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Quotes for 1998

Jan l Feb l Mar l Apr l May l Jun l Jul l Aug l Sep l Oct l Nov l Dec

January 25th

"I've looked at life from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow,
it's life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life at all"
 (Joni Mitchell, from "Both Sides Now" written 30 years ago)

February 1st "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm"
   (Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965)
February 8th "To business that we love we rise betime, and go to’t with delight."
              (William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra [IV, iv] 1616)
February 15th "Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes."
                 (Oscar Wilde 1856 - 1900)
February 22nd "It’s not the sharpness of the blade, it’s how much light it throws.
It’s more the way the wisdom’s used, than just how much one knows."

(‘Arctic Rose’, Susan Aglukark 1993)

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March 1st

"Good fences make good neighbors"
(from ‘Mending Wall’, Robert Frost 1874 – 1963)

March 8th "Lowly faithful, banish fear, Right onward drive unharmed;
The port well worth the cruise is near, And every wave is charmed."
(from ‘Terminus’ Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882)
March 15th "As Lightning to the Children eased, with explanation kind,
The Truth must dazzle gradually, Or every man be blind."
(Emily Dickinson 1830 – 1886)
March 22nd "How dull it is to pause, to make an end, to rust unburnished, not to shine in use!"
(from ‘Ulysses’, Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809 – 1892)
March 29th "Over the Mountains of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride", the shade replied – "If you seek for Eldorado."
(Edgar Allan Poe 1809 – 1849)

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April 5th &
       April 12th

"Got a one way ticket to the open road, come on, Got a red-line engine and I’m rarin’ to go,
Put the pedal to the metal if you want to ride, If you want to ride, let’s go"
(John Fogerty, from Hot Rod Heart on Blue Moon Swamp)

April 19th

"For Mercy, Courage, Kindness, Mirth, There is no measure upon earth,
Nay, they wither, root and stem, If an end be set to them."
(A Song, Lawrence Binyon 1869-1943)

April 26th

"They say best men are moulded out of faults, And, for the most, become much more the better,
For being a little bad"
(Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare 1564-1616)

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May 3rd

"Is it so small a thing, To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, to have thought, to have done?"
(Empedocles on Etna, Matthew Arnold 1822-1888)

May 10th

"Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise."
(Perseverance Conquers All, Henry Willard Austin 1858-1912)

May 17th

"Fortune is like the market, where many times,
if you can stay a little, the price will fall."
(Of Delays, Francis Bacon 1561-1626)

May 24th

"To see the world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour."
(Auguries of Innocence, William Blake 1757-1827)

May 31st

"Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find;
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
(New Testament, Matthew VII [7])

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June 7th

"But man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
As make the angels weep."
(Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare 1564-1616)

June 14th

"There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire.
The other is to get it."
(George Bernard Shaw, 1866-1950)

June 21st

"By the time we’ve made it, we’ve had it"
(Malcolm Forbes, 1919-1990)

June 28th

"This world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel"
(Horace Walpole, 1717-1797)

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July 5th

"A little word in kindness spoken, A motion or a tear,
Has often healed the heart that’s broken, And made a friend sincere"
(Daniel Clement Colesworthy, 1810 – 1893)

July 12th

"That out of sight is out of mind, is true of most we leave behind;
It is not sure, nor can be true, My own and only, love of you"
(Arthur Hugh Clough, 1819 – 1861)

July 19th

"But al thing which shyneth as the gold, Nis nat gold, as that I have herd it told"
(Geoffrey Chaucer, 1340 – 1400)

July 26th

"The finest scarf or collar made, To keep a woman warm,
By night or day, on sea or land, Is still a lover’s arm."
(William Henry Davies, 1871 – 1940)

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August 2nd

"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death."
(Leondardo de Vinci, 1452 – 1519)

August 9th

"Hi! handsome hunting man, Fire your little gun. 
Bang! Now the animal is dead and dumb and done.
Nevermore to peep again, creep again, leap again,
Eat or sleep or drink again, oh what fun!
(Walter de la Mare, 1873 – 19??)

August 16th

"Then give the world the best you have, And the best will come back to you,
For life is the mirror of king and slave, ‘Tis just what we are and do"
(Mary Ainge de Vere, 1844 – 1920)

August 23rd

"A little work, a little play, To keep us going - and so, good day!
A little warmth, a little light, Of love’s bestowing - and so, good night!
A little fun to match the sorrow, Of each day’s growing – and so, good morrow!
A little trust that when we die, We reap our sowing, and so – good bye!
(George Louis Palmella Buswson du Maurier, 1834 – 1896)

August 30th

"Dance like no one is watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like no one is listening, Live like it’s heaven on earth."
(William Pukey)

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September 6th

"A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams"
(John Barrymore)

September 13th

"If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything."
(Mark Twain)

September 20th

"Those who flow through life as life flows, feel no wear, feel no tear,
need no mending, no repair."

September 27th

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
(Pablo Picasso)

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October 4th

"Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten."
(credited to Cree philosophy)

October 11th

"Everything in excess ! To enjoy the flavour of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Robert Heinlein)

October 18th

"This was no time to play. This was no time for fun.
This was no time for games. There was work to be done."
(Dr. Seuss)

October 25th

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep"
(The Tempest - William Shakespeare, 1564-1616)

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November 1st

"The only guide to a man is his conscience; 
the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions"
(Winston Churchill)

November 8th

"Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
(Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790)

November 15th

"When Crew and Captain understand each other to the core,
it takes a gale and more than a gale, to put their ship ashore."
(from Together by Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936)

November 22nd

"Gladness of the heart is the life of man; and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days."
(The Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus)

November 29th

"Your doubts are the private detectives employed by your dislike, 
to make a case against change or choice."
          (W.R. Rodgers)

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December 6th

"Ah, the clock is always slow, it is later than you think"
                 (Robert Service)

December 13th

"’Tis the spirit in which the gift is rich, As the gifts of the wise ones were;
And we are not told whose gift was gold, Or whose was the gift of myrrh"
       (Eliza Cook, 1817-1899)

December 20th

"Christmas itself may be called into question if carried so far it creates indigestion"
       (Ralph Bergengren, 1871-1947)

December 27th

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools"
    (from State Tamperings With Money Banks, Herbert Spencer, 1829-1903)

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