7

    “Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.” — Benjamin Franklin, author of Poor Richards Almanack, 1749

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  • August 8

    “The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” — Confucius, philosopher who emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity

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  • August 9

    “Use your life to serve the world, and you will find that it also serves you.” — Oprah Winfrey, Dubbed the “Queen of All Media,” she has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history

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  • August 10

    “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes

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  • August 11

    “There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” — Woodrow Wilson, American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921

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  • August 12

    “Courage is the price which life exacts for granting peace. The should that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear, nor mountain heights, where bitter joy can hear the sound of wings.” — Amelia Earhart, first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

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  • August 13

    “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.” — Patrick Henry, leader of the opposition to the Stamp Act 1765; remembered for his “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech

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  • August 14

    “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” — Walt Disney, American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer

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  • August 15

    “For it not death or pain that is to be feared, but the fear of pain or death.” — Epictetus, philosopher who believed philosophy was a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline

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  • August 16

    “People who are unable to motivate themselves much be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” — Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist who led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century

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  • August 17

    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist

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  • August 18

    “It is sometimes expedient to forget what you know.” — Publilius Syrus, a Latin writer a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favour of his master, who freed and educated him

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  • August 19

    “A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs in dreams.” — Simone Weil, French philosopher, mystic, and political activist

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  • August 20

    “Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” — Albert Camus, French philosopher, author, and journalist

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  • August 21

    “Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.” — Ruth Gordon, American film, stage, and television actress, as well as a screenwriter and playwright

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  • August 22

    “Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.” — Steve Wozniak, technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Inc.

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  • August 23

    “At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done — then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.” — Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of ittle Lord Fauntleroy (1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911)

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  • August 24

    “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” — William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist

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  • August 25

    “The best of prophets of the future is the past.” — Lord Byron, British poet whose best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems, Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and the short lyric poem, “She Walks in Beauty”

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  • August 26

    “Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” — Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology

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  • August 27

    “He who weighs his burdens, can bear them.” — Martialis, a Roman poet considered the greatest Latin epigrammatist; the creator of the modern epigram

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  • August 28

    “Each man has in him the potential to realize the truth through his own will and endeavor and to help others to realize it. Human life therefore is infinitely precious.” — Aung San Suu Kyi, the first woman to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar; winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991

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  • August 29

    “A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric poets in the English language, and one of the most influential

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  • August 30

    “A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.” — Crazy Horse, a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota

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  • August 31

    “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, they to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll off you.” — Hillary Clinton, First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, and the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election

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  • September 1

    “People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” — George Orwell, English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic who is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

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  • September 2

    “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."” — Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States (March 1933 to April 1945)

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  • September 3

    “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” — Abigail Adams, the closest advisor and wife of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams

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  • September 4

    “How many years of fatigue and punishment does it take to learn the simple truth that work, that disagreeable thing, is the only way of not suffering in life, or at all events, of suffering less.” — Charles Baudelaire, a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe

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  • September 5

    “People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character. What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society

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  • September 6

    “All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” — Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy

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  • September 7

    “To be too much troubled is a worse way of overvaluing the world than being too much pleased.” — George Savile, First Marquess of Halifax

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  • September 8

    “In business you have to know when to retire, before someone knocks you out.” — Mauritz Dippenaar, businessman, investor, and banker

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  • September 9

    “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” — Mother Teresa, missionary and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner

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  • September 10

    “If I am to speak 10 minutes, I need a week for preparation; if 15 minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.” — Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President

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  • September 11

    “You have to take ownership and leadership of tomorrow. For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen.” — Ban Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

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  • September 12

    “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” — George Washington, 1st US President

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  • September 13

    “The dove loves when it quarrels; the wolf hates when it flatters.” — Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo Regis who was viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era

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  • September 14

    “Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” — Oscar Wilde, one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s

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  • September 15

    “You've got to find what yo love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. ” — Steve Jobs, American businessman, inventor, and industrial designer

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  • September 16

    “We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.” — Buckminister Fuller, American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor

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  • September 17

    “I am not bothered by the fact that I am not understood. I am bothered when I do not know others.” — Confucius, Chinese philosopher who championed strong family loyalty, ancestor veneration, and respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives

