Archive | December, 2013

The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.

The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel What does that mean? We begin our learning with the word “NO!” As young children, it is a word we hear a lot, usually for our own sake, for our safety, or the safety of others. […]

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One of the most important tricks for maximizing your productivity involves matching your mental state to the task.

One of the most important tricks for maximizing your productivity involves matching your mental state to the task. – Scott Adams What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as I realize I do this sometimes. On the days when everything goes well, I was using this technique. Think about it. If you’ve got a lot […]

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If you want change, create the causes.

If you want change, create the causes. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is another of those ‘Doh!’ kind of quotes. It is so simple and so obvious, you wonder why you didn’t think of it first. But that makes it all the better. Change, at least the kind you actually want, rarely happens on […]

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Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?

Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display? – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is kind of hard to understand on it’s own, as the context is stripped by Twitter’s 140 limit. A longer version starts with the quote and continues: “These things that […]

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Greatness acts it doesn’t wait to see what everyone else is going to do.

Greatness acts it doesn’t wait to see what everyone else is going to do. – Cornell Thomas What does that mean? This is a quote about following your own path. It is about the difference between leading and following. It is about knowing who you are and what you want from life. Sheep follow the leader. […]

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No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time.

No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. – C.S.Lewis What does that mean? This is another significantly shortened quote, per the limits of Twitter. A longer version is as follows: “I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptations. It is not serious provided self-offended petulance, […]

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Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. – Jean-Paul Sartre What does that mean? If you have ever rowed a boat, you know it’s a pretty intense job. Even something as simple as paddling a canoe keeps you busy most of the time. To ‘rock the boat’ is both a literal […]

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The universe is not short on wake-up calls. We’re just quick to hit the snooze button.

The universe is not short on wake-up calls. We’re just quick to hit the snooze button. – Brené Brown What does that mean? If you are the type of person who wakes before their alarm, and never goes back to bed, I envy you. Hopefully you can relate to this quote through the behavior of a […]

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In order to derive the maximum benefit the wise thing is to take care of others.

In order to derive the maximum benefit the wise thing is to take care of others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I was unable to find the context for this quote, so I will presume that the quote is about the difference, and the conflict, between selfish and selfless. We all have wants and needs. […]

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The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. – Seneca What does that mean? There are always troubles in our lives. We are all, at times, great. And we all have the opportunity to be brave at some point. Together, it is an awesome sight to see. When adversity […]

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Somebody should tell us right at the start of our lives that we’re dying, and we might live life to the limit…

Somebody should tell us right at the start of our lives that we’re dying, and we might live life to the limit… – Pope Paul VI What does that mean? This quote, like so many on Twitter, has been shortened to fit in the space allotted. A longer version is: “Somebody should tell us, right at the […]

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First we make our habits, then our habits make us.

First we make our habits, then our habits make us. – Charles C. Noble What does that mean? This is another excellent chiasmus. It reminds us of the power of repeated actions, of our habits and what they can do to us, or for us. It starts with the obvious. We do things over and over, […]

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The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened. – Saki aka H.H.Munro What does that mean? While this may have been a comment about human foibles of memory and imagination, it is a very precise description of those who do not live in the present. The young, […]

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The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.

The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune. – Charles Dickens (speaking as Ebenezer Scrooge) What does that mean? On this day in 1842, Charles Dickens published his famous book “A Christmas Carol.” This quote is by Ebenezer Scrooge, reflecting on his younger self. He is speaking about his boss when […]

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