Jack of all Trades

“Jack of all trades, master of none” is a figure of speech used in reference to a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one.

The shortened version “a jack of all trades” is often a compliment for a person who is good at fixing things, and has a very good broad knowledge. A “Jack of all trades” may be a master of integration, as such an individual who knows enough from many learned trades and skills to be able to bring the individual’s disciplines together in a practical manner. This person is a generalist rather than a specialist.

There is also a longer version “Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than master of one” which refers to a person who is not the best at all skills, but is better than someone who is only a master of one.

Devatero řemesel, desátá bída.

Touche-à-tout, bon à rien

Er kann alles, aber nichts davon richtig.

Esperto di tutto, maestro in niente

多芸は無芸

ex omnibus aliquid, in toto nihil

За десять дел возьмется, ни одно не закончит

Quien mucho abarca poco aprieta

12 ambachten, 13 ongelukken

Doubt Quotes

The doubters said, “Man can not fly,”

The doers said, “Maybe, but we’ll try,”

And finally soared in the morning glow

While non-believers watched from below.

Bruce Lee

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Mark Twain

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

Khalil Gibran

A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.

Christopher Reeve

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

Rene Descartes

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.

Paul Tillich

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.

William Blake

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is – it is her shadow.

Ambrose Bierce

I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.

Bertrand Russell

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door.

Benjamin Jowett

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.

Immanuel Kant

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

William Shakespeare

There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.

J.Robert Oppenheimer

There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Doubt grows with knowledge.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Andre Gide

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

Raymond Chandler

Complaining Quotes

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.

Thomas Fuller

People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.

Stephen Hawking

Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.

Eckhart Tolle

Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.

Joyce Meyer

Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.

Prince Philip

The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.

Francis Jeffrey

Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.

Antoine Rivarol

In our society, the sound of men complaining is like nails on a chalkboard.

Warren Farrell

Grown-ups do a lot of complaining!

Dav Pilkey

Let’s admit it; the only use for complaining is to make people laugh.

Amity Gaige

I guess I need a hobby. Currently my primary hobby is complaining.

Jay Duplass

Say Quotes

Maybe your weird is my normal. Who’s to say?

Nicki Minaj

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

Plato

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

Bryant.H.McGill

The cars we drive say a lot about us.

Alexandra Paul

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

William Shakespeare

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

Meister Eckhart

My philosophy is it’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.

Anthony Hopkins

They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?

Princess Diana

I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.

Tammy Faye Bakker

People say satire is dead. It’s not dead; it’s alive and living in the White House.

Robin Williams

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

William Shakespeare

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.

John Lennon

They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.

Clint Eastwood

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9. Hsiao Ch’u / The Taming Power of the Small

above SUN THE GENTLE, WIND
below CH’IEN THE CREATIVE, HEAVEN

This hexagram means the force of the small–the power of the shadowy–that restrains, tames, impedes. A weak line in the fourth place, that of the minister, holds the five strong lines in check. In the Image it is the wind blowing across the sky. The wind restrains the clouds, the rising breath of the Creative, and makes them grow dense, but as yet is not strong enough to turn them to rain. The hexagram presents a configuration of circumstances in which a strong element is temporarily held in leash by a weak element. It is only through gentleness that this can have a successful outcome.

THE JUDGMENT

THE TAMING POWER OF THE SMALL
Has success.
Dense clouds, no rain from our western region.

This image refers to the state of affairs in China at the time when King Wên, who came originally from the west, was in the east at the court of the reigning tyrant Chou Hsin. The moment for action on a large scale had not yet arrived. King Wên could only keep the tyrant somewhat in check by friendly persuasion. Hence the image of many clouds, promising moisture and blessing to the land, although as yet no rain falls. The situation is not unfavorable; there is a prospect of ultimate success, but there are still obstacles in the way, and we can merely take preparatory measures. Only through the small means of friendly persuasion can we exert any influence. The time has not yet come for sweeping measures. However, we may be able, to a limited extent, to act as a restraining and subduing influence. To carry out our purpose we need firm determination within and gentleness and adaptability in external relations.

THE IMAGE

The wind drives across heaven:
The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE SMALL.
Thus the superior man
Refines the outward aspect of his nature.

The wind can indeed drive the clouds together in the sky; yet, being nothing but air, without solid body, it does not produce great or lasting effects. So also an individual, in times when he can produce no great effect in the outer world, can do nothing except refine the expression of his nature in small ways.

with one changing line

The rain comes, there is rest.
This is due to the lasting effect of character.
Perseverance brings the woman into danger.
The moon is nearly full.
If the superior man persists,
Misfortune comes.

Success is at hand. The wind has driven up the rain. A fixed standpoint has been reach. This has come about through the cumulation of small effects produced by reverence for a superior character. But a success thus secured bit by bit calls for great caution. It would be a dangerous illusion for anyone to think he could presume upon it. The female principle, the weak element that has won the victory, should never persist in vaunting it–that would lead to danger. The dark power in the moon is strongest when the moon is almost full. When it is full and directly opposite the sun, its waning is inevitable. Under such circumstances one must be content with what has been achieved. To advance any further, before the appropriate time has come, would lead to misfortune.

Changing to:

5. Hsü / Waiting (Nourishment)

above K’AN THE ABYSMAL, WATER
below CH’IEN THE CREATIVE, HEAVEN

All beings have need of nourishment from above. But the gift of food comes in its own time, and for this one must wait. This hexagram shows the clouds in the heavens, giving rain to refresh all that grows and to provide mankind with food and drink. The rain will come in its own time. We cannot make it come; we have to wait for it. The idea of waiting is further suggested by the attributes of the two trigrams–strength within, danger in from. Strength in the face of danger does not plunge ahead but bides its time, whereas weakness in the face of danger grows agitated and has not the patience to wait.

THE JUDGMENT

WAITING. If you are sincere,
You have light and success.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.

Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal. Such certainty alone gives that light which leads to success. This leads to the perseverance that brings good fortune and bestows power to cross the great water. One is faced with a danger that has to be overcome. Weakness and impatience can do nothing. Only a strong man can stand up to his fate, for his inner security enables him to endure to the end. This strength shows itself in uncompromising truthfulness [with himself]. It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any sort of self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized. This recognition must be followed by resolute and persevering action. For only the man who goes to meet his fate resolutely is equipped to deal with it adequately. Then he will be able to cross the great water–that is to say, he will be capable of making the necessary decision and of surmounting the danger.

THE IMAGE

Clouds rise up to heaven:
The image of WAITING.
Thus the superior man eats and drinks,
Is joyous and of good cheer.

When clouds rise in the sky, it is a sign that it will rain. There is nothing to do but to wait until after the rain falls. It is the same in life when destiny is at work. We should not worry and seek to shape the future by interfering in things before the time is ripe. We should quietly fortify the body with food and drink and the mind with gladness and good cheer. Fate comes when it will, and thus we are ready.