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  • September 18

    “A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” — Lyndon Johnson, 36th US President

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  • September 19

    “What is to be will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President who led America through its Civil War

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  • September 20

    “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” — C.S. Lewis, British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, and literary critic

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  • September 21

    “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life that he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau, a leading transcendentalist best known for his book, “Walden”

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  • September 22

    “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because, as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.” — Winston Churchill, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his overall, lifetime body of work

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  • September 23

    “Like buried treasures, the outposts of the universe have beckoned to the adventurous from immemorial times. Princes and potentates, political or industrial, equally with men of science, have felt the lure of the uncharted seas of space, and through their provision of instrumental means the sphere of exploration has made new discoveries and brought back permanent additions to our knowledge of the heavens.” — George Ellery Hale, American solar astronomer

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  • September 24

    “When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.” — Eric Hoffer, American moral and social philosopher

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  • September 25

    “Be steadfast as a tower that doth not bend its stately summit to the tempest's shock.” — Dante Alighieri, Italian poet of the late Middle Ages who is called “the Father of the Italian language,” he is known as one of the greatest poets of world literature

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  • September 26

    “The one important thing I have learnt over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous.” — Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina

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  • September 27

    “We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills without being overcome by them.” — Juvenal, Roman poet active in the late first and early second century AD

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  • September 28

    “It does not matter a feather whether a man be supported by patron or client, if he himself wants courage.” — Plautus, Roman playwright of the Old Latin period

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  • September 29

    “To do an evil action is base; to do a good action without incurring danger is common enough; but it is the part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risks everything.” — Plutarch, Greek biographer and essayist

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  • September 30

    “Good and bad men are each less so than they seem.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who coined many familiar words and phrases, including suspension of disbelief

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  • October 1

    “What yo know today can affect what you do tomorrow. But what you know today cannot affect what you did yesterday.” — Condoleezza Rice, 66th US Secretary of State

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  • October 2

    “Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” — Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999

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  • October 3

    “The brave man is not he who feels no fear for that were stupid and irrational — but he, whose noble soul its fear subdues, and bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.” — Joanna Baillie, Scottish acclaimed poet and dramatist

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  • October 4

    “The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.” — Andrew Carnegie, leader of the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century

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  • October 5

    “Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey, recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom

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  • October 6

    “Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue that is is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.” — Samuel Johnson, English writer regarded as the greatest man of letters in British history

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  • October 7

    “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” — William Blake

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  • October 8

    “Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.” — Tom Peters, American writer on business management practices

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  • October 9

    “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” — Rumi, 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic

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  • October 10

    “I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.” — John Keats, English Romantic poet who one of the main figures of the Romantic poets, with Lord Byron and Percy Shelley

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  • October 11

    “There are two ways of attaining an important end — force and perseverance. Force falls to the lot only of the privileged few, but austere and sustained perseverance can be practiced by the most insignificant. Its silent power grows irresistible with time.” — Sophie Switching, Russian mystic, born in Moscow, famous for her salon in Paris

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  • October 12

    “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” — Colin Powell, the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2001-2005)

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  • October 13

    “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates, co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation and is an American business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist

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  • October 14

    “Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.” — Clare Boothe Luce, US Ambassador to Italy and the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad

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  • October 15

    “I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” — Henry Luce, founder of the popular US magazines Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated

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  • October 16

    “I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom — how great is that?” — Soledad O’Brien, American broadcast journalist and executive producer

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  • October 17

    “Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they are.” — J.C. and A.W. Hare

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  • October 18

    “Be it mine to draw from wisdom’s fount, pure as it flows, that calm of soul which virtue only knows.” — Aeschylus, ancient Greek tragedian

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  • October 19

    “Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage.” — Ana’s Nin, essayist and memoirist born to Cuban parents in France

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  • October 20

    “Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.” — Sun Tzu, author “The Art of War”

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  • October 21

    “Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealization and selections which we call our character.” — Walter Lippmann, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and political commentator famous for being among the first to introduce the concept of Cold War

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  • October 22

    “You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.” — Adlai Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893–97)

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  • October 23

    “Do not be afraid to make decisions, do not be afraid to make mistakes.” — Carly Fiorina, American businessperson and political candidate, known primarily for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard

