Archive | July, 2012

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. – Sam Ewing What does that mean? I laughed when I first saw this one. It is so true! I can name a dozen or so people for each of the […]

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One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.

One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry What does that mean? This is an interesting part of the book “The Little Prince,” where the Prince was crying about his rose, and is talking with his new friend the fox. The Prince is sad because he […]

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If you serve others as fully as you can, what you do will be a source of inner joy.

If you serve others as fully as you can, what you do will be a source of inner joy. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a fairly straight forward quote. It urges us to take some time and help others. Specifically it urges us to serve others as fully as possible. To me, that […]

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The innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions.

The innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote is about the difficulties faced by a new ruler. With a new ruler come new rules, and the status quo is overturned. Those who have been doing well, the quote says, are going […]

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A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners or “slaves” of their own concepts and ideas.

A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners or “slaves” of their own concepts and ideas. – Maharaji (Prem Rawat) What does that mean? This quote, to me, is about being slaves of convention. A slave to a habit or regular action. A slave to a concept, […]

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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? To live, so many of us believe we do it, yet if we examine what we are doing, it is rarely so. Most of us live only briefly, and between those bright spots, simply […]

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Fortune sides with him who dares.

Fortune sides with him who dares. – Virgil What does that mean? This is definitely not a quote for the timid. This is about taking charge of your future, it’s about making things happen, it’s about getting things done. Think about what happens if you sit there and wait for something to happen. What usually […]

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It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.

It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours. – Sam Ewing What does that mean? How many of you have seen people who were present at their jobs (they were putting in the hours), but who weren’t really getting all that much done (but were […]

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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss What does that mean? Dr Seuss had a certain way with words, didn’t he? “Be who you are” is how the quote starts out. It sounds so simple. After all, who […]

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Generate great compassion, and you become a friend to the world.

Generate great compassion, and you become a friend to the world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a quote that is interesting to me, as the person who said it, lives it. He spends a great deal of his time being compassionate, and also spends time inspiring others to be compassionate. These actions […]

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If an injury is to be inflicted on an enemy, it is to be so severe, that the enemy’s retaliation need not be feared.

If an injury is to be inflicted on an enemy, it is to be so severe, that the enemy’s retaliation need not be feared. – Niccolò Machiavelli This quote is also seen stated as “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” […]

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Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr What does that mean? Roses, one of the more popular (and, arguably one of the most beautiful) European flowers, have large, sharp, and painful thorns. The thorns will even puncture most general purpose gardening gloves. Special gloves, […]

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? I really like this quote. It talks about being stuck in the past. What you are now is based on what has gone before. But if you stay where you are, you will find […]

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No one loves the man whom he fears.

No one loves the man whom he fears. – Aristotle What does that mean? This quote goes way back in time. While this could apply to twisted love relationships, it can also apply to loyalty relationships, as well as leadership relationships. It deals with the relationship between love and fear. Or more precisely, the way […]

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One thing you can give and still keep is your word.

One thing you can give and still keep is your word. – Unknown What does that mean? This quote would make an excellent riddle, worthy even of the Sphinx. But the focus of this quote is on the giving of your word. This is an important thing in most cultures, and is part of the social […]

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