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June 1
Alanis Morissette - Zenith Paris - Juin 2012 (7481174260).jpg  

There's an obvious attraction
To the path of least resistance in your life
Well there's an obvious aversion no amount of my insistence
Could make you try tonight

'Cause it's easy not to
So much easier not to
And what goes around never comes around to you
To you, to you, to you, to you, to you.

~ Alanis Morissette ~
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June 2
 
At last, in a world torn by the hatred and wars of men, appears a woman to whom the problems and feats of men are mere child's play. A woman whose identity is known to none, but whose sensational feats are outstanding in a fast-moving world. With a hundred times the agility and strength of our best male athletes and strongest wrestlers, she appears as though from nowhere to avenge an injustice or right a wrong! As lovely as Aphrodite — as wise as Athena — with the speed of Mercury and the strength of Hercules — She is known only as Wonder Woman, but who she is, or whence she came from, nobody knows!
~ William Moulton Marston ~
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June 3
 
We, the most powerful democracy in the world, have developed a strong norm against talking about politics. It's fine to talk about politics with people you agree with. But it is rude to argue about politics with people you disagree with. Political discourse becomes isolated, and isolated discourse becomes more extreme. We say what our friends want to hear, and hear very little beyond what our friends say.
~ Lawrence Lessig ~
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June 4
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There’s another thing not everyone figures out right away: It’s almost impossible to go through life all alone. We need to find our support group — family, friends, companion, therapy gatherings, team, church or whatever. The kindergarten admonition applies as long as we live: “When you go out into the world, hold hands and stick together.” It’s dangerous out there — lonely, too. Everyone needs someone. Some assembly is always required.
~ Robert Fulghum ~
 

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June 5
 
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be; and this national weakness finds its nemesis in the stock market.
~ John Maynard Keynes ~
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~ The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money ~
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June 6
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O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.
Thy will be done, Almighty God.
Amen.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~
 

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June 7
Sara S. Miller's 1994 Bronze Portrait Bust Of Gwendolyn Brooks.jpg  
we are each other's
harvest:
we are each other's
business:
we are each other's
magnitude and bond
~ Gwendolyn Brooks ~
 

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June 8
 
The fact that we're all connected, the fact that we've got this information space — does change the parameters. It changes the way people live and work. It changes things for good and for bad. But I think, in general, it's clear that most bad things come from misunderstanding, and communication is generally the way to resolve misunderstandings — and the Web's a form of communications — so it generally should be good. But I think, also, we have to watch whether we preserve the stability of the world … We need to look at the whole society and think, "Are we actually thinking about what we're doing as we go forward, and are we preserving the really important values that we have in society? Are we keeping it democratic, and open, and so on?"
~ Tim Berners-Lee ~
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June 9
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It must be fun to be you
And play with love as you do
To treat each new romance
As merely one more dance
Or just another book to glance through
It must be fun to acquire
Whatever heart you desire,
And when you're bored with it
To tear it in two,
It must be fun to be you.
~ Cole Porter ~
 

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June 10
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A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
~ Saul Bellow ~
 

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June 11
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Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant; and of all tame, a flatterer.
~ Ben Jonson ~
 

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June 12
 
We all know that a good example is more effective than advice. So set a good example, and it won't take long for others to follow.
~ Anne Frank ~
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June 13
 
A lofty morality should be tolerant, for none declare its laws but those worn out with its warfare, and they must pity sinners.
~ William Butler Yeats ~
in
~ The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats ~
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June 14
 
I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.
~ Donald Trump ~
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June 15
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I think it's already apparent that a good part of this Nation understands — if only instinctively — that anything which seems to suggest that God favors a political party or the establishment of a state church, is wrong and dangerous.
Way down deep the American people are afraid of an entangling relationship between formal religions — or whole bodies of religious belief — and government. Apart from constitutional law and religious doctrine, there is a sense that tells us it's wrong to presume to speak for God or to claim God's sanction of our particular legislation and His rejection of all other positions. Most of us are offended when we see religion being trivialized by its appearance in political throw-away pamphlets.
The American people need no course in philosophy or political science or church history to know that God should not be made into a celestial party chairman.
~ Mario Cuomo ~
 

