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Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.

Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the eternal battle between the bright idea, blurted out and the measured and thoughtful response, given after careful con-sideration. This web page gives a massive lecture on the definition, use and value of prudence. It […]

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Use your human intelligence in the best way you can; transform your emotions in a positive way.

Use your human intelligence in the best way you can; transform your emotions in a positive way. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? We all have a level of intelligence which we can use to change our nature and our attitudes. The question is how often do we think or attempt to do so? We can […]

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This quote begins by saying “the best and most beautiful things…” But what are the most beautiful things? That will be different for each person. Many will […]

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker What does that mean? The Future… Kind of scary sounding. Full of unknowns. Full of twists and turns. How can you possibly predict it? This quote says that the best way to know what is coming is to be an active participant. By […]

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The best way of fulfilling your own interest is to take care of others.

The best way of fulfilling your own interest is to take care of others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I suppose this quote depends on how you define your own interests. Yes, there are things in which you are interested, and things you think you want, but what is in your actual best interest? […]

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Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is another great Stoic quote. It starts out by admitting that there are things that are outside of our ability to control, or even modify in any way. While the most obvious examples […]

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The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up. – Mark Twain What does that mean? This is another misattributed quote. I try to be extra cautious when dealing with quotes attributed to Mark Twain, as he is one of the most often attributed people, even when he didn’t say it. […]

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Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required.

Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? Today, in the USA, we celebrate Memorial Day, a day dedicated to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. With that in mind, we look at today’s quote, from Sir (along with many […]

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It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. – Aristotle What does that mean? If I had been thinking, this would have been posted on the 31st of December, where it would have been a bit more topical. However, with the events of New Years Eve still fresh […]

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The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? This is a slightly abbreviated version of a longer quote:  The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are: that good fortune I […]

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Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden What does that mean? Is the glass half empty or half full?  Do you cry and complain about how things worked out, or do you play the hand you are dealt to the best of […]

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