Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thought for Today

"A farmer travelling with his load
Picked up a horseshoe on the road,
And nailed it fast to his barn door,
That luck might down upon him pour;
That every blessing known in life
Might crown his homestead and his wife,
And never any kind of harm
Descend upon his growing farm."

~~~~~ James Thomas Fields

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thought for Today

"Men of authority have employed all the destructive agents around them to promote their own personal interests at the sacrifice of every just, honorable, and lawful consideration."

~~~~~ John White Geary

Monday, December 29, 2014

Thought for Today

"Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects."

~~~~~ Andrew Johnson

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thought for Today

"We should not permit prayer to be taken out of the schools; that's the only way most of us got through."

~~~~~ Sam Levenson

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Thought for Today

"I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses."

~~~~~ Johannes Kepler

Friday, December 26, 2014

Thought for Today

"I think you need people of principle, of character, that are leaders, that take stands on important tough issues that will affect the future of this country."

~~~~~ Sean Hannity

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thought for Today

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."

~~~~~ Sydney J. Harris

Monday, December 22, 2014

Thought for Today

"We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them."

~~~~~ Abigail Adams

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thought for Today

"You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life."

~~~~~ Benjamin Disraeli

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thought for Today

"It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness."

~~~~~ Robert Menzies

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thought for Today

"The way to an American economic comeback, the way to help those out of work today find a paycheck, is to unleash the forces of job creation in America. The source of new jobs isn't going to be the bureaucracies of Washington, but rather the creativity, ingenuity, and hard work of the American people."

~~~~~ Rob Portman

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thought for Today

"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation."

~~~~~ Hector Hugh Munro ("Saki")

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thought for Today

"This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble."

~~~~~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thought for Today

"It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases."

~~~~~ George Santayana

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thought for Today

"For reasons that are both fair and foul – but mostly for fair reasons – we have come under the domain of a scientific-management system whose ambitions are endless. They want to manage every second of our lives, every expenditure that we make. And the schools are the training ground to create a population that's easy to manage."

~~~~~ John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thought for Today

"If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to so so from the neck up instead of from the neck down."

~~~~~ Jimmy Doolittle

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thought for Today

"Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death."

~~~~~ Heinrich Heine

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thought for Today

"The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead."

~~~~~ William Lloyd Garrison

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thought for Today

"It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellow men."

~~~~~ George MacDonald

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thought for Today

"One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well."

~~~~~ Louis Kronenberger

Monday, December 8, 2014

Thought for Today

"You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward."

~~~~~ James Thurber

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thought for Today

"The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young."

~~~~~ Willa Cather

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thought for Today

"The want of education and moral training is the only real barrier that exists between the different classes of men."

~~~~~ Susanna Moodie

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thought for Today

"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

~~~~~ Walt Disney

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thought for Today

"If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do."

~~~~~ Samuel Butler

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thought for Today

"True science is never speculative; it employs hypotheses as suggesting points for inquiry, but it never adopts the hypotheses as though they were demonstrated propositions."

~~~~~ Cleveland Abbe

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thought for Today

"We have seen a central government taking more and more control over public education, over communications, over transportation, over every detail of our daily lives."

~~~~~ Robert W. Welch, Jr.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thought for Today

"One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!"

~~~~~ Winston Churchill

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thought for Today

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."

~~~~~ C. S. Lewis

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thought for Today

"All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

~~~~~ Charles A. Beard

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thought for Today

"For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are grateful that such men and women were among us. For those who continue to serve, we honor their commitment. For those who return to civilian life, we honor their service."

~~~~~ Steve Buyer

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thought for Today

"I do beseech you to direct your efforts more to preparing youth for the path and less to preparing the path for the youth."

~~~~~ Judge Ben Lindsey

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thought for Today

"Every man has three characters – that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has."

~~~~~ Alphonse Karr

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thought for Today

"Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table."

~~~~~ George Schultz

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thought for Today

"For the man sound of body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every day has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously."

~~~~~ George Gissing

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thought for Today

"Don't tell your friends about your indigestion.
'How are you' is a greeting, not a question."

~~~~~ Arthur Guiterman

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thought for Today

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

~~~~~ James A. Garfield

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thought for Today

"It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false."

~~~~~ Pierre Bayle

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thought for Today

"The activists will not stop in trying to impose their extreme views on the rest of us, and they have now plotted out a state-by-state strategy to increase the number of judicial decisions redefining marriage without the voice of the people being heard."

~~~~~ Sen. Jim Bunning

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thought for Today

"The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time."

