November 1

  • It's not too near for me
    Like a flower I need the rain
    Though it's not clear to me
    Every season has it's change
    And I will see you
    When the sun comes out again.

    Sophie B. Hawkins (born 1 November 1967) American singer, songwriter, artist and actress
  • The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.

    Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (born 1 November 1636) French poet and critic

November 2

  • Hunting hawks do not belong in cages, no matter how much a man covets their grace, no matter how golden the bars. They are far more beautiful soaring free.

    Lois McMaster Bujold (born 2 November 1949) American author of science fiction and fantasy works
  • You know, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"? It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Einstein said everything had changed since the atom was split, except the way we think. We have to think anew.

    Studs TerkelAmerican author, historian and broadcaster
  • Hunting hawks do not belong in cages, no matter how much a man covets their grace, no matter how golden the bars. They are far more beautiful soaring free.

    Lois McMaster Bujold (born 2 November 1949) American author of science fiction and fantasy works
  • Being desirous of allaying the dissensions of party strife now existing within our realm, I do hereby dissolve and abolish the Democratic and Republican parties, and also do hereby decree the disfranchisement and imprisonment, for not more than 10, nor less than five, years, to all persons leading to any violation of this our imperial decree.

    Joshua A. NortonEnglish-born American who proclaimed himself "Emperor of these United States“

November 3

  • Athirst for personal salvation, the West forgets that many religions had but a vague notion of the life beyond the grave; true, all great religions stake a claim on eternity, but not necessarily on man's eternal life.

    André Malraux (born 3 November 1901) French novelist, adventurer, art historian and statesman
  • Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness.

    Wilhelm Reich (died 3 November 1957) Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
  • Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one's life well and happily…

    Wilhelm Reich (died 3 November 1957) Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst

November 4

  • All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful.

    Wilfred Owen (died 4 November 1918) British poet and soldier
  • On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.

    Will Rogers (born 4 November 1879) American humorist and entertainer
  • People often ask me, "Will, where do you get your jokes?" I just tell 'em, 'Well, I watch the government and report the facts, that is all I do, and I don't even find it necessary to exaggerate.

    Will Rogers (born 4 November 1879) American humorist and entertainer

November 5

  • Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind then that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

    Eugene V. Debs (born 5 November 1855) American labor and political leader
  • I suppose the process of acceptance will pass through the usual four stages:
    (i) this is worthless nonsense;
    (ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;
    (iii) this is true, but quite unimportant;
    (iv) I always said so.

    J. B. S. Haldane (born 5 November 1892) British geneticist and evolutionary biologist
  • I may not be able to say all I think; but I am not going to say anything that I do not think. I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets.

    Eugene V. Debs (born 5 November 1855) American labor and political leader

November 6

  • A man or woman is seldom happy unless he or she is sustaining him or herself and making a contribution to others.

    Zig Ziglar (born 6 November 1926) American self-help author and speaker
  • This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes we can!

    Barack ObamaAmerican politician and 44th President of the United States of America
  • The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities.

    Cesare Lombroso (born 6 November 1835) Italian criminologist

November 7

  • Political progress will only take place if sufficient security exists.

    David Petraeus (born 7 November 1952) American general in the United States Army
  • Do not be deceived by the way men of bad faith misuse words and names …Things are set up as contraries that are not even in the same category. Listen to me: the opposite of radical is superficial, the opposite of liberal is stingy; the opposite of conservative is destructive. Thus I will describe myself as a radical conservative liberal; but certain of the tainted red fish will swear that there can be no such fish as that. Beware of those who use words to mean their opposites. At the same time have pity on them, for usually this trick is their only stock in trade.

    R. A. Lafferty (born 7 November 1914) American science fiction and fantasy writer
  • All systems of morality are based on the idea that an action has consequences that legitimize or cancel it. A mind imbued with the absurd merely judges that those consequences must be considered calmly. It is ready to pay up. In other words, there may be responsible persons, but there are no guilty ones, in its opinion. At very most, such a mind will consent to use past experience as a basis for its future actions.

    Albert Camus (born 7 November 1913) Algerian–French author, philosopher and journalist

November 8

  • Charity keepeth us in Faith and Hope, and Hope leadeth us in Charity. And in the end all shall be Charity.

