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November 1
SeanConneryJune08.jpg  
I got my break — big break — when I was five years old. And it's taken me more than seventy years to realize it. You see, at five, I learned to read. It's that simple, and it's that profound. I left school at thirteen, I didn’t have a formal education, and I believe I would not be standing here tonight, without the books, the plays — the scripts. It's been a long journey from Fountainbridge to this evening — with you all. Though my feet are tired, my heart is not.
~ Sean Connery ~
 

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November 2
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If you desire a man to tell you comfortable lies about your prowess, and so fetter any hope of true excellence, I'm sure you may find one anywhere. Not all prisons are made of iron bars. Some are made of feather beds.
~ Lois McMaster Bujold ~
 

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November 3
Wilhelm Reich in his mid-twenties.JPG  
I contend to be a fighter for pureness and truth. I hesitate, because I am afraid of you and your attitude towards truth. To say the truth about you is dangerous to life.
~ Wilhelm Reich ~
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November 4
Friedrich Kreuz im Wald.jpg  
In the present stages of spiritual experience, the believer's interior comfort, and his exterior lustre, greatly depend on the position of his heart toward the uncreated sun of righteousness. How obscure and benighted are our views, and how languid our exercise of grace, when an unbelieving, a worldly, or a careless spirit, interrupts our walk with God! But, if the out-goings of our souls are to him, and if the in-pourings of his blessed influence be felt, we glow, we kindle, we burn, we shine.
~ Augustus Toplady ~
  War Memorial Fountain- Peace Arising from the Flames (Fountain of Eternal Life) reaching towards the Sun (7571264792).jpg

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November 5
Statue of Liberty close.JPG  
Rooted in freedom, bonded in the fellowship of danger, sharing everywhere a common human blood, we declare again that all men are brothers, and that mutual tolerance is the price of liberty.
~ Will Durant ~
 

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November 6
Joe Biden official portrait 2013.jpg  
The presidency itself is not a partisan institution. It’s the one office in this nation that represents everyone and it demands a duty of care for all Americans. That is precisely what I will do. I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as I will for those who did vote for me. Now, every vote must be counted. No one’s going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever. America’s come too far. America’s fought too many battles. America’s endured too much to ever let that happen.
We the people will not be silenced. We the people will not be bullied. We the people will not surrender. My friends, I’m confident we’ll emerge victorious. But this will not be my victory alone or our victory alone. It’ll be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America.
~ Joe Biden ~
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November 7
Tamme-Lauri tamm suvepäeval.jpg  
In this growing there are no really new things or new situation. There are only things growing out right, or things growing out deformed or shriveled.
~ R. A. Lafferty ~
 

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November 8
Image of Julian of Norwich (St. Julian's Church, Norwich).jpg  
Our Good Lord shewed Himself in diverse manners both in heaven and in earth, but I saw Him take no place save in man’s soul.
~ Julian of Norwich ~
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November 9
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We stand again at an inflection point.
We have the opportunity to defeat despair and to build a nation of prosperity and purpose.
We can do it. I know we can.
I've long talked about the battle for the soul of America.
We must restore the soul of America.
Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses.
It is time for our better angels to prevail.
Tonight, the whole world is watching America. I believe at our best America is a beacon for the globe.
And we lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.
~ Joe Biden ~
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November 10
Neil Gaiman - Good Omens panel, October 2018.jpg  
Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say "what kind of tea?"
~ Neil Gaiman ~
 

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November 11
Colonel John McCrae statue at Guelph Civic Museum unveiled in 2015.jpg  
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
~ John McCrae ~
  Church of St Mary Theydon Bois Essex England - War memorial.jpg

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November 12
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I am the Water of Life,
Out of myself I grow.
The more you drink of me,
The fuller I will flow.
~ Michael Ende ~
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~ The Neverending Story ~
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November 13
Augustine Lateran.jpg  
Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
~ Augustine of Hippo ~
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November 14
Karen Armstrong no Fronteiras do Pensamento São Paulo (8727106820).jpg  
We are, the great spiritual writers insist, most fully ourselves when we give ourselves away, and it is egotism that holds us back from that transcendent experience that has been called God, Nirvana, Brahman, or the Tao.
What I now realize, from my study of the different religious traditions, is that a disciplined attempt to go beyond the ego brings about a state of ecstasy. Indeed, it is in itself ekstasis. Theologians in all the great faiths have devised all kinds of myths to show that this type of kenosis, or self-emptying, is found in the life of God itself. They do not do this because it sounds edifying, but because this is the way that human nature seems to work. We are most creative and sense other possibilities that transcend our ordinary experience when we leave ourselves behind.
~ Karen Armstrong ~
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November 15
 
