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The talk of the ignorant is like the rumblings which issue from the belly.

The talk of the ignorant is like the rumblings which issue from the belly. – Demetrius the Cynic What does that mean? I like this quote. It is one of the snarkier bits of Ancient Wisdom with which I have ever had the pleasure to be acquainted. Can you feel the burn? I’m glad I […]

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If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly short quote. The longer version of the quote goes into the ultimate change, and why not fearing it leaves you free to do anything: “If you […]

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Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold.

Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? This is a quote about preparation. Whether it is a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, or even a friend of the family, a skill is a gift which will last them […]

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It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. – Epictetus What does that mean? As is common with the limits on length on Twitter, the quote loses a little flavor from being shortened. The longer version is as follows: “What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? […]

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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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As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

As long as you live, keep learning how to live. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a quote which in turn quotes an even older proverb, author unknown. The longer version of the quote is as follows: You should keep learning as long as you are ignorant — even to the end of […]

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A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is a quote I first heard years ago, and it really hit home. Why don’t we take action after we make a decision? Because we […]

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I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.

I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know. – Cicero What does that mean? I’m sure you’ve heard it before. Someone brings up an interesting fact, and someone else is quick to say “I knew that!” How often do you believe them? Better yet, how often have […]

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There is no wisdom without love.

There is no wisdom without love. – Sri Ram What does that mean? This is kind of a cryptic quote, and can be taken a number of ways. I want to focus on the difference between knowledge and wisdom. It takes action to move from simple knowledge to wisdom. Sometime it takes a lack of […]

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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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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. – John Locke What does that mean? The longer, twitter unfriendly version is as follows: This is that which I think great readers are apt to be mistaken in; those who have read of everything, are thought to understand […]

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Person who chases two rabbits catches neither.

Person who chases two rabbits catches neither. – Confucius or Romanian Proverb What does that mean? I was surprised that I hadn’t covered this quote yet, when I tried to reference this quote in a recent blog, but couldn’t. The reason might have been the attribution, given by many as Confucius, but only sourced to a […]

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The opponent of peace of mind is not something external, but within us.

The opponent of peace of mind is not something external, but within us. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Everyone I know is looking for peace of mind. If they have none, they want some. If they have some, they want more. And I include myself in that group. How about you? The thing that we […]

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If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. – Epictetus What does that mean? I like this quote, because I have lived it so many times. While we can learn a lot from books, the internet, and friends, that kind of learning lacks one thing: action. You can read a hundred books […]

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A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, but probably isn’t true. However, I believe that it is still an interesting quote nonetheless. The quote is about the three stages of learning, clueless, cleverness, and wisdom. The clueless people […]

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