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Success, then, is a relative term; we may apply it to measure the quality of the change we engender, the lives we transform, and the relationships we build. With titles such as doctor or president, it is what we do with our influence that imbues our titles with value. With what we have learned, knowledge prepares us to face the challenges of our generation, equips us to fight inequity in health, wealth, and opportunity, and guides us in our future endeavors. With dedication and ambition, we can defeat ignorance and accomplish the extraordinary.

The true measure of success may not be manifest at first sight. The gifts we have received from Brentwood High School and this community, however, have provided us with our first steps toward its eventual discovery. With this in mind, I challenge you to define your success and live up to your own measures with passion and commitment. If you see yourself as having succeeded, others will follow suit. Good luck and congratulations to you all!


Eastport-South Manor Junior Senior High School

Taylor Grogan

Age: 17

State University of New York at Geneseo

Thank you. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers, administrators, the Board of Education and our friends and families, not only for sharing our graduation with us and watching us as we receive our diplomas and reminisce about past events, but also for the endless support you have given us over the years that helped us throughout high school and led us to this stage today.

Whether we realize it or not, our families and friends have contributed greatly to our success in high school. Our parents pushed us to excel and to put everything we could into our schoolwork, leading us to give our best effort to school. Siblings and friends were there for us when we fell short of expectations, either those of our parents, teachers, or even our own. They reminded us what we are capable of and motivated us to continue working as hard as we could, either through encouraging words or more commonly through sibling rivalries. It is for this inspiration and encouragement that I thank not only my own family, but the families of all the graduates joining me onstage today.

While our family and friends gave us the motivation, our teachers guided us and kept us moving forward toward success. In fact, this school and our experiences here would not have been the same without the teachers who pushed us, sometimes beyond our normal limits, who reminded us to enjoy senior year and not take life too seriously, and even those who “enlightened” us through their random rants and theories, ridiculous current events and who opened our eyes to the fourth dimension. Our teachers amused and inspired us with their quotes of the day, Chuck Norris facts and Billy Joel lyrics on tests. However, the teachers we have come to know and love have given us more than fun memories; our teachers have given us the best education we could ask for and have provided us with many of the life lessons we will need in order to succeed. Without these teachers, I’m sure many of us would not have enjoyed high school nearly as much as we did, nor would we have learned as much as we have.

Whether you truly enjoyed school or not, we all at some point anticipated its end and thought graduation could not come soon enough. Yet as I stand here, with the end upon us, I’ve realized high school wasn’t just about the building or the teachers. School is an experience that, since kindergarten, has defined me, defined us all. For the most part, our school experiences depended on what we chose to participate in.

Students who played sports remember rivalry games and pasta parties with our teams, while members of the band reminisce over band trips and concerts. The students involved in clubs remember certain events they sponsored, just as other students have memories of working on the homecoming floats and fundraising for our class. While these memories set us apart from one another, we all share the memories of the sound of the bell, taking tests and meeting our friends before class. These are the memories that have marked us as students and define how we have spent the majority of our lives. But as we walk off this stage and say our good-byes, our identity as high school students ends. We are left to choose our own future path and decide how we will define ourselves.

Even though many of us are heading off to college, and continuing our lives as students, we must begin to think about our future because college is an opportunity to work toward our goals and gain the education necessary to follow our dreams. So regardless of whether you plan to attend college in the fall, seek employment or join the armed forces, the time to decide on your future is fast approaching. Everything you choose to do is a step toward your future and will become a part of who you are, just as the choices you made in high school and our memories here have become a part of each and every one of us. So, when choosing your future path, why not choose the path that will bring you a sense of purpose, fulfillment, pride, and most importantly, joy. Such a decision is not to be taken lightly, nor is it to be feared. It is to be made with a clear vision of your future and the drive and excitement to see that your vision is realized. No matter how you choose to define yourself, be sure to follow your passions and make a decision that is entirely your own.

While our futures lie before us, waiting to unfold, one thing is certain: high school is over and we have all come to our first true milestone in our adult lives. We are no longer high school seniors, we are now high school graduates, ready to move on and face the world that exists beyond the teachers, cliques and class schedules that have defined much of our lives. With that said, I would like to congratulate the class of 2008 on achieving this milestone and wish you all good luck in following your passions and fulfilling your dreams.


School: Farmingdale High School

Steven Zilg

Age: 18

Attending: Boston College

Good evening Board of Education, administrators, teachers, honored guests, family and friends; and of course Mike Natale and Cody Torlincasi, who actually paid $10 for this one second of fame. Good luck in life, guys. It is an honor and a privilege to welcome you all to the graduation of the Farmingdale High School class of 2008. We’ve been building toward this day for the last 13 years. When we began, a gallon of gas only cost $1, Pluto was considered a planet, and Steve Knox was merely 3 feet 5 inches tall. So much has changed since then.

Writing this speech was not easy for me. I am up here tonight because I managed to end up with the highest G.P.A. in the class. For some reason, that also means that I know more about life, and that I should represent the class by imparting some final words of wisdom on everyone, before running out the door waving a diploma over my head and throwing my hat in the air with everyone else. Unfortunately my store of life experience is not at all full, and verbal inspiration has never been a specialty of mine. After trying for countless hours to come up with something to say, I still did not have any ideas. But, then I thought to myself, hey, the adults are always telling me how much information I have available to me, why don’t I try looking there? The Internet, I thought to myself. This ingenious invention was going to save my life and create a beautiful speech for me. I looked everywhere I could think of. I started with the obvious, YouTube and “the Google” as our president calls it. But when I did not find anything there I began to grow desperate. I found myself typing random Web addresses such as www.greatideasforstevezilgsvaledictorianspeech.com. Nothing came up. I found everything that I was not looking for, and nothing that I was willing to say up here in front of all of you. After trying very hard to make my speech something special, I decided first that I should cover the basic parts of a typical valedictorian speech: the thank yous, and the congratulations.

To our administrators, teachers, and faculty. You have overseen our development during these many years. Everyone sitting here owes part of who they are to the Farmingdale School District. I know I do. My educational experience is a culmination of the interactions I have had with teachers both in and out of the classroom. For example, if it wasn’t for Mr. De Paola, I would never have known that the cafeteria hallway in our school is the longest school hallway in the state of New York. I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t have that important piece of information. Whether it be music, art, athletics or just general education, the staff in this school district is filled with some amazing people who have given us nothing but the best. On behalf of all the graduating seniors, I would like to say thank you. I would also like to give a personal thank you to one of the school trainers, Phil Fandale, without whom I would probably be giving this speech on crutches or in a leg brace.

To the families of these graduates. Some of you were probably wondering if this day was ever going to come (Mr. and Mrs. Tarello), and now that it is here, there are probably even more of you who wish you could put it off for one more year. You’ve watched over us for the last 18 years, and have seen us grow from diapers to diplomas. For these last, almost two decades, you have been a runway for us, giving us guidelines and direction while we remain on the ground. But now we have reached the end of that runway, and it is time for us to takeoff into the flight of life, which can go anywhere we decide to take it. No matter what path we take there are going to be challenges, but we are ready to face them, thanks to you, our parents.

Teachers and parents, congratulations on successfully getting us this far. But even more importantly, my fellow graduates, congratulations on getting yourselves this far. In today’s world where so much value is placed on higher education and furthering our studies, not enough worth is put on the diploma we get for finishing this level of education.Just because we are getting smarter as a species does not mean that it is any easier to get through high school.I am sure all of you in front of me right now can attest to the hard work that it took to earn that seat you are now sitting in. This should be nothing short of the proudest moment in your lives so far, and each and every one of you deserves a round of applause. While I know that within this school there are some amazing clubs and teams that accomplish many outstanding feats, there is one special group that has given me memories that I will take with me forever. I would like to take a moment to commend my brothers on the Daler Football team, who persevered through tremendous adversity and brought the Rutgers Cup back to Farmingdale for the first time in 16 years. I wish I could have been out there with you guys.

Now for the inspirational words ... here goes nothing.

If someone were to observe our world from the outside, they would see some terrible sights, hear some terrible sounds, and probably feel some terrible feelings. But even though those sights and sounds make up most of what you read in the paper or see on the news, the lesser publicized stories can be just as, if not more important. There are some amazing people doing some amazing things in every field all around this world, and it is our time to join them. I look at you my peers, and I see enormous potential in every sense of the word. I see movers and shakers, I see problem solvers, I see healers, I see thinkers, and I see doers. I see courageous individuals who are all ready to soar off, and change this world for the better in so many ways. And as I stand before you I am both humbled and thankful; humbled by the amount of talent I see in the class of 2008, and thankful that I was able to be just a small part of it. But remember this my fellow graduates. While the Internet may be able to help you, it will never accomplish tasks for you. If we trust in each others abilities, as well as our own, the unimaginable will become not only imaginable, but attainable. Thank you and I wish us all a healthy and happy future.


School: Farmingdale High School

Rachel Roesch, salutatorian

Age: 18

Attending: College of New Jersey

When I was young, I used to think teachers lived at school. Now, although I know better, I doubt it sometimes because I don’t think I’ve ever seen some of the teachers leave the building. It just goes to show how dedicated our teachers are to their students and that they don’t view teaching as a “hard duty” but as a “valuable gift.”

Although we are uncertain about the future, I believe the general consensus is that we all want to graduate whether it is due to intellectual maturity or a need to be free. I know many of us enjoyed the time spent in high school, but there is something inside of us that knows it is time to move on.

Learning from past generations and our past failures is the key to improving our future. After all, school is for learning.


