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ONE DAY AT A TIME
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and
absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old
nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and
invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
ONE HOUR OF LIFE
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is
worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal
through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honour or
-Sir Walter Scott
ONE THING AT A TIME
Work while you work,
Play while you play;
That is the way
To be cheerful and gay.
All that you do,
Do with your might;
Things done by halves
Are never done right.
One thing each time,
And that done well,
Is a very good rule,
As many can tell.
Moments are useless
So work while you work,
And play while you play.
We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood. To hate a man because he was
born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he take a
different view on this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all
equally human.... Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.
--Johann Amos Comenius
We are participants, whether we would or not, in the life of the world. The interests of
all nations are our own also. What affects mankind is inevitably our affair, as well as the
affair of the nations of Europe and Asia.
--Woodrow Wilson (From May 1916 Speech)
OPEN YOUR EYES
Open your eyes that you may see
The beauty that around you lies,
The misty loveliness of the dawn,
The glowing colors of the skies;
The child's bright eager eyes of blue,
The gnarled and wrinkled face of age,
The bird with crimson on his wing
Whose spirit never knew a cage;
The roadsides' blooming goldenrod
So brave through summer's wind and heat,
The brook that rushes to the sea
With courage that naught may defeat.
Open your eyes that you may see
The wonder that around you lies;
It will enrich your every day
And make you glad and kind and wise.
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forge the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to
permit the presence of trouble.
OUR LIPS AND EARS
If you your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,
And how and when and where.
If you your ears would save from jeers,
These things keep mildly hid:
Myself and I, and mine and my,
And how I do and did.
He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!