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The interpretation of aphorisms. The depths of simple truths.


Aphorisms are the concentrated wisdom of life. The best minds of humankind have concentrated their best thoughts for centuries to put them into aphorisms so that other people would not fall into the same trap twice. Aphorisms are very useful, most of them should be learned by heart so that to be quick at taking decisions in difficult situations. But there's a problem about aphorisms: they only seem to be simple, thought the simplicity hides a great meaning that should be understood. Simple truths are the greatest truths of all. They are like dots that hide universes inside. Simple truths are the base of existence. Without understanding the simple, no one can understand the complicated. The book is a collection and interpretation of the main thoughts of humankind, the meaning of which should be known to any sensible person.

 


   

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Foreword


2328. A time-tested verity.   AR AR

I  used  to  hear  about  it  a  hundred  times.  But  it's  only  today  and  only  after  having  faced  it  personally  that  I  realize  what  it  is  about... 
It's  strange  that  I  used  to  misunderstand  it...  But  now  when  I  touch  it  with  my  own  hands  and  feel  its  reality-  everything  seems  so  clear... 

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3.160.   AR AR

Tableware beats fortunately because it is a great reason to upgrade.  Everything new is joyful and full of energy.

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3.226.   AR AR

The   metaphor   of   the   Gordian   know   is   the   symbol   of   arrogance   rather   than   a   feat.   The   Gordian   knot   is   life   and   reality   to   which   one   should   resign   oneself.   However,   the   idealist   knowing   no   resignation   takes   a   sword   in   his   hands   and   kills   life   in   good   faith.

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3.163. Waiting for life to happen.   AR AR

The   road   of   expectation   is   the   accumulation   of   critical   mass.   If   you   keep   waiting   but   your   strength   goes   down   rather   than   up,   that’s   called   waiting   for   life   to   happen.

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3.866. Golden mean   AR AR

Incidentally,  the  “golden  mean”  is  not  a  mean  at  all.  The  “golden  ratio”  is  something  like  40  by  60.

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4.358. Expensive pleasure.   AR AR

In debt, as in silks, because too many spend on pleasure and evils.

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3.229. Pride and humility.   AR AR

Trying to destroy a lie is like cutting a Gordian knot.  Cut Gordeev node does not need much intelligence, just determination and ambition.  On the contrary, it takes humility not to cut it and so save life.  A proud man is a killer of life. 

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3.232. Arrogance is the lack of resignation.   AR AR

A   scarab   is   the   metaphor   of   Sisyphus.   The   only   difference   between   Sisyphus   and   the   beetle   is   that   the   scarab   resigned   itself   to   life   and   enjoys   it   whereas   Sisyphus   hypocritically   refuses   to   admit   he   is   a   dorbeetle.  

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4.351.   AR AR

Rolling stone is a symbol of a successful and happy person. The meaning of our life is to roll the stone joyfully. Sisyphus labor is a symbol of how the stone is rolled without pleasure, a symbol of the primacy of the goal before the process.

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10.23. Explosive expansion.   AR AR

The metaphor of the conflict of forest and trees associated with the proverb "the country needs coal much, but small".  For a tree it is important, first of all, to win a place under the sun.  Let in grove trees will small, not it is important.  Time will pass and they will grow.

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3.470.   AR AR

A   bad   dancer   blames   his   slippers.   The   point   is:   if   you   blame   external   factors   for   your   failures,   it   does   not   change   the   fact   that   you   dance   poorly   and   need   more   training.

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3.503.   AR AR

He   who   gets   up   early   has   lesser   competition.   Sinners   sleep   long   whereas   the   virtuous   have   a   nice   opportunity   to   get   up   earlier   and   eat   up   the   tastiest   stuff.

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3.499.   AR AR

The   point   of   Schrödinger's   cat   is   that   you   will   do   fine   as   long   as   you   do   not   tear   masks   off   people   or   try   getting   into   Bluebeard’s   secret   room.   Axiomatic   faith   is   capable   of   choosing   any   reality   option   it   needs.

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3.673.   AR AR

An   early   riser   is   sure   to   be   in   luck…   to   have   additional   time.   What’s   more,   the   earlier,   the   less   competition.   By   the   way,   there   is   no   competition   late   in   the   evening   and   at   night   either.   Options   are   numerous.

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10.7099.   AR AR

Everything for the best means everything for the good of the cause.  Therefore, we should look for benefits in everything.

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10.7016. Beware of ignoramuses with stakes.   AR AR

The power of a vampire is the power of love.  Vampires are killed with an aspen stake in the heart to kill his love.

