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Quotes of the Day for 10 February 2001 – Island Life

Yesterday I praised the boring weather I have experienced this season, which generated some mail. There were those who had suffered from storms and were envious, and there were several who couldn't remember (or never knew) from whence this daily epistle came. I live at Freeland on the south end of Whidbey Island, about 40 miles northwest of Seattle. So here are some quotes on Island Life.

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The quotes:

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.
     - Henry David Thoreau

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promitory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
     - John Donne, 1572 - 1631

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island ... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
     - Baltasar Gracian

How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot.
     - Albert Einstein

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