Archive | November, 2015

Ability without honor is useless.

Ability without honor is useless. – Cicero What does that mean? A similar quote is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said “Ability without honor has no value,” so it appears to be a popular thought. Ability, in this quote, is talking about the capacity to do something. It doesn’t matter how impressive it is, […]

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Never confuse movement with action.

Never confuse movement with action. – Ernest Hemingway What does that mean? This quote was related in the book by Marlene Dietrich, who added “In those five words he gave me a whole philosophy.” Let’s start with movement. Movement can be anything which causes a change in the situation, whether it’s the deck chairs on […]

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Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. – Proverbs 12-16 NIV What does that mean? In this translation, it is all about keeping your head about you when things become difficult. What you do in such moments helps people determine what kind of person you are. Fools, as it says, will […]

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He who has great power should use it lightly.

He who has great power should use it lightly. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is from a play by Seneca, wherein the Greek heroes Pyrrhus (son of Achilles) and Agamemnon are discussing the fate (death) of a prisoner. Pyrrhus says no law forbids it, but Agamemnon cautions that the victor should be […]

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Buy only what is necessary, not what is convenient. What is unnecessary, even if it costs one cent, it is expensive.

Buy only what is necessary, not what is convenient. What is unnecessary, even if it costs one cent, it is expensive. – Seneca * What does that mean? While widely attributed to Seneca, I couldn’t find it in his works. Either it’s a ‘traditional’ attribution, or a very freely translated phrase. In any case, I […]

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The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? I find this is an interesting quote, as in my life I have been both a doer and a watcher. And when I was a doing things, I could feel the envy of those who […]

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A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.

A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men – English Proverb   What does that mean? Also seen as “worth 10 pressed men” and other numeric ratios. A ‘press gang’ was a term for people conscripted, usually informally, by military units to do work for them. While technically legal, formalities were often ignored in the interest […]

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Price your anger so expensive until no one can pay to see it.

Price your anger so expensive until no one can pay to see it. – HereTheQuotess What does that mean? There are times when others push us towards anger. In my opinion, this quote is asking us to raise the price of our anger. Not in a sense of increasing the repercussions or the cost of […]

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I am responsible for what I spoke, but not for what you understood.

I am responsible for what I spoke, but not for what you understood. – Unknown What does that mean? To me, this is a tale of responsibility, and to whom it belongs. We are responsible for the words we say, but not for how others choose to hear them. Others might hear what you say, […]

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