1. “God does not play dice with the universe.” -Albert Einstein
To clear up the first basic misconception, let’s look at another quote from Einstein. He wrote in his book The Human Side: “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”
So what did Einstein mean by God playing dice? His quote was specifically about quantum mechanics. As Einstein grew older, the strange and hard-to-believe theory grew in popularity.
2. “I took the [road] less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost
His point is that we have many paths to choose from in life, and they’re not terribly distinct from one another. Though we may look back and say that picking one or the other “made all the difference,” that’s just an attempt to make sense of our choices.
3. “Great minds think alike.” -Anonymous
Either way, the point is that agreeing on everything suggests that people aren’t being thoughtful enough. The occasional disagreement can be a sign of thoughtfulness and doesn’t necessarily mean that either party is wrong.
4. “The love of money is the root of all evil.” -1 Timothy 6:10
The shortened version implies that dealing with money in any way leads down a bad path. The full quote specifies that it’s not money but greed that is the real issue.
5. “Blood is thicker than water.” -Anonymous
To understand that, you need to read the full proverb, which is “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” So “the blood of the covenant” refers to a bond created by an agreement, while “water of the womb” refers to being biologically related. That is to say, the proverb means that bonds you agree upon, like friendships that you’ve chosen, are more binding than familial relationships, which are out of your control.
6. “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
On the contrary, she was saying we should remember those people who behaved and didn’t make waves. Ulrich suggests that we should spend more time remembering ordinary people who have worked hard without fanfare.
7. “The exception that proves the rule.” -Anonymous
In this case, “No passing zone” is the exception. Posting that exception proves that the rule is you can pass drivers on other parts of the road. If there were no sign, no one would know if passing were allowed at all. But with the exception posted, we can figure out the rule. Simple, right?