Archive | January, 2016

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau What does that mean? This quote starts describing patience, and assigning it a flavor. A very strong and not very pleasant flavor. A flavor to which we can relate. Bitter, in tiny amounts, can provide contrast, but it isn’t usually something you would want […]

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You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. – Jon Kabat-Zinn What does that mean? Waves are unstoppable. They are a force of nature. They may change heights and intensity, but still they come. We can brace against them, but they are as unstoppable as anything on this Earth. However, while […]

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Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr What does that mean? Note that this is not an attempt to diminish those who are into math, but to encourage them to try something with some soul and deeper feeling, in this case, painting. The metaphor of painting a picture […]

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What does it mean to be slandered? Stand by a stone and slander it. If a man listens like a stone, what effect has the slanderer?

What does it mean to be slandered? Stand by a stone and slander it. If a man listens like a stone, what effect has the slanderer? – Epictetus What does that mean? This quote is part of a longer discussion regarding why people do seemingly senseless things, specifically to squeeze into a play to get […]

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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? To me, and my understanding of Stoicism, a closer translation of problem might well be puzzle or challenge. Stoics take the world as it is, and try to deal with it with the minimum fuss. Life, […]

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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? What is it with us, that we pursue happiness in so many of the wrong ways? To be happy should be easy, simple and not even remotely confusing. Yet somehow, we manage […]

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Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. – Saint Thomas Aquinas What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the difference between sense (sensations), and reason (logic). Living according to sense is about feelings, and the sensations which provide pleasure. This is, according to the quote’s observation of the […]

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2015 in review

It was another great year, with the highlight being nearly 1.5 views. Thanks for taking the time to stopping by! Here’s an excerpt from this year’s report: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 1,500,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would […]

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