Archive | August, 2011

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. – Leonardo da Vinci What does that mean? Let’s face it, I’m the greatest Dad in the world, right? I’ve got the T-Shirt to prove it! Isn’t that what this quote is all about? We often have opinions that are different than what is real. Both overly […]

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Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. – Socrates What does that mean? Everyone has experiences. Some write them down in a manner that is useful to others. Some write books about what happened. Others write books about how to achieve […]

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If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? This is Sir Winston at his finest. It is part of a longer quote, which goes into detail as to how to properly use a pile driver to make your point. […]

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Wonderful spiritual qualities, such as unbounded love and compassion, are present as potentials in all our minds.

Wonderful spiritual qualities, such as unbounded love and compassion, are present as potentials in all our minds. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Spiritual qualities, or just about anything else, exist in our minds as potential. We can be great or small in so many different aspects of our lives, spiritual or otherwise. We can […]

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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. – Seneca What does that mean? What he is saying that muscles are built by labor (overcoming physical difficulties), and the mind is built by overcoming difficulties (of a mental nature). This includes learning of any sort, including games involving strategy or puzzles. If I may be […]

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If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. – Henry Ford What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly short quote. The full quote is : “If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve […]

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If God forgives us we must forgive ourselves otherwise its like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.

If God forgives us we must forgive ourselves otherwise its like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? Like many of his quotes, this is a very religiously oriented quote. In this context, he is stating that if we are forgiven by God, we must accept the […]

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? To me, his quote talks of the two faces of love. Love can be out-going (love from you to another person) and love can be inbound (love from another person to you). Each of […]

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You cannot make progress without making decisions.

You cannot make progress without making decisions. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly short quote. The full quote is as follows : “It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.” How do you […]

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Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This is another short-form, Twitter friendly quote, the entirety of which reads : “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and […]

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We have the ability and the responsibility to choose whether our actions follow a virtuous path or not.

We have the ability and the responsibility to choose whether our actions follow a virtuous path or not. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting compound sentence. We as humans have both the ability and the responsibility to choose our actions. With our action, we choose to follow a virtuous path or to follow a […]

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One must steer, not talk.

One must steer, not talk. – Seneca What does that mean? While I doubt Seneca had cellphones and driving in mind when he put this together, it does seem to apply fairly well, doesn’t it? However, given the century, my guess is that he was probably talking about a boat and the navigation thereof. So, while […]

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The process of learning requires not only hearing and applying but also forgetting and then remembering again.

The process of learning requires not only hearing and applying but also forgetting and then remembering again. – John Gray What does that mean? To me, this is about how we, as humans, actually learn things. We hear (and read and observe and …) and we attempt to do (to apply). But by allowing something to slip […]

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Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. – Charles F. Kettering What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly shortened quote. The full quote is : “Every great improvement has come after repeated failures. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts […]

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The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it.

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? This the first half of a longer quote (which is too long for Twitter) : “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What […]

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