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Today is Monday, October 25, 2021; it is now 07:44 (UTC)


September 1
US soldier in Nuristan Province of Afghanistan.jpg  
My fellow Americans, the war in Afghanistan is now over. I’m the fourth president who has faced the issue of whether and when to end this war. When I was running for president, I made a commitment to the American people that I would end this war. Today, I’ve honored that commitment. It was time to be honest with the American people again.
We no longer had a clear purpose and an open-ended mission in Afghanistan. After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, I refuse to send another generation of America’s sons and daughters to fight a war that should have ended long ago.
~ Joe Biden ~
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September 2
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Some day you will know for yourself that it is almost as true to say that one recovers from all things as that there is nothing which does not leave its scar.
~ Paul Bourget ~
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September 3
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Unceasingly the essence of things is taking shape in the matter of things, and this unspeakable process we call birth and growth. Awhile the spirit and the matter fade away together, and it is this that we call decadence, death. These two happenings seem jointed and interdependent, blended into one like a bubble and its iridescence, and they seem borne along upon a slowly moving air. This air is wonderful past all understanding.
~ Louis Sullivan ~
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September 4
Antoni-de-melo.jpg  
If you want to know what it means to be happy, look at a flower, a bird, a child; they are perfect images of the kingdom. For they live from moment to moment in the eternal now with no past and no future. So they are spared the guilt and anxiety that so torment human beings and they are full of the sheer joy of living, taking delight not so much in persons or things as in life itself. As long as your happiness is caused or sustained by something or someone outside of you, you are still in the land of the dead. The day you are happy for no reason whatsoever, the day you find yourself taking delight in everything and in nothing, you will know that you have found the land of unending joy called the kingdom.
~ Anthony de Mello ~
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September 5
Caspar David Friedrich's Chalk Cliffs on Rügen.jpg  
The divine is everywhere, even in a grain of sand
~ Caspar David Friedrich ~
  Friedrich Kreuz im Wald.jpg

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September 6
Pirsig2005 (cropped).jpg  
There are eras of human history in which the channels of thought have been too deeply cut and no change was possible, and nothing new ever happened, and "best" was a matter of dogma, but that is not the situation now. Now the stream of our common consciousness seems to be obliterating its own banks, losing its central direction and purpose, flooding the lowlands, disconnecting and isolating the highlands and to no particular purpose other than the wasteful fulfillment of its own internal momentum. Some channel deepening seems called for.
~ Robert M. Pirsig ~
  Lichtenberg figure in block of Plexiglas.jpg

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September 7
Taylor caldwell a.jpg  
Learning … should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life's greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the minds of noble and learned men, not a conducted tour through a jail. So its surroundings should be as gracious as possible, to complement it.
~ Taylor Caldwell ~
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September 8
Li Shangyin.jpg  
Literature endures, like the universal spirit,
And its breath becomes a part of the vitals of all men.
~ Li Shangyin ~
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September 9
Ilya Efimovich Repin (1844-1930) - Portrait of Leo Tolstoy (1887).jpg  
Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth. Only deeds of truth, by introducing light into the conscience of each individual, can dissolve the cohesion of error, and detach men one by one from the mass united together by the cohesion of error.
~ Leo Tolstoy ~
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September 10
Hoag's object.jpg  
We live in an essential and unresolvable tension between our unity with nature and our dangerous uniqueness. Systems that attempt to place and make sense of us by focusing exclusively either on the uniqueness or the unity are doomed to failure. But we must not stop asking and questing because the answers are complex and ambiguous.
~ Stephen Jay Gould ~
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September 11
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On a day when buildings fell, heroes rose: Pentagon employees ran into smoke-filled corridors to guide their friends to safety. Firefighters rushed up the stairs of the World Trade Center as the towers neared collapse. Passengers aboard Flight 93 charged the cockpit and laid down their lives to spare countless others. One of the worst days in America's history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans' history. We'll always honor the heroes of 9/11.
~ George W. Bush ~
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September 12
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It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die.
~ Steve Biko ~
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September 13
FionaApple.jpg  
You shouldn't model your life about what you think that we think is cool and what we're wearing and what we're saying and everything. Go with yourself. Go with yourself.
~ Fiona Apple ~
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September 14
Alexander von Humboldt-selfportrait.jpg  
Only what we have wrought into our character during life can we take away with us.
~ Alexander von Humboldt ~
  Stieler, Joseph Karl - Alexander von Humboldt - 1843.jpg

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September 15
Joaquin Sorolla Portrait of President Taft.jpg  
The President cannot make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn to grow, he cannot make business good; although when these things occur, political parties do claim some credit for the good things that have happened in this way.
~ William Howard Taft ~
  Anders Zorn - Portrait of William Howard Taft (1911).jpg

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September 16
Tiffany Jesus Window in Pullman Memorial Universalist Church.jpg  

The fool hath said … The fool hath said
And we, who deemed him wise,
We, who believed that Thou wast dead,
How should we seek Thine eyes?

