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April 1
 
It is at night that faith in light is admirable.
~ Edmond Rostand ~
 

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April 2
 
I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent.
~ Giacomo Casanova ~
 

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April 3
 
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity, that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble. It is only spurious pride that is morbid and sensitive, and shrinks from every touch.
~ Washington Irving ~
 

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April 4
 
One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~
 

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April 5
 
I have a dream where society will replace guns with dictionaries.
~ Anu Garg ~
 

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April 6
 
Every fool has a rainbow
But he never seems to find
The reward that should be waiting
At the end of the line.

But he'll give up a bed of roses
For a hammock filled with thorns
And go chasing after rainbows
Every time a dream is born.
~ Merle Haggard ~
 

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April 7
 
I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.
~ William Wordsworth ~
 

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April 8
 
You and me on the bobbing knee.
Didn't we cry at that old mythology he'd read!
I will come home again, but not until
The sun and the moon meet on yon hill.
~ Kate Bush ~
 

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April 9
 
An artist is only an artist thanks to his exquisite sense of beauty — a sense which provides him with intoxicating delights, but at the same time implying and including a sense, equally exquisite, of all deformity and disproportion.
~ Charles Baudelaire ~
 

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April 10
 
I am no politician, and still less can I be said to be a party-man: I have a hatred of tyranny, and a contempt for its tools; and this feeling I have expressed as often and as strongly as I could. I cannot sit quietly down under the claims of barefaced power, and have tried to expose the little arts of sophistry by which they are defended. I have no mind to have my person made a property of, nor my understanding made a dupe of. I deny that liberty and slavery are convertible terms, that right and wrong, truth and falsehood, plenty and famine, the comforts or wretchedness of a people, are matters of perfect indifference. That is all I know of the matter; but on these points I am likely to remain incorrigible, in spite of any arguments that I have seen used to the contrary. It needs no sagacity to discover that two and two make four; but to persist in maintaining this obvious position, if all the fashion, authority, hypocrisy, and venality of mankind were arrayed against it, would require a considerable effort of personal courage, and would soon leave a man in a very formidable minority.
~ William Hazlitt ~
 

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April 11
 
There is a sort of mythology that grows up about what happened, which is different from what really did happen.
~ Peter Higgs ~
 

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April 12
 
The Ultimate Truth is called God. This one can realize in the state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. A circle can have only one centre but it can have numerous radii. The centre can be compared to God and the radii to religions. So, no one sect, no one religion or book can make an absolute claim of It.
~ Swami Narayanananda ~
 

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April 13
 
I have ever deemed it more honorable and profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
 

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April 14
 
Kennaston no longer thought of himself as a man of flesh-and-blood moving about a world of his compeers. Or, at least, that especial aspect of his existence was to him no longer a phase of any particular importance.
~ James Branch Cabell ~
 

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April 15
 
Movement will cease before we are weary of being useful.
~ Leonardo da Vinci ~
 

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April 16
 
It is human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion.
~ Anatole France ~
 

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April 17
 
Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.
~ Thornton Wilder ~
 

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April 18
 
It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation-states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future.
~ Samuel P. Huntington ~
 

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April 19
 
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
~ Jimmy Carter ~
 

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April 20
 
I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses.
~ Adolf Hitler ~
 

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April 21
 
The human being cannot live in a condition of emptiness for very long: if he is not growing toward something, he does not merely stagnate; the pent-up potentialities turn into morbidity and despair, and eventually into destructive activities.
~ Rollo May ~
 

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April 22
 
If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of the nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and Hiroshima. The people of this world must unite or they will perish. This war that has ravaged so much of the earth, has written these words. The atomic bomb has spelled them out for all men to understand. Other men have spoken them in other times, and of other wars, of other weapons. They have not prevailed. There are some misled by a false sense of human history, who hold that they will not prevail today. It is not for us to believe that. By our minds we are committed, committed to a world united, before the common peril, in law and in humanity.
~ Robert Oppenheimer ~
 

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April 23
 
We are still waging Peloponnesian wars. Our control of the material world and our positive science have grown fantastically. But our very achievements turn against us, making politics more random and wars more bestial.
~ George Steiner ~
 

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April 24
 
Poetry is more than fantasy and is committed to the obligation of trying to say something, however obliquely, about the human condition. Therefore, a poem dealing with history is no more at liberty to violate what the writer takes to be the spirit of his history than it is at liberty to violate what he takes to be the nature of the human heart. What he takes those things to be is, of course, his ultimate gamble.
~ Robert Penn Warren ~
 

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April 25
 
  All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
~ Sun Tzu ~
 

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April 26
 
If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.
~ Marcus Aurelius ~
 

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April 27
 
  They who in folly or mere greed
Enslaved religion, markets, laws,
Borrow our language now and bid
Us to speak up in freedom's cause.
~ Cecil Day Lewis ~
 

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April 28
 
  All fungi are edible …
Some fungi are not edible more than once.
~ Terry Pratchett ~
in
~ The Discworld Almanak ~
 

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April 29
 
When the night's here, I don't do tears
Baby, no chance
I could dance, I could dance, I could dance
Watch me dance, dance the night away
My heart could be burnin', but you won't see it on my face
Watch me dance, dance the night away
I'll still keep the party runnin', not one hair out of place.
~ Dua Lipa ~
 

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April 30
 
  If you have a glass full of liquid you can discourse forever on its qualities, discuss whether it is cold, warm, whether it is really and truly composed of H-2-O, or even mineral water, or saki. Meditation is Drinking it.
~ Taisen Deshimaru ~
 

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