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Equipoise – Balance of forces or interests

“The passionate exhortations of gurus and experts never did as much for her as simple equipoise of emotion.”

Thought for the Day:

“I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.”

– Oscar Wilde


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Dexterous – Skillful with the hands or mentally adroit

“This professor eschewed the heavy book learning, insisting that physics be felt and internalized, not remember and intellectualized. He dexterously juggled the erasers, sent objects sailing in parabolic motion, and balanced unwieldy objects astutely at their centers of gravity. He wanted to get to the heart of kinematic revelation.”

Thought for the Day:

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

– Henry Ford


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Ambrosial – fragrant and delicious; worthy of the gods

“His simple and austere lifestyle over past months had renewed and intensified life’s small pleasures. Cabin life had turned a hot shower into a tactile treat, a four course meal into a fanciful feast. Even a cold drink on a hot day was an ambrosial indulgence.”

Thought for the Day:

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness”.

– Henry David Thoreau


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Frolicsome – Lively, frisky, and playful.

“The young puppy bounced around the room in a frolicsome storm, sliding across the floor, rebounding off couches, and dropping any and all of its drool-coated toys into the guests’ laps”.

Thought for the Day:

“If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.”

– Jean Piaget


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Fructify – to make or become fruitful or productive.

“She stayed up late asking herself what to say, agonizing over how to get his attention. Then, one bright sunny day when he was looking particularly lost, her ideas suddenly fructified.

Thought for the Day:

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”

– Emily Dickinson


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Finesse – Refinement and skillfulness in executing a task or handling a situation.

“The lifeguard swan dived into the sea and made a beeline for the flailing child. He swam back and hoisted him onto the dock with such finesse that the onlookers all sighed in unison with relief”.

Thought for the Day:

“A loving person lives in a loving world…A hostile person lives in a hostile world…everyone you meet is your mirror.”

– Ken Keyes





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Emollient – Something that softens or makes supple

“The whole session – or at least the mini-debate between the PM and the Labour leader….was conducted in a manner as calm and emollient as the weekend singalong at an old folks’ home.”

Source: The Guardian

Thought for the Day:

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

– Buddha


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Abderian – given to laughter, or inclined to incessant or foolish merriment

“I think she was able to bring out his Abderian nature, for when she teased him his eyes lit up and his cheeks puffed out, and it was not long before he was laughing uncontrollably, shaking like jello.”

Thought for the Day:

“… a loveless world is a dead world, and always there comes an hour when one is weary of prisons, of one’s work, and of devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart.”

– Albert Camus, “The Plague”


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Acumen – Shrewd or keen insight

“With his business acumen, my technical skills, and her artistry, we created an empire that  not only generated wealth and solved problems, but did so in a beautiful way.”


Thought for the Day:

“The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals”.

Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”


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Ablution – A washing or bathing, especially as religious purification.

“The act of ablution is sympathetic magic, based as it is on the “like produces like” principle, the principle that action on the signifier (physical dirt) is, or results in, parallel action on the signified (spiritual sin).”

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Thought for the Day

“Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Their whims, fancies, and ambitions are thwarted at every step, but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food, be it foul or clean”.

-James Allen, as a Man Thinketh