Archive | January, 2012

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. – Jackie Robinson What does that mean? It can be kind of hard to admit, but with over 6 Billion other humans on the planet, we’re not all that significant in the overall scheme of things. To me, that is what the quote is saying. We don’t matter, we’re not important, with one significant […]

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Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.

Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something. – Franklin D. Roosevelt What does that mean? I like this quote, as it talks about human learning. We get an idea in our head, and we think about how we might accomplish this thing. We come up with an idea, likely based on prior experience or presumption […]

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It is important that when pursing our own self-interest we should be “wise selfish” and not “foolish selfish”

It is important that when pursing our own self-interest we should be “wise selfish” and not “foolish selfish”. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly shortened quote. The full quote is: It is important that when pursing our own self-interest we should be “wise selfish” and not “foolish selfish”. Being foolish selfish […]

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It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? Think about it for a moment. When you are given a title or an award, is that thing honoring you? Or would it be more appropriate to say that you were honoring the title or award with your […]

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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams What does that mean? Many people have a very narrow definition of what leadership is. In this quote, a great leader (read his bio for some of his accomplishments) reminds us that […]

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Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. – Douglas MacArthur What does that mean? This was another neat quote. I think it is a bit odd, but makes it’s point quite well. It’s also not the most appealing analogy I had ever heard, either. A wrinkled what? But if you consider wrinkles in the […]

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Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title. – Virginia Woolf What does that mean? To me, this quote speaks of the differences between our private lives and our public lives, those things we express and the things which remain hidden deep within us. How our friends can only read the […]

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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? This quote is about enemies, and one of the ways you accumulate them. Specifically, this quote talks about getting enemies by taking a stand for something. Standing for something tends to annoy those who stand […]

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Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse

Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse. – Humphrey Bogart What does that mean? This quote is listed as being from the motion picture “The African Queen,” where he is the Captain of an ill-fated little steamer. Without going into the details, his ship gets banged up, shot up, sunk, suffers attacks by wild animals, and he almost gets himself hung. It […]

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The key to human happiness lies within our own state of mind, and so too do the primary obstacles to that happiness

The key to human happiness lies within our own state of mind, and so too do the primary obstacles to that happiness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote says it’s all in your mind. To be happy, or to not be happy. Happiness already exists within you, in your state of mind and in […]

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Men almost always walk in paths beaten by others and act by imitation

Men almost always walk in paths beaten by others and act by imitation. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a Twitter friendly version of the full quote. However, I believe that it stands well on it’s own, and it shall be addressed in this blog as it stands. This quote talks about originality, or […]

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You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there

You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there. – George Burns What does that mean? This is another light-hearted quote, in honor of George Burns’ birthday. The quote talks about how you know you’re getting old. Coming from a gentleman […]

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If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered. – Edgar Allan Poe What does that mean? I literally laughed out loud when I saw this one. It is amazing, and so true (at least for me). I regularly tell people, “I don’t know, I wrote […]

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Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A. A. Milne

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. (Christopher Robbin to Pooh) – A. A. Milne What does that mean? This quote, being spoken by a fictional character, might seem a little less weighty than might otherwise be expected, but I still find it […]

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Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. – German proverb What does that mean? To me, this quote is reminding us that our emotions are powerful, and can be used to help us or to hurt us. A wolf is not a good thing to run into, especially since they rarely come alone. Even […]

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