February 17: Holy Bible

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February 17
Holy Bible

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
~Mark 8:36

If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land.
~Isaiah 1:19


February 16: Law and Lawyers: Legal Maxims

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Legal Maxims



Male verum exammat omrus

Corruptus judex.

A corrupt judge does not carefully search for the truth.

~Horace, Satires, II, 2, 8. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 B.C. – 8 B.C. ), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.


132.                 For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium.

~Third Institute [1644]


Learn that sacred law which is followed by men learned (in the Veda) and assented to in their hearts by the virtuous, who are ever exempt from hatred and inordinate affection.

~Anonymous author of The Laws of Manu, traditionally ascribed to Manu (or Brahma), as translated by F. Max Müller (1886), Ch. 2, p. 29


February 15: Futurists

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February 15

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
~R. Buckminster Fuller. Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983) was an American philosopher, systems theorist, architect, and inventor, known to many of his friends and fans as “Bucky” Fuller. He created and popularized terms such as “Spaceship Earth,” ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the most famous of which is the geodesic dome.

I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait. I do not think we will have to wait for long
~Arthur C. Clarke, “The Sentinel“ (1948), originally titled “Sentinel of Eternity,” is the short story which later provided the fundamental ideas for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) written by Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.

Others, one suspects, are afraid that the crossing of space, and above all contact with intelligent but nonhuman races, may destroy the foundations of their religious faith. They may be right, but in any event their attitude is one which does not bear logical examination — for a faith which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
~Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space (1951)

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons.
~Arthur C. Clarke, Foreword to The Collected Stories (June 2000)

Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.
~Arthur C. Clarke. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 – 2008) was a British author, inventor and futurist.

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February 12: Abundance

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Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

~Samuel Johnson. Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.” He is also the subject of “the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature”: James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson.



The greatest power is often simple patience.

~E. Joseph Cossman



Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.

~Fernando Flores

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February 11: Politicians (Money Matters)

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A doctrine of class war seemed to provide a solution to the problem of poverty to people who know nothing about how wealth is created.
~Jeanne Kirkpatrick (1926−2006), American ambassador and first woman who was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Inflation hasn’t ruined everything. A dime can still be used as a screwdriver.
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., an American author best known for his inspirational book, Life’s Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller (1991–1994). Its sequel, Life’s Little Instruction Book: Volume 2, also made it to the same best seller list in 1993.


February 11: Predictions

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February 11



While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming.

~Lee De Forest (1873 – 1961), American inventor. One of the fathers of the electronic age, he is credited with fundamental contributions to radio and to sound in motion pictures.



Everything that can be invented, has been invented.

~Charles H. Duell (1899), commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office

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February 9: Physicists

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February 9

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
~Sir William Bragg. Sir William Henry Bragg (1862–1942) was a British physicist, chemist, mathematician and active sportsman who uniquely shared a Nobel Prize with his son William Lawrence Bragg − the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics.

We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.
~Marie Curie. Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867–1934) was a Polish physicist and chemist, working mainly in France, who is famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne), and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in Paris’ Panthéon.

February 8: Poets

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February 8

They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
~Khalil Gibran (born Gubran Khalil Gubran, 1883–1931), Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
~Horace. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 B.C.–8 B.C.), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.

Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress, if thou knowest not.
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February 8: Humor

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February 8

The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.
~Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (1973)

Computer games don’t affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music.
~Marcus Brigstocke (falsely attributed to Kristian Wilson, Nintendo Inc.)

Some people insist that “mediocre” is better than “best.” They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can’t fly. They despise brains because they have none. Pfah!
~Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958)


February 8: Law and Lawyers: Humor

February 8



By Defendant’s Attorney:  Tell me what you were like from age 17 to the present. What have your feelings been about having kids?

By Plaintiff:  I wanted to pursue an education and then meet the perfect person and be married a couple years, save some money, buy a house, and start a family.

Defendant’s Attorney: When did that change?

Plaintiff:  Well—

By Plaintiff’s Attorney:  —or did that change?

By Plaintiff: It didn’t.

By Defendant’s Attorney: I think we all realize that as we get older, we’re not going to marry the perfect person.

By Plaintiff’s Attorney: My wife did.



By Attorney: Officer, what led you to believe the defendant was under the influence?

By Witness:  Because he was argumentary and couldn’t pronunciate his words.