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The Thought for the Day – Gore Vidal

For Confucius, true wisdom is to know the extent of what you don’t know quite as well as you know what you do know. – Gore Vidal, Creation We are not going to spend too much time fawning over Gore … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – Mable Newcomber

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement. – Mabel Newcomber Mable Newcomber was an American educator and economist, who taught for 40 years at Vassar College … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – R.L. Stevenson

There is no duty so much we underrate as the duty of being happy. -Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was a Scottish novelist and poet. He is the author of such timeless works at Treasure Island and Kidnapped … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – Gore Vidal

If he was not true to himself, he was nothing, – Gore Vidal, Washington, D.C. Gore Vidal is quoted fairly regularly here at The Thought for the Day. For our money he is one of our species preeminent men of … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – Ovid

Young man, why wilt though haste so fast? Thy vessel sails the open sea, and the harbor to which I am steering thee is still far off. – Ovid Ovid was a Roman poet who lived from 43BC to 17 … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – Our Inner Demands

Niagara will witness the passing of the human species…Such ceaselessness had its parallel in his own life…the inner demand to make something of himself…to swim upstream against formidable obstacles. – Fred Kaplan, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer All right, … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – Fred Kaplan

…he must have wondered, why had he not achieved what his ambition and talent from early on had directed him toward? – Fred Kaplan, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer Fred Kaplan is an American writer and a biographer of … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – Grantland Rice

Amid world beating hearts, the tumult and the shouting starts. – Grantland Rice, The Start Grantland Rice was an American sportswriter, one of the most eloquent and best known America has produced. Among other things, he is known for coining … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – Andrew Jackson

…you are deluded by men who have either deceived themselves or wish to deceive you. – Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States, serving from 1829-37. A complete review of Jackson’s presidency is beyond the … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day – Henry David Thoreau

We only need travel enough to give our intellect an airing. – Henry David Thoreau, Diary entry, November 20, 1857 Thoreau had a lot of skills as a writer. One of our favorites is reducing life down to its most … Continue reading

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