School: Long Beach High School

Name : Doug Kovel

Age: 18

Attending: Georgetown University

I would like to thank our superintendent, Dr. Robert Greenberg, the Board of Education, Mr. Restivo, administrators, parents, teachers, and fellow students for being here today. To the seniors this year seemed like an eternity, but the day we graduate is finally here. This is a truly monumental event for which we all deserve congratulations. As we look around this room we can see future teachers, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, soldiers, athletes, and other successful professionals. Some of us may think we have our futures all mapped out and know exactly what it is we want to do, while others of us only have a vague idea of what it is we want to do or simply have no idea at all yet. Whatever the case may be, I hope we keep an open mind and find our passions in life despite all obstacles that can get in the way.

While this day is a landmark occasion, on which we should celebrate our accomplishments, we could not have arrived here alone. I feel that we must take some time to recognize those people who were instrumental in helping us get to this point. Let us thank our families who have supported us in our educational and extracurricular endeavors, and who have been there for us when we needed them most. Let us also thank our teachers who have inspired and empowered us, and who have given us the tools to succeed.

While many of us will work ambitiously to achieve our future goals we should avoid becoming overly consumed by our desires to be successful. On the subject of success, Neil Simon once said, “I think that this country and culture glorifies and deifies the goddess of Success to the point that whenever we try and fail, we hear our own inner voices say, “shame upon you.” If there is any shame, it is in the fact that we inflict such heavy punishments on ourselves.” I think that this quote accurately articulates a pitfall for many people, in a society where ideals such as opportunism and competition are championed, sometimes to an unhealthy extent. Far too often people, become overly concerned with the end results of “doing well,” or being “the best” without enjoying themselves in the process. Wanting to do your best is fine, as long as you don’t allow a fear of failure stop you from following your passions and taking risks. For the bulk of my high school career, I must admit that I was primarily concerned with my own personal success, but now I ask myself, what really is the measure of true success? Is it the tangible awards one receives for a job well done, such as a large paycheck, a stellar report card, a glittering trophy, or a shiny acceptance letter from the University of your Choice? For a long time, this type of reward is what I thought constituted success, but recently I have discovered that true success is much more than acquiring external awards.

What I have come to realize is that the joy one gets from extrinsic rewards is fleeting. It is not before long that the waves of “congratulations” subside and one’s accomplishment becomes “old news”. True success and happiness is attained when we utilize our talents, abilities, and skills in a way that is both personally fulfilling, and more importantly, has a positive impact on others, such as friends, family, and the society at -large.

I first came to this realization last summer when I attended a leadership camp in Baltimore, and an inspiring guest speaker shared one of her valuable life experiences. The speaker recounted how she had dropped a highly profitable career as an interior designer to become the founder of a nonprofit charitable organization called the Students Sharing Coalition. This coalition trains middle school and high school children to overcome social injustices plaguing their community such as poverty, crime, homelessness, and racial tension. Though this job brought her less wealth and “success” in the traditional sense of the word, she found much more fulfillment and inner satisfaction in helping those in need than in making large sums of money. Her story made an indelible impression on me, and I was inspired by the fact that someone could drop a lucrative career for a “higher calling.” I retell this story to you in hopes that it will inspire you take risks, be socially conscious, and follow your inner passions.

As high school comes to an end and we prepare to move on to the next stage of our lives whether it be at a college, a trade school, military service, or a job, we are sure to face many challenges that may seem insurmountable. However, we must realize that we do have the power to overcome obstacles that get in our way through perseverance and a willingness to take risks. I would like to leave you with a statement by Albert Einstein “A life not lived for others is not worth living.” This means that our education is worthless unless we utilize the knowledge and skills we attained for a meaningful purpose which positively impacts the rest of the world in some way. I have no doubts that this Class of 2008 is more than capable of meeting this lofty demand and will ultimately and collectively achieve greatness. I wish all of you the best of luck and hope that you continue to do well in all of your future endeavors.


School: Lynbrook High School

Allie Greenberg

Age: 18

Attending: The University of Pennsylvania

Good evening, members of the board of education, administration and faculty, parents, brothers and sisters, friends, and fellow graduates:

It is a strange phenomenon that, no matter how excited we are at the onset of something new, all too quickly we shift our focus to its ending. So, it was inevitable that from the moment we entered Lynbrook High School’s doors as eager, wide-eyed freshman, we started the countdown to bigger and better things. We’ve all heard it in the halls: “only three days till the weekend ... only 130 days until summer ... only four weeks to graduation!”

Well, all those weeks that began with dreaded Mondays and ended with glorious Fridays have added up. Our wishes have come true — the end is here. But let’s be honest: Now that we are confronted with the little matter of “the rest of our lives,” that “What’s the rush?” comment our parents always made when we’d say we couldn’t wait to finish high school is making a lot more sense.

It seems like only yesterday that, petrified about our clothes and our hair and everything else, we came to school on that first day of ninth grade and began wandering the halls of the most confusing building in America, like rats in a lab experiment. In a sense, these past four years were a lab experiment for us. In the laboratory otherwise known as Lynbrook High School, we each had our own personal petrie dish in which our character and personality could emerge. Ours was an experiment with many different instruments — athletic fields and concert halls, classrooms and band rooms; auditoriums and studios. We tutored kids and relayed for life. We wrote stories for Horizon and Driftstone and we held blood drives and bake sales and art exhibitions and did other things too numerous to mention here. We grappled with tests and regents and submerged ourselves in the alphabetical quagmire of A.P.s and SATS and ACTs. Somehow, we emerged from that quagmire, undaunted if not unscathed. Not least important, we learned our way around the confounding school building!

And, it took us four years to do it, but we left our mark on one of Lynbrook’s proudest and most enduring traditions when — before a thoroughly disbelieving crowd whose primary nonbelievers were us — we transformed ourselves from Classnight laughingstock into Classnight champions!!

Along the way, each of us have created our own unique memories that we will take away from here — mostly good ones, I hope, and some not so good, but all now and forever a part of who we are and what we will accomplish.

Nothing worthwhile is accomplished without help from those around us. Our teachers, coaches, administrators, and counselors devoted a large part of their lives to educating us — not just in their respective fields, but in life’s broader lessons: what it means to be disciplined, focused, and organized; what it means to be part of a team; what it means to work toward a goal; what it means to be respectful and what it takes to be respected. We may have at times felt more burdened than blessed by the lessons, but in at least some small way—sometimes unknowingly, sometimes with vivid clarity—we will benefit from them every day of our lives. As we say goodbye to these truly caring people of Lynbrook High School today, let us also say, thank you. APPLAUSE

Similarly, we must thank our families. Their unwavering support has enabled us to reach what is probably the biggest milestone in our lives thus far. We students like to think we are capable of just about anything, but we could not have found our way to this splendid moment without the daily support and love our families provide. I want to personally thank my family and I hope you’ll join me in a round of applause in thanking all of your families as well. APPLAUSE

It is said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Recently, I entered the school for our last day of classes and I was gripped by emotions strangely similar to those I remember feeling on that terrifying first day of ninth grade all those years ago. I felt confused and scared, not knowing what to expect next. I realized, as everything hit me, that although I have changed and grown so much in the past four years here, I am still the same fearful little girl wandering through the maze of hallways, overwhelmed, yet excited by the opportunities awaiting me. Each of us have our own feelings about the past four years and our own hopes and expectations for the next four and thereafter. But to at least some degree, we all face the same blank page, again, just as we did when we headed to LHS from middle school.

I would like to close with a few words about the cornerstone of our Lynbrook experience: friends. It is our friends who helped us greet the uncertainties of that first day of ninth grade. And it is the unique comfort that only friends share that helped us conquer our fears and doubts every day thereafter. Our friends rejoiced in our triumphs and softened the blow of our failures. Our friends are at the core of our most invaluable experiences here, experiences that will soon become treasured memories destined to remain in our hearts forever.

As we journey from Marion Street today to Wall Street or whatever other street or avenue of life we visit tomorrow, we will meet many people and make many friends on the way—friends who will help us, make us laugh and make us cry; teach us and learn from us; friends who will love us. But none of those friends will share the exclusive bond we share, now and forever—the bond that we created as we began to grow up, together, in this laboratory—our laboratory—here at Lynbrook High School.



School: Roosevelt High School

Krista-J McEwan

Age: 17

Attending: Boston University

On behalf of the graduating class, I would like to take this time to say thank you to the Board of Education, administration, faculty, families, friends and all other esteemed guests for being here today to share our joy in this celebration. It is a shame that I can only express my gratitude in words.

Over the last four years, all of us here at Roosevelt High school have lived through experiences that have shaped who we are, who we want to be and who we will someday become. Some events have uplifted us; some have changed us; and some have left us in utter shock and amazement. We have experienced history first hand — with the outcome still in question, but hopeful and life altering. Personally, I will never forget what happened to me this spring.

Anyone who knows me knows that food is my best friend, my confidant, my will to live. I keep my trademark turkey sandwich jammed-packed with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese in the same bag with my iPod touch and my sidekick. On this particular day, I realized that someone had stolen my will to live — my lunch. For a moment there I have to admit, I was really angry; who would dare to take my sandwich? But then, it dawned on me... my iPod and my sidekick were WITH my lunch!! When I checked my bag, I made the astounding discovery — both electronic devices were still there. Both EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE electronic devices were left, but my trademark turkey sandwich — the one with the lettuce, tomatoes and my favorite cheese — was gone. Do you see the irony? Needless to say, whoever it was must have been suffering from extreme starvation. That’s the only explanation I can come up with. I never did find out who took my sandwich, but I made sure from that point forward to NEVER let my sandwich out of my sight. Oh, and my iPod and my sidekick are just fine, too.