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  • October 24

    “I and the public know what the schoolchildren learn, those to whom evil is done do evil in return.” — W.H. Auden, English-American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet noted for his stylistic and technical achievement and engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion

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  • October 25

    “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel, founder and namesake of the Chanel fashion brand

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  • October 26

    “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change toward him ... We need not wait to see what others do.” — Mahatma Gandhi, by employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world

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  • October 27

    “Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one.” — Herbert Hoover, American engineer, businessman, and politicianwho served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression

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  • October 28

    “When people show you who they are, believe them.” — Maya Angelou, best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (1969)

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  • October 29

    “No good deed goes unpunished.” — Clare Boothe Luce, a leading conservative in later life and was well known for her anti-communism

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  • October 30

    “The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity or nationality or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” — Condoleezza “Condi” Rice, the second African-American Secretary of State (after Colin Powell), and the second female Secretary of State (after Madeleine Albright)

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  • October 31

    “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” — Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre

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  • November 1

    “Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.” — Elbert Green Hubbard, known best as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement

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  • November 2

    “Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.” — Saint Teresa of Ávila, 40 years after her death (in 1622) she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV, and on 27 September 1970 was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI

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  • November 2

    “Courage, of all national qualities, is the most precarious; because it is exerted only at intervals, and by a few in every nation; whereas industry, knowledge, civility may be of constant and universal use, and for several ages, may become habitual to the whole people.” — David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism

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  • November 4

    “What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.” — John Keats, English Romantic poet

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  • November 5

    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” — Heraclitus of Ephesus, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher

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  • November 6

    “Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex. You thought of nothing else if you didn't have it, and thought of other things if you did. ” — James Arthur “Jimmy” Baldwin, an American writer and social critic whose essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies

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  • November 7

    “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you not care who gets the credit.” — Harry S. Truman, American statesman who served as the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953)

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  • November 8

    “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” — Theodore Roosevelt Jr., a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century

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  • November 9

    “Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one.” — Adlai Ewing Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893–97), who as Assistant Postmaster General of the United States during Grover Cleveland’s first administration (1885–89), he fired many Republican postal workers and replaced them with southern democrats

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  • November 10

    “Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all cooperate and don't hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. These are the synergetic rules that evolution is employing and trying to make clear to us.” — Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as “Spaceship Earth”

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  • November 11

    “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ” — Lewis Carroll, an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. His most famous writings are “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and its sequel “Through the Looking-Glass”

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  • November 12

    “The skillful traveler leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps.” — Laozi, ancient Chinese philosopher and writer

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  • November 13

    “We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.” — Rabbi Samuel ben Nahman,

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  • November 14

    “To practice justice is to practice liberty.” — Simón Bolívar, a Venezuelan military and political leader who played a leading role in the establishment of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama as sovereign states, independent of Spanish rule

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  • November 15

    “A promise is binding in the inverse ratio of the numbers to whom it is made.” — Thomas De Quincey, English essayist, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821)

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  • November 16

    “Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” — Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169

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  • November 17

    “Either I will find a way, or I will make one.” — Hannibal, often regarded as one of the greatest military strategists in history and one of the greatest generals of antiquity

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  • November 18

    “Nothing can come of nothing.” — William Shakespeare, author of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems

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  • November 19

    “Difficulties show what men are.” — Epictetus, Greek philosopher who believed all external events are beyond our control; we should accept calmly and dispassionately whatever happens

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  • November 20

    “That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.” — John Stuart Mill, philosopher whose conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state and social control

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  • November 21

    “It's my experience that folks who have no vices have generally very few virtues.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th US president who led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis

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  • November 22

    “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” — Eric Arthur Blair, aka: novelist George Orwell

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  • November 23

    “There is this difference between happiness and wisdom; he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.” — Francis Bacon, philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution

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  • November 24

    “Humor is the sense of the absurd, which is despair refusing to take itself seriously. ” — Arland Usher, Anglo-Irish academic, essayist and translator

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  • November 25

    “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin, considered the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.

