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November 1

It's not too near for me
Like a flower I need the rain
Though it's not clear to me
Every season has it's change
And I will see you
When the sun comes out again.

~ Sophie B. Hawkins ~


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November 2

Hunting hawks do not belong in cages, no matter how much a man covets their grace, no matter how golden the bars. They are far more beautiful soaring free.

~ Lois McMaster Bujold ~

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November 3

Athirst for personal salvation, the West forgets that many religions had but a vague notion of the life beyond the grave; true, all great religions stake a claim on eternity, but not necessarily on man's eternal life.

~ André Malraux ~

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November 4

All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful.

~ Wilfred Owen ~

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November 5

Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind then that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

~ Eugene V. Debs ~

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November 6

A man or woman is seldom happy unless he or she is sustaining him or herself and making a contribution to others.

~ Zig Ziglar ~

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November 7

Political progress will only take place if sufficient security exists.

~ David Petraeus ~

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November 8

Charity keepeth us in Faith and Hope, and Hope leadeth us in Charity. And in the end all shall be Charity.

~ Julian of Norwich ~


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November 9

History is full of people who out of fear, or ignorance, or lust for power have destroyed knowledge of immeasurable value which truly belongs to us all. We must not let it happen again.

~ Carl Sagan ~


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November 10

He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.

~ Friedrich Schiller ~


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November 11

Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those they have slain.

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky ~


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November 12

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.

~ Bahá'u'lláh ~


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November 13

It is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!

~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~


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November 14

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation.

~ Herman Melville in Moby-Dick ~


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November 15

Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas.

~ Erwin Rommel ~


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November 16

There is plenty of room at the top because very few people care to travel beyond the average route. And so most of us seem satisfied to remain within the confines of mediocrity.

~ Nnamdi Azikiwe ~


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November 17

What I say is, that the real non-resistants can believe in direct action only, never in political action. For the basis of all political action is coercion; even when the State does good things, it finally rests on a club, a gun, or a prison, for its power to carry them through.

~ Voltairine de Cleyre ~


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November 18

A lot of being a poet consists of willed ignorance. If you woke up from your trance and realized the nature of the life-threatening and dignity-destroying precipice you were walking along, you would switch into actuarial sciences immediately.

~ Margaret Atwood ~


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November 19
  We should not mourn for men of high ideals. Rather we should rejoice that we had the privilege of having had them with us, to inspire us by their radiant personalities.

~ Indira Gandhi ~


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November 20

My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern.

~ Benoît Mandelbrot ~


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November 21

Although I came to doubt all revelation, I can never accept the idea that the Universe is a physical or chemical accident, a result of blind evolution. Even though I learned to recognize the lies, the clichés and the idolatries of the human mind, I still cling to some truths which I think all of us might accept some day. There must be a way for man to attain all possible pleasures, all the powers and knowledge that nature can grant him, and still serve God — a God who speaks in deeds, not in words, and whose vocabulary is the Cosmos.

~ Isaac Bashevis Singer ~


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November 22

It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.

~ George Eliot ~


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November 23

Old wood to burn! Old wine to drink! Old friends to trust! Old authors to read!

~ Alfonso X of Castile ~


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November 24

Fight the enemy with the weapons he lacks.

~ Alexander Suvorov ~


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November 25

Now and then it occurs to one to reflect upon what slender threads of accident depend the most important circumstances of his life; to look back and shudder, realizing how close to the edge of nothingness his being has come.

~ Upton Sinclair ~


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November 26


I believe that what separates us all from one another is simply society itself, or, if you like, politics. This is what raises barriers between men, this is what creates misunderstanding.
If I may be allowed to express myself paradoxically, I should say that the truest society, the authentic human community, is extra-social — a wider, deeper society, that which is revealed by our common anxieties, our desires, our secret nostalgias. The whole history of the world has been governed by nostalgias and anxieties, which political action does no more than reflect and interpret, very imperfectly. No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa. <

p> ~ Eugène Ionesco ~


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November 27

Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and NOTHING is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you'll be flexible to change with the ever changing. OPEN yourelf and flow, my friend. Flow in the TOTAL OPENESS OF THE LIVING MOMENT. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.

~ Bruce Lee ~


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November 28

Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize — because they set so little store by them — the immense riches accumulated by the human race on either side of the narrow furrow on which they keep their eyes fixed; by underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.

~ Claude Lévi-Strauss ~


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November 29

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

~ Louisa May Alcott ~


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November 30

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.

~ Mark Twain ~


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