Archive | January, 2014

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is a quote I first heard years ago, and it really hit home. Why don’t we take action after we make a decision? Because we […]

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When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt (also Thomas Jefferson & others) What does that mean? This quote is about not giving up. If all seems lost, and you are at the end of your rope, the quote says to hold […]

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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right. – Thomas Paine What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly quote, a longer version is as follows: “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises […]

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The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow.

The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow. – Rick Barnes (also attributed to E. P. Atkins) What does that mean? This quote seems to have been around for quite some time, but the theme remains the same. Top of the world one day, mundane cleaning implement the next. A usual […]

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Talent works, genius creates.

Talent works, genius creates. – Robert Schumann What does that mean? This quote is about the fine line between talent and genius, between being good and being great. It is more than just ability, it is also about application. Ordinary things, extraordinarily executed, may be great, but not genius. To be genius, there has to […]

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Because of the risks involved in indulging in unrestrained desire and greed we need to cultivate contentment and simplicity.

Because of the risks involved in indulging in unrestrained desire and greed we need to cultivate contentment and simplicity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is about the individual, and how individuals interact. At one end, if everyone indulged in unrestrained desires and greed, everything would be a mess. At the other end, if […]

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A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a reminder that it takes Two to Tango. Just walk away. There is no rule in life that says you must take on all who disagree with you. Your […]

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Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.

Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This quote is about attitude, and how it can impact our perception of the world around us. It also changes how we interpret the things which go on around us. It is quite a different […]

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The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.

The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts. – Virgil What does that mean? To me, this quote is about contribution. It does not matter what a person knows or does not know. It is, instead, about what […]

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I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.

I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know. – Cicero What does that mean? I’m sure you’ve heard it before. Someone brings up an interesting fact, and someone else is quick to say “I knew that!” How often do you believe them? Better yet, how often have […]

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They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. – Confucius What does that mean? To reuse words from the quote, this is about the only constant in life, and that is change. Everything around us is changing, and even we ourselves are changing. If we are to remain constant in our […]

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He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. – Elbert Hubbard What does that mean? Life isn’t just about talking. Sometimes, we just sit in silence. Sometimes it’s in the library, other times it is at home. But silence often speaks louder than words. And I’m not talking only about […]

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In order to exercise creativity, freedom of thought is essential.

In order to exercise creativity, freedom of thought is essential. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about one aspect of the creative process. How are you creative, and what are some of the essential parts of it? The quote says that freedom of thought is required. I don’t know about you, but […]

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No man was ever wise by chance.

No man was ever wise by chance. – Seneca What does that mean? Another brutally short and compact quote. I guess he expected people would have to chisel it into stone or something. But seriously, I always like a quote that examines the roots of wisdom. This quote says that wisdom doesn’t come by chance. […]

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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? As is so often is the case, this Twitter friendly quote is just part of a longer quote. This is a slightly longer version of the quote: “In meeting men, in many places, I have […]

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