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THOUGHT-OF-THE-DAY ARCHIVE
"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius

JAN 2017


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1/1/17     "Take away thy opinion, and then there is taken away the complaint, "I have been harmed." Take away the complaint, "I have been harmed," and the harm is taken away." - Marcus Aurelius
1/2/17     "In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." - Mortimer J. Adler
1/3/17     "The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined." - John N. Bahcall
1/4/17     "An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc." - Henri Matisse
1/5/17     "All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership." - John Kenneth Galbraith
1/6/17     "O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed, / The courage to change what can be changed, / and the wisdom to know the one from the other." - Reinhold Niebuhr
1/7/17     "Genius is eternal patience." - Michelangelo
1/8/17     "If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt." - Marcus Aurelius
1/9/17     "You cannot create experience. You must undergo it." - Albert Camus
1/10/17     "No matter how significant or life-changing your greatest hit or miss might be, neither even begins to define who you are. Each of us is a product of all our experiences and all our interactions with other people. To cite calculus, we are the area under the curve." - Colin Powell
1/11/17     "They've made the mistake of thinking that power over others and leadership are the same thing." - Tim Tharp
1/12/17     "Stop counting your 'years' and start enjoying your 'seasons'." - John Paul Warren
1/13/17     "The future is not in the hands of fate but in ours." - Jules Jusserand
1/14/17     "Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou
1/15/17     "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson
1/16/17     "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King Jr.
1/17/17     "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." - Swami Sivananda
1/18/17     "Action is the foundational key to all success." - Pablo Picasso
1/19/17     "I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back." - Leo Tolstoy
1/20/17     "To earn the respect of intelligent people and to win the affection of children; To appreciate the beauty in nature and all that surrounds us; To seek out and nurture the best in others; To give the gift of yourself to others without the slightest thought of return, for it is in giving that we receive; To have accomplished a task, whether it be saving a lost soul, healing a sick child, writing a book, or risking your life for a friend; To have celebrated and laughed with great joy and enthusiasm and sung with exaltation; To have hope even in times of despair, for as long as you have hope, you have life; To love and be loved; To be understood and to understand; To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is the meaning of success." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
1/21/17     "Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something." - Anton Chekhov
1/22/17     "Words are loaded pistols." - Jean-Paul Sartre
1/23/17     "Pass, then, through this little space in harmony with nature and end thy journey in contentment, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew." - Marcus Aurelius
1/24/17     "We haven't yet learned how to stay human when assembled in masses." - Lewis Thomas
1/25/17     "Don't talk unless you can improve the silence." - Jorge Luis Borges
1/26/17     "Trust is equal parts character and competence. You can look at any leadership failure, and it's always a failure of one or the other." - Stephen M.R. Covey
1/27/17     "Never esteem anything as an advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect." - Marcus Aurelius
1/28/17     "The mark of the educated man is not in his boast that he has built his mountain of facts and stood on the top of it, but in his admission that there may be other peaks in the same range with men on the top of them, and that, though their views of the landscape may be different from his, they are nonetheless legitimate." - E.J. Pratt
1/29/17     "Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism." - Carl Sagan
1/30/17     "The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning." - Adlai Stevenson
1/31/17     "Joy is the simplest form of gratitude." - Karl Barth


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