Category Archives: The Thought for the Day – 2018

The Thought for the Day/Goethe

Only when we begin to trust ourselves do we begin to live. Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German writer, scientist, lawyer and statesman. He was a prolific writer who enjoyed critical acclaim from his mid-20’s on. Goethe … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/Saul Bellow

He had real intelligence…a working, persistent mind… Saul Bellow Ravelstein Saul Bellow (1915-2005) was a Canadian/American writer, born in Quebec to Russian emigres, and the family moved to Chicago when Saul was nine. In 1976 he won both the Nobel … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/Rick Wallenda

Life is being on the wire. Everything else is just waiting. Rick Wallenda One of the things about writing a column like this – or writing anything, really – is you must have practical experience in what you are writing … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/Gore Vidal, on Buddha

The Buddha’s sacrifices are not of animals, but of the animal in the self. Gore Vidal Creation We haven’t kept an exact count, but Creation has produced more entries for our quotebook than any other entry. In fact, our last … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/Gustave Flaubert

Talent is nothing but long patience. Gustave Flaubert Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was a French novelist, known as a writer who avoided cliches, preferring to take whatever time was necessary to find the exact word he was looking for. This didn’t … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/John C Miller, on Alexander Hamilton

…his life seemed to prove that the valorous were the favorites of fortune. He was simply inviting the [Constitutional] Convention to do what he had done repeatedly – to aim as high as possible and to strain every nerve to … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/John C Miller on Alexander Hamilton

It is undeniable, however, that despite the suddenness of his advent, he had been long preparing for this emergence. John C Miller Alexander Hamilton: Profile in Paradox John Chester Miller (1907-1991) was an American historian and writer, focusing mainly on … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/Miles Unger, on Michelangelo

His images are unforgettable because he was conceiving new forms and discovering new meanings, not just dutifully illustrating a predetermined text. He works by instinct…his independence of mind opening up new possibilities. Miles Unger Michelangelo: A Life In Six Masterpieces … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/Tom Brady

Time to be great. Tom Brady Tom Brady is a professional football player, a quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. By any measure, Brady is one of the very best ever at what he does … Continue reading

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The Thought for the Day/Garrison Keillor

“We are going to sing so that they will remember this for the rest of their lives. There is no other reason to do it, folks, none.” Garrison Keillor Love Me One thing that some readers of this feature point … Continue reading

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