Archive | August, 2012

It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.

It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as it seems contrary to our intuition at first glance. However, if we look at it more closely, I believe we will see that it […]

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One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. What does that mean? This quote says that new thoughts, new ideas (especially the big ones) permanently change our minds. Our thought process is different, once we have a new idea with which to play. Our horizons […]

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Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. – Plato What does that mean? There are plenty of stories told of people, now known to be great, who had some difficulty in their youth. Many of these stories aren’t true, but they do serve to illustrate the point. Just because they aren’t […]

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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe What does that mean? Trust yourself? That is the crux of this quote. Of course we trust ourselves, don’t we? Or do we? How many of us have, at one point in time or another, chosen to imitate […]

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Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa What does that mean? How good does it feel to say “Hi!” to someone, and have them look up with a scowl on their face? Compare that to having them look up with a smile on their […]

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Cultivating inner discipline is something that takes time; expecting rapid results is simply a sign of impatience.

Cultivating inner discipline is something that takes time; expecting rapid results is simply a sign of impatience. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? How many times have you become frustrated because you caught yourself doing something, even though you knew better? That is the heart of this quote. We all have things about us that […]

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Many have dreamed up republics and principalities which have never in truth been known to exist…

Many have dreamed up republics and principalities which have never in truth been known to exist… – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a Twitter friendly shortening of a fairly long quote: “Many have dreamed up republics and principalities that have never in truth been known to exist; the gulf between how one should […]

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The more rules you have about how people have to be, how life has to be for you to be happy, the less happy you’re going to be!

The more rules you have about how people have to be, how life has to be for you to be happy, the less happy you’re going to be! – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? Think about this for a moment. Compare these two people. The first is someone who has a hundred rules, every one of […]

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There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.

There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself. – Louis XIV What does that mean? This quote is about what you do after you finish doing this quote. In that blog post I discussed how challenging it can be to change yourself and to conquer your desires. Today’s quote talks about the person […]

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I war not with the dead.

I war not with the dead. – Homer (from the Iliad,  Book VII, Line 485, as translated by Alexander Pope, spoken by King Agamemnon) What does that mean? This quote is spoken by King Agamemnon in agreeing to a truce to bury the dead on the battlefields of Troy. In this case, he was being literal, […]

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How would you know what happy is if you’ve never been otherwise.

How would you know what happy is if you’ve never been otherwise. – Malcolm S. Forbes What does that mean? This is an interesting quote. On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you? Now define what a 10 means to you, and what a 1 means to you. Do you see how […]

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Adversity is just change that we haven’t adapted ourselves to yet.

Adversity is just change that we haven’t adapted ourselves to yet. – Aimee Mullins What does that mean? Adversity is defined at TheFreeDictionary as “A state of hardship or affliction; misfortune.” In the case of the author of today’s quote, it was losing both her legs just below the knee at a very young age. Hardship? […]

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The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness.

The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? How happy are powerful people? How many have had no regrets on their death beds? How many rich people spend more time getting more, or protecting what they have, than they spend enjoying it? How many of them […]

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There are two methods of fighting, the one by law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts.

There are two methods of fighting, the one by law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly quote. The more complete version is : “You must know there are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, […]

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Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.

Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you. – Cynthia Kersey also listed as Oscar Wilde What does that mean? This is one approach to the age old question of how do you get confidence when you don’t have any at the beginning? The answer, […]

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