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  • November 26

    “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson, a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights motivating American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation, he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level

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  • November 27

    “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” — Booker T. Washington, from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants

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  • November 28

    “The time to worry is three months before a flight. Decide then whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. It if is, stop worrying. To worry is to add another hazard.” — Amelia Mary Earhart, aviator who disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island on July 2, 1937

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  • November 29

    “Don't fight forces, use them.” — Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor

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  • November 30

    “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” — Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa (1994-1999)

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  • December 1

    “Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent.” — Jidda Krishnamurti, philosopher, speaker and writer whose subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society

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  • December 2

    “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” — Woodrow Wilson, American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States (1913-1921)

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  • December 3

    “To change your mind and to follow him who sets you right is to be nonetheless the free agent that you were before.” — Marcus Aurelius, last of the so-called Five Good Emperors

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  • December 4

    “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat, so that we can know who we are.” — Maya Angelou, an renowned American author who became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess

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  • December 5

    “A man without distant care must have near sorrow.” — Confucius, teacher, editor and politician whose principles have a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief

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  • December 6

    “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.” — Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, a physician, in 1887 he published “A Study in Scarlet,” the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson

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  • December 7

    “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.” — Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, a five-star general in the US Army during World War II who served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe

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  • December 8

    “I pity that man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth or shapes it into a garment shall starve in the process.” — Benjamin Harrison, American politician and lawyer who served as the 23rd President of the United States (1889-1893)

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  • December 9

    “Well begun is half done.” — Hesiod, Greek poet

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  • December 10

    “I attribute my success to this — I never gave or took any excuse.” — Florence Nightingale, English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing

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  • December 11

    “When you challenge other people's ideas of who or how you should be, they may try to diminish and disgrace you. It can happen in small ways in hidden places, or in big ways on a world stage. You can spend a lifetime resenting the tests, angry about the slights and the injustices. Or you can rise above it.” — Carly Fiorina, American businessperson and political candidate who ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 2010 and the Republican presidential nomination in 2016

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  • December 12

    “To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” — Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and humanist who was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works

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  • December 13

    “He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and extracts a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.” — Henry David Thoreau, American author deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements

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  • December 14

    “Never explain — your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.” — Elbert Green Hubbard, known best as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, NY

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  • December 15

    “Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and businesswoman

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  • December 16

    “He that knows nothing doubts nothing.” — George Herbert, Welsh-born poet, orator and Anglican priest

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  • December 17

    “The best hearts are ever the bravest.” — Laurence Sterne, Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman

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  • December 18

    “Put your backbone where your wishbone is.” — Vikram Seth, Indian novelist and poet

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  • December 19

    “Be not swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, 'Impression, wait for me a little. Let me see what you are and what you represent. Let me try you.'” — Epictetus, philosopher who maintains that the foundation of all philosophy is self-knowledge

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  • December 20

    “The goal is not always meant to be reached, but to serve as a mark for our aim.” — Joseph Joubert, French moralist and essayist, remembered today largely for his Pensées (Thoughts), which were published posthumously

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  • December 21

    “Those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.” — Sun Tzu, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy

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  • December 22

    “There is nothing, it seems to me, so difficult as to escape from that which is essentially agreeable.” — Catherine II of Russia, Assisted by highly successful generals such as Alexander Suvorov and Pyotr Rumyantsev, and admirals such as Fyodor Ushakov, she governed at a time when the Russian Empire was expanding rapidly by conquest and diplomacy

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  • December 23

    “To confuse our own constructions and inventions with eternal laws or divine decrees is one of the most fatal delusions of men.” — Sir Isaiah Berlin, Russian-British social and political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas

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  • December 24

    “Truth burns up error.” — Sojourner Truth, African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist

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  • December 25

    “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder, American writer known for the “Little House on the Prairie” series of children’s books

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  • December 26

    “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total, all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” — Robert F. Kennedy, American politician and lawyer from Massachusetts who served as the junior senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassinationin June 1968

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  • December 27

    “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.” — Seneca, Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist

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  • December 28

    “Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt Jr., 26th US President whose face is carved on Mount Rushmore alongside carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln

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  • December 29

    “You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"” — George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond

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  • December 30

    “Men must know, that in this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.” — Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, whose works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive and careful observation of events in nature

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  • December 31

    “Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.” — Aesop, author of many fables characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics

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