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Freedom from the narrow boxes defined by personal history

Anonymous (5000 BCE - )
Most of us, most of the time stay busy trying to impress people looking for approval, praise and fame. This enslaves and sells our souls to the tyrants of public opinion, the status quo, and to external personal whim. As an antidote to this, the cloak of anonymity opens wide doors of personal expression, creativity, and innovation. In ancient times, perhaps less personal ego fostered this approach, perhaps names were just eroded away by time as is surely the case with many of the quotations that comes to us through the annals of history, perhaps people needed to avoid religious or political persecution. The venerable tradition of using pseudonyms exemplifies both the need and benefit of freeing ourselves from the narrow boxes defined by our personal histories.

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AFL-CIO's Executive Paywatch News (May, 2018)​

Arabic proverb

Chinese proverb

English proverb

German proverb

Greek proverb

Italian proverb

Korean Proverb

Nashville Press (1863)

New York Review of Books​

New York Times​ article

Roman proverb

Russian Proverb

Turkish proverb

Veterum Persarum Religio

Quotes by Anonymous (52 quotes)

“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

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“Anyone can count the seeds in an apple but no one can count the apples in a seed.”

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“Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.”

Themes: Education

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“We believe that success is the key to happiness but in truth happiness is the key to success.”

Themes: Happiness Success

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“The first to apologize is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, the first to forget is the happiest.”

Themes: Happiness Forget

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“Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.”

Themes: Mistakes

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“The best person is the one who benefits all human beings.”

Themes: Compassion

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“Amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.”

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

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“No one is wise on horseback.”

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“If the wrong man uses the right means, the right means work in the wrong way.”

Themes: Skillful Means

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“Clarity is the enemy of self-deception and of the larger deception know as ideology.”

Themes: Deception Belief

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“Marry a chicken, follow a chicken. Marry a dog, follow a dog.”

Themes: Marriage

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“Humility is a mediator. It will always be the shortest distance between you and another person.”

Themes: Humility

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“Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

Themes: Deception

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“All forms of one-sidedness are deformities of mind and lead to indulgencies of folly.”

Themes: Middle Way

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“Standing on a whale fishing for minnows”

Themes: Paradox

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“"secret sewers of vice ... canalized in its flood of unimaginable thoughts, images, and pornographic words, revolting blasphemies [which] debases and perverts and degrades the noble gift of imagination"”

Themes: Imagination

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“Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century will have to read Orwell.”

from New York Review of Books​

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“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Themes: Business Strategy

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“Man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.”

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“If it is the truth, what does it matter who said it?”

Themes: Anonymity Truth

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“The start is half the deed.”

from Roman proverb

Themes: Perseverance

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“Time is a file that wears but makes no noise.”

from English proverb

Themes: Time

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“We are usually the best men when in the worst health.”

from English proverb

Themes: Health

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“If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.”

from Russian Proverb

Themes: Strategy

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“The spirits increase, vigor grows through a wound.”

Themes: Obstacles

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“One beats the bush, another catches the bird.”

from German proverb

Themes: Capitalism

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“A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.”

from Chinese proverb

Themes: Business

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“A miser and a liar both bargain quickly.”

from Greek proverb

Themes: Business Patience

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“He would sell even his share of the sun.”

from Italian proverb

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“He that falls by himself never cries.”

from Turkish proverb

Themes: Complaint

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“Nietzsche’s writings, full of revolutionary opinions, were fired with a fearless iconoclasm which surpassed the wildest dreams of contemporary free thought.”

from New York Times​ article

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“It is written in the chronicles of the ancients that this King of the Wise, Omar Khayyám… in science he was unrivaled,—the very paragon of his age.”

from Veterum Persarum Religio

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“The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”

from Arabic proverb

Themes: Complaint

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“Someone else is happy with less than what you have.”

Themes: Complaint

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“Those who complain the most accomplish the least. Complaining is a complete waste of one’s energy.”

Themes: Complaint

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“Anonymity beats fame. One cannot undo fame.”

Themes: Anonymity

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“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”

from Chinese proverb

Themes: Anger Patience

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“If you kick a stone in anger, you will hurt your foot.”

from Korean Proverb

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“Americans don’t spend billions for entertainment. They spend it in search of entertainment.”

Themes: Entertainment

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“Anyone who isn't confused here doesn't really understand what's going on.”

Themes: Confusion

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“All the world fears Time but Time fears the Pyramids.”

from Arabic proverb

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“No man in Tennessee has done more than Andrew Johnson to create, to perpetuate and embitter in the minds of the Southern people, that feeling of jealousy and hostility against the free States, which has at length culminated in rebellion and civil war. Up to 1860, he had been for 20 years among the most bigoted and intolerant of the advocates of slavery and Southernism.

from Nashville Press (1863)

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“The greatest historians of our time—who have lived their own fascinating true-life 'love story' (since she was his 15-year old student)— and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize; they have produced 11 best-selling masterworks of history in 40 years… and recently completed (at ages 90 and 77) their final classic, The Age of Napoleon. They were married in City Hall, he carrying a briefcase swollen with books on philosophy and she holding her roller skates. Their marriage became a working literary partnership. In the early years she was secretary, researcher, assistant and editor. That led eventually to co-authorship. They have produced a total of 7 books together, and Mr. Durant alone has written 17. His The Story of Philosophy has been continuously in print since it was first published in 1928 and has sold more than 3 million copies in 19 languages [by 1975]”

from New York Times​ article

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“In the 1950s, a typical CEO made 20 times the salary of his or her average worker. Last year, CEO pay at an S&P 500 Index firm soared to an average of 361 times more than the average rank-and-file worker, or pay of $13,940,000 a year ($13,940,000 divided by 261 = $53,410 per day).”

from AFL-CIO's Executive Paywatch News (May, 2018)​

Themes: Greed

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“The English are great lovers of themselves, and of everything belonging to them; they think there are no other men than themselves, and no other world but England; and whenever they see a handsome foreigner they say that 'he looks like an Englishman,' and that it is a great pity that he is not.”

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“[Fitzgerald] was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a generation ... He might have interpreted them and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.”

from New York Times​ article

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“A student came to a rabbi and said, 'In the olden days, there were men who saw the face of God Why don't they any more?' The rabbi replied, 'Because nowadays no one can stoop so low.'”

Themes: Humility

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“All gardeners know better than other gardeners.”

from Chinese Proverb​

Themes: Gardening

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“Pleasure for an hour, a bottle of wine; pleasure for a year, marriage; pleasure for a lifetime, a garden.”

from Chinese Proverb​

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“If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.”

Themes: Confidence

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“When fire and water are at war, it is the fire that loses.”

Themes: Peace

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