Wikiquote:Quote of the day/February 2012

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February 1
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When you turn the corner
And you run into yourself
Then you know that you have turned
All the corners that are left.

~ Langston Hughes ~

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February 2
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I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile and cunning.

~ James Joyce ~

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February 3

I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The Day the Music Died.

~ Don McLean ~


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February 4

I grow aware of various forms of man and of myself. I am form and I am formless, I am life and I am matter, mortal and immortal. I am one and many — myself and humanity in flux. I extend a multiple of ways in experience in space. I am myself now, lying on my back in the jungle grass, passing through the ether between satellites and stars. My aging body transmits an ageless life stream. Molecular and atomic replacement change life's composition. Molecules take part in structure and in training, countless trillions of them. After my death, the molecules of my being will return to the earth and sky. They came from the stars. I am of the stars.

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~ Charles Lindbergh ~


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February 5

Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.

~ Adlai Stevenson ~


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February 6

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.

~ Babe Ruth ~


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February 7

There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets.

~ Charles Dickens ~


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February 8

Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality.

~ John Ruskin ~


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February 9

To study the meaning of man and of life — I am making significant progress here. I have faith in myself. Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man.

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky ~

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February 10

No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.

~ Bertolt Brecht ~

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February 11

I'm looking for a market for wisdom.

~ Leó Szilárd ~

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February 12

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

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February 13

Some say the Gods are just a myth
but guess Who I've been dancing with...
The Great God Pan is alive!

~ Mike Scott ~

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February 14

Remember only this of our hopeless love
That never till Time is done
Will the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind be one.

~ Edith Sitwell ~

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February 15

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."

~ Susan B. Anthony ~

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February 16

Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces.

~ Henry Adams

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February 17

When the end comes, you will be esteemed by the world and rewarded by God, not because you have won the love and respect of the princes of the earth, however powerful, but rather for having loved, defended and cherished one such as I ... what you receive from others is a testimony to their virtue; but all that you do for others is the sign and clear indication of your own.

~ Giordano Bruno ~

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February 18

All hopes and despairs vanish in the voracious, funneling whirlwind of God.

~ Nikos Kazantzakis ~

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February 19

External success has to do with people who may see me as a model, or an example, or a representative. As much as I may dislike or want to reject that responsibility, this is something that comes with public success. It's important to give others a sense of hope that it is possible and you can come from really different places in the world and find your own place in the world that's unique for yourself.

~ Amy Tan ~

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February 20

The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel. ~

~ John Glenn ~

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February 21

I remember thinking how often we look, but never see ... we listen, but never hear ... we exist, but never feel. We take our relationships for granted. A house is only a place. It has no life of its own. It needs human voices, activity and laughter to come alive.

~ Erma Bombeck ~

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February 22

Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer ~

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February 23

Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness. There is no road leading backward. ... We can no longer veil reality from ourselves by renouncing self-consciousness without simultaneously excluding ourselves from the historical course of human existence.

~ Karl Jaspers ~

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February 24

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

~ Steve Jobs ~

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February 25

The scientist, like the magician, possesses secrets. A secret — expertise — is somehow perceived as antidemocratic, and therefore ought to be unnatural. We have come a long way from Prometheus to Faust to Frankenstein. And even Frankenstein's monster is now a joke.

~ John Leonard ~

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February 26

You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Do no bother yourself about it; disdain. Keep your mind serene as you keep your life clear.

~ Victor Hugo ~

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February 27

Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in art, in music, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.

~ John Steinbeck ~
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February 28

The world progresses, year by year, century by century, as the members of the younger generation find out what was wrong among the things that their elders said. So you must always be skeptical — always think for yourself.

~ Linus Pauling ~

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February 29

You are now at a crossroads. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully. Then act upon it.

~ Anthony Robbins ~

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