Archive | May, 2013

Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love, first in moral excellence, and first in generosity.

Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love, first in moral excellence, and first in generosity. – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly version of a quote. A more complete version of it is: “We all have the drum major instinct. […]

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Control your thoughts; they may break into words at anytime.

Control your thoughts; they may break into words at anytime. – Anonymous What does that mean? This quote is about the things people say. It implies that sometimes that filter between our mind and our mouth doesn’t work as well as one might hope. It can be funny when someone else does it, but usually […]

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought. – Albert Szent-Györgyi (also attributed to Jonathan Swift) What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as it is from a Nobel-laureate. The quote is about the process of discovery, and his very simple definition of the term. Discovery starts out by […]

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The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. – Julius Erving What does that mean? This quote is from one of greats of Basketball. And he understood that success isn’t just in your chosen field of endeavor. He probably knew many other […]

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I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza What does that mean? I like this quote, and have tried to live by it even before I heard it, at least as I understand it. To me, this quote is […]

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Most of our problems are related to the mind, so we have to work to reduce our destructive emotions.

Most of our problems are related to the mind, so we have to work to reduce our destructive emotions. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote attempts to take aim at the most easily understood difficulty humans have, the mind. Unfortunately, it isn’t always the easiest thing to understand, much less fix. However, it is […]

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The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. –  Seneca What does that mean? To me, this quote is about our focus and about what is truly important in our lives. The quote contrasts the definition of ‘good things’ in times of […]

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere! – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? This quote makes an obvious point, but too many people don’t understand it. When an injustice is done to one person, everyone else has to wonder what it would take for that same injustice to be done to me. Sadly, that is […]

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The only way to avoid risks is never to have lived at all.

The only way to avoid risks is never to have lived at all. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? The complete quote is quite a bit longer, and is included at the bottom of the post. It is a full paragraph which starts by questioning the incorrect notion that we have an entitlement to safety or […]

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Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.

Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. – Ogden Nash What does that mean? This is a variation on a quote about silence and wisdom. It is even more apparent in the longer version of the quote: “To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever […]

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Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment.

Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? This quote is also frequently seen as “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he […]

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Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. – Nietzsche What does that mean? This is a quote from a guy who also famously said “There are no facts, only interpretations.” From that statement, I believe it is safe to presume that he wasn’t that fond of absolutes. Convictions are very absolute. In many […]

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It’s unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved only on the basis of prayer, what we need is to take action.

It’s unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved only on the basis of prayer, what we need is to take action. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is a very practical and pragmatic quote. While some might be quick to use it to deride prayer or belief in […]

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Due to an unfortunate computer problem…

Due to an unfortunate computer problem, there will be no post today. I hope to have the difficulty resolved and everything back on track tomorrow. In the mean time, here is a link to more Seneca posts. Seneca will return to his regularly scheduled slot next week. Thanks for sticking with me!

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker What does that mean? The Future… Kind of scary sounding. Full of unknowns. Full of twists and turns. How can you possibly predict it? This quote says that the best way to know what is coming is to be an active participant. By […]

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