This year’s Spirit Week was one of our most memorable senior moments. Twin Day, Punk Rock Day, Blue and Gold Day. My personal favorites, however, were Celebrity Day and Teacher Appreciation Day. Who will ever forget the sight of Clifton Brown walking down the hallway as Medea; or Steven Dozier dragging the trash can, his head covered in white powder, trying to look like “Pops.” Our teachers also played a major role in that Day. I don’t know, Andrew, but I think you and Ms. Squillante were twins on Teacher Appreciation day — the baggy sweats, the white socks with the Adidas slippers, and the typical white T — it was almost scary how much you two looked alike. Speaking of scary, I must also admit that as I give this speech, I do so in great fear, as Jessika Edouard promised me that if this speech doesn’t make her cry, she is coming after me.

On a more serious note, after weeks of brainstorming, looking for just one word or one quote that could best be used to describe our four year experience at Roosevelt High school, I came up with ... absolutely nothing. In my defense, even Einstein, the most accredited physicist to ever live, would have found this to be a difficult task. Though not perfect, Roosevelt has created a unique environment that encouraged us to flourish even under the most difficult of circumstances. Roosevelt, in my opinion, has been the ideal “non-cliché” family, where we as students were given the opportunity to make mistakes, while we also allowed the adults to make their own. And let’s face it, as in any family, none of us could have disowned the others, even if we tried. And believe me, we tried. For most of us, Roosevelt has dotted our memories with a few disappointing experiences, but we experienced many more that were joyous and triumphant. Joyous were the times when we gathered together for our yearly coronations and homecomings and when we put our heads together to fundraise for the senior class. Our advisers will tell you that that wasn’t always easy. Triumphant were the times throughout the years when the football team brought the Long Island Championship home or when a group of AP English students challenged the January English Regents and scored at Mastery level ranging from 85s to 99s.

I was honored to be part of that group. Whether one or many, in High School, friendships were forged, and are simply irreplaceable. Only in Roosevelt could you be exposed to raw and truly heated debates about abortion, slavery, and the rights of homosexuals in an English class and then hear a fellow student ask whether or not India is a continent. We had moments. Real moments.

I spent so much time trying to decide what truly deep message I wanted to impart to our graduating class. I wanted to be philosophical because being philosophical means to truly embody character, integrity, morality and intellect. What I found was that philosophy is a fascinating field. To be philosophical means to be provocative. To be provocative means to be different. It means understanding that sometimes there is no right or wrong. It means understanding that the world is not always black and not always white, but is more often, shades of grey. People will see things that you will not see, hear things that you will not hear, and think things that you will not think; just as you will see things they do not see, hear things that they will not hear, and most definitely, will think things they do not think. It means that the person sitting beside you may look at your glass that is half full and see it as half empty. I am still not sure what my deep message is, I only know that when you hear it, you will know.

I stand before you here, today, as valedictorian, ostensibly the highest ranked in our class, the best, number one. I know that I should be honored and greatly appreciative. Trust me, I AM, but it is only because of providence that I stand here before you today, a mere accident; for my family’s original intent was for me to attend Holy Trinity High school. The fact of the matter is my parents couldn’t afford the tuition and my road not taken was transformed — it was in fact the road MOST traveled. But in its defense, I must say that it has still made all the difference and the difference is this, if I had attended Holy Trinity I would not be as strong and I would not have such a great magnitude of character.

While some of you may believe that getting where I am today has been a jog in the park, it certainly hasn’t. I’m flattered that I made it seem that way. The last four years of my life have been far from easy. The journey to where I am now has been an exhausting one. While everyone is aware of the fact that the school day ends at 2:34, my school day was never over before four o’clock. There were countless nights where I would go to sleep at three in the morning. When there weren’t sleepless nights, there were certainly sleepless mornings where I would wake up at four or five a.m. to complete an assignment. I have made many sacrifices to stand where I stand. Often, going to the movies and hanging out with friends was put aside for studying. Sullivan’s essays were no joke and if you had her, you know the thought process that was required to produce a quality essay — and that took time. Perfecting math skills and writing skills required an immense amount of focus. Part of being a success is accepting the occasional failure. Every now and then, when I was at my wits end and thought I couldn’t get past a bump in the road, my personal support system (my family and my best friend) came to my aid and I thank them whole heartedly. Some days, I was too tired to wake up and my best friend, Janelle, would call me at five o’clock in the morning or would spend sleepless nights with me over the phone. My mom passed on this famous quote to me, “The heights that great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight; but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward through the night.”

Education has exceeded many things in importance to me and needless to say, I have grasped the importance of sacrifice. I will warn you, though; be cautious, for it easy to lose sight of whatever goals you set.

Epictetus, a Greek philosopher, once said, “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” Though I admit that I posses the characteristics that define an exceptional student, and while I admit that I have struggled earnestly to stand as your valedictorian, I have reservations when it comes to accepting this honor. I refuse to be categorized or labeled, for it limits my true potential and my growth. I choose to always maintain that burning desire to be better tomorrow than I am today, to always continue to learn. Learning, as you already know, is the basis of all education. Learning is as essential as the oxygen we breathe. Although the title of Valedictorian is mine, I want to share it with my graduating class. For all of us to be sitting here today, survivors of a bumpy four year road, and after having lost a few along the way -- this is miraculous. There is a light in every individual in this room. It is a light that illuminates the mirrors of success that reflect in us all. It is the light of our ancestors. It is the light that our parents and guardians have worked wholeheartedly to instill in us. It’s the light of hope. And we are all the best.

I boast the philosophy of greatness and change. I have seen the potential to put a woman in the White House within my lifetime. I see the very real possibility of an African American President within the year. The bells of freedom are ringing and we are Roosevelt’s first graduating class to truly hear them. It is the bell that represents that “joyous daybreak that ended the long nights of captivity.” It is the rain that washes away the sweat and stinging blood of every slave. Barack Obama, boasting the philosophy of change as his campaign slogan, is now on the ballot to become the President of the United States. We stand in the midst of one of the most politically progressive eras in American history. It proves that Abraham Lincoln’s blood splattered in Ford’s Theatre was not in vain. It proves that the sixteen shots Malcolm X suffered were not in vain. It proves that the blood of Martin Luther King shed on the second story balcony of the Lorraine Motel was not in vain. Our entire Senior year, we heard each morning, “1865. Never forget.” It is our responsibility to never forget. These men of greatness believed in the power of change.

While I conclude with great joy, I also say my last few words with a hint of sadness. Though you may find them to be cliché, I pray you take them to heart. We are at the end of one phase of our lives and are embarking upon a new one. This chapter of high school has come to an end. While it is true that Roosevelt is only one square mile and that we may run into each other every now and then, this will be the last time we all will be in the same building much less the same place. I pray we get the opportunity to close many more chapters in our lives. Not knowing what the future holds is a frightening thought. It is essential that we believe in ourselves and expect that there are many that will give you ‘no’ for an answer. What might surprise some of you is that there are people that have told me that I couldn’t. People will always be there to try to take what you have earned. Let no one take what you have earned, for if I did, I would not be standing here before you today.

When the road ahead seems too long to trod, when the hill seems too steep climb, when it seems impossible to reach the summit ... let us not give up, let us not give in, let us not lose hope. We must continue to the end. Keep in mind that good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from the mistakes we make along the way. Therefore, in order to reach the mountain top and to reach the height of individual greatness, you must realize that you may have to encounter many failures. What makes you truly successful is how you grow from them.

Before I close I would like you to do one more thing for me. I want you to close your eyes and remember the face of someone that helped you along this journey whether it be a classmate or a teacher that had the most influence on you. I would like you to remember their smile and never forget it. My fellow graduates, look at the person next to you and if anyone is asleep wake them up and tell them to look at me for a moment.

Congratulations, Roosevelt’s class of 2008.

We did it!


School: Roslyn High School

Jennifer Batel

Age: 18

Attending: Harvard University

I would like to welcome the superintendent of schools, Dr. Richman, the principal of Roslyn High School, Mr. Scanlon, the entire Board of Education and all of the wonderful faculty and staff along with my family, friends, and fellow graduates who are here today to honor the class of 2008.

I was looking through my yearbook, reading the inspirational quotes that my classmates had chosen to appear below their pictures. Many were about chasing your dreams or finding your own path, while others focused on the value of friendship and learning from your mistakes.

While I sat in my room reflecting on the past and thinking about the future, it was the few quotes that focused on the present that really caught my attention. One student chose “Live today as if it were your last”, while another simply chose “Carpe Diem” which translates to “seize the day”.

Both of these quotes represent the concept of “living in the present”. These words of wisdom tell us to live our lives without fixating on the past or focusing on the future, but rather by enjoying each moment as it happens. As wonderfully appealing as this concept seems, I never found it very realistic. How can I possibly enjoy the moment when I’m sick in bed with bronchitis or taking a three hour AP Calculus Exam on the first gorgeous day of spring?

So then I took a moment to disregard the minor discomforts we all have to face in life, and began thinking about it on a larger scale. So maybe we aren’t expected to enjoy every second of every day, but let’s face it, our generation as a whole has become too focused on the future. We spend so much time planning for what is to come, that we often don’t take the time to appreciate the present. It became especially apparent this year, as I reflected on the process of applying to different colleges. Some of the most valuable advice I received in regards to the college search was from a dean of admissions who claimed that the most important thing we should remember throughout this process is that we mustn’t let our focus on college detract from our senior year. More easily said then done I thought. Choosing where I’m going spend the next four years of my life is a major decision, I can always just return to “living in the moment” once my choice is finalized. But now, I’m not so sure that it’s as simple as that. As this year comes to a close, people have already begun to question us, the soon-to-be undergraduates, on what we plan to do after our four years of study. Do we plan on going to graduate school? Medical school? Have we thought about future employment? Where do we see ourselves in ten years!?

