Archive | May, 2012

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor. – Walt Whitman What does that mean? I like this quote because it gives me hope. I have many faults, but I also try to strive for transparency and honesty. The quote says that people are far more willing to forgive a person who admits […]

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If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope What does that mean? To me, this is a quote about the condition of your heart. Not the actual physical condition of the heart, but the spiritual and emotional state of your heart, and therefore, by […]

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Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.

Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong. – Unknown What does that mean? While this may not be a “real” quote, spoken by a single famous person, it is derived from a similar saying in nearly every culture from ancient times to the present. Whether it’s “Practice makes […]

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Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required.

Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? Today, in the USA, we celebrate Memorial Day, a day dedicated to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. With that in mind, we look at today’s quote, from Sir (along with many […]

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Unbiased love is undoubtedly difficult to generate, but if you practice with determination, day by day your attitude will be transformed.

Unbiased love is undoubtedly difficult to generate, but if you practice with determination, day by day your attitude will be transformed. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Unbiased love, that’s an interesting term, isn’t it? Why would the word ‘love’ need a modifier? As humans, it seems we apply our own personal bias to everything we […]

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Ambition is so powerful a passion in the heart, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the heart, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? To me, this quote is a warning about an excess of ambition. The quote states that it considers ambition as a very powerful a passion in the heart of mankind. It continues […]

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To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. – Reba McEntire What does that mean? This is a neat quote about achieving success in life, and who doesn’t want some of that in their life? The quote cites three things that are needed to achieve that success. It […]

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I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. – Bob Dylan What does that mean? This is an interesting quote in that it reminds us that freedom comes with responsibility. Ask anyone what their favorite freedom is and they will likely talk for quite some […]

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Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.

Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow. – Margaret Fuller What does that mean? This is a very interesting quote from a fascinating person. From her biography, she was taught by her father (a well educated man), and could read and write by the time she was three and […]

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When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, stated by Sherlock Holmes What does that mean? To me, this is all about logic. If you start with everything you can think of, and then eliminate those that are impossible, you are well on your […]

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When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky.

When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky. – Armand Hammer What does that mean? While the exact circumstance of the quote is unknown to me, the work ethic of Armand and his brothers. That is well known to many. As the quote says, he worked very long hours, and rarely took time off. If he did at least twice as well as […]

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Whenever I meet someone I try to look for their positive qualities, which immediately gives me a feeling of connectedness with them.

Whenever I meet someone I try to look for their positive qualities, which immediately gives me a feeling of connectedness with them.– Dalai Lama What does that mean? When you meet someone, either a new person, or a person you have known for some time, you have a choice. You can look for all their negative […]

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Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? While the translation I used wasn’t exactly the same, it’s close enough for what we are doing. This quote was from The Prince, where the author is giving advice for how a Prince should craft his […]

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Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.

Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted. – Alfred Adler What does that mean? People of genius, like Albert Einstein and Marie Curie are admired or held in high esteem, both for their abilities as scientists as well as for what they actually achieved. People of wealth, like Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey are envied or looked at with covetous […]

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It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. – Robert W. Service What does that mean? Humans are odd creatures. They can endure some of the most incredible hardships with hardly a peep, but will get all upset over something tiny by comparison. To me, that’s what […]

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