Archive | September, 2012

Who is there among us who does not prefer tolerance, respect and forgiveness of our failings to bigotry, disrespect, and resentment?

Who is there among us who does not prefer tolerance, respect and forgiveness of our failings to bigotry, disrespect, and resentment? – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote talks about opposites. Tolerance vs bigotry. Respect vs disrespect. Forgiveness vs resentment. In any situation, when you are on the receiving end, which do you prefer? Most […]

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He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation.

He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? Back in the day when Machiavelli was writing, there were plenty of others who were trying to sell their services as political analysts. They were trying to advise the Princes on […]

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More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.

More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? To me, this quote is saying that we have the power to change our lives with our decisions. We can chose to do something stupid. We can chose to do something […]

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Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.

Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. – Samuel Adams What does that mean? This quote is from the guy that the beer is named after. This quote is interesting to me, as an engineer, because it reminds me that I am the exception within the ranks of humanity. Sometimes I forget. Most […]

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The only way you get that fat off is to eat less and exercise more.

The only way you get that fat off is to eat less and exercise more. – Jack LaLanne What does that mean? This is something so many people around me don’t seem to be able to grasp. While there are a myriad of reasons (and even more excuses) for why someone is overweight, ultimately, it’s a […]

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At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.

At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable. – Christopher Reeve What does that mean? As is so often the case, this is a Twitter friendly version of a longer quote: “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” […]

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My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.

My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here. – Jim Henson What does that mean? This is another Twitter shortened version of a quote. The more complete quote is: “When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in […]

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A genuine change must first come from within the individual, only then can he or she attempt to make a significant contribution to humanity.

A genuine change must first come from within the individual, only then can he or she attempt to make a significant contribution to humanity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Change. One can command others to do it, but that won’t last very long, will it? Once they decide the novelty has run out, or when […]

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Whenever men are not obliged to fight from necessity, they fight from ambition.

Whenever men are not obliged to fight from necessity, they fight from ambition. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is sad, but true. There are times when people are forced to fight. The violence at that point is somewhat forgivable, or at least be able to somewhat transfer the blame. One would hope that when […]

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Goals are like magnets. They’ll attract the things that make them come true.

Goals are like magnets. They’ll attract the things that make them come true. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? We’re not talking magic here. Having a goal won’t make things happen through some supernatural power. If you’re familiar with the author of the quote, you know his favorite adjective is “massive,” and his favorite verb is […]

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I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful.

I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. – Sophia Loren What does that mean? This is another in a long line of Twitter-friendly shortened quotes. The full quote is: “I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand […]

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I’ve always tried to fit what I do professionally into my family, rather than the other way around.

I’ve always tried to fit what I do professionally into my family, rather than the other way around. – Adam West What does that mean? This quote is about keeping first things first. It’s about determining what means the most to you, and protecting that time. Some people put career over family. Occasionally it works, […]

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I didn’t play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel.

I didn’t play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. – Ryne Sandburg What does that mean? I like this quote, because it’s about the work ethic. If you do something simply because you get paid, you don’t have it. If you do just the minimum to get by, […]

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Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.

Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have. – Ernie Banks What does that mean? The quote starts by declaring loyalty and friendship as being the same. Consider that for a moment. Can you call a person a friend who is disloyal? I don’t […]

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It is important for us to examine our motivation in our day to day life.

It is important for us to examine our motivation in our day to day life. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Why do we do the things that we do? What are our motivations? What are the reasons behind our actions? How often do you ask yourself about these things? Can you tell yourself why you […]

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