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June 1
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The truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let men sometimes fool themselves. Men sometimes didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't. When they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them — and fooling them.
~ Marilyn Monroe ~
 

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June 2
 
If all hearts were open and all desires known — as they would be if people showed their souls — how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
~ Thomas Hardy ~
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June 3
 
Let's forget today who is friend or foe,
and hold each other in caring embrace.
Let your love be the magnet
to bring the humanity to Allah's grace.

Remember those in perennial fast,
constantly in hunger and deprivation,
Share with the poor, orphans and the destitutes,
to make inclusive your celebration.
~ Kazi Nazrul Islam ~
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June 4
 
If every one of those good wordsliberty, equality, fraternity, democracy, human rights — has been called "bourgeois", what on earth does that leave for us?
~ Fang Lizhi ~
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June 5
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The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.
~ John Maynard Keynes ~
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~ The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money ~
 

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June 6
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Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.
And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~
 

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June 7
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My Poem is life, and not finished.
It shall never be finished.
My Poem is life, and can grow.
~ Gwendolyn Brooks ~
 

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June 8
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Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
~ Tim Berners-Lee ~
 

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June 9
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I get no kick from champagne.
Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all,
So tell me why it should be true
That I get a kick out of you?
~ Cole Porter ~
 

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June 10
 
In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.
~ Saul Bellow ~
 

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June 11
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He is a narrow-minded man, that affects a triumph in any glorious study; but to triumph in a lie, and a lie themselves have forged, is frontless. Folly often goes beyond her bounds; but Impudence knows none.
~ Ben Jonson ~
 

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June 12
 
There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.
~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo ~
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June 13
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The worst sin — perhaps the only sin — passion can commit, is to be joyless.
~ Dorothy L. Sayers ~
 

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June 14
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The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
~ Donald Trump ~
 

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June 15
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There is nothing like an odor to stir memories.
~ William McFee ~
 

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June 16
 
If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework — you can still be writing, because you have that space.
~ Joyce Carol Oates ~
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June 17
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It has been deduced from Hitler’s great power over the masses that the Germans are an unusually suggestible race. But in all countries and at all times men have succumbed to the suggestive powers of unusual personalities, even if the wielders of those powers were not always good men in the Christian sense.
~ Heinz Guderian ~
 

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June 18
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We observe that nothing creates fascists like the threat of freedom.
Pleasantville is the kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent. Yes, we have more problems. But also more solutions, more opportunities and more freedom. I grew up in the '50s. It was a lot more like the world of Pleasantville than you might imagine. Yes, my house had a picket fence, and dinner was always on the table at a quarter to six, but things were wrong that I didn't even know the words for.
~ Roger Ebert ~
 

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June 19
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A mere trifle consoles us, for a mere trifle distresses us.
~ Blaise Pascal ~
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~ Pensées ~
 

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June 20
 
There are people who eat Earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. Then there are people who stand around and watch them eat it. … Sometimes I think it ain't right to stand and watch them do it.
~ Lillian Hellman ~
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June 21
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Our dreams of bringing the whole of human history under the control of the human will are ironically refuted by the fact that no group of idealists can easily move the pattern of history toward the desired goal of peace and justice. The recalcitrant forces in the historical drama have a power and persistence beyond our reckoning.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr ~
 

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June 22
 
Every mission constitutes a pledge of duty. Every man is bound to consecrate his every faculty to its fulfilment. He will derive his rule of action from the profound conviction of that duty.
~ Giuseppe Mazzini ~
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June 23
 
People with real power never fear of losing it. People with control think of little else.
~ Joss Whedon ~
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June 24
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Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but "pervades and regulates the whole." He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.
~ Ambrose Bierce ~

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June 25
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In a Society in which there is no law, and in theory no compulsion, the only arbiter of behaviour is public opinion. But public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law. When human beings are governed by "thou shalt not", the individual can practise a certain amount of eccentricity: when they are supposedly governed by "love" or "reason", he is under continuous pressure to make him behave and think in exactly the same way as everyone else.
~ George Orwell ~
 

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June 26
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We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things.
~ Chesty Puller ~
 

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June 27
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The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life. If it be true that optimism compels the world forward, and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
~ Helen Keller ~
 

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June 28
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Let's not be dazzled by the sententious glitter with which error and lying often cover themselves. Society is not created by the crowd, and bodies come together in vain when hearts reject each other. The truly sociable man is more difficult in his relationships than others; those which consist only in false appearances cannot suit him. He prefers to live far from wicked men without thinking about them, than to see them and hate them. He prefers to flee his enemy rather than seek him out to harm him. A person who knows no other society than that of the heart will not seek his society in your circles.
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau ~
 

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June 29
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 A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry ~
 

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June 30
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What I'm saying here is not, I agree, poetry,
as poems should be written rarely and reluctantly,
under unbearable duress and only with the hope
that good spirits, not evil ones, choose us for their instrument.
~ Czesław Miłosz ~
 

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