That’s when I realized that this momentary preoccupation with college is actually representative of a greater fixation on the future, which unfortunately doesn’t end with schooling. Everyone seems to feel the pressure of the future! Of course having future goals are important as they provide you with something to aim for and even supply that necessary push that drives you to achieve. But what’s the point of having long-term goals when we can’t even enjoy what we’ve accomplished because we’re already planning for the next thing in our lives? How can we reflect and learn from the experiences we’ve had, when our past has been spent planning or scheduling things for the future?

I turn now to another quote chosen by a classmate. “Success is a journey not a destination.” We as a class have worked so hard to get to this point that we need to truly immerse ourselves in the next four years enjoying every opportunity that we are presented with. We should be exploring new interests and taking classes that truly intrigue us, which will help us on the way to discovering what it is we want to do in the future. Essentially, the future is created in the present. Another student quoted Fiest who once wrote, “And we’ll collect the moments one by one, I guess that’s how the future’s done.” Even as adults, we should always remember that living in the moment doesn’t mean we have to enjoy everything that happens in our lives, but we mustn’t let planning for future events overshadow the actual experiences that we have now.

I would like to thank my mom, dad, and sister who have always reminded me of the importance of truly embracing the moment and encouraging me to pursue any and all of my interests. I love you so much and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for you. Sometimes I find myself a victim of our generation, overwhelmed by thoughts of the future. What career will I pursue, a lawyer, doctor, scientist? And then my mom reassures me, explaining that everything will fall into place if I just find what truly interests me, because the most important thing in life is to just be happy. That’s where my dad comes in, as he always knows how to make me smile or laugh, which reminds me not to take life too seriously! My sister is about to embark on the same journey that I have just completed as she enters her senior year of high school. My advice: Everything works out for a reason so hold onto your fun-loving, silly disposition, keep up the hard work, and enjoy! As James Dean once said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

So where do I hope to be in 10 years? I honestly have no idea. All I know is that I plan on enjoying whatever it is that I do, and that whatever future goals I have, will stay in the future ...until I get there. Thank you.

**Roslyn High School

Austin Bernhardt

Age: 18

Attending: Yale University

I know I’m at the edge of something massive, expanding and frustratingly nebulous. I know how to put one foot in front of the other. I know that the subject of a sentence is never in a prepositional phrase. Great. On the other hand, I don’t know how to fix a car, I don’t know how to survive in the wilderness with nothing but a pocket knife and a ball of twine, I don’t know what makes anyone tick (let alone myself), and perhaps most bafflingly, I don’t know how these four years have passed so quickly. But I do know calculus.

Maybe it’s a sign of unparalleled wisdom on the part of our high school or maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the fact that we are offered calculus in our senior year seems perfect to me. I remember asking Mrs. Lewis one day about halfway through the year what calculus is. She looked at me for a moment before claiming very matter-of-factly, “Calculus is the study of rates of change.” As I’m sure anyone who has struggled with the chain rule or the product rule will tell you, rates of change can be a tricky business. It seems to me as though these past few months have accelerated at the speed of light, and the trend doesn’t seem to show signs of stopping. Although we’re all looking forward to a long and relaxing summer vacation free for the first time of packets of Spanish vocab and tedious summer reading, I think everyone knows that it will be shorter (and less relaxing for anyone who has begun the college prep process) than we hope it will be. And I personally can’t help but feel at least a little longing for the torture of summer reading if only because it seemed to keep me grounded to something familiar at all times, no matter how much I hated it. As we walk out of this auditorium, we will be sailing into the same waters we’ve navigated for the past twelve years, but the compass will be gone and we will be free to float further and further away into the distance, with all of the implications that carries with it.

But if there is one thing that I’ve really taken away from calculus, I don’t think it’s how to find the derivative of a polynomial or integrate a logarithm. It’s the idea of limits, that when you look at something from very far away, apparent chaos can turn into something recognizable and definite, the idea that infinity can take on a definite shape, that we’re all not just destined to wander blindly forever. Especially in the past few months amidst the constant barrage of “What are you going to major in?” and “What are you going to do?” there have been times when I’ve been overcome with a kind of panic, a feeling that I need to know what infinity looks like right now, that security and happiness comes from being able to see down the road. But I guess, as Hannah Montana says, “Everybody has those days.” I don’t know what lies down the road; with the exception of the lucky few of us who know from age three what they want to do with their lives, I don’t think anybody does. As Mrs. Lewis says, “as you approach infinity, things could look like something, or they could look like nothing at all,” but I think knowing that we’re all in that same boat entering unknown territory together makes it a little better. It makes me think that if we’re all lost, maybe the right direction isn’t as defined as I think it needs to be. Maybe it doesn’t even exist.

What I think I like even more, however, is the flipside of that idea, that if you take something and put it under a microscope and magnify it until you can’t anymore, something that at first glance seems crazy, erratic, and unpredictable can turn concrete, visible, and maybe even significant. What looks like a big mess of lines and dashes, when you zoom in close enough, can start to look like a “5” or a “3” or a “1,000.” With all this talk about the next chapter of our lives and never coming back and where we go from here, it seems as though we’re pressured to view this as a waiting room, an introduction, a prelude to something bigger and better. And maybe it is; I don’t know. Either way, I like the idea that this is somehow important too, for whatever it’s worth, that even though we like to complain about how dull our lives are and proclaim how much we can’t wait to leave this town and even though when we all approach infinity everything will look like little specks that those little specks can be as meaningful as the big picture, whatever that may look like. Who knows; maybe it’s just a big question mark.


School: Roslyn High School

Brittany Katz

Age: 17

Attending: Brown University

Good afternoon President Kline and members of the Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Richman, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Brenner and Dr. Salina, Mr. Scanlon, parents and guests, and most important my fellow classmates.

When I first started writing this speech, I had no idea where it would go. I began brainstorming. Nothing seemed to truly fit my personality. I decided I would enlist the help of my peers. So I started to poll people, “What immediately comes to mind when you think of me?” Now, you’d expect I’d have gotten a variety of answers. I for one was expecting responses along the lines of “studies a lot,” “overly happy on the morning announcements,” or maybe even a “nice.” But no! Each and every person gave the same response. The one thing that stood out most in everyone’s mind was one word: “socks.” Those soft, comfy articles of clothing that cover your feet. That’s right, socks, S-O-C-K-S, socks.

Many of you don’t know me, so this probably doesn’t make any sense. But I’m sure there are quite a few people sitting behind me nodding, recalling some time or another when they saw me wandering the halls proudly displaying my oddly-themed socks. Why socks? Well, I have over 100 pairs of quirky socks. It is quite an assortment filling several of my dresser drawers; crocheted, striped, fluffy, and even toe socks, maybe even enough to open a museum. And only two pairs are plain, simple white cotton.

Each pair tells a story, reminding me of different experiences. I began collecting socks when I first moved here from Rhode Island. During my first week of school, I wore an odd pair of socks my mom had bought for me. Several girls noticed these mid-calf, colorful socks. They laughed. I left school upset. Moving had been hard on me. I was having trouble fitting in. My socks were making it worse. I told my mom what had happened. She gave me the best advice I have ever gotten. “Brittany, why fit in when you can stand out?” A light bulb moment. I had something that could make me different, make me feel like I stood out from everyone else: my socks. Thus began my sock collection.

As my collection grew, I began collecting friends as well. People noticed my socks and informed me which pair was their favorite. My socks were always a conversation-starter. In fact, many of my friendships today began with my brightly colored caterpillar, Hershey cow, Amazon Rainforest, or Charleston Chew socks. Oddly enough, I still associate certain friendships with certain socks.

In sophomore year, a girl in my social studies class noticed that she did well on tests whenever I wore my flying pig socks. Out of consideration to her, I began wearing these socks for every social studies test. These socks began to provide an extra confidence boost for me as well. They became my test-taking socks. You can imagine how worn out they became, given the abundance of tests in the Roslyn School District. Before long, they were threadbare. In spite of the annoying hole by the big toe, I wore them to the 11th grade SATs. Sadly, the pigs retired this year. The ever-enlarging hole had become a distraction more than a comfort during tests, not to mention, they were becoming a family embarrassment, especially when I wore them with sandals.

My socks have become a defining feature, always visible, always colorful, and always very very high. They became so much a part of my persona that people were inclined to notice when I didn’t wear socks. In fact, during A.P. week this year I was informed multiple times that I looked “naked” because I wasn’t wearing socks with my ballet flats.

My socks allowed me to express my personality and discover my individuality. By wearing crazy socks, I actively chose to stand out and let my true colors shine. I no longer felt as if I would slip into the crowd. Although my fascination with socks only reflects a small part of who I am, it obviously stands out in the minds of my peers.

My socks have always accompanied me on my path of discovery. Not only are they fashionable, but they are functional, providing comfort for my feet as they do for my character.

Soon enough we will all embark upon separate adventures, thrust out of our comfort zones, forced to discover new niches in new places. It is up to us to decide who we are and what we will become. Each of you is special in your own way. Don’t be afraid to define that special something that makes you unique. Life is boring without our own eccentricities. Step forward confidently.