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June 16
 
Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions.
~ Joyce Carol Oates ~
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June 17
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We have severely underestimated the Russians, the extent of the country and the treachery of the climate. This is the revenge of reality.
~ Heinz Guderian ~
 

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June 18
Chaz Hammel-Smith, Roger Ebert, and Nancy Kwan at the Hawaii International Film Festival in October 2010.jpg  
We are connected with some people and never meet others, but it could easily have happened otherwise. Looking back over a lifetime, we describe what happened as if it had a plan. To fully understand how accidental and random life is — how vast the odds are against any single event taking place — would be humbling.
~ Roger Ebert ~
 

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June 19
 
Weak logic, inconsistencies and alienation from the people are common features of authoritarianism. The relentless attempts of totalitarian regimes to prevent free thought and new ideas and the persistent assertion of their own rightness bring on them an intellectual stasis which they project on to the nation at large. Intimidation and propaganda work in a duet of oppression, while the people, lapped in fear and distrust, learn to dissemble and to keep silent. And all the time the desire grows for a system which will lift them from the position of "rice-eating robots" to the status of human beings who can think and speak freely and hold their heads high in the security of their rights.
~ Aung San Suu Kyi ~
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June 20
 
Lives were being ruined and few hands were raised in help. Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
~ Lillian Hellman ~
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June 21
 
Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils.
~ Mary McCarthy ~
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June 22
Charles and Anne Lindbergh at Churchill, 1931.jpg  
I find I am shedding hypocrisy in human relationships. What a rest that will be! The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much of social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask. I have shed my mask.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~
 

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June 23
 
I don't actually have anything against anybody, unless their belief precludes everybody else's. … I am an atheist and an absurdist and I have been for many years. I've actually taken a huge amount of flack for that.
~ Joss Whedon ~
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June 24
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The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes — openly bad and secretly bad.
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~
 

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June 25
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Forgive him who wrongs you;
join him who cuts you off;
do good to him who does evil to you;
and speak the truth
even if it be against yourself.
~ Inscription on the Sword of Muhammad ~
 

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June 26
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Nature loves to hide her secrets, and she does not suffer the hidden truth about the essential nature of the gods to be flung in naked words to the ears of the profane.
~ Julian ~
 

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June 27
Grave of Krzysztof Kieślowski at Powązki Cemetery - 02.jpg  
If there is anything worthwhile doing for the sake of culture, then it is touching on subject matters and situations which link people, and not those that divide people. There are too many things in the world which divide people, such as religion, politics, history, and nationalism. If culture is capable of anything, then it is finding that which unites us all. And there are so many things which unite people. It doesn't matter who you are or who I am, if your tooth aches or mine, it's still the same pain. Feelings are what link people together, because the word "love" has the same meaning for everybody. Or "fear", or "suffering". We all fear the same way and the same things. And we all love in the same way. That's why I tell about these things, because in all other things I immediately find division.
~ Krzysztof Kieślowski ~
 

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June 28
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All that time is lost which might be better employed.
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau ~
 

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June 29
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Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded. These prison walls that this age of trade has built up round us, we can break down. We can still run free, call to our comrades, and marvel to hear once more, in response to our call, the impassioned chant of the human voice.
~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry ~
 

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June 30
 
Through all the Employments of Life
Each Neighbour abuses his Brother;
Whore and Rogue they call Husband and Wife:
All Professions be-rogue one another:
The Priest calls the Lawyer a Cheat,
The Lawyer be-knaves the Divine:
And the Statesman, because he's so great,
Thinks his Trade as honest as mine.
~ John Gay ~
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