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Luck is probability taken personally.

Luck is probability taken personally. – Penn Jillette, who attributes this quote to Chip Denman What does that mean? Think about that for a moment. Were you lucky, or did statistics simply favor you that one time? Or, perhaps, for several times in a row? Is that really luck, or are you reading more into […]

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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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Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. – Joaquín Setantí What does that mean? Often cited to Seneca, it appears to actually be from an Early Renaissance Spanish Philosopher. But either way, it is a useful quote to consider. What happens when you take action? You […]

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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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Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb.

Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb. – Seneca What does that mean? In the play, the speaker has a great desire, but cannot bring themselves to speak of it. It is in this pained situation that the quote was born. We have all been there at some point in time. We want to say […]

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Every path has its puddle.

Every path has its puddle. – English Proverb What does that mean? To me, this is a fairly good represen-tation of life in general. We all travel down our path. We often come to forks or intersections among the paths. Choosing which path to take next is a complex one, involving many variables. Yes, there […]

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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a great quote for the weekend. Consider the pleasure, as some call it, of a few drinks. That can be fun, even pleasurable. Now consider making the mistake of trusting your judgement while intoxicated. How […]

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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Anonymous, more recently attributed to Vivian Greene What does that mean? This quote is about living our lives, not simply waiting around for a good time to start. Too many people wait for the right moment before starting to […]

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The only way to avoid risks is never to have lived at all.

The only way to avoid risks is never to have lived at all. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? The complete quote is quite a bit longer, and is included at the bottom of the post. It is a full paragraph which starts by questioning the incorrect notion that we have an entitlement to safety or […]

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To win without risk is to triumph without glory.

To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille What does that mean? This quote is interesting, as it seems to imply different things, depending on what you value. If you value glory, then you will most likely look to seek out risk, while still winning. If you value safety over glory, you […]

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Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger.

Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? The more complete quote is “Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger. Fear is why we don’t take action and anger is why we get stuck. You can’t […]

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Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.

Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can. – Christa McAuliffe What does that mean? This quote, I believe, is fairly straight forward. It is urging us not to settle, not to wait, not to hesitate. It says to reach for it, where ‘it’ is anything and everything you might want in life. It […]

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He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it. – Seneca What does that mean? This is the classic lesson from the origin of Spider Man. Whether from the comics or from the movies, Peter Parker (aka Spider Man) has the opportunity to stop a crime, but decides not to interfere. A […]

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I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful.

I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. – Sophia Loren What does that mean? This is another in a long line of Twitter-friendly shortened quotes. The full quote is: “I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand […]

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There are two methods of fighting, the one by law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts.

There are two methods of fighting, the one by law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly quote. The more complete version is : “You must know there are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, […]

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