How should we seek to Thee for power,
Who scorned Thee yesterday?
How should we kneel in this dread hour?
Lord, teach us how to pray.

~ Alfred Noyes ~
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September 17
Norm Macdonald.jpg  
My dad died, and my grandfather died, and my great-grandfather died. And the guy before him, I don't know. Probably died.
~ Norm Macdonald ~
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September 18
Battesimo di Cristo" 1710.jpg  
When I behold the works of thy hands and consider the course of thy providence, give me Grace always to remember that thy thoughts are not my thoughts, nor thy ways my ways. And while it shall please Thee to continue me in this world where much is to be done and little to be known, teach me by thy Holy Spirit to withdraw my mind from unprofitable and dangerous enquiries, from difficulties vainly curious, and doubts impossible to be solved. Let me rejoice in the light which thou hast imparted, let me serve thee with active zeal, and humble confidence, and wait with patient expectation for the time in which the soul which Thou receivest, shall be satisfied with knowledge.
~ Samuel Johnson‎ ~
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September 19
William Golding 1983.jpg  
We need more humanity, more care, more love. There are those who expect a political system to produce that; and others who expect the love to produce the system. My own faith is that the truth of the future lies between the two and we shall behave humanly and a bit humanely, stumbling along, haphazardly generous and gallant, foolishly and meanly wise until the rape of our planet is seen to be the preposterous folly that it is.
For we are a marvel of creation.
~ William Golding ~
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September 20
Dr. Joyce Brothers 1988.jpg  
Religious belief, trust, a sense of connection to the universe — no matter what you call it, there is a spiritual component to strong families. They see their lives as imbued with purpose, reflected in the things they do for one another and the community. Small problems provide a chance to grow; large ones are a lesson in courage. … It takes a certain type of spiritual grace to see beyond one’s own misery to the needs of others. Strong families try to live so they can look outward — and inward — every single day.
~ Joyce Brothers ~
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September 21
This morning we caught a rainbow.jpg  
What it is to bathe every day, always to be clad beautifully, to climb mountains for pleasure, to fly, to meet none but agreeable, well mannered people, to conduct researches or make delightful things... a time when all such good things will be for all men may be coming more nearly than we think. Each one who believes that brings the good time nearer; each heart that fails delays it.
~ H. G. Wells ~
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~ The Outline of History ~
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September 22
Philip Stanhope by Roubiliac, 1745, Victoria and Albert Museum.JPG  
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
~ Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield ~
  Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield by William Hoare.jpg

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September 23
Ray Charles FIJM 2003.jpg  
You better live every day like your last because one day you're going to be right.
~ Ray Charles ~
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September 24
Horace Walpole by John Giles Eccardt.jpg  
Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
~ Horace Walpole ~
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September 25
Carl Van Vechten - William Faulkner (greyscale and cropped).jpg  
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
~ William Faulkner ~
  William Faulkner 1954 (2) (photo by Carl van Vechten).jpg

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September 26
T.S. Eliot, 1923.JPG  
Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
~ T. S. Eliot ~
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September 27
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet 3.jpg  
Only great souls know the grandeur there is in charity.
~ Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet ~
  Abbott Handerson Thayer - Caritas - 97.199 - Museum of Fine Arts.jpg

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September 28
Confucius Statue at the Yushima Seido.JPG  
I do not open up the truth to one who is not eager to get knowledge, nor help out any one who is not anxious to explain himself. When I have presented one corner of a subject to any one, and he cannot from it learn the other three, I do not repeat my lesson.
~ Confucius (孔子 · Kongzi) ~
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September 29
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The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest.
~ Horatio Nelson ~
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September 30
Elie Wiesel 2012 Shankbone.JPG  
Terrorism must be outlawed by all civilized nations — not explained or rationalized, but fought and eradicated. Nothing can, nothing will justify the murder of innocent people and helpless children.
~ Elie Wiesel ~
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