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    Default The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

    I love your new tag line Jive!
    It's something to live by!

    This is a lesson my Dad taught me as a kid. He applied it to basketball for me (my sport of choice) and I have used it many times through out my life. Maybe daily.

    Of course, I lose my cool on occasion , but, being able to look at someone that is trying to infuriate you and smile at them is so much better.

    I think it is a lesson we should all teach our children.
    Imagine if every little girl in high school applied this when one was being snotty! There would be no drama!

    Anyhow.
    Maybe this should be in a blog...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KemCam2 View Post
    I think it is a lesson we should all teach our children.
    i have used it with my children on MANY occasions! especially my oldest when he was going thru his 'man-child' phase. hed start getting all cocky and angry and i'd just smile and nod in the most 'i understand' way i could muster. it sure took the air out of his balloon! and now i'm doing it with my younger ones when they try to throw their 'i'm not getting my way' fit. more deflating balloons occurring on a regular basis!
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    I don't get it. Why would smiling at a thief as he robs you steal anything from him?

    I mean, I think I understand the meaning - that there's no point in getting upset about something you have no power over. But I don't think the thief has had anything stolen from him, and would be unaffected if you scowled at him.

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    Their satisfaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    I don't get it. Why would smiling at a thief as he robs you steal anything from him?

    I mean, I think I understand the meaning - that there's no point in getting upset about something you have no power over. But I don't think the thief has had anything stolen from him, and would be unaffected if you scowled at him.
    Because the theif didn't get the best of you. It's all about YOU.
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    Well, I looked it up and I see the quote actually leaves out the important second line, which explains the real meaning.
    The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief;
    He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
    “Spends a bootless grief” means indulges in useless lamenting.

    So, it's just more silly Shakespearean allegory, and line 1 isn't meant to be taken literally, but rather to lead into the important line 2.

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    Well, don't you just stink.

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    I figured that maybe you'd smile because you know that you've got a pistol where the thief can't see it and you know that he's going to take his eyes off of you any second now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanuk View Post
    I figured that maybe you'd smile because you know that you've got a pistol where the thief can't see it and you know that he's going to take his eyes off of you any second now...
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    Well, don't you just stink.
    Love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    Well, I looked it up and I see the quote actually leaves out the important second line, which explains the real meaning.“Spends a bootless grief” means indulges in useless lamenting.

    So, it's just more silly Shakespearean allegory, and line 1 isn't meant to be taken literally, but rather to lead into the important line 2.
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    Glad to see I have changed my sig.

    It was from Othello, you bungholes.

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    It flows like Eminem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveTurkey View Post
    Glad to see I have changed my sig.

    It was from Othello, you bungholes.
    Bungholes? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunghole

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    Slang use of course.

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    my house smells like roasted cheeses, herbs, olives, and bread. The rooftop probably smells like rotting leaves and woodsmoke. The basement smells like damp and cold.

    Oh wait, was that a metaphor? My bag.

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    See, here I thought it meant "he who smiles at a thief does so because he's actually made a bigger theft from him." Like a car buyer thinking he just got a sweet deal on a mint-condition classic by taking advantage of the dealer not knowing its real worth, while the dealer is just smiling because he knows under the hood is a transmission full of sawdust.
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