November 30, 2002
There is no finer investment for any community
than putting milk into babies.
November 29, 2002
We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter, we stand
by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
When one eats, one should
not forget those who till the fields.
November 27, 2002
When you are down and out something always turns
up—and it is usually the noses of your friends.
November 26, 2002
Big sisters are the crab grass in the
lawn of life.
—Charles M. Schulz
November 25, 2002
Mistakes are at the very base of human thought … feeding the structure
like root nodules. If we were not provided with the knack of being wrong, we could never get anything useful done.
November 24, 2002
would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without great labor be found, that it should be by almost
all men neglected? But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
The first thing we do, let’s
kill all the lawyers.
November 22, 2002
Inclination snatches arguments / To make indulgence seem judicious choice.
November 21, 2002
who seek happiness are like drunkards who can never find their house but are sure that they have one.
What is objectionable, what
is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about
their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
—Robert F. Kennedy
Scandal is merely the compassionate
allowance which the gay make to the humdrum. Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of
November 18, 2002
The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments
we fall and get crushed. A man must stay sober: not always, but most of the time.
November 17, 2002
of a myriad various minds and contending tongues, compact of obscure and minute association, a language has its own abundant
and often recondite laws, in the habitual and summary recognition of which scholarship consists.
November 16, 2002
to fall but off, / Nowhere to stand but on.
November 15, 2002
War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions
of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.
November 14, 2002
we count on Saddam Hussein to come along every year and resolve our defense-policy debates? Given the history of the Middle
East, it’s possible.
November 13, 2002
Above all, Vietnam was a war that asked everything of a few and nothing
of most in America.
November 12, 2002
[Disapproval of homosexuality cannot justify] invading the houses, hearts
and minds of citizens who choose to live their lives differently.
—Harry A. Blackmun
The moon gives you light,
/ And the bugles and the drums give you music, / And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, / My heart gives you love.
November 10, 2002
often act knowingly against their interest.
November 9, 2002
Of all insults, the temporary condescension of
a master to a slave is the most outrageous and galling. That potentate who most condescends, mark him well; for that potentate,
if occasion come, will prove your uttermost tyrant.
November 8, 2002
What most people don’t seem to
realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one.
November 7, 2002
you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.
November 6, 2002
English people believes itself to be free; it is gravely mistaken; it is free only during election of members of parliament;
as soon as the members are elected, the people is enslaved.
Perhaps our national ambition
to standardize ourselves has behind it the notion that democracy means standardization. But standardization is the surest
way to destroy the initiative, to benumb the creative impulse above all else essential to the vitality and growth of democratic
—Ida M. Tarbell
November 4, 2002
We, the soldiers who have returned from battles stained with blood; we who have seen our relatives and friends
killed before our eyes; we who have attended their funerals and cannot look in the eyes of their parents; we who have come
from a land where parents bury their children; we who have fought against you, the Palestinians—we say to you today,
in a loud and a clear voice: enough of blood and tears. Enough.
So they, who climb to wealth,
forget / The friends in darker fortunes tried. / I copied them—but I regret / That I should ape the ways of pride.
November 2, 2002
America does not wish to end her days in the same nursing home as Britannia she had best end this geo-babble about new world
orders. Our war, the Cold War, is over. It is time for America to come home.
November 1, 2002
I am enchanted, believe me, / To die, thus, / In this mediaeval fashion, /
According to the best legends.