Archive | October, 2012

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mohandas Gandhi What does that mean? To me, this is a beautiful quote. It reminds us to stay focused on the good of humanity, as it far outweighs all the […]

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero What does that mean? Needless to say, this quote is from the days before the iPhone, computers, cars, and all that tech stuff that most of us can’t imagine living without. In that simpler time, some outdoor work, tending to […]

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Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle What does that mean? This is another neat quote, being based on mythology written about by Aristotle’s mentor, Plato (in his work, Symposium). The story goes that humans were originally made with four arms, four legs and were half male and half female. […]

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Our nature is basically compassionate because we are social animals. What brings us together is love and affection.

Our nature is basically compassionate because we are social animals. What brings us together is love and affection. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is another quote that is easily dismissed by the cynical. It’s easy to dismiss the idea of love for others, but that doesn’t make this statement any less true. The […]

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He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must fall with the greatest loss.

He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must fall with the greatest loss. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, if only for the number of requirements needed to get the stated outcome. Those who have read some of the works of Machiavelli might […]

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Very often not getting your dream gives you your destiny.

Very often not getting your dream gives you your destiny. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? Well, think about it. How often do you get that of which you dream? If you have my luck, almost never. But according to this quote, that’s a good thing. If you get your dream, then what? What is the […]

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There’s no workman, whatsoever he be, That may both work well, and hastily.

There’s no workman, whatsoever he be, That may both work well and hastily. – Geoffrey Chaucer What does that mean? This is two of the usual saying about “pick any two” where the list of three things is “quick, good, inexpensive.” But in reality, there is a trade-off between making something as quickly as you possibly […]

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There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice…

There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. – Kurt Huber What does that mean? This is an excerpt from one of the leaflets produced by The White Rose, a […]

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Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?”

Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?” – Johnny Carson What does that mean? This is a classic statement of the true nature of success. There are plenty of talented people. There are plenty […]

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It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.

It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me. – Franz Liszt What does that mean? This is a great quote, one that inspires us to leave the world a better place than when we arrived, and to assist others as best […]

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Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there’s no room for cheating, bullying or exploitation.

Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there’s no room for cheating, bullying or exploitation. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? In the last two weeks, we discussed how concern for others helped quell anger inside ourselves, and how concern for others could help us make our corner of the world a more […]

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A prince is also respected when he is a true friend and a true enemy.

A prince is also respected when he is a true friend and a true enemy. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? In this passage, he is talking about how a Prince should conduct himself in a manner to gain renown, or a good kind of fame. He urges the Prince to set a fine example, to […]

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Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.

Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won. – Unknown What does that mean? This quote is about determination. Are you willing to persevere, are you willing to pay the price, are you willing to go to the wall, or even through it, in order to get what you want? Often times, that […]

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If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.

If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life. – Mike Ditka What does that mean? You’re either a participant, or you are an observer. You’re part of the solution, or you’re part of the precipitate. You are either doing, or you are watching. Those who are in the parade, the quote […]

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When you’re a little kid, you don’t see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind.

When you’re a little kid, you don’t see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. – Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem What does that mean? This quote is about the innocence of a child. They see friend as a person, not as a member of this race or that race. It […]

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