Archive | July, 2012

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal…

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal… – Thomas Jefferson What does that mean? A more complete version of this quote is “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Think about […]

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Even a small experience of altruism brings a measure of mental peace right away.

Even a small experience of altruism brings a measure of mental peace right away. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is talking about the link between altruism and mental peace. It says that when you do nice things for other people, you tend to feel better about yourself. Part of what makes it work, […]

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A return to first principles in a Republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man.

 A return to first principles in a Republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? The more complete version of the quote is “A return to first principles in a Republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an […]

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For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.

For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote puts none too fine a point on it. To actually get a useful, valuable, and permanent change, you have to do two things. You have to stick with it (lasting), and you […]

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Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. – Jimi Hendrix What does that mean? I like this one. Not only is the quote spot-on, it’s from a Rock-n-Roll guitar god. Who would expect such an incredible bit of insight from such a source? Not too many, I would imagine. The quote says that knowledge speaks. Those with knowledge […]

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It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. – David Hume What does that mean? This is a quote about small steps. Excepting the violent overthrow of a government, the erosion of liberty tends to move slowly. While this quote is about politics, I believe it applies to many other […]

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No man is happy who does not think himself so.

No man is happy who does not think himself so. – Publius Syrus What does that mean? This quote, if worded as a question, makes a little more sense to me. It would be: “From whom do you need permission in order to feel good about yourself?” I believe the quote itself answers the question. If you don’t give […]

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I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. – Lily Tomlin What does that mean? As this is a quote from a comedienne, you expect it to be funny. However, there is, as with all good humor, an underlying truth hiding inside. In this case, it’s about specificity, or […]

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If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself.

If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote reminds me of the basic plot of the book ‘A Christmas Carol’ by English author Charles Dickens. At the beginning of that story, […]

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The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a quote, once again, that was directed at a Prince or ruler of a City State. It deals with the all too familiar situation where a promise made has been […]

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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? Love is a very imprecise word in English. Would a person who “loves” a particular type of food (as an example) do any of the things listed in the […]

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Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!

Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead! – David Farragut What does that mean? This quote is apparently a contraction of a series of orders given by Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. Generally accepted as the original statement is “Damn the torpedoes!” said Farragut, “Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!” This command was given in […]

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All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. – Calvin Coolidge What does that mean? As much as I love this quote, I wish to point out that there is at least one thing that can grow without any activity. That would be your waist-line. […]

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I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. – Mikhail Baryshnikov What does that mean? To me, this is a quote from a mind in a healthy state of competition. So many people are out there, trying to prove themselves, and to be the best […]

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The quickest way to become troubled is to be concerned with what people are gonna say about your life and your work.

The quickest way to become troubled is to be concerned with what people are gonna say about your life and your work. – Ahmad Jamal What does that mean? This is another way of saying that you can’t please all the people all the time. This quote advises us to not trouble ourselves with the opinions […]

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