~~~~~ Franklin Pierce Adams

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thought for Today

"Don't look at the downside of everything that comes along. It helps life move along so much smoother and nicer."

~~~~~ George Smathers

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thought for Today

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."

~~~~~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thought for Today

"Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad."

~~~~~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thought for Today

"A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished."

~~~~~ Friedrich Schiller

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thought for Today

"It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly, for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable, ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery."

~~~~~ Jonathan Mayhew

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thought for Today

"He is a great simpleton who imagines that the chief power of wealth is to supply wants. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred it creates more wants than it supplies."

~~~~~ William Wirt

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thought for Today

"Old is authentic. Old is genuine. Old is valuable."

~~~~~ Billy Graham
Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918. Happy 96th Birthday, Rev. Graham!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thought for Today

"Chicago is known for good steaks, expensive stores and beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, the Windy City also enjoys a reputation for corrupt politics, violent crime, and some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere in the country."

~~~~~ Bob Barr

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thought for Today

"Stick with the optimists. It's going to be tough enough even if they're right."

~~~~~ James Reston

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thought for Today

"Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is."

~~~~~ Daniel Boone

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thought for Today

"Our elected officials would do well to remember that the most prosperous countries are those that allow consumers – not governments – to direct the use of resources. Allowing the government to pick winners and losers hurts almost everyone, especially our poorest citizens."

~~~~~ Charles Koch

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thought for Today

"If you're a kid who is always on the outside hoping to be on the inside, you're watching a lot. You're trying to figure out how to become a normal person in a society that considers you weird."

~~~~~ Katherine Paterson

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thought for Today

"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."

~~~~~ John Adams

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thought for Today

"There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth."

~~~~~ Jean Giraudoux

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thought for Today

"Money is only useful when you get rid of it. It is like the odd card in 'Old Maid'; the player who is finally left with it has lost."

~~~~~ Evelyn Waugh

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thought for Today

"Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again."

~~~~~ James Cook

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thought for Today

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."

~~~~~ Desiderius Erasmus

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thought for Today

"The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime."

~~~~~ Max Stirner

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thought for Today

"There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice."

~~~~~ Kurt Huber

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thought for Today

"It is inevitable that many ideas of the young mind will later have to give way to the hard realities of life."

~~~~~ Felix Bloch

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thought for Today

"Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless."

~~~~~ Franz Liszt

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thought for Today

"Worm or beetle – drought or tempest – on a farmer's land may fall,
Each is loaded full o' ruin, but a mortgage beats 'em all."

~~~~~ Will Carleton

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thought for Today

"Money will never make you happy and happy will never make you money."

~~~~~ Morrie Ryskind

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thought for Today

"The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing."

~~~~~ Leigh Hunt

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thought for Today

"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph."

~~~~~ Haile Selassie

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thought for Today

"When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country."

~~~~~ Noah Webster

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thought for Today

"Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea."

~~~~~ Mikhail Lermontov

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thought for Today

"It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people."

~~~~~ Miles Franklin

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thought for Today

"The question of who is right and who is wrong has seemed to me always too small to be worth a moment's thought, while the question of what is right and what is wrong has seemed all-important."

~~~~~ Albert J. Nock

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thought for Today

"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself."

~~~~~ Walter Anderson

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thought for Today

"It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly, for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable, ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery."

~~~~~ Jonathan Mayhew

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thought for Today

"He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity."

~~~~~ William Samuel Johnson

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thought for Today

"A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way."

~~~~~ Caroline Gordon

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Thought for Today

"Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control."

~~~~~ Denis Diderot

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thought for Today

"Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and State, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times."

~~~~~ President Rutherford B. Hayes

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thought for Today

"If a man has talent and can't use it, he's failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know."

~~~~~ Thomas Wolfe

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thought for Today

"In whatever position you find yourself determine first your objective."

~~~~~ Ferdinand Foch

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thought for Today

"Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading."

~~~~~ Rufus Choate

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thought for Today

"Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water."

~~~~~ Miguel de Cervantes

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thought for Today

"Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more."

~~~~~ Georges Clemenceau

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thought for Today

"To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius."

~~~~~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thought for Today

"That every person is desirous to obtain, with as little sacrifice as possible, as much as possible of the articles of wealth."