We are not alone on our journeys. Along the way, people guide us. I am grateful for all of the friends, teachers, administrators, and others who have encouraged me throughout high school to explore my inner self. Even a small comment such as, “Great SpongeBob socks!” reinforced the idea that being different was okay. I would especially like to thank my mom and dad, who always let me leave the house no matter how embarrassing my socks were. I’d also like to thank my sisters, Elana and Jillian, who only on a rare occasion pretended not to know me due to the outlandish nature of my socks. Your constant love and support gave me strength to be myself, no matter what.

So as we move on today, I challenge each and every one of you to stand out. Try something different; wear crazy socks, dance in the middle of the street, or bake a cake for someone you barely know. There are so many ways to assert your individuality. You will be surprised at how liberating and exhilarating such experiences can be.

An old Irish blessing says, “May the road rise to meet you.” Until we meet again, I say to you may your socks, whether they’re cotton, wool, or nylon; mid-calf, ankle, or knee-high; solid, polka-dotted, or argyle, cushion you on your journey along the road of life. May the socks be with you!

**School: Seaford High School

Brendan Orinstein

Age: 18

Attending: University of Pennsylvania

It is an honor and a privilege to welcome you all on this very auspicious occasion. As valedictorian of this year’s graduating class, I was faced with the task of contemplating the final words I wished to impart to my fellow graduates. I decided to open with a quotation, since I’m not above stealing the words of someone much wiser than myself. Famous transcendentalist philosopher Henry David Thoreau once said, “Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” As we move forward into the next stage of our lives, we will indubitably be confronted with both new opportunities and new obstacles. My message to you is this: despite all the barriers that may rise and threaten to block your path, you must hold on with great fortitude to your ambitions, because, should you lose sight of and hope for your dreams, your life will never seem completely full.

Our dreams and aspirations for the future have been profoundly shaped by our common past experiences. Many of us are now at the pinnacle of a thirteen year career within the Seaford School District, some only recently joined us, but we are all here today to celebrate the culmination of our high school years. It certainly has been a long, exciting road leading up to this day. For most of us, the journey began in the Harbor and Manor Elementary Schools with an anxious step into a kindergarten classroom full of unfamiliar faces. However, as time progressed, our myriad collective experiences helped those faces grow more and more familiar. I look back on these years and recall some of the events and activities that brought us all together as a class: fun times in the sun with teachers and friends during Harbor Days, the Valentine’s Day Dance in middle school, our eight grade graduation and class party, countless field trips to just about anywhere you could imagine, and shared participation in numerous clubs and sports. Beginning with that initial timid hello the first day of kindergarten and continuing on to this very day, our experiences together have fostered lasting friendships, cultivated our minds, and molded our personalities and our aspirations.

These past four years of high school have laid the foundation for all of our future pursuits. The greater knowledge, skill, and understanding we have garnered will accompany us to the next phase of life. Though we are parting from the comforting familiarity that is present in every brick, every desk, and every bell toll of Seaford High School and getting ready to forge our way into the unknown, we will always have the guidance of these life tools we have been given. With this foundation, no aspiration, no matter how large or seemingly unattainable, is out of reach. With diligence, perseverance, and a commitment to self-edification, you all have the ability to surmount any hindrance on the route to your dreams. Never lose faith, for after every sunset comes a sunrise, and after every defeat another opportunity for success.

Today is a day on which we are fortunate enough to be commemorating one of these successes. The completion of one’s high school career is a very meritorious accomplishment. This triumph could not have been achieved without the guidance, support, and tremendous dedication of a large number of people. On behalf of our class, I would like to extend my gratitude to the faculty, administration, coaches, and staff throughout the Seaford School District. You have provided the environment in which our minds have been challenged, stimulated, and enriched. In addition, great thanks are due to the parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings, and other loved ones of all the graduates. Without your encouragement, advice, and companionship, none of this would have been possible. I would also like to take a moment to recognize and remember all those whom we have tragically lost over the years. Their presence is deeply missed. All of these individuals, including all of you here today, have helped us along the path to success. I would like to thank you for coming and sharing in this important milestone of our lives. And to my classmates, the graduates of the Seaford High School class of 2008, congratulations and best of luck in all your endeavors. May your futures be bright and may all your dreams come true!


School: Uniondale High School

Yessenia Arriaza

Age: 18

Attending: Macaulay Honors College, at Queens College

A good friend of mine told me that if I were to give a speech at graduation, that I should not use a quote because every speech has a quote and it’s too ordinary. Well, my dear friend, today I will go against your advice and disappoint you, for what is a speech without a quote? More important who am I without a quote to live by?

Robert Purvis once said that, “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.”

I have to say that I agree with Purvis. As you all can see, the graduating class has the same attire. We all have identical caps and identical gowns; it’s the colors that puts some distinction between males and females.

With so much similarity, you might ask, where’s the individuality? Once those caps and gowns are removed, it is very unlikely that two persons will be dressed alike. Everyone has his own style and although, it may be a similar style as others, the individuality that the person brings to it, makes it unique.

Individuality isn’t only shown by the clothes we wear; it’s also shown by what we show to the world. We show the world our values, morals, virtues, personalities, beliefs, goals and so much more. We show the world the people we are, and the people we wish to be. Yet, we do not usually reveal our souls. Our souls represent our essence; our hopes, our dreams, ours fears, our memories, and so much more. Each one of us holds within him- or herself a soul that is incomparable, unmatched with any other soul. Each of us brings something different to the table. Just as no snowflake is identical, no one soul is exactly the same as another. So don’t lose the “contents” of your soul, it reflects what you are: your hopes and dreams, and it is your hopes and dreams that make you look forward in life, and make you have faith in the ability you have to accomplish you goals, to change the world, no matter the obstacles brought forth, nor the challenges life throws at you.

Although, we all have dreams and goals, there are so many ways, so many paths in to take in order to accomplish what we want. A path isn’t worthwhile if it doesn’t lead you to where you want to go. Which path should you choose? The poet Robert Frost wrote in one of his most famous poems: “I took the path less traveled and that has made all the difference.” I was given the same advice by a loved one. Instead of selecting the same path as others, make your own individual path, and leave a trail to show where you been and where you plan to go. Don’t lose your individuality, because it is what separates you from the rest of the world.

Let us keep the memories we’ve made here at U.H.S. We should never take for granted all we have done here, for your experiences will, undoubtedly, help us in the years to come.

We can be proud of many things during our journey at U.H.S. The “Relay for Life” is an event that brought many people together for a great cause, showing us the small ways we can help each other and others around the world in desperate need of aid. The events that have been closest to my heart were the “Hispanic Heritage Nights” held by my beloved club, “Latinos Unidos” which means United Latinos (Hispanics). I not only enjoyed being part of the events, but I enjoyed more, the effect if had on the rest of the student body, including the students not of Hispanic descent. I give great thanks to Mrs. Orellaña for all that she has done for the club and for each of us, as well. Other clubs that have made our school proud have been the Science Research, Key Club, FBLA and so many others, too numerous to mention.

I would like to thank my teachers and the staff who have helped me come, this far. To my counselor, Mrs. Swart, I would like to thank you for being so patient with me especially when it came to college applications. I have so many teachers to thank, for each one has had an impact on my life. I would like to thank Mr. Nelson and Mr. Gunther for not only teaching us things about life, but also for caring about our well-being and our future. To Mrs. Kreisman, who I’ve had for my last two years, I thank you for pushing me to my greatest potential, and the massive amount work you’ve given us, especially that research paper, for I know that it will only prepare us for the work that lies ahead in college. To mi querida Señora Wangerin for what can’t I not thank you? I thank you for teaching me about the great Latin writers and poets who I now enjoy reading. To all of my teachers, thank you for your patience, your understanding, and even the work, which you gave.

To all of my friends, I thank you for your friendship. Each one of you has shown me something new and something important about myself. Each one of you has tolerated my craziness, and on rare occasions, my anger, so thank you.

Above all, I would like to thank my family, most importantly, my parents. They have sacrificed so much for me and my education, as I know other parents have done, as well. They done whatever they could to see me excel in life and to make me the first person in our family to go to college. Mami, Papi, les agradezco por todo lo que han hecho y los quiero mucho. I made it this far because of you and because of God who has made everything possible.

To my fellow classmates, I congratulate you for coming this far. I wish all of you the best in whatever path in life you choose. Don’t think that your journey has ended here; this is just the end of one chapter of your life. It will get harder for you as you go past this point, but remember that nothing worthwhile is ever obtained easily. I believe that in all of you lies the strength and perseverance that is needed to accomplish all of the hopes and dreams that you have. Don’t ever forget your individuality; and whatever life throws at you, put your heart and soul into everything you do.

“I hope your dreams take you...to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.”

To the Class of 2008, best of wishes from the bottom of my heart. We have finally made it. Congratulations to each and everyone of us.


School: Valley Stream North High School

Katherine Dauber.

Age: 18

Attending: Barnard College

“Slow down, you crazy child, you’re so ambitious for a juvenile ...Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?...When will you realize ...Vienna waits for you.” Billy Joel refers to this idea of “Vienna,” but what is Vienna? Vienna is the crossroads of our lives where one dream is realized and a new goal is envisioned. It is the checkpoint where we accomplish one objective and embark on our next endeavor. It is where we book a flight to our next destination. Vienna is a point of opportunity.

