Thoughts for the Day

Today is Sunday, January 20, 2019.

That means that today is day number 21 of the year or 344 days before the end of the year.


Today's Wise Thought From a Famous Person is:
(Number 26 out of 535)

“There is some good in the worst of us, and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
—Martin Luther King (1929-1968, American civil rights leader)


Today's Quotation Without Comment is:
(Number 17 out of 341)

“In my KGB career I had much experience at getting enemies to do my will. I thought this would be very useful in business.”
—Yuri Drozdov (1926-2017, former high officer of the Soviet KGB, later a consultant to foreign businessmen working in Russia)


Today's Made-Up Proverb is:
(Number 12 out of 241)

“Money doesn’t buy happiness; relationships do. They can also buy unhappiness.”
— Anonymous Maxim-Maker “No face is too beautiful to be made ugly by dreadlocks.” == aaammm


Today's Provocative International Factoid is:
(Number 27 out of 556)

North American countries receiving official requests for political asylum were: Mexico 8,788; Canada: 23,930; United States: 180,000±.


Today's Provocative U.S. Factoid is:
(Number 30 out of 610)

In 2018 the 300 U.S. immigration judges had a backlog of 650,000 unheard cases (over 2,000 per judge). Over 90% of asylum appeals by Mexicans are rejected, over 80% of those by other Latin Americans.


Today's Pretentiously Literate Foreign-Language Quote is:
(Number 9 out of 187)

“Nescis, mi fili, quantilla ratione mundus regatur.”
[You do not understand, my son, what a small part reason plays in governing the world.]
—Count Oxenstern, Chancellor of Sweden (writing in 1648 to his son)


Today's Folksy But Profound Chinese Proverb is:
(Number 7 out of 143)

生命是因为观照自我局限才伟大的, 而非因为发现自己伟大而伟大。
(Shēng mìng shì yīn wèi guān zhào zì wǒ jú xiàn cái wěi dà de, ér fēi yīn wèi fā xiàn z4 jǐ wěi dà ér wěi dà.)
"One doesn’t become great by insight into one’s own greatness, but by discovering one’s own limits."


Today's Factoid or Quote From or About President Trump is:
(Number 9 out of 197)

“My two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.”
—Donald Trump, (American president, responding to suspicions about his mental stability, January, 2018)


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