Archive | March, 2012

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This one got a chuckle out of me, as I have been on both sides of this quote. If you are expecting someone to be a leader, and they don’t know how to lead, it’s really hard to follow […]

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Dream. Let nothing dim the light that shines within you.

Dream. Let nothing dim the light that shines within you. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? To me, this quote says that we all have an inner light, a dream, within us. This is something important for each of us to know, nurture, and empower. What is a dream, if not a heartfelt desire to achieve an outcome? We all have dreams, but how […]

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Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be first.

Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be first. – Pearl Bailey What does that mean? How often have you seen it in movies, someone is on the ground and a crowd of people surround them. Yet everyone hesitates. No one approaches, they all just look. Who will be the first to step into the circle and approach the person on the ground? The […]

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Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. – Maxim Gorky What does that mean? If you’ve ever been to a wedding and seen the father of the bride cry, you know what this quote means means. […]

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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – John Watson (aka Ian MacLaren) What does that mean? This is often misattributed to Plato and Philo, but is far more recent than that. It was also originally worded slightly differently, but this is good in modern English. See the ‘confirmed’ link below for […]

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Freedom lies in being bold.

Freedom lies in being bold. – Robert Frost What does that mean? Let’s start by looking at the opposite. As opposite of free that I can think of is being a prisoner. By definition they have no freedom. How bold are they? Other than the occasional ‘bold and daring escape attempt,’ bold is usually only seen in […]

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Actions driven solely by anger are of no use at all; realizing this can help strengthen your determination to resist it.

Actions driven solely by anger are of no use at all; realizing this can help strengthen your determination to resist it. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Does anger really accomplish anything? Some might say that it is useful for motivation, but there are few other things of which I can think that it can do […]

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Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote is so spot on. I have known several entrepreneurs, and all have this quality. They tend to view obstacles as the best thing […]

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Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. – Jawaharlal Nehru What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, in that it attempts to place both determinism and free will in play simultaneously. In this case, I would estimate […]

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The basic quality that any great story must have is a story that illustrates the human condition.

The basic quality that any great story must have is a story that illustrates the human condition. – William Shatner What does that mean? While this quote is about telling a story, I’m going to use an old quote from Ben Franklin and discuss this quote in terms of living the story, or writing it […]

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I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.

I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well. – Johann Sebastian Bach What does that mean? This quote says it all. If you wish to be successful, you need to be industrious. Being industrious means to be busy, like a beaver. There is also the implication that the work you […]

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You know, you don’t have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.

You know, you don’t have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable. – Fred Rogers What does that mean? I like the quote. While the guy was a bit quirky, and definitely from a different era, the quote hits home for me. The quote says that you don’t have to look […]

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After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. – Italian Proverb What does that mean? In the literal sense, it means that when you’re done playing chess, all the pieces go back in the same box, no matter how lofty or lowly their position was in the game, no matter […]

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While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength.

While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts by saying that revenge weakens society. Think about all those angry people, all looking to take revenge on those they feel have done wrong to them. How cohesive would that society be? Will people be looking to lend […]

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Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? In this statement to the Princes of Renaissance Italy, the point is that their subjects are fairly simple folk. Their primary focus is their needs, such as food, […]

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