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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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Improvement begins with I.

Improvement begins with I. – Arnold H. Glasgow also seen spelled as Glasow What does that mean? This is just one of those obvious quotes, isn’t it? How are you going to improve? Will random chance cause a spontaneous improve-ment? Or will you have to do some work on it? Change happens, you don’t need […]

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If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is a classic of introspection. It says that people will speak ill of you. It’s going to happen. Unless you’re really young, it’s probably already happened, right? The quote […]

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Whatever is well said by another, is mine.

Whatever is well said by another, is mine. – Seneca What does that mean? Well, this is an interesting quote. One way to take it is to presume that he is taking other people’s quotes. In short, plagiarism. While I would recommend against outright stealing the work of others, the way humans work is to build […]

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Such an amazing way to look at life: “Your enemy can be your best teacher” Dalai Lama. Perhaps we don’t have any enemies, just teachers!

Such an amazing way to look at life: “Your enemy can be your best teacher” Dalai Lama. Perhaps we don’t have any enemies, just teachers! – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is a popular paraphrasing of a Dalai Lama quote. The actual quote is: “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” […]

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As the twig is bent the tree inclines.

As the twig is bent the tree inclines. – Virgil What does that mean? This quote is about the path one takes in life. Lessons learned early, when we are but twigs, will impact our future, or how the tree inclines. Another way to look at it is in terms of trajectory. Absent any wind, once […]

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If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? To me, this quote is about action. It reminds us that we can stand there and do nothing, or we can try to change things. What do you tend to do when things are not how […]

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It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.

It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well. – René Descartes What does that mean? This is a quote from the same guy who said that because he thought, he was (that he existed). He obviously thought he had good mind. And I would imagine he thought he […]

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Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.

Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is attributed to Marcus Aurelius in the movie Gladiator, however I couldn’t find it in his surviving written works*. Somehow, I doubt he actually said it, but it does sound Stoic, doesn’t […]

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The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. – Edward Bulwar-Lytton What does that mean? Lets start with a definition. Dogma is defined as an authoritarian set of principles, usually considered unassailable truth. So when the quote says that the best teachers […]

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Gratitude is heaven itself.

Gratitude is heaven itself. – William Blake What does that mean? I have seen this quote also attributed to Laura Huxley (as well as to her husband, author Aldous Huxley), Matt Cutts and others. Of the list of people to whom this quote is attributed, William Blake is the oldest, and I believe therefore likely to […]

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Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.

Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive. – Wilbur Wright What does that mean? This quote makes an interesting analogy between riches and wisdom. The quote says we become wise in the same manner as we become rich. How do we become rich? The tweet says […]

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All cruelty springs from weakness.

All cruelty springs from weakness. – Seneca What does that mean? The quote is also translated as: “All savageness is a sign of weakness.” In either case, the source, in the end, is weakness. Weakness of mind, weakness of spirit, weakness of character, it all ends badly. Whether you chose to label the behavior of someone lashing […]

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When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. – Confucius What does that mean? This is an interesting quote about trying to master yourself by interaction with other people. It is the second half of a longer quote, often stated as: “When we see men of worth, we should […]

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