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10.6982.   AR AR

Don't judge, because judgments generate either fear or lies.  Your judgments are good intentions that are lying on the road to hell.

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3.977.   AR AR

The   point   of   resignation   is   that   the   dogs   bark   but   the   caravan   moves   on.

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4.297.   AR AR

Dog eats dog. The point is that evil touches only Vice and sin. Good and virtuous people evil passes by.

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4.301.   AR AR

Drive a nail that is driven. Movement is life, you can't stop. Do what is done, and what is not done, sidestep or Dolby. The phrase "sidestep" means to approach the problem from the other side, or even bypass it, and not retreat.

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4.302.   AR AR

Soon fairy tale is bad, but not soon it is done. Easier said than done. Anyone who promises you quickly, much and easily seems to think you are a fool who believes in fairy tales.

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4.305.   AR AR

There is a silver lining, behind every cloud the sun is hidden. When things are bad, do not be discouraged, but seek benefit. Any problem is always an opportunity to learn something, to become stronger, to create new weapons, to find a new opportunity.

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4.310.   AR AR

All is well in due time. The point is, there's nothing useless or false. Look for circumstances and times suitable for things.

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4.320. No competition.   AR AR

Who laughs last, laughs longest, because no one interrupts.

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4.321.   AR AR

To snatch stars from the sky is to be capable of miracles. The capacity for miracles comes from love and passion.

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4.330.   AR AR

Chickens to milk useless. The point is, everything has its uses.

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4.357.   AR AR

"That's where the dog is buried" - means that the devil is in the details and spoils everything. If you eliminate one annoying little thing, bad instantly becomes good. You can't use them as long as they're tight, but if you turn on the light, the darkness will disappear instantly.

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The beginning of the book


5.6.   AR AR

Judge not, lest ye be judged, this will save you from laziness, apathy, and depression.  When an idealist judges reality, it always fails to live up to his ideal, fails to live up to his expectations and shatters his illusions.  A mismatch between expectations of reality cause cognitive dissonance and 1000 of his sins and vices.

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6.4.   AR AR

The metaphor of the house on the sand is a metaphor of misunderstanding obvious and banal things.  No matter how good your house is, if the Foundation of it is a lie , it will destroy it.

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10.4. Half goat.   AR AR

If you look closely at the image of the Satyr, you will notice that it is a metaphor of a man with a very inflated Ego, very fixated on the size of his penis and genital pleasures.

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10.5.   AR AR

A pipe in the hands of a Satyr is a symbol of boastful falsehood.  Likes Satyr nymph tales to tell.  The size of the pipe is commensurate with the size of his penis.

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5.10.   AR AR

Judge not, lest ye be judged ...because while you judge others, others judge you.  Trust me, you have so many sins that it is worth to know about them to anyone, you will die of shame and fear.

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734.   AR AR

The  fact  that  knives  get  dull  from  work  and  horses  die  of  it,  should  be  interpreted. Its  essence  is  that  one  shouldn't  work  everywhere,  not  a  lot  and  not  thoughtlessly,  but  only  when  the  work  is  needed  and  in  an  effective  and  rational  way,  as  dull  knives  and  dead  horses  are  not  needed. 

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10.27.   AR AR

The small coal strategy can be considered a short-term strategy of lying, when we need to quickly seize territory.  Further there is a growth to perfection, i.e. transition to long-term strategy of truth.

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1560.   AR AR

The  best  proverb,  explaining  the  essence  of  relationship  between  man  and  woman  is  «One  hand  washes  the  other».  It  means  that  living  with  one  hand  is  very  uncomfortable.  Many  actions  are  done  with  two  hands,  these  hands  work    together  as  a  team.  Just  think  how  uncomfortable  life  is  if  you  have  only  one  hand…you  can’t  even  wash  your  hands.

There`s  another  important  thing.  You  should  pay  attention  to  such  aspects  as  mutual  respect,  equality,  likeness.  Of  course,  the  right  hand  does  more  than  the  left  one.  But  the  right  hand  can  hardly  do  anything  successfully  without  the  left  one.  It’s  important  for  both  hands  to  be  healthy  and  generally  the  same.  Just  think:  one  hand  will  be  huge,  the  other  will  be  small.  And  the  situation  when  one  hand  doesn’t  respect  the  other  or  treat  it  badly  looks  extremely  strange. 

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2153. A blessing in disguise.   AR AR

While  you're  looking  for  what  you  lost,  you  may  find  a  lot  of  interesting  new  things. 

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2861. Not every matter is as simple as it seems.   AR AR

We  know  that  the  best  decision  is  the  one  which  is  the  simplest.  But  it's  necessary  to  differentiate  this  simple  but  genial  decision  from  a  simple  answer  to  some  simple  question.  Sometimes  they  ask  you  a  simple  question  and  you  give  a  simple  answer  out  and  away. 

