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Quotes of the Day for 31 August 2002 – To Diana

Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales, died in a Paris automobile accident five years ago today. I don't normally follow "the royals," but a subscriber asked for a tribute in today's quotes. I was one of the 2.5 billion who watched her funeral, and tears came as Elton John sang "Goodbye, England's Rose." Despite the tempests of her life, she was a dedicated mother, and generous with her time for dozens of charities devoted to the homeless, disabled, and addicted. She championed an end to domestic violence. She was publicly seen making physical contact with AIDS sufferers at a time when the public was fearful and ready to shun them. In her last two years she traveled in eastern Europe and in Africa to bring attention to the horrors of land mines. To Diana, Queen of Hearts.

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The quotes:

More and more I come to value charity and love of one's fellow being above everything else... All our lauded technological progress - our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
     - George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950

Charity is the power of defending that which we know to be indefensible. Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.
     - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 - 1936

One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.
     - Hannah More, 1745 - 1833

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
     - Marion Wright Edelman


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