Saturday, December 31, 2011

Benjamin Franklin: Quote for December 31, 2011

Be always at war with your vices,
at peace with your neighbors,
and let each New Year find you
a better person.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Arthur O'Shaughnessy: Quote for December 30, 2011

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Leon Trotsky: Quote for December 29, 2011

The ancient philosopher said that strife is the father of all things. No new values can be created where a free conflict of ideas is impossible. To be sure, a revolutionary dictatorship means by its very essence strict limitations of freedom. But for that very reason epochs of revolution have never been directly favorable to cultural creation: they have only cleared the arena for it. The dictatorship of the proletariat opens a wider scope to human genius the more it ceases to be a dictatorship. The socialist culture will flourish only in proportion to the dying away of the state.
Even Trotsky, a famous communist, said that freedom of speech and less government was good for socialism. I hope that the current socialist governments keep this quote in mind.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Orville Wright: Quote for December 28, 2011

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Samuel Johnson: Quote for December 27, 2011

The Supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things -- the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mark Twain: Quote for December 26, 2011

The approach of Christmas brings harrassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Johnny Marks: Quote for December 25, 2011

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you'll go down in history!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Calvin Coolidge: Quote for December 24, 2011

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Richard Lamm: Quote for December 23, 2011

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

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Robert Louis Stevenson: Quote for December 22, 2011

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Joan Didion: Quote for December 21, 2011

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thomas Edison: Quote for December 20, 2011

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Louis Pasteur: Quote for December 19, 2011

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hannah Arendt: Quote for December 18, 2011

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Benjamin Rush: Quote for December 17, 2011

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Jon Foreman: Quote for December 16, 2011

Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Havelock Ellis: Quote for December 15, 2011

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

J. K. Rowling: Quote for December 14, 2011

Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jean Baudrillard: Quote for December 13, 2011

If we consider the superiority of the human species, the size of its brain, its powers of thinking, language and organization, we can say this: were there the slightest possibility that another rival or superior species might appear, on earth or elsewhere, man would use every means at his disposal to destroy it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Bikram Choudhury: Quote for December 12, 2011

Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

E. E. Cummings: Quote for December 11, 2011

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Rod Blagojevich: Quote for December 10, 2011

We will meet our challenges head on and we will do it by rejecting the politics of mediocrity and corruption. You voted for change; I intend to deliver it. ... I will govern as a reformer. - 2003

I'm not worried about anything. What I'm a little concerned about is the lack of integrity and the sensationalism of some of the reporters who exaggerate and with hysterical sensationalism overstate and are dishonest about how they report some of the things. - 2008

I should say if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly and notoriously, and those who feel like they want to sneakily, and wear taping devices, I would remind them that it kind of smells like Nixon and Watergate. - 2008

For Patti and I, and especially me, this is a time to be strong. This is a time to fight through adversity. - 2011
Former Illinois Governor .Blagojevitch was sentenced to 14 years on December 7, 2011 for corruption. Probably over 90% of American politicians are guilty of greater corruption. Blagojevich was really sentenced for his individuality as governor and lack of cooperation with the crowd.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Ambrose Bierce: Quote for December 9, 2011

Prescription: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

William Jennings Bryan: Quote for December 8, 2011

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Anacharsis: Quote for December 7, 2011

Laws are like cobwebs that entangle the weak but are broken by the strong.