I  can  provide  an  example  of  a  rather  simple  question  that  requires  a  complicated  and  complete  answer.  It  is  said  in  the  Bible:  «Honour  thy  father  and  thy  mother».  Why  is  it  said  so? 
The  first  simple  answers  may  be  like  these:  Because  it's  a  right  thing  to  do,  because  it's  virtuous,  because  we  owe  something  to  them,  etc.  Hence,  this  is  pure  demagogy  rather  than  answers. 

However,  those  who  wrote  the  Old  Testament  didn't  mean  any  demagogy.  They  lived  in  real  life  with  its  real  problems  and  everything  they  did  had  its  particular  use  and  goals. 
And  the  meaning  of  this  phrase  is  the  following.  Someone  who  you  honour  is  your  teacher.  You  respect  this  person  and  consider  everything  this  person  says  to  be  the  truth.  You  believe  this  person's  word  and  you  hug  each  other.  In  Judaism,  (at  the  time  when  the  Old  Testament  was  about  to  be  written  and  Christianity  didn't  exist  yet),  one  of  the  four  main  tasks  of  all  parents  was  to  introduce  their  children  to  Torah.  And  Torah  was  the  source  of  wisdom  and  morality  for  jewish  people.  That's  why  the  message  of  the  phrase  «Honour  thy  father  and  thy  mother»  was  about  children  obeying  their  parents.  While  parents  were  supposed  to  introduce  their  children  to  wisdom  and  morality  by  learning  Torah. 
It's  all  very  thought-provoking. 

What's  more,  without  the  fear  of  repeating  myself,  I  call  on  modern  parents  to  introduce  their  children  to  philosophy  as  it  will  make  them  decent  and  help  to  form  personality  and  bring  success  in  life. 

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3193.   AR AR

"Better with a nice Paradise in a hut than a Palace with a balcony by the sea." This well-known thought should be properly understood. It is not a hut and a Palace that are compared here, as some think, but what is meant is that a hut in which there is love and happiness will give a man more joy than a luxurious Palace of cold luxury where there is no love. This proverb reveals the power of love, not compares huts and palaces. You might as well say, "Better with the sweet in hell than with the unloved in heaven."

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3.201.   AR AR

Do   good   and   throw   it   in   the   water   is   a   metaphor   for   a   river   flowing   into   the   sea.   Single   things   like   a   stone   thrown   in   the   water   generate   just   a   splash.   Permanent   things   are   more   prominent.

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3.225. The paradox of life.   AR AR

Life   is   a   paradox,   a   combination   of   incompatible   things,   a   fusion   of   chaos   and   order,   of   truth   and   lie,   of   Yin   and   Yang.   Resignation   is   what   makes   a   paradox   possible.   Arrogance   is   what   cuts   the   Gordian   knot   with   its   sword   and   kills   life.

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3506.   AR AR

Lazy three times walks,
a miser pays three times.
Each God teaches, 
it's a pity not everyone understands everything...
...who doesn't,
the devil teaches him with a whip...
...as you sit on the top and come from the soul whip,... with a laugh…
...enjoy the hell out of the sinners in hell a big success.

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3528.   AR AR

God  loves  beauty.  And  cleanness  and  neatness  are  the  important  elements  of  beauty.  A  clean  and  neat  person  will  undoubtedly  be  pleasant  to  life.

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3529. No good without beating.   AR AR

The  one  who  works  should  be  loved  and  respected.  Human  Working  is  beautiful.  Labor  creates  Use.  God  loves  Use,  so  should  do  you.

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3.564. Light erosion.   AR AR

Light destroys, light ages.  Photons of light knock out electrons, destroying what they hit.  From this point of view, beard, burqa and nightlife are good for health.

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3573. «While the iron is being used, no rust can corrode it».   AR AR

While  a  person  does  something,  no  disease  can  affect  this  person. 
Diseases  are  the  rust  for  the  useless.  A  person  gets  rusted  without  work. 

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3596. The love of God.   AR AR

Wish  your  neighbor  a  cow  and  God  will  give  you  two  of  them.  God  loves  it  when  something  new  and  useful  appears.  And  loves  those  who  contribute  to  something  new  and  useful. 

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3.659. Bad dancer Slippers in the way.   AR AR

Watch your step.  What is being created now is being created for future tasks and goals.  Everything that should be done now is done by what is already there and was created before.  If you can't achieve your current goals with what you have, you're a bad dancer, you need to learn and train more.

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