Archive | November, 2012

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. – Estée Lauder What does that mean? This quote goes to the heart of the definition of ‘dream.’ To some, a dream is more a fantasy, something you engage in when you don’t have anything better to do, or don’t want to think about what you should […]

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I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott What does that mean? Think about that for a moment. On a calm, sunny day, there is little wind, often barely a breeze. How do you make a sailing ship do anything with little to no wind? And […]

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If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine. – Morris West What does that mean? To me, this quote is saying that if you spend your whole life hunkered in the bunker, you’re going to miss the sunshine and all the good times. Yes, you need to have […]

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If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. – Bruce Lee What does that mean? Time, it just keeps on ticking away. You will never know exactly when your time will be all used up. Even the great or famous people, like the author of today’s quote, never know […]

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No one knows what he can do till he tries.

No one knows what he can do till he tries. – Publilius Syrus What does that mean? That is an interesting observation. It’s so true, but I had never thought about it in that manner before. How do you know what you can do? You do it. You either succeed, or you fail. Now you know. […]

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Understanding the advantages and drawbacks of particular emotions and applying our intelligence, we can transform our minds.

Understanding the advantages and drawbacks of particular emotions and applying our intelligence, we can transform our minds. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is about the balance of each emotion. No one emotion is perfect, nor are there any emotions which come without drawbacks. Conversely, none of the emotions are completely without use, nor are […]

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There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.

There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote implies that there is something about people that makes them rich or poor besides their worldly possessions, or lack thereof. It says that there is something noble about being […]

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The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. – John Maxwell, also attributed to William Arthur Ward What does that mean? This is a fun quote, because it breaks the usual dichotomy of the glass is half full, glass is half empty paradigm. It adds a third […]

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Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess.

Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This is another Twitter-shortened quote. A more complete version of the quote which is from his book Meditations is: “Do not indulge in dreams of having […]

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Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. – Voltaire What does that mean? This quote was shortened far before the advent of Twitter. It is from one of his books, and the complete quote is: “A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of […]

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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. – Edwin Hubble What does that mean? This quote is interesting to me as it demonstrates the two parts of Science. There is that which we can detect, measure, and experience with our senses, and that which we cannot. […]

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There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit.

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. – Indira Gandhi What does that mean? As is so often the case, this is a longer quote, shortened for use on Twitter. “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work […]

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Altruism is not merely a religious ideal; it is an indispensable requirement for humanity at large.

Altruism is not merely a religious ideal; it is an indispensable requirement for humanity at large. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote reminds us that while altruism is associated with religious orders and organizations, it is an attitude and behavior for all of us. Even those who have no particular religious affiliation or tendencies. Altruism […]

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We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an interesting viewpoint, one which probably isn’t immediately apparent to most of us. The quote states that in adversity, we gain wisdom more readily than in times of prosperity. I believe that this is true, because […]

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