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July 1
One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness — simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience.
~ George Sand ~


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July 2
Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous, and worthy of every consideration. In each individual the spirit has become flesh, in each man the creation suffers, within each one a redeemer is nailed to the cross.
~ Hermann Hesse ~


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July 3
An artist is the magician put among men to gratify — capriciously — their urge for immortality. The temples are built and brought down around him, continuously and contiguously, from Troy to the fields of Flanders. If there is any meaning in any of it, it is in what survives as art, yes even in the celebration of tyrants, yes even in the celebration of nonentities. What now of the Trojan War if it had been passed over by the artist's touch? Dust. A forgotten expedition prompted by Greek merchants looking for new markets. A minor redistribution of broken pots. But it is we who stand enriched, by a tale of heroes, of a golden apple, a wooden horse, a face that launched a thousand ships — and above all, of Ulysses, the wanderer, the most human, the most complete of all heroes — husband, father, son, lover, farmer, soldier, pacifist, politician, inventor and adventurer.
~ Tom Stoppard ~


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July 4
So many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.
~ Lewis Carroll ~
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~ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ~


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July 5
One is either judge or accused. The judge sits, the accused stands. Live on your feet.
~ Jean Cocteau ~


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July 6
Our gains are not measured in the losses of others. They are counted in the conflicts we avert, the prosperity we share and the peace we extend.
~ George W. Bush ~


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July 7
Sin is cruelty and injustice, all else is peccadillo. Oh, a sense of sin comes from violating the customs of your tribe. But breaking custom is not sin even when it feels so; sin is wronging another person.
~ Robert A. Heinlein ~
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~ Glory Road ~


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July 8
By the work one knows the workman.
~ Jean de La Fontaine ~


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July 9
If you have the courage to touch life for the first time, you will never know what hit you. Everything man has thought, felt and experienced is gone, and nothing is put in its place.
~ U. G. Krishnamurti ~


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July 10
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
~ Marcel Proust ~


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July 11
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
~ Harper Lee ~


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July 12
Dear reader, traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete.
~ Buckminster Fuller ~


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July 13
Alea iacta est.
The die is cast.
~ Julius Caesar ~


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July 14
I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.
~ Woody Guthrie ~


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July 15
There's a great need in our government right now for honesty. I speak my mind. You might not always like what you hear, but you're gonna hear it anyway. I call it like I see it; I tell the truth. And if I don't know something, I'll say so. Then I'll try to find the answer.
~ Jesse Ventura ~


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July 16
The sooner we can separate salvageable skeptics from self-righteous absolutists, the sooner we can move along.
~ Sheri S. Tepper ~


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July 17
Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
~ Martin Farquhar Tupper ~


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July 18
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
~ Nelson Mandela ~


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July 19
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning.
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it.
~ Billy Joel ~


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July 20
Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.
~ Petrarch ~


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July 21
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
~ Robin Williams ~


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July 22
It is better the truth should come little by little. I have learned that, being a priest. Perhaps, in the old days, they ate knowledge too fast.
Nevertheless, we make a beginning. It is not for the metal alone we go to the Dead Places now — there are the books and the writings. They are hard to learn. And the magic tools are broken — but we can look at them and wonder. At least, we make a beginning. And, when I am chief priest we shall go beyond the great river. We shall go to the Place of the Gods — the place newyork — not one man but a company. We shall look for the images of the gods and find the god ASHING and the others — the gods Lincoln and Biltmore and Moses. But they were men who built the city, not gods or demons. They were men. I remember the dead man's face. They were men who were here before us. We must build again.
~ Stephen Vincent Benét ~


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July 23
A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
~ Raymond Chandler ~


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July 24
Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
~ John Newton ~


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July 25
Free men are aware of the imperfection inherent in human affairs, and they are willing to fight and die for that which is not perfect. They know that basic human problems can have no final solutions, that our freedom, justice, equality, etc. are far from absolute, and that the good life is compounded of half measures, compromises, lesser evils, and gropings toward the perfect. The rejection of approximations and the insistence on absolutes are the manifestation of a nihilism that loathes freedom, tolerance, and equity.
~ Eric Hoffer ~


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July 26
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
~ George Bernard Shaw ~


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July 27
Write as the wind blows and command all words like an army!
~ Hilaire Belloc ~


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July 28
Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.
~ Karl Popper ~


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July 29
The isness of things is well worth studying; but it is their whyness that makes life worth living.
~ William Beebe ~


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July 30
Nobody knows about my man.
They think he's lost on some horizon.
And suddenly I find myself
Listening to a man I've never known before,
Telling me about the sea,
All his love, 'til Eternity.
Ooh, he's here again,
The man with the child in his eyes.
~ Kate Bush ~


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July 31
In countries and epochs in which communication is impeded, soon all other liberties wither; discussion dies by inanition, ignorance of the opinion of others becomes rampant, imposed opinions triumph. … Intolerance is inclined to censor, and censorship promotes ignorance of the arguments of others and thus intolerance itself: a rigid, vicious circle that is hard to break.
~ Primo Levi ~


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