    Julian of Norwich (born 8 November 1342) English philosopher and mystic
  • Once and for all
    the idea of glorious victories
    won by the glorious army
    must be wiped out
    Neither side is glorious
    On either side they're just frightened men messing their pants
    and they all want the same thing
    Not to lie under the earth
    but to walk upon it
    without crutches

    Peter Weiss (born 8 November 1916) German-born Swedish writer, painter and filmmaker
  • He that made all things for love, by the same love keepeth them, and shall keep them without end.

    Julian of Norwich (born 8 November 1342) English philosopher and mystic

November 9

  • History is full of people who out of fear, or ignorance, or lust for power have destroyed knowledge of immeasurable value which truly belongs to us all. We must not let it happen again.

    Carl Sagan (born 9 November 1934) American astronomer and popular science writer
  • Every one of us is precious in the cosmic perspective. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.

    Carl Sagan (born 9 November 1934) American astronomer and popular science writer

November 10

  • He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.

    Friedrich Schiller (born 10 November 1759) German poet, historian, dramatist, and playwright
  • The dignity of mankind is in your hands; protect it!
    It sinks with you! With you it will ascend.

    Friedrich Schiller (born 10 November 1759) German poet, historian, dramatist, and playwright
  • Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.

    Friedrich Schiller (born 10 November 1759) German poet, historian, dramatist, and playwright

November 11

  • Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those they have slain.

    Fyodor Dostoevsky (born 11 November 1821) Russian writer
  • These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues.

    Abigail Adams (born 11 November 1744) American, the second First Lady of the United States

November 12

  • It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.

    Bahá'u'lláh (born 12 November 1817) Persian, founder of the Bahá'í Faith
  • In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object.

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (born 12 November 1815) American social activist
  • If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.

    Bahá'u'lláh (born 12 November 1817) Persian, founder of the Bahá'í Faith

November 13

  • It is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!

    Robert Louis Stevenson (born 13 November 1850) Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer
  • Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

    Louis Brandeis (born 13 November 1856) American litigator and Supreme Court Justice
  • The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but — what is worse — the slave of as many masters as he has vices.

    Augustine of Hippo (born 13 November 354) Christian theologian, rhetor and North African bishop

November 14

  • Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation.

    Herman Melville in Moby-DickAmerican novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet
  • To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.

    Jawaharlal Nehru (born 14 November 1889) Indian politician and the first Prime Minister of India
  • The world of today has achieved much, but for all its declared love for humanity, it has based itself far more on hatred and violence than on the virtues that make one human. War is the negation of truth and humanity. War may be unavoidable sometimes, but its progeny are terrible to contemplate. Not mere killing, for man must die, but the deliberate and persistent propagation of hatred and falsehood, which gradually become the normal habits of the people. It is dangerous and harmful to be guided in our life's course by hatreds and aversions, for they are wasteful of energy and limit and twist the mind and prevent it from perceiving truth.

    Jawaharlal Nehru (born 14 November 1889) Indian politician and the first Prime Minister of India

November 15

  • Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas.

    Erwin Rommel (born 15 November 1891) German Field Marshal and commander
  • Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.

    Johann Kaspar Lavater (born 15 November 1741) Swiss poet and physiognomist
  • A phrase begins life as a literary expression; its felicity leads to its lazy repetition; and repetition soon establishes it as a legal formula, undiscriminatingly used to express different and sometimes contradictory ideas.

    Felix Frankfurter (born 15 November 1882) Austrian-born American, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

November 16

  • There is plenty of room at the top because very few people care to travel beyond the average route. And so most of us seem satisfied to remain within the confines of mediocrity.

    Nnamdi Azikiwe (born 16 November 1904) Nigerian politician and President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966
  • We shall all live. We pray for life, children, a good harvest and happiness. You will have what is good for you and I will have what is good for me. Let the kite perch and let the egret perch too. If one says no to the other, let his wing break.

