Tuesday, October 31, 2017

“Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.” – Dylan Thomas

October 31
From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
Anger is rage gone wrong. Rage gone right is the building block of all individual and social accomplishment, the power house at the very core of civilization.

“And me? I remain alone, entangled in my love affair with solitude.” - Anonymous

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
October 31
When pressed for biographical details concerning his early life, Lincoln replied, 'It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life. It can be all condensed into a simple sentence, and that sentence you will find in Gray's Elegy: “The short and simple annals of the poor.” That's my life, and that's all you or any one else can make out of it.'
- Abraham Lincoln

‘Be content with your own company. Relish tranquility.'
- Anonymous

Monday, October 30, 2017

“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

30 October
From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
I choose to bloom where I'm planted. Why? Because the only life I've got is the life that's left.

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
October 30
 ‘The Lincolns enjoyed a relatively stable marriage…. Lincoln, for his part, understood Mary better than anyone, loved her in spite of her flaws, shielded her from criticism, and remained thoroughly loyal to her as a husband. In turn, Mary could be tender to him, extremely tender. And no matter how lonely she was with him gone so much of the time, she shared his love of politics, wanted him to succeed, and was fiercely proud of him.’
Stephen Oates

‘If God created shadows it was to better emphasize the light.’
- Pope John XXIII

Sunday, October 29, 2017

“Is there any fire in your belly?” – Anonymous

29 October
From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
Life is not a spectator sport.

“Strong convictions precede great actions.” – James Freeman Clarke

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
October 29
'In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to “preserve, protect, and defend” it.’
- Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address

‘One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.’
- Anonymous