Thought for the Day
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October 22, 2010
California teen commits suicide after enduring taunts for being gay.
April 29, 2006
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God; your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.Nelson Mandela, inaugural speech, 1994
March 9, 2004
The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt. — American writer and poet Thomas Merton
March 8, 2004
"I'm never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don't do any thing. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more". — Dorothy Parker, Here Lies (1939), "The Little Hours".
March 2, 2004
After ages during which the earth produced harmless trilobites and butterflies, evolution progressed to the point at which it has generated Neros, Genghis Khans, and Hitlers. This, however, I believe is a passing nightmare; in time the earth will become again incapable of supporting life, and peace will return. — some sombre thoughts about world peace expressed by philosopher Bertrand Russell.
February 28, 2004
When you judge other people remember one overriding axiom: Everyone is having a hard time. Everyone is insecure. Everyone is hassled. Everyone is tired — we all need more sleep. Everyone wishes he had more courage, more money and better social skills. Everyone wants more glamour in his life, and we all desperately need more laughter. Few can figure out how they ended up living the life they lead. Don't be misled by flippant talk; it's a battle for everyone . . . Give people a break. It's not easy doing a life." — Joshua Halberstam in Everyday Ethics.
February 21, 2004
Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live. — writer and well-known wit Dorothy Parker.
February 20, 2004
"(On) the security theme, look for lots of software companies to abandon support for old products and OS's. From their perspective, they already have your money, so continuing support is just a cost centre for them.
And if they stop support, you just may replace that old computer or application with something new, generating additional software sales opportunities. This means Microsoft giving up support for old OS variants and hardware, but it also means the same from security companies like Network Associates (McAfee) and Symantec (Norton AntiVirus).
More and more old machines will become vulnerable, and a new kind of web-destroying attack using just antiquated, pre-Pentium IV Windows 9x, personal computers, is entirely likely. — Predictions for 2004, by Robert X. Cringely, writer, broadcaster, computer guy, PBS and InfoWorld columnist
February 15, 2004
"There are countless horrible things happening all over the country, and horrible people prospering, but we must never allow them to disturb our equanimity or deflect us from our sacred duty to sabotage and annoy them whenever possible" — Auberon Waugh
February 14, 2004
Language is a medium. It brings people together. "For the Greeks," wrote Hannah Arendt, "the essence of friendship consisted in discourse. They held that only the constant interchange of talk united citizens in a [political society]. However much we are affected by the things of the world, however deeply they may stir and stimulate us, they become human for us only when we can discuss them with our fellows .... We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it, and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human." — philosopher Hannah Arendt
February 11, 2004
"Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it." — George Eliot
February 9, 2004
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn like fabulous Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars." — author Jack Kerouac from 'On The Road'