~~~~~ Nassau William Senior

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thought for Today

"Any number of scoundrels, having money enough to start with, can establish themselves as a 'government'; because, with money, they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort more money; and also compel general obedience to their will."

~~~~~ Lysander Spooner

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thought for Today

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is."

~~~~~ Horace Walpole

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thought for Today

"Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do!"

~~~~~ Jane Taylor

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thought for Today

"The important thing is to know how to take all things quietly."

~~~~~ Michael Faraday

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thought for Today

"Some people bear three kinds of trouble – the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have."

~~~~~ H. G. Wells

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thought for Today

"And if you cannot remain indifferent, you must resolve to throw your weight into that balance in which the fate and condition of man is weighed."

~~~~~ Lajos Kossuth

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thought for Today

"No section of the American populace has been more completely deceived by the forces interested in keeping the truth from the people than America's youth."

~~~~~ Francis Parker Yockey

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thought for Today

"What strikes the historian surveying anti-Semitism worldwide over more than two millennia is its fundamental irrationality. It seems to make no sense, any more than malaria or meningitis makes sense."

~~~~~ Paul Johnson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thought for Today

"The wealth of the country, its capital, its credit, must be saved from the predatory poor as well as the predatory rich, but above all from the predatory politician."

~~~~~ James J. Hill

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thought for Today

"It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills."

~~~~~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thought for Today

"Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people."

~~~~~ J. B. Priestley

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thought for Today

"The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind."

~~~~~ H. L. Mencken

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thought for Today

"Ten years have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights. Since then we've lived in sunshine and in shadow, and although we can never unsee what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost."

~~~~~ Mayor Michael Bloomberg
              September 11, 2011

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thought for Today

"There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority."

~~~~~ Charles Kuralt

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thought for Today

"I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back."

~~~~~ Leo Tolstoy

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thought for Today

"What you think about when you don't have to think, shows what you really are."

~~~~~ David O. McKay

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thought for Today

"Learning should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life's greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the minds of the noble and the learned."

~~~~~ Taylor Caldwell

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thought for Today

"Watching a baby being born is a little like watching a wet St. Bernard coming in through the cat door."

~~~~~ Jeff Foxworthy

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thought for Today

"Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence."

~~~~~ Daniel Burnham

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thought for Today

"The reality is that zero defects in products plus zero pollution plus zero risk on the job is equivalent to maximum growth of government plus zero economic growth plus runaway inflation."

~~~~~ Dixie Lee Ray

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thought for Today

"Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power."

~~~~~ Henry George

Monday, September 1, 2014

Thought for Today - Monday, September 1, 2014

"There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose."

~~~~~ Kin Hubbard

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thought for Today

"Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds."

~~~~~ Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thought for Today

"If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave."

~~~~~ Théophile Gautier

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thought for Today

"A few can touch the magic string,
And noisy fame is proud to win them:
Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!"

~~~~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thought for Today

"The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation."

~~~~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thought for Today

"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts – a child – as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."

~~~~~ Mother Teresa

Monday, August 25, 2014

Thought for Today

"Temporary success can be achieved in spite of lack of other fundamental qualities, but no advancements can be maintained without hard work."

~~~~~ William Feather

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thought for Today

"Don't let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you're crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you're greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn't understand."

~~~~~ Robert G. Allen

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thought for Today

"It is the artist's function not to copy but to synthesise: to eliminate from that gross confusion of actuality which is his raw material whatever is accidental, idle, irrelevant, and select for perpetuation that only which is appropriate and immortal."

~~~~~ William Ernest Henley

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thought for Today

"Words are also seeds, and when dropped into the invisible spiritual substance, they grow and bring forth after their kind."

~~~~~ Charles Fillmore

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thought for Today

"I knew that my staying up would not change the election result if I were defeated, while if elected I had a hard day ahead of me. So I thought a night's rest was best in any event."

~~~~~ Benjamin Harrison

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thought for Today

"A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment."

~~~~~ Marshall Field

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thought for Today

"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do."

~~~~~ Henry Drummond

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Thought for Today

"The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting."

~~~~~ Charles Bukowski

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thought for Today

"Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures."

~~~~~ Thomas de Quincey

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thought for Today

"An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious – just dead wrong."

~~~~~ Russell Baker

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thought for Today

"No matter how skillful you are, you can't invent a product advantage that doesn't exist. And if you do, and it's just a gimmick, it's going to fall apart anyway."