Vienna is different for everyone — it is the symbol of an individual’s future, hopes, and dreams. Maybe your Vienna is a stage with glimmering lights, and a spotlight just for you! It could be an operating room where you will perform life-saving surgeries. However, Vienna is also the right to change your mind, to modify your goals, to decide to take your life in a completely different direction. You can change your flight plan. Perhaps one day on that glimmering stage, the spotlight gets too hot and you take your final bow, and decide to open a restaurant. Maybe while performing a triple bypass surgery, you decide you want to compose sonatas. Any person can go from a life of grandeur to a life of serenity! Another person can decide to give up the ordinary and become extraordinary! Someday, during the commute to your 9-to-5 job, you may realize that waking up in suburbia no longer appeals to you, and that you would prefer to step into the oval office and assess the state of the union. When that happens, then it’s time to pack your bags and book a train to Washington!

We should not hesitate to dust off our passports and check the airline schedules when we feel it’s time for a new destination, whether that destination is a new career or just a brief vacation to refresh. We should never be afraid to, “Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while/It’s alright, you can afford to lose a day or two.” We can afford to take time to relax, to revel in our successes and appreciate our accomplishments. Some of us have the tendency to rush through life, taking so much time to work towards the future that we forget about the now. We should take time to decompress and enjoy what we already have rather than to focus on what we want, or what we feel we should work towards. Even the layovers on the flights of life serve their purpose: they give us time to enjoy the scenery, the present, and they give us time to reassess our aims.

Some of us reach a Vienna, and think that we have traveled far enough. “Don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?” Reaching a new city, a new phase in life does not mean the end of a journey, but the beginning of a new expedition. We should always continue to travel — there is always something new we can do — a new dream, a new zenith. When our plane lands, there is a bus waiting to take us somewhere else.

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July 2003

11. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ~ Martin Luther King(This was the first "Quote of the Day" at Wikiquote, selected by Nanobug on 11 July2003.)
12. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ~ Harry S. Truman
14. If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it? ~ Albert Einstein
15. Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so. ~ Bertrand Russell
16. Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde
17. All animals are equal — but some animals are more equal than others. ~ Animal Farm by George Orwell
18. To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time; and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. ~ Macbeth by William Shakespeare
20. I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. ~ Education and the Social Order by Bertrand Russell
21. The barge she sat in, like a burnishd throne, burnd on the water; the poop was beaten gold, purple the sails, and so perfumed, that the winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver, which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made the water which they beat to follow faster, as amorous of their strokes. For her own person, it beggard all description ~ (Enobarbus, II.ii) Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
22. One can no more prevent the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. In the case of the sailor, this is called a tide; in the case of the guilty, it is called remorse. ~ Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
23. I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.' ~ Winston Churchill
24. This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. ~ Will Rogers
25. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein
27. I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq. ~ Paul Wolfowitz
29. The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free. ~ Henry David Thoreau
30. On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament!], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. ~ Charles Babbage
31. History would be an excellent thing if only it were true. ~ Leo Tolstoy

August 2003

1. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. ~ Aristotle
4. I can't die. It would ruin my image. ~ Jack La Lanne
5. Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. ~ Edsger Dijkstra
6. When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. ~ Donald Douglas
7. It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word. ~ Andrew Jackson
8. A man said to the Universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the Universe, "the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation." ~ Stephen Crane
9. The battle of the sexes will never be won as long as we keep sleeping with the enemy. ~ Emo Phillips
12. A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular. ~ Adlai Stevenson
13. As long as I am mayor of this city the great industries are secure. We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, 'That man is a Red, that man is a Communist.' You never hear a real American talk like that. ~ Frank Hague
14. I never met a man so stupid I could not learn something from him. ~ Galileo Galilei
15. Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
17. I don't mind making jokes, but I don't want to look like one. ~ Marilyn Monroe
18. It's a thingy! A fiendish thingy! ~ Help by George Harrison
19. There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience. ~ Hartley Shawcross
21. Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ~ Aesop
22. I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. ~ Elvis Presley
23. The conservation movement is a breeding ground of Communists and other subversives. We intend to clean them out, even if it means rounding up every bird watcher in the country. ~ John Mitchell
25. What can be said at all can be said clearly. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
26. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. ~ Emma by Jane Austen
27. He caught glimpses of everything, but saw nothing. ~ Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
28. Certain old men prefer to rise at dawn, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it. ~ The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
29. I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked it I'd eat it, and I just hate it. ~ Clarence Darrow
31. Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians. ~ Chester Bowles

September 2003

2. Ars longa, vita brevis. ("Art is long, life is short.") ~ Horace
3. There's nothing in the middle of the road but a yellow stripe and dead armadillos. ~ Jim Hightower
4. Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old. ~ Jonathan Swift
5. Most people today still believe, perhaps unconsciously, in the heliocentric universe ... every newspaper in the land has a section on astrology, yet few have anything at all on astronomy. ~ Hannes Alfven
8. Dare to be naïve. ~ Buckminster Fuller
9. What's another word for Thesaurus? ~ Steven Wright
10. It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant. ~ Richard Ferris
11. Never burn a penny candle looking for a halfpenny. ~ Irish proverb
12. Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true. ~ Niels Bohr
15. Our chiefs said 'Done,' and I did not deem it;
Our seers said 'Peace,' and it was not peace;
Earth will grow worse till men redeem it,
And wars more evil, ere all wars cease.

~ "A Song of Defeat" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton ~
16. One can promise actions, but not feelings, for the latter are involuntary. He who promises to love forever or hate forever or be forever faithful to someone is promising something that is not in his power. ~ Human, All Too Human by Friedrich Nietzsche
17. It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens. ~ Woody Allen
18. Remember that time is money. ~ Benjamin Franklin
22. I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read. ~ Samuel Johnson
23. When smashing monuments, save the pedestals — they always come in handy. ~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
24. Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli
25. As for the future, your task is not to forsee it, but to enable it. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
26. We have a firm commitment to NATO; we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe; we are a part of Europe. ~ Dan Quayle
27. You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long. ~ Boris Yeltsin
28. If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work. 'Hello, can't work today. Still queer.' ~ Robin Tyler
29. Outside of the killings, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. ~ Marion Barry

October 2003

3. We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

~ T. S. Eliot in The Four Quartets ~
6. That man is an Euclidian point: position without substance. ~ Ernest Rutherford
7. One of the basic tenets of Zen Buddhism is that there is no way to characterize what Zen is. No matter what verbal space you try to enclose Zen in, it resists, and spills over... ~ Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
8. We've moved away from being a culture of people who think about movies to one made up of people who believe that spouting a list of preferences is the same as registering an opinion. ~ Stephanie Zacharek
10. The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication. ~ Terry Pratchett
11. We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately" - Benjamin Franklin
13. Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect. ~ Linus Torvalds
17. Sex is only dirty if it's done right. ~ Woody Allen
18. He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
19. I really believe that if there's any kind of God, he wouldn't be in any one of us — not you, not me, but just this space in between. If there's some magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone else, sharing something. ~ Before Sunrise (motion picture)

November 2003

1. God is an Iron ~ Spider Robinson
7. Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anaïs Nin
12. The Enlightened take things Lightly. ~ Principia Discordia
14. The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. ~ George Eliot
17. A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune
19. One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
24, A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
27. If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'Thank You', that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart
28. Security is mostly a superstition... Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~ Helen Keller

December 2003

1. For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else. ~ Winston Churchill
3. I have never let my schooling get in the way of my education. ~ Mark Twain
4. I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. ~ George Carlin
6. What we cannot speak of we must pass over in silence. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
9. If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are wrong. I do not say give them up, for they may be all you have, but conceal them like a vice lest they spoil the lives of better and simpler people. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
11. Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps. ~ Emo Phillips
15. Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
17. Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. ~ Bertrand Russell
18. That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as anothers. We see so much only as we possess. ~ Henry David Thoreau
21. We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. ~ Thomas Jefferson
24. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. ~ Yeshua (Jesus Christ)
27. The time is always right to do what is right ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
30. They were nothing like the French people I had imagined. If anything, they were too kind, too generous and too knowledgable in the fields of plumbing and electricity. ~ David Sedaris
31. I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

January 2004

1. Jackie Biskupski is running for a seat in the Utah Legislature, and she's attracting a lot of attention because she's a lesbian. Her Republican opponent, Dan Alderson, is a staunch Mormon, and is running a negative ad campaign calling her lifestyle abnormal and deviant. His six wives agree. ~ Rick Mercer, This Hour Has 22 Minutes (12 October 1998)
2. Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. ~ Albert Einstein
3.Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~
5. Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. ~ Carl Sagan
6. All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly — right now. ~ Buckminster Fuller
7.Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
8. True Love in this differs from gold and clay, That to divide is not to take away. Love is like understanding, that grows bright, Gazing on many truths. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
9 Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy. ~ Spider Robinson
12. Dignity does not come in possessing honors, but in deserving them. ~ Aristotle
13. There may be love without jealousy, but there is none without fear. ~ Miguel de Cervantes
14. Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy — in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other ~ Robert Heinlein in Stranger In A Strange Land
15. There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. ... There is another theory which states that this has already happened. ~ Douglas Adams
16. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
19. Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. ~ Frank Herbert in Dune
20. No man can justly censure or condemn another, because indeed no man truly knows another ~ Sir Thomas Browne
21. Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. ~ G. K. Chesterton
22. I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. ~ Douglas Adams
23. All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love. ~ Eleanor Farjeon
26. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus
27. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring
29. I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. ~ Stephen Grellet

