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October 1
 
I believe that anyone can be successful in life, regardless of natural talent or the environment within which we live. This is not based on measuring success by human competitiveness for wealth, possessions, influence, and fame, but adhering to God's standards of truth, justice, humility, service, compassion, forgiveness, and love.
~ Jimmy Carter ~
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October 2
 
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
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October 3
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You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
~ Thomas Wolfe ~
 

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October 4
 
Every age has its temptations, its weaknesses, its dangers. Ours is in the line of the snobbish and the sordid.
~ Rutherford B. Hayes ~
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October 5
 
The good of the people must be the great purpose of government. By the laws of nature and of reason, the governors are invested with power to that end. And the greatest good of the people is liberty. It is to the state what health is to the individual.
~ Denis Diderot ~
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October 6
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I hate the whole übermensch, superman temptation that pervades science fiction. I believe no protagonist should be so competent, so awe-inspiring, that a committee of 20 really hard-working, intelligent people couldn't do the same thing.
~ David Brin ~
 

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October 7
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Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence.
~ Desmond Tutu ~
 

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October 8
 
The permanent mental attitude which the sensitive intelligence derives from philosophy is an attitude that combines extreme reverence with limitless skepticism.
~ John Cowper Powys ~
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October 9
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I'm not claiming divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can … But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.
~ John Lennon ~
 

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October 10
 
Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it.
~ Helen Hayes ~
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October 11
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Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~
 

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October 12
 
Intolerance is evidence of impotence.
~ Aleister Crowley ~
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October 13
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The nature and intention of government … are social. Based on the idea of natural rights, government secures those rights to the individual by strictly negative intervention, making justice costless and easy of access; and beyond that it does not go. The State, on the other hand, both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him. It has always made justice costly and difficult of access, and has invariably held itself above justice and common morality whenever it could advantage itself by so doing.
~ Albert Jay Nock ~
 

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October 14
 
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude.
~ Katherine Mansfield ~
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October 15
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I wonder why some people tend to see science as something which takes man away from God. As I look at it, the path of science can always wind through the heart. For me, science has always been the path to spiritual enrichment and self-realisation.
~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ~
 

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October 16
 
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
~ Oscar Wilde ~
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October 17
 
You cannot make children learn music or anything else without to some degree converting them into will-less adults. You fashion them into accepters of the status quo – a good thing for a society that needs obedient sitters at dreary desks, standers in shops, mechanical catchers of the 8:30 suburban train – a society, in short, that is carried on the shabby shoulders of the scared little man – the scared-to-death conformist.
~ A. S. Neill ~
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October 18
 
Of all tools used in the shadow of the moon, men are most apt to get out of order.
~ Herman Melville ~
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~ Moby-Dick ~
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October 19
 
I could never divide myself from any man upon the difference of an opinion, or be angry with his judgement for not agreeing with me in that, from which perhaps within a few days I should dissent myself.
~ Thomas Browne ~
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October 20
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Those who have deprived themselves of this Resurrection by reason of their mutual hatreds or by regarding themselves to be in the right and others in the wrong, were chastised on the Day of Resurrection by reason of such hatreds evinced during their night. Thus they deprived themselves of beholding the countenance of God, and this for no other reason than mutual denunciations.
~ The Báb ~
 

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October 21
 
Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating truth.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~
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October 22
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We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known.
~ Doris Lessing ~
 

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October 23
 
We shall not busy ourselves with what men ought to have admired, what they ought to have written, what they ought to have thought, but with what they did think, write, admire.
~ George Saintsbury ~
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October 24
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Let natural consequences teach responsible behavior. One of the kindest things we can do is to let the natural or logical consequences of people's actions teach them responsible behavior. They may not like it or us, but popularity is a fickle standard by which to measure character development. Insisting on justice demands more true love, not less. We care enough for their growth and security to suffer their displeasure.
~ Stephen Covey ~
 

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October 25
 
Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.
~ Max Stirner ~
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October 26
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There is one tradition in America I am proud to inherit. It is our first freedom and the truest expression of our Americanism: the ability to dissent without fear. It is our right to utter the words, "I disagree."
~ Natalie Merchant ~
 

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October 27
 
We must recognize that it is a cardinal sin against democracy to support a man for public office because he belongs to a given creed or to oppose him because he belongs to a given creed. It is just as evil as to draw the line between class and class, between occupation and occupation in political life. No man who tries to draw either line is a good American. True Americanism demands that we judge each man on his conduct, that we so judge him in private life and that we so judge him in public life.
~ Theodore Roosevelt ~
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October 28
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Aesthetic value is often the by-product of the artist striving to do something else.
~ Evelyn Waugh ~
 

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October 29
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Only the mediocre are always at their best.
~ Jean Giraudoux ~
 

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October 30
 
We think ourselves possessed, or, at least, we boast that we are so, of liberty of conscience on all subjects, and of the right of free inquiry and private judgment in all cases, and yet how far are we from these exalted privileges in fact!
~ John Adams ~
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October 31
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If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.
~ John Keats ~
 

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