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September 1
  Deep in the minds of the apes was rooted the conviction that Tarzan was a mighty fighter and a strange creature. Strange because he had had it in his power to kill his enemy, but had allowed him to live — unharmed. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
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September 2
  The first casualty when war comes is truth. ~ Hiram Johnson
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September 3
  The old poets little knew what comfort they could be to a man. ~ Sarah Orne Jewett
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September 4
  An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate. ~ François-René de Chateaubriand
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September 5
  A planet is the cradle of mind, but one cannot live in a cradle forever. ~ Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky
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September 6
  When a shepherd goes to kill a wolf, and takes his dog to see the sport, he should take care to avoid mistakes. The dog has certain relationships to the wolf the shepherd may have forgotten. ~ Robert M. Pirsig
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September 7
  The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace. ~ Nikita Khrushchev
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September 8
  Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land,
Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.
In the great hour of destiny they stand,
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.

~ Siegfried Sassoon ~

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September 9
  Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here. ~ Leo Tolstoy
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September 10
  Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. ~ Cyril Connolly
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September 11
  Although September 11 was horrible, it didn't threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do. ... I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars. ~ Stephen Hawking
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September 12
  If man had more of a sense of humor, things might have turned out differently. ~ Stanisław Lem
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September 13
  Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. ~ Roald Dahl
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September 14
  Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, "the greatest," but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is. ~ Sydney J. Harris
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September 15
  If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld
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September 16
  It is the modest, not the presumptuous, inquirer who makes a real and safe progress in the discovery of divine truths. ~ Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke
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September 17
  The real crazies who are looking for a messiah... after an hour or so they realise I'm not it and go off and look somewhere else. ~ Ken Kesey
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September 18
  A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. ~ Samuel Johnson
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September 19
  Basically I'm an optimist. Intellectually I can see man's balance is about fifty-fifty, and his chances of blowing himself up are about one to one. I can't see this any way but intellectually. I'm just emotionally unable to believe that he will do this. This means that I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist, I suppose. ~ William Golding
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September 20
  When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all. ~ Joyce Brothers
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September 21
  I'm guided by a signal in the heavens,
I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.
~ Leonard Cohen ~
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September 22
  Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one. ~ Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
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September 23
  If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? ~ Thomas Huxley
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September 24
  At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That's a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try. There are only diamonds in the whole world, diamonds and perhaps the shabby gift of disillusion. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
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September 25
  The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. ~ William Faulkner
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September 26
  All is always now. Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Will not stay still.

~ T. S. Eliot in The Four Quartets ~

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September 27
  If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave. ~ Samuel Adams
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September 28
  I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me. ~ Paul Newman
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September 29
  It is sad not to be loved, but it is much sadder not to be able to love. ~ Miguel de Unamuno
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September 30
  If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it. ~ Rumi


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