November 30, 2000
How amazing that the language of a few thousand savages living
on a fog-encrusted island in the North Sea should become the language of the world.
November 29, 2000
city in winter is rich with the bittersweet nuance and somber beauty of the once-was.
November 28, 2000
even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers.
—Edward Shepherd Mead
is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.
November 26, 2000
with the morning cool reflection came.
—Sir Walter Scott
November 25, 2000
Bored people, unless they sleep
a lot, are cruel.
November 24, 2000
Inclination snatches arguments / To make indulgence seem judicious
November 23, 2000
I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up—they have no holidays.
November 22, 2000
leader must know, must know that he knows and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those about him that he knows.
November 21, 2000
gives to every man / The virtue, temper, understanding, taste, / That lifts him into life, and lets him fall / Just in the
niche he was ordain’d to fill.
November 20, 2000
American critics are like American
universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.
I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Wit is a treacherous
dart. It is perhaps the only weapon with which it is possible to stab oneself in one’s own back.
November 17, 2000
medicine, as in statecraft and propaganda, words are sometimes the most powerful drugs we can use.
November 16, 2000
of justice must have hands and feet … to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest
possible cost. This is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.
—Warren E. Burger
is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.
a whole nation that he might send choice grain over into this wilderness.
When the high
court of history sits in judgment on each one of us, our success or failure will be measured by the answers to four questions—were
we truly men of courage, were we truly men of judgment, were we truly men of integrity, were we truly men of dedication?
November 12, 2000
the king said, Divide the living child in two. Then spake the woman whose the child was, Give her the child. But the
other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. The king answered, Give [the first one] the child:
she is the mother thereof.
—Kings I. 3:26–27
November 11, 2000
Sail on, O Ship of State! / Sail
on, O Union, strong and great! / Humanity with all its fears, / With all the hopes of future years, / Is hanging breathless
on thy fate!
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
November 10, 2000
[A] book can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when
it happens to be needed.
—Joseph Wood Krutch
November 9, 2000
Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice
of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?
do not like to report on uncertainties. They would almost rather be wrong than ambiguous.
November 7, 2000
is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given
liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
—John Philpot Curran
November 6, 2000
If you must have motivation, think
of your paycheck on Friday.
November 5, 2000
Man’s life is like unto a winter’s day,— / Some
break their fast and so depart away; / Others stay dinner, then depart full fed.
Do not seek
death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
November 3, 2000
say the very things that make the greatest Stir / An’ the most interestin’ things, are things that did n’t
—Sam Walter Foss
November 2, 2000
You hail from Dream-land, Dragon-fly? / A stranger hither? So am I, / And (sooth to
say) I wonder why / We either of us came!
—Agnes M.F.R. Darmesteter
November 1, 2000
The sweltering summer of the Negro’s
legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
Luther King, Jr