Archive | January, 2014

It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.

It ain’t bragging if you can back it up. – Dizzy Dean What does that mean? As there is pride, there is also confidence. And with pride, there can be a good and useful version of confidence, as well as an unhelpful version. In the case of this quote, the old term bragging is used to […]

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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out…

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out… – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross What does that mean? This is truly a beautiful quote, and it was spread across two tweets, and the full text of the tweets is as follows: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the […]

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We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. – Selena Quintanilla Perez and Chuck Palahniuk What does that mean? This quote is often credited to Selena, who died before Chuck wrote his book, but I can’t find a definitive citation for Selena having said it. Either way, […]

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The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us.

The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? I like this quote, because it is so true. As misery loves company, pride seems to despise it. And we have seen it around us, and even within us. Yes, someone over there is prideful. How does […]

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Great changes start with individuals; the basis of world peace is inner peace in the hearts of individuals, something we can all work for.

Great changes start with individuals; the basis of world peace is inner peace in the hearts of individuals, something we can all work for.  – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is the basis of a lot of what I have been saying in my blog posts for years. Only the […]

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These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us.

These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us. – Seneca What does that mean? As frequently happens, the Twitter quote is just a tiny bit of the full quote. In context, the quote makes a bit more sense: “For as far as those persons are […]

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Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, & share your passion with them.

Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, & share your passion with them. – HOLSTEE What does that mean? As is so often the case, this Twitter-friendly quote is just a small excerpt from a longer quote, which paraphrases the middle third of […]

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The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity. – Henri Bergson What does that mean? Taking this quote from the second half, the quote says the only fault which is laughable, or mockable, is vanity. In other words, it deserves to be mocked or laughed at. Vanity […]

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It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win.

It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win. – Muhammad Ali What does that mean? This quote is about the reason why. We all have things we want to do, and the main difference is the reason why we are doing them. I once heard someone say […]

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The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. – Arthur Schopenhauer What does that mean? As I am past that point of inflection, I find this quote fascinating. Personally, I might put that point back a few years, but it still is good. By the age […]

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Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. – Dale Carnegie What does that mean? The heart of this quote has been said many times, and in many different ways. This is the take on it from a businessman and personal excellence trainer. Far […]

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The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others.

The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others. –Dalai Lama What does that mean? This, sadly, is true far too often. Yes, there are stand-up people out there, those who value at least three of the items in the quote, some even support all […]

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Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.

Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the eternal battle between the bright idea, blurted out and the measured and thoughtful response, given after careful con-sideration. This web page gives a massive lecture on the definition, use and value of prudence. It […]

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2013 in review

The WordPress.Com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Note: Because of the change from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, the post count is off. It should be over 360 posts, and we probably lost some other numbers in the transition. But still, it was a good year. Thanks for coming along on […]

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People are rewarded in public for what they practice for years in private.

People are rewarded in public for what they practice for years in private. – Tony Robbins   What does that mean? This is another straight forward observation of human life. When people get rewarded in public, it is rarely for something they did the very first time. Instead, people are rewarded for things they do well, and […]

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