Archive | April, 2013

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. – Henry Ford What does that mean? It’s like the old expression which asks how one eats something that is way too big to eat. The answer is usually something like one bite at a time. If something is too big, you break it down. Break […]

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If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb What does that mean? This quote is another really simple way of reminding us that it is wise to have a PlanB ready, just in case the first idea doesn’t work out. Back in Roman times (and well before), most ships carried […]

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Whether we are happy or not depends on our attitude; compassion, for instance, leads to a calmer mind.

Whether we are happy or not depends on our attitude; compassion, for instance, leads to a calmer mind. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a quote about the link between our attitude and our mood. It’s hard to feel happy when you are angry. The emotion of angry isn’t really compatible with the […]

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The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. – Seneca What does that mean? While it isn’t stated explicitly, this quote is almost certainly about death, and the transition to what might come after it. While there is still great debate about what came before and what will happen after, […]

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Love what is. Appreciate what is. Accept what is, or use what is! There is only power in what we do with what we have.

Love what is. Appreciate what is. Accept what is, or use what is! There is only power in what we do with what we have. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? How many times have you said that you’d do something if only you had one more thing, which you didn’t have? To me, that’s […]

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There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. – William J. Brennan, Jr. What does that mean? Have you ever thought, or heard someone say, that a job is beneath them? It could be cleaning an icky mess, or some other form of manual labor. It might be something that is considered beneath their station, or […]

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In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. – Mignon McLaughlin What does that mean? It means love is Non-Euclidean (that’s a math joke, for those who don’t get the reference). That said, what the quote is talking about is how love doesn’t follow the normal rules of […]

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All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.

All the world’s a stage & all the men and women merely players. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? This is one of the more famous quotes of the Bard. It is said by Jaques: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, […]

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Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.

Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away. – Oscar Hammerstein II What does that mean? This is another Twitter-shortened quote. The whole quote is as follows: “A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. […]

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Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence.

Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote as it is a great way of defining non-violence. Yes, it’s a lack of violence, but why? That’s where this quote shines. It discusses […]

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He who has great power should use it lightly.

He who has great power should use it lightly.  ~ Seneca What does that mean? Consider what the opposite would be like. Imagine a ruler who ruled with an iron fist, what would that be like? Even at the level of a city or town council, that’s not going to work out very will, will […]

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If you put your happiness in temporary things – your happiness will be temporary.

If you put your happiness in temporary things – your happiness will be temporary. – Nick Vujicic What does that mean? There are things in our lives that last a long time. Then there are things like cookies. Consider my favorite kind, the chocolate chip cookie. Having a couple (or a couple dozen) cookies will make […]

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Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. – Clarence Darrow What does that mean? Imagine a situation where children don’t ever doubt an adult. All is well, until that adult is a predator, right? Yes, there are times when a child should listen without question or doubt to what an adult says, but […]

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Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse. – African Proverb What does that mean? This quote talks about curiosity, knowledge, and the lack of either. It is one thing to not know. That can be fixed with a little effort and a little curiosity. For those who are insatiably curious, this […]

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Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.

Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive. – Wilbur Wright What does that mean? This quote makes an interesting analogy between riches and wisdom. The quote says we become wise in the same manner as we become rich. How do we become rich? The tweet says […]

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