Archive | January, 2013

The difficulty, the ordeal, is to start.

The difficulty, the ordeal, is to start. – Zane Grey What does that mean? The author of today’s quote was also the author of more than 90 books, so I would dare say he knows of which he speaks. The thought of writing a book, a whole book, is quite daunting to me, even though I […]

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All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare. – Baruch Spinoza What does that mean? Depending on your age and background, ‘excellent’ may have become part of your vocabulary as a simple statement of agreement. However, it really means that the item in question is of the best or finest quality. The quote says […]

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Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Character is much easier kept than recovered. – Thomas Paine What does that mean? This quote is about that most public of private things, our reputation, or the public perception of our character. The quote says that once you have developed your character, that it is fairly fragile, and needs to be carefully maintained. How many […]

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Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.

Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can. – Christa McAuliffe What does that mean? This quote, I believe, is fairly straight forward. It is urging us not to settle, not to wait, not to hesitate. It says to reach for it, where ‘it’ is anything and everything you might want in life. It […]

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In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace.

In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? In this quote, the topic is a meaningful life, and how to have one. It states that there are three things to do and work on […]

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The hottest love has the coldest end.

The hottest love has the coldest end. – Socrates What does that mean? This quote caught my eye as there was recently a discussion on one of my other posts about how love ends. The quote starts by talking about the hottest love, which is fairly easy to understand. That is the love with great heat […]

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If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, let’s go.

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, let’s go. – Lemony Snicket, nom de plume of Daniel Handler, from ‘The Ersatz Elevator’ What does that mean? This is the eternal question. When do you do something? If you start too soon, you are likely to fail. If you […]

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Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. – Yakov Smirnoff What does that mean? Have you ever noticed that everyone laughs the same? Well, some laughs are a little peculiar, but everyone on the planet knows what a laugh is. Even if you don’t know how to ask were the […]

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The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions. – John Hancock What does that mean? As one of the founders of the American Revolution, his name is known by many for his large and flamboyant signature on the Declaration of Independence. However, he was a business man and […]

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It is as natural to die as to be born.

It is as natural to die as to be born. – Francis Bacon What does that mean? While some lament death as the end, others welcome it as a new beginning. I’m not sure what it actually is, but I believe it is, as the quote says, as natural as being born. A similar saying is […]

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If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is all about our morals, our values, and the potential for a dichotomy between how we act and how we think. Is it fine to wish someone dead in your mind, […]

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Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our daily lives.

Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our daily lives. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about our negative emotions and impulses. It asks us if we’ve monitored them, and asks what we’re going to do […]

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Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.

Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a bit of ancient wisdom regarding time management. It has been seen in many cultures throughout time. In this version, expectation is held up as a terrible waste of our lives. It is […]

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What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. Scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. Scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. – Joseph Addison What does that mean? As is so often the case, this is a slightly longer quote trimmed down for the sake of sharing on Twitter. The more complete version is: “What sunshine is to […]

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An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin What does that mean? As is often the case on Twitter, there is a longer version of this quote available: “If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” […]

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