~~~~~ William Bernbach

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thought for Today

"Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary."

~~~~~ Julius Rosenwald

Monday, August 11, 2014

Thought for Today

"Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed."

~~~~~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Thought on the Disappearance of Freedom

"The past shows unvaryingly that when a people’s freedom disappears, it goes not with a bang, but in silence amid the comfort of being cared for. That is the dire peril in the present trend toward statism. If freedom is not found accompanied by a willingness to resist, and to reject favors, rather than to give up what is intangible but precarious, it will not long be found at all."

~~~~~ Richard M. Weaver, 1962
(Cited in Jonah Goldberg's book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change )

Thought for Today

"Lotteries, a tax upon imbeciles."

~~~~~ Camillo di Cavour

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thought for Today

"I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning."

~~~~~ Izaak Walton

Friday, August 8, 2014

Thought for Today

"Modern diplomats approach every problem with an open mouth."

~~~~~ Arthur Goldberg

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thought for Today

"One has a greater sense of degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience."

~~~~~ Alice James

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Thought for Today

"The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success."

~~~~~ Luc de Clapiers

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thought for Today

"We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire."

~~~~~ Rupert Brooke

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Thought for Today

"If we ever hope to rid the world of the political AIDS of our time, terrorism, the rule must be clear: One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists."

~~~~~ Meir Kahane

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thought for Today

"Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie; that one party can gain only at the expense of another."

~~~~~ Milton Friedman

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thought for Today

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government."

~~~~~ John Sharp Williams

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thought for Today

"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."

~~~~~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thought for Today

"Wake the power within thee slumbering, trim the plot that's in thy keeping, thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour's prize."

~~~~~ John Stuart Blackie

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thought for Today

"When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, But his books were read."

~~~~~ Hilaire Belloc

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thought for Today

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."

~~~~~ Aldous Huxley

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thought for Today

"Every friend to the liberty of his country is bound to reflect, and step forward to prevent the dreadful consequences which shall result from a government of events."

~~~~~ Henry Knox

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thought for Today

"We need not worry so much about what man descends from – it's what he descends to that shames the human race."

~~~~~ Hal Boyle

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thought for Today

"No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character of a child."

~~~~~ Charlotte Saunders Cushman

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thought for Today

"Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways."

~~~~~ Stephen Vincent Benet

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thought for Today

"They never taste who always drink:
They always talk, who never think."

~~~~~ Matthew Prior

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thought for Today

"What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully."

~~~~~ Victor Cherbuliez

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thought for Today

"In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."

~~~~~ S. I. Hayakawa

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thought for Today

"Not every man remembers the name of the cow which supplied him with each drop of milk he has drunk."

~~~~~ Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thought for Today

"Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself."

~~~~~ Vilfredo Pareto

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thought for Today

"I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens."

~~~~~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thought for Today

"The best way to avoid a bad action is by doing a good one, for there is no difficulty in the world like that of trying to do nothing."

~~~~~ John Clare

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thought for Today

"There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language."

~~~~~ William Osler

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thought for Today

"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people."

~~~~~ John Quincy Adams

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thought for Today

"A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case."

~~~~~ Finley Peter Dunne

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Thought for Today

"Trust gives you the permission to give people direction, get everyone aligned, and give them the energy to go get the job done. Trust enables you to execute with excellence and produce extraordinary results. As you execute with excellence and deliver on your commitments, trust becomes easier to inspire, creating a flywheel of performance."

~~~~~ Douglas Conant

Monday, July 7, 2014

Thought for Today

"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once."

~~~~~ Robert A. Heinlein

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thought for Today

"Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions."

~~~~~ Roger Babson

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thought for Today

"The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose."

~~~~~ John Mason Brown

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thought for Today

"The door of conciliation and compromise is finally closed by our adversaries, and it remains only to us to meet the conflict with the dignity and firmness of men worthy of freedom."

~~~~~ Robert Toombs

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thought for the Day

"Sound moral principle is the only sure evidence of strength, the only firm foundation of greatness and perpetuity. Where this is lacking, no man's character is strong; no nation's life can be lasting."

~~~~~ Orson F. Whitney

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thought for Today

"Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place."

~~~~~ Frederic Bastiat

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thought for Today

"Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake, and also from the man who makes the same mistake twice."

~~~~~ Dr. William J. Mayo

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thought for Today

"The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long. It separates us from reality like a fog."

~~~~~ Alexis Carrel

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thought for Today

"The activist is no