    Chinua Achebe (born 16 November 1930) Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic
  • There will not be one kind of community existing and one kind of life led in utopia. Utopia will consist of utopias, of many different and divergent communities in which people lead different kinds of lives under different institutions. Some kinds of communities will be more attractive to most than others; communities will wax and wane. People will leave some for others or spend their whole lives in one. Utopia is a framework for utopias, a place where people are at liberty to join together voluntarily to pursue and attempt to realize their own vision of the good life in the ideal community but where no one can impose his own utopian vision upon others.

    Robert Nozick (born 16 November 1938) American libertarian philosopher and Pellegrino University Professor

November 17

  • What I say is, that the real non-resistants can believe in direct action only, never in political action. For the basis of all political action is coercion; even when the State does good things, it finally rests on a club, a gun, or a prison, for its power to carry them through.

    Voltairine de Cleyre (born 17 November 1866) American anarchist
  • When you can have anything you want by uttering a few words, the goal matters not, only the journey to it.

    Christopher Paolini (born 17 November 1983) American novelist
  • Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that "freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license"; and they will define and define freedom out of existence. Let the guarantee of free speech be in every man's determination to use it, and we shall have no need of paper declarations. On the other hand, so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.

    Voltairine de Cleyre (born 17 November 1866) American anarchist

November 18

  • A lot of being a poet consists of willed ignorance. If you woke up from your trance and realized the nature of the life-threatening and dignity-destroying precipice you were walking along, you would switch into actuarial sciences immediately.

    Margaret Atwood (born 18 November 1939) Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic
  • War is what happens when language fails.

    Margaret Atwood (born 18 November 1939) Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic
  • Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful: in the last analysis, reality may be exactly what we think it is.

    Alan Moore (born 18 November 1953) British writer, most famous for his influential work in comic-books

November 19

  • We should not mourn for men of high ideals. Rather we should rejoice that we had the privilege of having had them with us, to inspire us by their radiant personalities.

    Indira GandhiFirst female Prime Minister of India in 1966
  • Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.

    James A. Garfield (born 19 November 1831) American politician and 20th President of the United States
  • Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis.

    James A. Garfield (born 19 November 1831) American politician and 20th President of the United States

November 20

  • My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern.

    Benoît Mandelbrot (born 20 November 1924) Poland-born French-American mathematician
  • A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.

    Robert F. Kennedy (born 20 November 1925) American politician and Senator
  • An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in "inventing" something. It's an arrogance that some enjoy, and others do not. Now I reach beyond arrogance when I proclaim that fractals had been pictured forever but their true role remained unrecognized and waited for me to be uncovered.

    Benoît Mandelbrot (born 20 November 1924) Poland-born French-American mathematician

November 21

  • Although I came to doubt all revelation, I can never accept the idea that the Universe is a physical or chemical accident, a result of blind evolution. Even though I learned to recognize the lies, the clichés and the idolatries of the human mind, I still cling to some truths which I think all of us might accept some day. There must be a way for man to attain all possible pleasures, all the powers and knowledge that nature can grant him, and still serve God — a God who speaks in deeds, not in words, and whose vocabulary is the Cosmos.

    Isaac Bashevis Singer (born 21 November 1902) Polish-American writer of short stories and novels in Yiddish
  • If your object is to secure liberty, you must learn to do without authority and compulsion. If you intend to live in peace and harmony with your fellow-men, you and they should cultivate brotherhood and respect for each other. If you want to work together with them for your mutual benefit, you must practice cooperation. The social revolution means much more than the reorganization of conditions only: it means the establishment of new human values and social relationships, a changed attitude of man to man, as of one free and independent to his equal; it means a different spirit in individual and collective life, and that spirit cannot be born overnight. It is a spirit to be cultivated, to be nurtured and reared, as the most delicate flower it is, for indeed it is the flower of a new and beautiful existence.

    Alexander Berkman (born 21 November 1870) Russian-born anarchist
  • "Man's inhumanity to man" is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep.

    Alexander Berkman (born 21 November 1870) Russian-born anarchist

November 22

  • It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.

    George Eliot (born 22 November 1819) English novelist and poet
  • Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.

    George Eliot (born 22 November 1819) English novelist and poet
  • It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.

