Quote Of The Day

Note: The thoughts in this post occurred on November 02, 2011.

Welcome to a new feature to my blog.  This page will act as a sort of “archive” for quotes presented as individual posts when time permits.  Since many of my days are currently so full I don’t have the time to get my thoughts together to add other, more applicable, updates (see “Delayed“) perhaps I can take a couple of minutes at least every few days to post an interesting quote from some famous, and some not so famous, people.  😉

“I’m at that awkward age… Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.” – Me, on why I got into so much trouble as a youth.

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” – Thomas Jefferson

“We must always look to the future. Tomorrow – the time that gives a man just one more chance – is one of the many things that I feel are wonderful in life. So`s a good horse under you. Or the only campfire for miles around. Or a quiet night and a nice soft hunk of ground to sleep on. A mother meeting her first-born. The sound of a kid calling you dad for the first time. There`s a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean. It`s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we`ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne

“They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?” – Walt Whitman

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

“If not me, who? And if not now, when?” – Mikhail Gorbachev

“In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey.” – Clint Eastwood

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” – George S. Patton

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” – Fred Rogers

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah’ or from the atheists ‘Look out for the wall!” – Dave Barry

“Christmas Gift Suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.” – Ellen Goodman

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – Bill Vaughan

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” – Henry David Thoreau

“It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” – Mary Shelley

“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha Norman

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

“I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.” – Anne Rice

On Freedom:

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me– and there was no one left to speak out for me.” – Martin Niemöller, WWII era German

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” – Ronald Reagan

“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” – Walt Whitman

“Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.” – Will Rogers

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