March 4: Napoleon Hill

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Napoleon Hill


Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.

~Napoleon Hill


Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.

~Napoleon Hill



Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

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March 4: Change

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In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds

On half the nations, and with fear of change

Perplexes monarchs.

~John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book I, line 597



Till Peter’s keys some christen’d Jove adorn,

And Pan to Moses lends his Pagan horn.

~Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (1728 to 1743), Book III, line 109



See dying vegetables life sustain,

See life dissolving vegetate again;

All forms that perish other forms supply;

(By turns we catch the vital breath and die).

~Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle III, line 15


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March 4: “Cloony The Clown” by Shel Silverstein

Cloony the Clown
I’ll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown
Who worked in a circus that came through town.
His shoes were too big and his hat was too small,
But he just wasn’t, just wasn’t funny at all.
He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes,
He had a green dog and a thousand balloons.
He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall,
But he just wasn’t, just wasn’t funny at all.
And every time he did a trick,
Everyone felt a little sick.
And every time he told a joke,
Folks sighed as if their hearts were broke.
And every time he lost a shoe,
Everyone looked awfully blue.
And every time he stood on his head,
Everyone screamed, “Go back to bed!”
And every time he made a leap,
Everybody fell asleep.
And every time he ate his tie,
Everyone began to cry.
And Cloony could not make any money
Simply because he was not funny.
One day he said, “I’ll tell this town
How it feels to be an unfunny clown.”
And he told them all why he looked so sad,
And he told them all why he felt so bad.
He told of Pain and Rain and Cold,
He told of Darkness in his soul,
And after he finished his tale of woe,
Did everyone cry? Oh no, no, no,
They laughed until they shook the trees
With “Hah-Hah-Hahs” and “Hee-Hee-Hees.”
They laughed with howls and yowls and shrieks,
They laughed all day, they laughed all week,
They laughed until they had a fit,
They laughed until their jackets split.
The laughter spread for miles around
To every city, every town,
Over mountains, ‘cross the sea,
From Saint Tropez to Mun San Nee.
And soon the whole world rang with laughter,
Lasting till forever after,
While Cloony stood in the circus tent,
With his head drooped low and his shoulders bent.
And while the world laughed outside,
Cloony the Clown sat down and cried.

March 4: Civil Disobedience

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
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Civil Disobedience



A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

~René Descartes (1596–1650), French mathematician, philosopher and scientist



I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.

~Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.


177.              An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so. Now the law of nonviolence says that violence should be resisted not by counter-violence but by nonviolence. This I do by breaking the law and by peacefully submitting to arrest and imprisonment.

~Mahatma Gandhi, Non-violence in Peace and War 1942-49