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December 1
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  Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in White Christmas trailer 2.jpg

December will be magic again.
Take a husky to the ice
While Bing Crosby sings White Christmas.
He makes you feel nice.
December will be magic again.

~ Kate Bush ~

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December 2
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Jesus was an anarchist savior. That's what the Gospels tell us.

Ivan Illich

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  Divina Misericordia (Eugeniusz Kazimirowski, 1934).jpg

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December 3
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Truth shall prevail — don't you know Magna est veritas … Yes, when it gets a chance. There is a law, no doubt — and likewise a law regulates your luck in the throwing of dice. It is not Justice — the servant of men, but accident, hazard, Fortune — the ally of patient Time — that holds an even and scrupulous balance.

~ Joseph Conrad ~
Lord Jim


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December 4
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Someday, somehow, I am going to do something useful, something for people. They are, most of them, so helpless, so hurt and so unhappy.

~ Edith Cavell ~

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December 5
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Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.
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~ Walt Disney ~

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December 6
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There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.

~ Anthony Trollope ~

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December 7
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Being able to do as one pleases is the natural goal of the libertarian, but having nothing to do is not. While it may be correct to say that the human species is badly prepared for having nothing to do, it is quite a different matter to say that it is badly prepared for the freedom to do as one pleases. People who are able to do as they please may work very hard, given the opportunity to do interesting work.

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~ Noam Chomsky ~

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December 8
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Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.

~ Gautama Buddha ~
The Dhammapada

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December 9
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When we ask for the abolition of the State and its organs we are always told that we dream of a society composed of men better than they are in reality. But no; a thousand times, no. All we ask is that men should not be made worse than they are, by such institutions!

~ Peter Kropotkin ~

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December 10
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THE BLUNDER is to estimate,—
Eternity is Then,”
We say, as of a station.
Meanwhile he is so near,
He joins me in my ramble,
Divides abode with me,
No friend have I that so persists
As this Eternity.

~ Emily Dickinson ~
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December 11
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There are metaphysical problems, which cannot be disposed of by declaring them meaningless. For, as I have repeatedly said, they are "beyond physics" indeed and demand an act of faith. We have to accept this fact to be honest. There are two objectionable types of believers: those who believe the incredible and those who believe that "belief" must be discarded and replaced by "the scientific method."

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~ Max Born ~
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December 12
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It seems to me that understanding that our theories are the source of all our conflicts would go a long way in helping people with different belief systems to get along.

~ Michael Gazzaniga ~

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December 13
Blunden harbour totems Emily Carr.jpeg   Ankh.svg

Life's an awfully lonesome affair. You can live close against other people yet your lives never touch. You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even coming and going.

~ Emily Carr ~

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December 14
Mercurybyhendrickgoltzius.jpeg   Tuileries Mercure 120409 3.jpg

There’s a day to ride thumb on a thunderhead
There’s a day to make fantasy real
There’s a day to deny and a day to decry
and a day for the man the wind at his heels.

~ Mike Scott ~

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December 15
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A good cause can become bad if we fight for it with means that are indiscriminately murderous. A bad cause can become good if enough people fight for it in a spirit of comradeship and self-sacrifice. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad.

~ Freeman Dyson ~


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December 16
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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

~ Arthur C. Clarke ~

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December 17
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Scrooge was better than his word. … He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.
He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!

~ Charles Dickens ~
A Christmas Carol

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December 18
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Nature can afford to be prodigal in everything, the artist must be frugal down to the last detail. Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.

~ Paul Klee ~

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December 19
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And the evil is done in hopes that evil surrenders
but the deeds of the devil are burned too deep in the embers
and a world of hunger in vengeance will always remember
So please be reassured, we seek no wider war,
we seek no wider war.

~ Phil Ochs ~

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December 20
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Men are divided in opinion as to the facts. And even granting the facts, they explain them in different ways.

~ Edwin Abbott Abbott ~

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December 21
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The God of Peace, the God of Truth will shortly seal this truth, and confirm this witness, and make it evident to the whole world, that the doctrine of persecution for cause of conscience, is most evidently and lamentably contrary to the doctrine of Christ Jesus the Prince of Peace.

~ Roger Williams ~

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December 22
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By enlarging your knowledge of things, you will find your knowledge of self is enlarged.

~ Charles de Lint ~
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December 23
Happy Human.jpg   Humanist Logo.svg

Mere political reform will not cure the manifold evils which now afflict society. There requires a social reform, a domestic reform, an individual reform.

~ Samuel Smiles ~



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December 24
The Goblins' Christmas, 19.JPG   Face-smile-christmas.svg

For poetry the idea is everything; the rest is a world of illusion, of divine illusion. Poetry attaches its emotion to the idea; the idea is the fact. The strongest part of our religion today is its unconscious poetry.
~ Matthew Arnold ~


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December 25
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A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear.
War is over,
If you want it —
War is over now.

~ John Lennon & Yoko Ono ~
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December 26
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The force which makes for war does not derive its strength from the interested motives of evil men; it derives its strength from the disinterested motives of good men.

~ Norman Angell ~

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December 27
Albert Edelfelt - Louis Pasteur - 1885.jpg   Hugieia-pentagram.svg

Let me tell you the secret that has lead me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

~ Louis Pasteur

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December 28
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We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about "and."

~ Arthur Stanley Eddington ~

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December 29
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Yes, the springtime was in need of you. Often a star
waited for you to espy it and sense its light.
A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past,
or as you walked below an open window,
a violin gave itself to your hearing.
All this was trust. But could you manage it?
Were you not always distraught by expectation,
as if all this were announcing the arrival
of a beloved?

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

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December 30

I am not all that is. I am Life fighting Nothingness. I am not Nothingness, I am the Fire which burns in the Night. I am not the Night. I am the eternal Light; I am not an eternal destiny soaring above the fight. I am free Will which struggles eternally. Struggle and burn with Me.

~ Romain Rolland ~

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December 31
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Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.

~ George Marshall ~
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