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Today is Thursday, December 9, 2021; it is now 10:51 (UTC)


October 1
Daniel Boorstin.jpg  
We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.
~ Daniel J. Boorstin ~
  Ceiling of the Reading Room in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C LCCN2011634795.tif

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October 2
GRAHAM GREENE - 14 Clapham Common North Side Clapham London SW4 0RF.jpg  
People don't like reality, they don't like common sense, until age forces it on them.
~ Graham Greene ~
  Graham Greene grave in Corseaux.JPG

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October 3
Thomas Wolfe 1937 1 (cropped).jpg  
The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.
~ Thomas Wolfe ~
  Thomas Wolfe 1937 4.jpg

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October 4
General Hayes.jpg  
The melancholy thing in our public life is the insane desire to get higher.
~ Rutherford B. Hayes ~
  President Rutherford Hayes 1870 - 1880 Restored.jpg

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October 5
Praha, Hradčany, Chotkovy sady, NIKE 89 02.jpg  
The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does not gather votes. He does not attempt to charm the public, he offers nothing and promises nothing. He can offer, if anything, only his own skin — and he offers it solely because he has no other way of affirming the truth he stands for. His actions simply articulate his dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost.
~ Václav Havel ~
  Václav Havel 2014 Václavské náměstí.JPG

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October 6
David Brin at ACM CFP 2005dsc278c.jpg  
Nation states are archaic leftovers from when each man feared the tribe over the hill, an attitude we can’t afford anymore.
~ David Brin ~
  Flag-map of the world.svg

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October 7
Niels Bohr Albert Einstein2 by Ehrenfest.jpg  
I consider those developments in physics during the last decades which have shown how problematical such concepts as "objective" and "subjective" are, a great liberation of thought.
~ Niels Bohr ~
  HD.3A.002 (10555706494).jpg

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October 8
Dune sunrise.jpg  
Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.
~ Frank Herbert ~
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~ Dune ~
  Frank Herbert headshot.jpg

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October 9
Праздник День Культуры (15 апреля) в саду «Василеостровец».JPG  
We are dissipating superstition, ignorance and fear. We are forging courage, will and knowledge.
Every striving toward enlightenment is welcome. Every prejudice, caused by ignorance, is exposed.
~ Nicholas Roerich ~
  N.Roerich by B.Kustodiev (1913).jpg

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October 10
Maria Ressa.jpg  
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. Ms Ressa and Mr Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia. At the same time, they are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.
~ Norwegian Nobel Committee ~
  Dmitry Muratov Four Freedoms Award 2010.jpg

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October 11
Eleanor Roosevelt UDHR.jpg  
It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~
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October 12
Luciano Pavarotti 2004.jpg  
If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.
~ Luciano Pavarotti ~
  Luciano Pavarotti, opera star, and family, N.Y.C., cropped.jpg

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October 13
Nock.jpg  
The conservative is a person who considers very closely every chance, even the longest, of "throwing out the baby with the bath-water," as the German proverb puts it, and who determines his conduct accordingly. And so we see that the term conservative has little value as a label; in fact, one might say that its label-value varies inversely with one's right to wear it.
~ Albert Jay Nock ~
  Baby being bathed on the kitchen table, ca. 1918 (7001966537).jpg

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October 14
New Shepard booster at Oshkosh Airventure 2017 02 (36143645465).jpg  
What you have given me, is the most profound experience I could imagine. I’m so filled with emotion, about what’s just happened — it’s extraordinary. It’s extraordinary.
I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now — I don’t want to lose it. It’s so … so much larger than me and life and it hasn’t got anything to do with the little green planet and the blue orb — it has to do with the enormity — at the quickness and the suddenness of life and death and then — oh my God!
~ William Shatner ~
  William Shatner Photo Op GalaxyCon Raleigh 2021.jpg

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October 15
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in 2008.jpg  
The best way to win was to not need to win. The best performances are accomplished when you are relaxed and free of doubt.
~ Abdul Kalam ~
  A P J Abdul Kalam.jpg

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October 16
Eugene O'Neill 1936.jpg  
We can begin to create new goals for ourselves, ends for our days! A new discipline for life will spring into being, a new will and power to live, a new ideal to measure the value of our lives by! … We need a new leader who will teach us that ideal, who by his life will exemplify it and make it a living truth for us — a man who will prove that man's fleeting life in time and space can be noble. We need, above all, to learn again to believe in the possibility of nobility of spirit in ourselves!
~ Eugene O'Neill ~
  ONeill-Eugene-LOC.jpg

