September 30, 2002
When I could not see the light with my
blind eyes, I blamed not my eyes, but the sun.
September 29, 2002
A book must be the ax for the frozen
sea within us.
September 28, 2002
A mighty pain to love it is, / And ’t is a pain that pain to miss; / But of all pains, the greatest pain
/ It is to love, but love in vain.
September 27, 2002
There is a harmony / In autumn, and a lustre in its sky, / Which through
the summer is not heard or seen, / As if it could not be, as if it had not been!
—Percy Bysshe Shelley
September 26, 2002
poets imitate; mature poets steal.
September 25, 2002
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on
the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
The punishment which the
wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
The will of the entire people
is the true basis of republican government, and a free expression of that will by the public vote of all citizens, without
distinctions of race, color, occupation, or sex, is the only means by which that will can be ascertained.
September 22, 2002
so while dreams are the individual man’s play with reality, the sculptor’s art is (in a broader sense) the play
September 21, 2002
The teeming Autumn big with rich increase, / Bearing the wanton burden
of the prime / Like widowed wombs after their lords’ decease.
Whatsoever thy hand findeth
to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest.
September 19, 2002
our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
September 18, 2002
are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
September 17, 2002
Constitution was not a perfect instrument, it is not perfect yet; but it provided a firm base upon which all manner of men
of all races, colors and creeds could build our solid structure of democracy.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
September 16, 2002
has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from
the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
September 15, 2002
As a people, we have the problem of making our
forests outlast this generation, or iron outlast this century, and our coal the next; not merely as a matter of convenience
or comfort, but as a matter of stern necessity.
—William Howard Taft
Brave men are all vertebrates;
they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
Every man, woman and child
lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident
or miscalculation or madness.
—John F. Kennedy
September 12, 2002
Remorse—Regret that one waited so long to do it.
September 11, 2002
these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.
September 10, 2002
prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.
September 9, 2002
vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.
Gentlemen! You can’t fight
in here! This is the war room!
September 7, 2002
I look back on my life like a good day’s work, it was done and
I am satisfied with it.
September 6, 2002
I am a good Protestant, and in the full sense of the term, for from
the bottom of my soul, I protest against everything that is said, and everything that is done.
September 5, 2002
biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
September 4, 2002
days, school days; dear old golden rule days. / Readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic; taught to the
tune of a hick’ry stick.
—Will D. Cobb
September 3, 2002
Form ever follows function.
—Louis Henry Sullivan
September 2, 2002
percent of success is showing up.
September 1, 2002
I came here
for one thing only, to try to help national Ireland—and if there is no such thing in existence then the sooner I pay
for my illusions the better.
—Sir Roger Casement