February 2004

2. My years are not advancing as fast as you might think. ~ Bill Murray as "Phil" in Groundhog Day
3. The things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. ~ Buckminster Fuller
4. If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel. ~ Jim Morrison
5. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are ~ Theodore Roosevelt
6. To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things. ~ Isaac Newton
9. Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. ~ Eric Hoffer
10. Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than even malice and wickedness. At all events, the two latter are of less frequent occurrence. ~ Goethe in The Sorrows of Young Werther
11. Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. ~ George Santayana
12. If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. ~ John F. Kennedy
14. True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
16. I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance. ~ e. e. cummings
17. Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be. ~ Anonymous
18. What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts. ~ George Bernard Shaw
19. Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us ~ Bill Watterson
20. There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom. Friendship loves a free Air, and will not be penned up in streight and narrow Enclosures. It will speak freely, and act so too; and take nothing ill where no ill is meant; nay, where it is, ’twill easily forgive, and forget too, upon small Acknowledgments. ~ William Penn
21. Careful the things you say, children will listen. Guide them along the way, children will see and learn. Children may not obey, but children will look to you for which way to turn; to learn what to be! Careful before you say "Listen to Me." Children will listen. ~ Into the Woods (Sondheim/Lapine)
22. The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~ Isaac Asimov
23. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss
24. Ethics and Aesthetics are one. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
25. An amicable divorce is like a ventilated condom; it just doesn't work. ~ Rita Rudner
26. An interesting thing has happened since San Francisco started granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples: my marriage is just fine! Even though there are thousands of gay and lesbian couples affirming their love for and commitment to each other, my marriage — my affirmation of love and commitment to (my wife) — isn't threatened at all. As a matter of fact, the only people who can really "threaten" my marriage are the two of us. ~ Wil Wheaton
27. It must be so humiliating to have such a public break-up. ~ Ellen Degeneres to Justin Timberlake
28. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ~ Oscar Wilde
29. Just because it's old doesn't mean you have to read it. ~ Jolene Sugarbaker, the Trailer Park Queen, as portrayed by actor Jayson Saffer.

March 2004

  1. Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think. ~ John Stuart Mill
  2. We may afirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. ~ Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel
  3. It is only by preserving faith in human dreams that we may, after all, perhaps some day make them come true. ~ James Branch Cabell
  4. The day may dawn when fair play, love for one's fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair. ~ Winston Churchill
  5. When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth. ~ Dawn of the Dead (by George Romero).
  6. The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. ~ John Milton
  7. May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
  8. An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's. ~ J. D. Salinger
  9. People often say to me, ‘I understand what you are talking about intellectually, but I don’t really feel it, I don’t realize it,' and I am apt to reply, ‘I wonder whether you do understand it intellectually, because if you did you would also feel it.' ~ Alan Watts
  10. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Jung
  11. To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed. That can make life a garden. ~ Goethe
  12. Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. ~ André Gide
  13. The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility. ~ Charles Caleb Colton
  14. I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace. ~ Helen Keller
  15. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. ~ Malcolm X
  16. Do not say, "I follow the one true path of the Spirit", but rather, "I have found the Spirit walking on my path", for the Spirit walks on all paths. ~ Khalil Gibran
  17. Try to have a good day today, wherever you are, whatever you do, whoever is near, if no one is near. Try to be happy, because you may not see tomorrow. There is someone this morning, who didn't wake up, who will never see this day. Try to feel lucky that this is not you. ~ Margaret Cho
  18. I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ~ Booker T. Washington
  19. Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. ~ Ambrose Bierce in The Devil's Dictionary
  20. Always, Sir, set a high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord, will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you. ~ Samuel Johnson
  21. Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' And Vanity comes along and asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But Conscience asks the question 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. ~ Martin Luther King
  22. The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. ~ Albert Einstein
  23. It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. ~ Thomas Paine
  24. A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
  25. The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. ~ Aldous Huxley
  26. In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest. ~ Aesop
  27. If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows. ~ Epictetus
  28. Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. ~ Peter Ustinov
  29. There's no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day ~ Alexander Woolcott
  30. The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder. ~ Æschylus

April 2004

  1. Years ago my mother used to say to me... 'In this world, Elwood, you must be Oh-so-smart, or Oh-so-pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart — I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. ~ Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the film Harvey
  2. In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life — It goes on. ~ Robert Frost
  3. Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they might have been. ~ William Hazlitt
  4. Where there is great love there are always miracles. ~ Willa Cather
  5. Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it. ~ C.S. Lewis
  6. There is no sincerer love than the love of food. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  7. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of hell. ~ Saint Augustine
  8. Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous. ~ Zhuang Zi
  9. The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~ John Vance Cheney
  10. Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. ~ Henry James
  11. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. ~ Yeshua of Galilee (Jesus Christ)
  12. Living next to [the US] is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. ~ Pierre Trudeau
  13. Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  14. We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
  15. The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr. ~ Will Rogers
  16. Curse on all laws but those which love has made! ~ Alexander Pope
  17. The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. ~ B. F. Skinner
  18. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. ~ Bill Hicks
  19. Materialists and madmen never have doubts. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  20. Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. ~ Elbert Hubbard
  21. It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. ~ Molière
  22. I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. ~ Anne Frank
  23. The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go. ~ Martha Washington
  24. In war, you win or lose, live or die — and the difference is just an eyelash. ~ Douglas MacArthur
  25. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Gautama Buddha
  26. Nothing is better than the unintended humor of reality. ~ Steve Allen
  27. When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it. ~ Anatole France
  28. The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  29. Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it. ~ Muhammad Ali
  30. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. ~ Robert J. Hanlon

May 2004

  1. The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May. ~ Sir Thomas Malory
  2. I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
  3. In nature's infinite book of secrecy a little I can read. ~ William Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra
  4. The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. ~ eden ahbez
  5. Everything in the universe relates to the number 5, one way or another, given enough ingenuity on the part of the interpreter. ~ Principia Discordia, The Law of Fives
  6. That best portion of a good man's life, — His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. ~ William Wordsworth
  7. If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. ~ Emily Dickinson
  8. There are very few human beings who receive the truth , complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. ~ Anaïs Nin
  9. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. ~ George Washington
  10. There are worlds beyond worlds and times beyond times, all of them true, all of them real, and all of them (as children know) penetrating each other. ~ P. L. Travers
  11. The integral vision embodies an attempt to take the best of both worlds, ancient and modern. But that demands a critical stance willing to reject unflinchingly the worst of both as well. ~ Ken Wilber
  12. It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. ~ Good Omens (by Gaiman & Pratchett)
  13. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. ~ William Faulkner
  14. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad. ~ Freeman Dyson
  15. In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind. ~ Louis Pasteur
  16. If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; if we begin with doubts, and are patient, we shall end in certainties. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  17. Explanations exist; they have existed for all times, for there is always an easy solution to every human problems — neat, plausible, and wrong. ~ H. L. Mencken
  18. Love me for love's sake, that evermore thou may'st love on, through love's eternity. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  19. It is love alone that gives worth to all things. ~ St. Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Jesús)
  20. No theory, no ready-made system, no book that has ever been written will save the world. I cleave to no system. I am a true seeker. ~ Mikhail Bakunin
  21. The road to wisdom? — Well, it's plain and simple to express: Err and err and err again but less and less and less. ~ Piet Hein
  22. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta be willing to put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton
  23. I try to make everyone's day a little more surreal. ~ Bill Watterson
  24. The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. ~ Carl Jung
  25. I got some new underwear the other day. Well, new to me. ~ Emo Philips
  26. Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. ~ Joseph Addison
  27. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  28. Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures — in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  29. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. ~ Steven Wright
  30. All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. ~ Edgar Allan Poe
  31. There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. ~ Maya Angelou

June 2004

  1. In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him. ~ G. I. Gurdjieff
  2. The difference between a hooker and a ho ain't nothin' but a fee. ~ Cheryl James ("Salt" of the rap group "Salt 'N' Pepa")
  3. There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ~ W. Clement Stone
  4. We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. ~ Stevie Wonder
  5. Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  6. Do nothing, and everything is done. ~ Lao Zi; Variant: When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
  7. Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe. ~ Euripides
  8. It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action. ~ Lin Yutang
  9. A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. ~ David Hume
  10. History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. ~ Ronald Reagan
  11. Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way. ~ Ronald Reagan
  12. Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level. ~ Bertrand Russell
  14. Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. ~ Arnold J. Toynbee
  15. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. ~ Albert Schweitzer
  16. Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll
  17. Love loves to love love. ~ James Joyce in Ulysses
  18. There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  19. I'm not a prettier everywoman. I am an everywoman that they clean up awfully well for TV. ~ Kelly Ripa
  20. Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that a soldier, a soldier's servant, a cook, a porter brags and wishes to have his admirers. Even philosophers wish for them. Those who write against it want to have the glory of having written well; and those who read it desire the glory of having read it. I who write this have perhaps this desire, and perhaps those who will read it... ~ Blaise Pascal
  21. With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
  22. How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. ~ Niels Bohr
  23. Every man should be capable of all ideas. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
  24. Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold
  25. Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out. ~ Hugh Latimer
  26. It is circumstances which show what men are. ~ Epictetus
  27. Faith and doubt both are needed — not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve. ~ Lillian Smith
  28. They serve so that we don't have to. They offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. It is, remarkably, their gift to us. And all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. Will they ever trust us again? ~ Michael Moore
  29. How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read. ~ Karl Kraus
  30. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the tablets of eternity. ~ James Anthony Froude (long misattributed to Lord Acton)

July 2004

  1. A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. With great power comes great responsibility. ~ Stan Lee
  3. You don't understand. I could'a had class. I could'a been a contender. ~ Marlon Brando as "Terry Malloy" in On the Waterfront
  4. ...for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. ~ closing lines of The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States Of America written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, and approved as an official document of united will and determination, July 4, 1776.
  5. We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. ~ Thomas Jefferson in an early draft of The Declaration of Independence.
  6. When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. ~ Opening statement of The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America, composed primarily by Thomas Jefferson
  7. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Søren Kierkegaard
  8. Why is all around us here as if some lesser god had made the world, but had not force to shape it as he would, till the High God behold it from beyond, and enter it, and make it beautiful? Or else as if the world were wholly fair, but that these eyes of men are dense and dim, and have not power to see it as it is: perchance, because we see not to the close... ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
  9. Why can't you harness Might so that it works for Right? I know it sounds nonsense, but, I mean, you can't just say there is no such thing. The Might is there, in the bad half of people, and you can't neglect it. You can't cut it out but you might be able to direct it, if you see what I mean, so that it was useful instead of bad. ~ T. H. White in The Once and Future King
  10. You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! ~ Michael Palin as "Dennis" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  11. The old order changeth, yielding place to new, and God fulfils himself in many ways lest one good custom should corrupt the world. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Idylls of the King
  12. What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. ~ John F. Kennedy
  13. Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  14. Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone.
    For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
    But has trouble enough of its own.

    ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~
  15. Thar’s only two possibilities: Thar is life out there in the universe which is smarter than we are, or we’re the most intelligent life in the universe. Either way, it’s a mighty sobering thought. ~ Walt Kelly
  16. When we wish to correct with advantage and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken and that he only failed to see all sides. ~ Blaise Pascal
  17. Of all the creatures that creep, swim or fly,
    Peopling the earth, waters and the sky,
    From Rome to Iceland, Paris to Japan,
    I really think, the greatest fool is man.

    ~ Nicholas Boileau-Despreaux ~
  18. Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
  19. It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  20. We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
  21. Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~ Elbert Hubbard
  22. What a folly to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal. ~ John Howe
  23. I'll tell you this — No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn. ~ Jim Morrison
  24. Had we but world enough, and time, this coyness, Lady, were no crime. ~ Andrew Marvell
  25. If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. ~ William Blake
  26. Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is. ~ Carl Jung
  27. When I was a kid my parents used to tell me: "Don't go near the cellar door, Emo!"   One day when they were away, I went to the door and opened it...   and I saw birds and trees... ~ Emo Philips
  28. Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  29. In all people I see myself, none more and not one a barley-corn less, and the good or bad I say of myself I say of them. ~ Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass
  30. I just know that something good is going to happen. I don't know when — but just saying it could even make it happen. ~ Kate Bush
  31. Blue Moon, now I'm no longer alone, without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own. ~ Lorenz Hart

August 2004

  1. Called or uncalled, God is there. ~ Ancient proverb, said to be Spartan, popularized by Carl Jung
    This is a translation of the Latin phrase Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. which Jung used as an inscription on his house, and also on his tomb. It is also commonly translated as " Called or uncalled, God is present." or sometimes "Invoked or not invoked...", "Bidden or unbidden", or "Summoned or not summoned..." God is present.
  2. All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts... ~ William Shakespeare in As You Like It
  3. Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. ~ Khalil Gibran
  4. We are defined by how we use our power. ~ Gerry Spence
  5. Your strength is but an accident arising from the weakness of others. ~ Joseph Conrad in Heart of Darkness
  6. Character does count. For too long we have gotten by in a society that says the only thing right is to get by and the only thing wrong is to get caught. Character is doing what's right when nobody is looking... ~ J. C. Watts
  7. A man should be upright, not kept upright. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  8. It is certainly no part of religion to compel religion. ~ Tertullian
  9. Long live freedom and damn the ideologies. ~ Robinson Jeffers
  10. Nobody can be said to have attained the pinnacle of Truth until a thousand sincere people have denounced him for blasphemy. ~ Anthony de Mello
  11. The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld
  12. There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble. ~ Washington Irving
  13. Humour is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. ~ Romain Gary
  14. Life itself is the proper binge. ~ Julia Child
  15. Where is the Life we have lost in living?
    Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
    Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

    ~ T. S. Eliot ~
  16. Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  17. Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. ~ Søren Kierkegaard
  18. The best mind-altering drug is the truth. ~ Lily Tomlin
  19. Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. ~ Peter Ustinov
  20. One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent. ~ H. L. Mencken
  21. No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. ~ Thomas Carlyle
  22. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  23. As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. ~ Oscar Wilde
  24. Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. ~ Friedrich Schiller
  25. It’s no use crying over spilt evils. It’s better to mop them up laughing. ~ Eleanor Farjeon
  26. The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  27. Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. ~ Elie Wiesel
  28. It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing. ~ Muhammad
  29. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. ~ William Cowper
  30. There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  31. Know Thyself ~ Ancient proverb that was inscribed upon the temple of the Oracle of Delphi.

September 2004

  1. There is no sudden entrance into Heaven. Slow is the ascent by the path of Love. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  2. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  3. I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy. ~ J. D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye
  4. The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails. ~ William Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale
  5. Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received. ~ Seneca
  6. In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  7. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear. ~ George Eliot
  9. The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged — keep on — there are divine things, well envelop'd; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell. ~ Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass
  10. He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees. ~ Benjamin Franklin
  11. Only tragedy allows the release of love and grief never normally seen. ~ Kate Bush
  12. The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. ~ Carl Sagan
  13. He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave. ~ William Drummond
  14. We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. ~ Anaïs Nin
  15. The humbleness of a warrior is not the humbleness of the beggar. The warrior lowers his head to no one, but at the same time, he doesn’t permit anyone to lower his head to him. The beggar, on the other hand, falls to his knees at the drop of a hat and scrapes the floor to anyone he deems to be higher; but at the same time, he demands that someone lower than him scrape the floor for him. ~ Carlos Castaneda
  16. The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. ~ Wilhelm Stekel
  17. A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world. ~ Tony Benn
  18. The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God. ~ Andrew Dickson White
  19. A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love... Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love. ~ Leonard Cohen
  20. What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche in Beyond Good and Evil
  21. Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. ~ H. G. Wells
  22. At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. ~ Aldous Huxley
  23. Goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil. ~ Robert Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land
  24. To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well as morals. ~ William Penn
  25. Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. ~ Blaise Pascal
  26. We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. ~ Jonathan Swift
  27. Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do. ~ Anonymous
    The above variant was how this quotation was originally posted. It seems to be derived from this statement attributed to a specific author: Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. ~ Isaac Asimov
  28. Love is the most important thing in the world. It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect. ~ Hermann Hesse
  29. We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. ~ Henry Melvill (also widely misattributed to Herman Melville)
  30. Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed. ~ William Blake

October 2004

  1. When you get to a fork in the road, take it. ~ Yogi Berra
  2. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. ~ Mae West
  3. Given the choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier. ~ "Blore's Razor" (Author unknown)
  4. As for myself, I always willingly acknowledge my own self as the principal cause of every good and of every evil which may befall me; therefore I have always found myself capable of being my own pupil, and ready to love my teacher. ~ Giacomo Casanova
  5. You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. ~ Marie Curie
  6. I don't get no respect! ~ Rodney Dangerfield
  7. Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. ~ U Thant
  8. No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else. ~ Charles Dickens in Our Mutual Friend
  9. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. ~ Groucho Marx
  10. You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence. ~ Robert Frost
  11. I don't really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem, and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me. All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. ~ Wangari Maathai
  12. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. ~ Christopher Reeve
  13. Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. ~ Richard Bach
  14. It is better to debate a question without deciding it than to decide it without debate. ~ Joseph Joubert
  15. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. ~ Margaret Mead
  16. Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus
  17. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try. ~ "Yoda" in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  18. These children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through... ~ David Bowie
  19. Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. ~ George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four
  20. I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. ~ Leo Tolstoy
  21. It doesn't matter if we were down 3-0. You've just got to keep the faith. The game is not over until the last out. ~ David Ortiz
  22. There’s a time when a man needs to fight, and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny is lost, that the ship has sailed, and that only a fool would continue. The truth is, I’ve always been a fool. ~ Albert Finney as "Ed Bloom" in Big Fish
  23. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ~ Maya Angelou
  24. Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. ~ Dorothy Thompson
  25. Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. ~ John Wesley
  26. I'm not against God. I'm against the misuse of God. ~ Marilyn Manson
  27. The antagonism between science and religion, about which we hear so much, appears to me to be purely factitious — fabricated, on the one hand, by short-sighted religious people who confound a certain branch of science, theology, with religion; and, on the other, by equally short-sighted scientific people who forget that science takes for its province only that which is susceptible of clear intellectual comprehension; and that, outside the boundaries of that province, they must be content with imagination, with hope, and with ignorance. ~ T. H. Huxley
  28. We're just being ourselves and having fun playing baseball. The biggest thing is when people look at our team, they can see that we're having a lot of fun. ~ Johnny Damon
  29. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. ~ John Schaar
  30. It’s always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth. ~ Malcolm Forbes
  31. Merry meet, and merry part, and Blessed Be. ~ A pagan expression of blessing.

November 2004

  1. The progress of the intellect is to the clearer vision of causes, which neglects surface differences. To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. We’d all like t’vote fer th’best man, but he’s never a candidate. ~ Kin Hubbard
  3. I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. ~ Charlie Chaplin
  5. America has spoken, and I'm humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens. ~ George W. Bush
  6. The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. ~ Jean Giraudoux
  7. Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do. ~ Wendell Berry
  8. It took a couple of hundred million years to develop a thinking ape and you want a smart one in a lousy few hundred thousand? ~ Spider Robinson
  9. "The time has come", the Walrus said,
    "To talk of many things:
    Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
    Of cabbages — and Kings —
    And why the Sea is boiling hot —
    And whether pigs have wings."

    ~ Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass ~
  10. When war is declared, truth is the first casualty. ~ Arthur Ponsonby

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