Archive | July, 2013

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Anonymous, more recently attributed to Vivian Greene What does that mean? This quote is about living our lives, not simply waiting around for a good time to start. Too many people wait for the right moment before starting to […]

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All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. – Alexandre Dumas (father, son) What does that mean? There seems to be some confusion as to which Alexandre Dumas is the author of this quote, the father or the son. However, either way, it is quite an interesting quote. Generalizations are very broad statements, covering whole groups of people or […]

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This quote begins by saying “the best and most beautiful things…” But what are the most beautiful things? That will be different for each person. Many will […]

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Human happiness depends on taking others into account.

Human happiness depends on taking others into account. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote talks about two things at the same time. First, it addresses our personal happiness. It also addresses the happiness of all human-kind at the same time. I read this quote to say that our personal happiness, as a human […]

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Whatever is well said by another, is mine.

Whatever is well said by another, is mine. – Seneca What does that mean? Well, this is an interesting quote. One way to take it is to presume that he is taking other people’s quotes. In short, plagiarism. While I would recommend against outright stealing the work of others, the way humans work is to build […]

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Life is an echo. What you send out comes back.

Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. – Zig Ziglar What does that mean? This is a neat quote, and it is a twitter-friendly version of a longer quote, which goes like this: “Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow you reap. What you give you get. […]

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I shall never allow myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.

I shall never allow myself to stoop so low as to hate any man. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? This is something he said a lot. It has been recorded in slight variants, including substituting ‘permit’ for ‘allow’ as well as “I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate […]

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Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done. – Amelia Earhart What does that mean? I like this quote, because it reminds us that we do not know everything. I have seen this before, and it can be fun to watch, probably a little less fun for the participants. We often are quite certain that […]

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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King, Jr What does that mean? This quote is about the totality of humanity. While it was spoken specifically about the racial divide then present in the United States of America, I believe it also applies to all of us. […]

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In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.

In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person. – Margaret Anderson What does that mean? To me, this quote is a classic description of selfless love compared to selfish love. Or to put it another way, it is about the difference between love and lust. In […]

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If we make consistent effort, based on proper education, we can change the world.

If we make consistent effort, based on proper education, we can change the world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about changing the world. Not just one person, but as all of us together. I presume that because the quote isn’t about you, or about me, but about us, based on the use […]

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A great mind becomes a great fortune.

A great mind becomes a great fortune. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an excellent companion to a prior quote from Descartes, which is “It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.” In that quote, the point was to make a great mind. In […]

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Such an amazing way to look at life: “Your enemy can be your best teacher” Dalai Lama. Perhaps we don’t have any enemies, just teachers!

Such an amazing way to look at life: “Your enemy can be your best teacher” Dalai Lama. Perhaps we don’t have any enemies, just teachers! – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is a popular paraphrasing of a Dalai Lama quote. The actual quote is: “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” […]

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As the twig is bent the tree inclines.

As the twig is bent the tree inclines. – Virgil What does that mean? This quote is about the path one takes in life. Lessons learned early, when we are but twigs, will impact our future, or how the tree inclines. Another way to look at it is in terms of trajectory. Absent any wind, once […]

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After all, tomorrow is another day.

After all, tomorrow is another day. – Margaret Mitchell What does that mean? The line, from her novel ‘Gone with the Wind,’ is spoken by Scarlet O’Hara. While we never know how many days we have left, tomorrow is always going to be coming. This quote talks about tomorrow as a new opportunity, a new chance […]

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