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The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw What does that mean? Communication is very important to inter-personal discussions, as it is how we move ideas from person to person. When communication goes awry, part of the idea is lost or misunderstood by the other […]

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Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom

Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom. – Cicero What does that mean? In this quote, I believe he is talking about the fact that knowledge doesn’t have morals built into it. Fire can be used to keep you warm, or it can be used to kill you. Fire […]

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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself. – Galileo What does that mean? It’s kind of like the Old West saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” You can only go so far when attempting to help someone learn. […]

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Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing

Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? You might be able to bum a cigarette, invite yourself over to a friend’s house for a free lunch, or even get some free advice from a web site. But experience, it doesn’t come that cheap. Experience, by definition, […]

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True love is like a pair of socks: you gotta have two and they’ve gotta match.

True love is like a pair of socks: you gotta have two and they’ve gotta match. – Erich Fromm What does that mean? Well, as a nerd an the antithesis of a snappy dresser, I might argue with having to have two that match, but two does seem to be a good number. Seriously, though, having […]

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We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope. – Epictetus What does that mean? Back in the days of this quote, almost everything about a ship was organic. Organic compounds and water are not the best mix, and frequently end in some form of rot or degradation. Eventually, […]

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If you would judge, understand.

If you would judge, understand. – Seneca What does that mean? I would expand this slightly to state “If you would judge, first you must understand.” I don’t know if he was carving all his quotes into stone, or if he was a minimalist, but so many of these quotes are just so terse it […]

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An investment in knowledge…

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin What does that mean? The saying is pretty straight forward.  If you want to get a good return on yourself, your time, your effort and your money, invest in yourself, specifically, in your knowledge.  Remember, Ben was big on self-education.  He considered it to […]

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Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. – Sun Tzu What does that mean? At thefreedictionary.com, strategy is defined as “The science and art of military command as applied to the overall planning and conduct of large-scale combat operations” and “A plan of action resulting […]

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If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? To me, it talks about the straight forward answer.  E=mc2.  Simple, elegant and still holding true over a century later.  Some less esoteric examples?  Water flows downhill : gravity.  Hot air rises : density.  Light going […]

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As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. – Socrates What does that mean? This is probably one of the most famous quotes in all the world, as it was the one that caused Socrates to be declared by the Oracle at Delphi as the wisest man in the world.  In a […]

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