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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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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? As is so often is the case, this Twitter friendly quote is just part of a longer quote. This is a slightly longer version of the quote: “In meeting men, in many places, I have […]

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There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. – William J. Brennan, Jr. What does that mean? Have you ever thought, or heard someone say, that a job is beneath them? It could be cleaning an icky mess, or some other form of manual labor. It might be something that is considered beneath their station, or […]

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If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is all about our morals, our values, and the potential for a dichotomy between how we act and how we think. Is it fine to wish someone dead in your mind, […]

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It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.

It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times. – Rutherford B. Hayes What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly quote which has been shortened from the original: “Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and State, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It […]

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Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? While the translation I used wasn’t exactly the same, it’s close enough for what we are doing. This quote was from The Prince, where the author is giving advice for how a Prince should craft his […]

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Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research.

Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research. ~ Wilson Mizner What does that mean? Also quoted as “If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.” and sometimes attributed to John Burke. And with the right accent, it almost sounds Russian… This is the age old challenge […]

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Do not want others to know…

Do not want others to know what you have done?  Better not have done it anyways. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? Translations are such fun.  This saying almost sounds like a stereotypical movie character is saying it.  To put it in (what I consider to be) cleaner English, I would rephrase it as […]

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Once a word leaves your mouth, you cannot chase it back even with the swiftest horse.

Once a word leaves your mouth, you cannot chase it back even with the swiftest horse. – Chinese Proverbs What does that mean? To me, the quote is saying that something that is said, cannot be un-said.  If you say it, type it, post it, e-mail it or even think it too loudly, the deed […]

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