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October 17
Arthur-miller.jpg  
I cannot write anything that I understand too well. If I know what something means to me, if I have already come to the end of it as an experience, I can't write it because it seems a twice-told tale. I have to astonish myself, and that of course is a very costly way of going about things, because you can go up a dead end and discover that it's beyond your capacity to discover some organism underneath your feeling, and you're left simply with a formless feeling which is not itself art. It's inexpressible and one must leave it until it is hardened and becomes something that has form and has some possibility of being communicated. It might take a year or two or three or four to emerge.
~ Arthur Miller ~
  Arthur Miller 1966.jpg

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October 18
John Lennon performing Give Peace a Chance 1969.jpg  
I must say that "Give Peace a Chance" has always seemed to me to be sensible advice.
~ Pierre Trudeau ~
  Pierre Trudeau (1975).jpg

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October 19
GEN Colin Powell.JPG  
Success ultimately rests on small things, lots of small things. Leaders have to have a feel for small things — a feel for what is going in in the depths of an organization where small things reside. The more senior you become, the more you are isolated by pomp and staff, and the harder and more necessary it becomes to know what is going on six floors down. One way is to leave the top floor and its grand accoutrements and get down into the bowels for real. Don't tell anyone you are coming.
~ Colin Powell ~
  Colin powell (official portrait).png

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October 20
View to terraces.jpg  
On the Day of Resurrection God will ask everyone of his understanding and not of his following in the footsteps of others. How often a person, having inclined his ears to the holy verses, would bow down in humility and would embrace the Truth, while his leader would not do so. Thus every individual must bear his own responsibility, rather than someone else bearing it for him.
~ The Báb ~
  Terraces.jpg

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October 21
Brocken-tanzawa2.JPG  
Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain't no free rides, baby. No hitchhiking. And if you want to strike out in any new direction — you go alone. With a machete in your hand and the fear of God in your heart.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin ~
  UrsulaLeGuin.01.jpg

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October 22
Electricsheep-3052.jpg  
God created Arrakis to train the faithful.
~ Frank Herbert ~
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~ Dune ~
  Morocco Africa Flickr Rosino December 2005 84527213.jpg

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October 23
Iceland (Unsplash j4PaE7E2 Ws).jpg  
I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely emerges in another form. Even if you don't believe in God, you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.
~ Michael Crichton ~
  Double-alaskan-rainbow.jpg

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October 24
Stephen Covey 2010.jpg  
Values are social norms — they're personal, emotional, subjective, and arguable. All of us have values. Even criminals have values. The question you must ask yourself is, Are your values based upon principles? In the last analysis, principles are natural laws — they're impersonal, factual, objective and self-evident. Consequences are governed by principles and behavior is governed by values; therefore, value principles!
~ Stephen Covey ~
  Empyrean Light and Shadows of Salvation.jpg

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October 25
Marble bull's head by Picasso, Ernest Hemingway House .JPG  
Neither is there figurative and non-figurative art. All things appear to us in the shape of forms. Even in metaphysics ideas are expressed by forms, well then think how absurd it would be to think of painting without the imagery of forms. A figure, an object, a circle, are forms; they affect us more or less intensely.
~ Pablo Picasso ~
  Pablo Picasso, summer 1912.jpg

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October 26
2006 AEGold Proof Obv.png  
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.
~ Napoleon Hill ~
  Napoleon Hill seated with book TGR.jpg

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October 27
Am I not a Man and a Brother, medallion modelled by William H. Hackwood, Wedgwood, Etruria, England, c. 1786, tinted stoneware - Brooklyn Museum - DSC09289 (cropped).JPG  
In name we had the Declaration of Independence in 1776; but we gave the lie by our acts to the words of the Declaration of Independence until 1865; and words count for nothing except in so far as they represent acts. This is true everywhere.
~ Theodore Roosevelt ~
  Theodore Roosevelt by John Singer Sargent, 1903.jpg

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October 28
Kanō Jigorō c1937.jpg  
Carefully observe oneself and one's situation, carefully observe others, and carefully observe one's environment,
Seize the initiative in whatever you undertake,
Consider fully, act decisively,
Know when to stop,
Keep to the middle.
~ Kanō Jigorō ~
  KanoJigoro Sensyunen.jpg

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October 29
Sir Walter Ralegh by 'H' monogrammist.jpg  
Even such is time, that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with age and dust;
Who in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days.
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust!
~ Walter Raleigh ~
  Bruno Lucchesi's 1976 statue of Sir Walter Raleigh, for whom North Carolina's capital city is named LCCN2011633041.tif

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October 30
Adelaide Anne Procter by Emma Gaggiotti Richards.jpg  
Dreams grow holy put in action; work grows fair through starry dreaming,
But where each flows on unmingling, both are fruitless and in vain.
~ Adelaide Anne Procter ~
  Eternal Life Galaxy.jpg

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October 31
John Keats by William Hilton.jpg  
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goal — yet, do not grieve;
She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!
~ John Keats ~
  Keats urn.jpg

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