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Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own. – Bruce Lee What does that mean? The first part of this quote is fairly straight forward. It is part of what learning is all about. You retain what helps you in your daily life: Pass the Test; Survive; Improve. The […]

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In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.

In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy. – Cicero What does that mean? I’m not an expert in how Latin is translated, and I was unable to find the exact source of the quote, so I’m going to have to guess a little. The quote, read as written, sounds awkward. I’m going to put […]

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All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. – Alexandre Dumas (father, son) What does that mean? There seems to be some confusion as to which Alexandre Dumas is the author of this quote, the father or the son. However, either way, it is quite an interesting quote. Generalizations are very broad statements, covering whole groups of people or […]

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The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. – Norman Peale What does that mean? This is a sad truth about far too many of us. If we have a bad hair day, do we want to hear that we looked like a scarecrow, […]

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We forget that despite the superficial differences between us, people are equal in their basic wish for peace and happiness.

We forget that despite the superficial differences between us, people are equal in their basic wish for peace and happiness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting way of wording this sentiment. If we remember that today’s quote is not from a native English speaker, it makes a little more sense. We […]

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It is the soul they see, not the color of the skin.

It is the soul they see, not the color of the skin.  – Sissieretta Jones What does that mean? I saw an interesting quote on twitter which was very close to this, and started digging. I found the following long version of the quote in a bio page, and used the last bit as the quote […]

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We must exchange the philosophy of excuse, what I am is beyond my control, for the philosophy of responsibility.

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse, what I am is beyond my control, for the philosophy of responsibility. – Barbara Jordan What does that mean? This is a fairly straight-forward quote. It urges us to quit making excuses. There is always a reason, something outside ourselves, that caused things to not work out. It’s never our […]

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Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.

Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty. – Henry Martyn Robert What does that mean? This quote is from the guy who wrote Robert’s Rules of Order. It was patterned after the way Congress was run, but adapted for use […]

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Men almost always walk in paths beaten by others and act by imitation

Men almost always walk in paths beaten by others and act by imitation. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a Twitter friendly version of the full quote. However, I believe that it stands well on it’s own, and it shall be addressed in this blog as it stands. This quote talks about originality, or […]

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In our quest for happiness and the avoidance of suffering, I believe we are all fundamentally the same, and therefore equal.

In our quest for happiness and the avoidance of suffering, I believe we are all fundamentally the same, and therefore equal. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? We are all equal in a couple ways, and unequal in plenty of others. We all have exactly the same number of hours in the day. We are all […]

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It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. – Aristotle What does that mean? If I had been thinking, this would have been posted on the 31st of December, where it would have been a bit more topical. However, with the events of New Years Eve still fresh […]

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? To me, this quote is about individuality and uniqueness of each of us. We are each unique, even identical twins. While they may act like each other, each one has their own wants and desires, making them different. Everyone else is […]

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A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature. – Seneca What does that mean? To me, that sounds a little clunky. I presume it has to do with how Latin references work, and how they are translated then into English. I would like to restate it in a more personal form: […]

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