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July 1

There are two kinds of truths: those of reasoning and those of fact. The truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; the truths of fact are contingent and their opposites are possible.

~ Gottfried Leibniz ~


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July 2

Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.

~ Hermann Hesse ~

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July 3

Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.

~ Franz Kafka ~

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July 4

Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~


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July 5

We shelter an angel within us. We must be the guardians of that angel.

~ Jean Cocteau ~

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July 6

Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace.

~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama ~

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July 7

Magic is not science, it is a collection of ways to do things — ways that work but often we don't know why.

~ Robert A. Heinlein ~
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July 8

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.

~ Jean de La Fontaine ~

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July 9

As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth — whatever the truth may be — that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.

~ June Jordan ~

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July 10

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

~ William Blackstone ~

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July 11

I can never join with my voice in the toast which I see in the papers attributed to one of our gallant naval heroes. I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. Fiat justitia, pereat coelum. My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.

~ John Quincy Adams ~

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July 12

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.

~ William Osler ~

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July 13

O how I feel, just as I pluck the flower
And stick it to my breast — words can't reveal;
But there are souls that in this lovely hour
Know all I mean, and feel whate'er I feel.

~ John Clare ~


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July 14

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island,
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

~ Woody Guthrie ~


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July 15

Choose only one master — Nature.

~ Rembrandt ~


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July 16

I have always lived in a world in which I'm just a spot in history. My life is not the important point. I'm just part of the continuum, and that continuum, to me, is a marvelous thing. The history of life, and the history of the planet, should go on and on and on and on. I cannot conceive of anything in the universe that has more meaning than that.

~ Sheri S. Tepper ~

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July 17

They told us not to wish in the first place, not to aspire, not to try; to be quiet, to play nice, to shoot low and aspire not at all. They are always wrong. Follow your dreams. Make your wishes. Create the future. And above all, believe in yourself.

~ J. Michael Straczynski ~

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July 18

It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.

~ William Makepeace Thackeray ~

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July 19

Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away; they just keep coming back for more. And that's the way it is...

~ Walter Cronkite ~


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July 20

Houston: Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.

~ Neil Armstrong ~


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July 21
  Now I've been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun.

Oh, I've been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it's going to come.

~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~

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July 22

There was sadness in being a man, but it was a proud thing too. And he showed what the pride of it was till you couldn't help feeling it. Yes, even in hell, if a man was a man, you'd know it. And he wasn't pleading for any one person any more, though his voice rang like an organ. He was telling the story and the failures and the endless journey of mankind. They got tricked and trapped and bamboozled, but it was a great journey. And no demon that was ever foaled could know the inwardness of it — it took a man to do that. ... His voice could search the heart, and that was his gift and his strength. And to one, his voice was like the forest and its secrecy, and to another like the sea and the storms of the sea; and one heard the cry of his lost nation in it, and another saw a little harmless scene he hadn't remembered for years. But each saw something. And when Dan'l Webster finished he didn't know whether or not he'd saved Jabez Stone. But he knew he'd done a miracle. For the glitter was gone from the eyes of the judge and jury, and, for the moment, they were men again, and knew they were men.

~ Stephen Vincent Benét ~

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July 23
  The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act — and if necessary, to suffer and die — for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied. These lessons must be learned anew by each succeeding generation, and that generation is fortunate indeed which learns from other than its own bitter experience.
~ Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia ~
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July 24

The art of victory is learned in defeat.

~ Simón Bolívar ~

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July 25

Good and evil grow up together and are bound in an equilibrium that cannot be sundered. The most we can do is try to tilt the equilibrium toward the good.

~ Eric Hoffer ~

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July 26

I hear you say "Why?" Always "Why?" You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

~ George Bernard Shaw ~

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July 27

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

~ Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle ~

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July 28

We do not choose political freedom because it promises us this or that. We choose it because it makes possible the only dignified form of human coexistence, the only form in which we can be fully responsible for ourselves. Whether we realize its possibilities depends on all kinds of things — and above all on ourselves.

~ Karl Popper ~


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July 29

For all that has been —
For all that shall be —

~ Dag Hammarskjöld ~

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July 30
  Moving stranger,
Does it really matter,
As long as you're not afraid to feel?

Touch me, hold me.
How my open arms ache!
Try to fall for me.

~ Kate Bush ~

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July 31

I beg the reader not to go in search of messages. It is a term that I detest because it distresses me greatly, for it forces on me clothes that are not mine, which in fact belong to a human type that I distrust; the prophet, the soothsayer, the seer. I am none of these; I'm a normal man with a good memory who fell into a maelstrom and got out of it more by luck than by virtue, and who from that time on has preserved a certain curiosity about maelstroms large and small, metaphorical and actual.

~ Primo Levi ~


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