    André Gide (born 22 November 1869) French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature

November 23

  • Old wood to burn! Old wine to drink! Old friends to trust! Old authors to read!

    Alfonso X of Castile (born 23 November 1221) Spanish monarch who ruled as the King of Galicia
  • Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play on the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?

    John Milton in "Areopagitica"
  • Revolutions of ages do not oft recover the loss of a rejected truth, for the want of which whole nations fare the worse.

    John MiltonEnglish poet and politician

November 24

  • Fight the enemy with the weapons he lacks.

    Alexander Suvorov (born 24 November 1729) Russian Generalissimo
  • Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.

    Laurence Sterne (born 24 November 1713) Anglo-Irish novelist and clergyman
  • The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others.
    No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.

    Baruch Spinoza (born 24 November 1632) Dutch social and metaphysical philosopher

November 25

  • Now and then it occurs to one to reflect upon what slender threads of accident depend the most important circumstances of his life; to look back and shudder, realizing how close to the edge of nothingness his being has come.

    Upton Sinclair (born 25 November 1968) American author
  • Statistically the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you would think the mere fact of existence would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise. We are alive against the stupendous odds of genetics, infinitely outnumbered by all the alternates who might, except for luck, be in our places.

    Lewis Thomas (born 25 November 1913) Physician, author, administrator and educator
  • The battle to save life is still going on. … This battle to save life will eventually be won. … Blind faith in established experience has been shattered, outmoded regulations have been smashed.

    Ba Jin (born 25 November 1904) Chinese writer and anarchist

November 26

  • I believe that what separates us all from one another is simply society itself, or, if you like, politics. This is what raises barriers between men, this is what creates misunderstanding.
    If I may be allowed to express myself paradoxically, I should say that the truest society, the authentic human community, is extra-social — a wider, deeper society, that which is revealed by our common anxieties, our desires, our secret nostalgias. The whole history of the world has been governed by nostalgias and anxieties, which political action does no more than reflect and interpret, very imperfectly. No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.

    Eugène Ionesco (born 26 November 1909) French-Romanian playwright and dramatist
  • Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
    Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

    William Cowper (born 26 November 1731) English poet and hymnodist
  • Blind unbelief is sure to err,
    And scan his work in vain;
    God is his own interpreter,
    And he will make it plain.

    William Cowper (born 26 November 1731) English poet and hymnodist

November 27

  • Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and NOTHING is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you'll be flexible to change with the ever changing. OPEN yourelf and flow, my friend. Flow in the TOTAL OPENESS OF THE LIVING MOMENT. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.

    Bruce Lee (born 27 November 1940) Chinese American martial artist and actor
  • Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.

    Bruce Lee (born 27 November 1940) Chinese American martial artist and actor

November 28

  • Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize — because they set so little store by them — the immense riches accumulated by the human race on either side of the narrow furrow on which they keep their eyes fixed; by underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.

    Claude Lévi-Strauss (born 28 November 1908) French anthropologist
  • One must be very naïve or dishonest to imagine that men choose their beliefs independently of their situation.

    Claude Lévi-Strauss (born 28 November 1908) French anthropologist
  • I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I have got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who will now be my rewarder. When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side, into which as he went, he said, "Death, where is thy sting?" And as he went down deeper, he said, "Grave, where is thy victory?"
    So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.

    John Bunyan (born 28 November 1628) Christian writer and preacher

November 29

  • Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

    Louisa May Alcott (born 29 November 1832) American novelist, best known for the novel "Little Women"
  • Revolutions are not made; they come. A revolution is as natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the past. Its foundations are laid far back.

    Wendell Phillips (born 29 November 1811) American abolitionist, Native American advocate and orator
  • Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

    C. S. Lewis (born 29 November 1898) Irish author and scholar of medieval literature

November 30

  • It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.

    Mark Twain (born 30 November 1835) American humorist, novelist, writer, and lecturer
  • The one thing that unifies men in a given age is not their individual philosophies but the dominant problem that these philosophies are designed to solve.

    Jacques Barzun (born 30 November 1907) French-born American scholar, historian, critic, teacher and editor
  • When a great genius appears in the world the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

    Jonathan Swift (born 30 November 1667) Irish writer and satirist
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