Week of December 30

In every one of us the deepest emotions are constantly caused by some absurdly trivial thing, or by nothing at all. Conversely, the great things in our lives - the true occasions for wrath, anguish, rapture and what not - very often leave us quite calm. We can never depend on any right adjustment of emotion to circumstance.

Max Beerbohm


Week of December 23

Stop whining and pull up your socks, cut up your credit cards, pay off your debts, stop looking at catalogs and start contemplating that bleak and dispassionate universe out there. Remember that to everything - and everybody - there is a season, and you might have had yours already.

Francesca McKeon of Berkeley, California, addressing Baby Boomers


Week of December 16

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him how to fish and you get rid of him for the whole weekend.

Zenna Schaffer


Week of December 9

People see only what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Week of December 2

If you can walk over a man once, you can walk over him as often as you like.

Lord Beaverbrook


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