Happy the heart to whom God has given enough strength and courage to suffer for Him, to find happiness in simplicity and the happiness of others.
~ Johann Kaspar Lavater ~
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November 16
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Nobody performs her or his duties. Governments do not, because they do not know, they are not able or they do not wish, or because they are not permitted by those who effectively govern the world: The multinational and pluricontinental companies whose power — absolutely non-democratic — reduce to next to nothing what is left of the ideal of democracy. We citizens are not fulfilling our duties either. Let us think that no human rights will exist without symmetry of the duties that correspond to them. It is not to be expected that governments in the next 50 years will do it. Let us common citizens therefore speak up. With the same vehemence as when we demanded our rights, let us demand responsibility over our duties. Perhaps the world could turn a little better.
~ José Saramago ~
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November 17
Carl Bloch - Samson and the Philistines - Google Art Project.jpg  
I paint a gradual slipping out of the now, to that beautiful then, where there are neither kings, presidents, landlords, national bankers, stockbrokers, railroad magnates, patentright monopolists, or tax and title collectors; where there are no over-stocked markets or hungry children, idle counters and naked creatures, splendor and misery, waste and need. I am told this is farfetched idealism, to paint this happy, povertyless, crimeless, diseaseless world; I have been told I "ought to be behind the bars" for it.
Remarks of that kind rather destroy the white streak of faith. I lose confidence in the slipping process, and am forced to believe that the rulers of the earth are sowing a fearful wind, to reap a most terrible whirlwind. When I look at this poor, bleeding, wounded World, this world that has suffered so long, struggled so much, been scourged so fiercely, thorn-pierced so deeply, crucified so cruelly, I can only shake my head and remember:
The giant is blind, but he's thinking: and his locks are growing, fast.
~ Voltairine de Cleyre ~
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November 18
Circle-A red.svg  
Anarchy means "without leaders", not "without order". With anarchy comes an age of ordnung, of true order, which is to say voluntary order... this age of ordung will begin when the mad and incoherent cycle of verwirrung that these bulletins reveal has run its course... This is not anarchy, Eve. This is chaos.
~ Alan Moore ~
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~ V for Vendetta ~
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November 19
NYC - Times Square – 7th Avenue – West 43th Street – Broadway - One Times Square - The Conde Nast Building - panoramio.jpg  
As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it. It becomes an ever-descending spiral.
~ Dick Cavett ~
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November 20
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My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken.
They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory.
A victory for "We the People."
We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation — 74 million.
I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me.
I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify.
Who doesn't see Red and Blue states, but a United States.
And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people.
For that is what America is about: The people.
~ Joe Biden ~
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November 21
D'après Nicolas de Largillière, portrait de Voltaire (Institut et Musée Voltaire) -001.jpg  
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly — that is the first law of nature.
~ Voltaire ~
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November 22
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Give me no light, great heaven, but such as turns
To energy of human fellowship;
No powers save the growing heritage
That makes complete manhood.
~ George Eliot ~
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November 23
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You have summoned me in my weakness. You must sustain me by your strength.
~ Franklin Pierce ~
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November 24
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The mind has greater power over the emotions and is less subject thereto, in so far as it understands all things as necessary.
~ Baruch Spinoza ~
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~ Ethica ~
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November 25
Spermatozoons 40.svg  
It is not a simple life to be a single cell, although I have no right to say so, having been a single cell so long ago myself that I have no memory at all of that stage in my life.
~ Lewis Thomas ~
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November 26
Dove of the Holy Spirit.png  
Be at peace among yourselves.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
~ Paul of Tarsus ~
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~ First Epistle to the Thessalonians ~
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November 27
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The Perfect Way is only difficult for those who pick and choose;
Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear.
Make a hairbreadth difference, and Heaven and Earth are set apart;
If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against.
The struggle between "for" and "against" is the mind's worst disease;
While the deep meaning is misunderstood, it is useless to meditate on Rest.
~ Sengcan ~
  Ancient version of the Taijitu by Lai Zhi-De, sideways.svg

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November 28
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I never had, and still do not have, the perception of feeling my personal identity. I appear to myself as the place where something is going on, but there is no "I", no "me". Each of us is a kind of crossroads where things happen. The crossroads is purely passive; something happens there. A different thing, equally valid, happens elsewhere. There is no choice, it is just a matter of chance.
~ Claude Lévi-Strauss ~
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November 29
This picture, taken during the first mass air raid on London, 7th September 1940, describes more than words ever... - NARA - 541917.tif  
When things go wrong, you'll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better.
~ C. S. Lewis ~
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~ The Magician's Nephew ~
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November 30
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Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired…
~ Jonathan Swift ~
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