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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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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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Ab uno disce omnes. – From one, learn all.

Ab uno disce omnes. – From one, learn all. – Virgil What does that mean? This has usually been translated to mean that we would be well served to learn the general rule which governs most situations. We must also remember that where there is a rule, there is always an exception, and that we […]

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The beginning of wisdom is silence. The second step is listening…

The beginning of wisdom is silence. The second step is listening… – Solomon Ibn Gabirol What does that mean? Sadly, this quote is far too long to fit neatly in a single tweet, and so it has been shortened, and brutally at that. The longer version of the quote is: “In seeking wisdom, the first […]

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Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious.

Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious. – Sun Tzu What does that mean? While this particular quote is about war in specific (see longer version, below), it applies to wisdom in all the different areas of our lives. The longer version: “It does not take […]

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The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. – Alexandra K. Trenfor – no bio What does that mean? This is a nice quote, getting directly to the heart of the difference between teaching and indoctri-nating. It’s just that straight forward. If someone is telling […]

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We need values based on common sense, experience and scientific findings, what I refer to as secular ethics.

We need values based on common sense, experience and scientific findings, what I refer to as secular ethics. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, coming from a person considered very spiritual. It is the practical side of ethics. No theory, no belief, just rock solid ethics. Many religious based ethics […]

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Talent works, genius creates.

Talent works, genius creates. – Robert Schumann What does that mean? This quote is about the fine line between talent and genius, between being good and being great. It is more than just ability, it is also about application. Ordinary things, extraordinarily executed, may be great, but not genius. To be genius, there has to […]

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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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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot What does that mean? I like this quote, as it says something perfectly logical, but which few people have actually considered. That something is the answer to the question, “How far can you go?” To […]

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It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as anyone who as argued with someone may well have found out the hard way. Sometimes, their mind is just unconquerable. However true that may be, I believe the quote is more of a reference […]

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw What does that mean? This quote is about the one certain thing in life; change. Change will happen. The question is will you allow your mind to change as the new facts are revealed? To move […]

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Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.

Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums. – Peter De Vries What does that mean? This is a quote with a dry sense of humor, which is something I like quite a bit. Many restaurants have all kinds of artwork in them, sometimes murals which cover entire walls. Sometimes the art […]

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer What does that mean? This is another twisted quote chiastic. It says change the look, and how you look will change. We all see things through our own filters. We often see what we expect to see. If […]

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Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. – Unknown What does that mean? That is the real question of life, isn’t it? “Who are you?” How are you defined and how do you define yourself? It’s hard to know in the quiet times. It is only […]

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