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Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. – Robert Schuller What does that mean? This quote is urging us to go against a basic force of human nature. If you drop one thing, what do you look at, the one you dropped, or all the things you didn’t drop? Just […]

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Asking “Is this possible?” is rarely relevant. The real question is, “Is this worth doing?”

Asking “Is this possible?” is rarely relevant. The real question is, “Is this worth doing?” – Andrew Sliwinski What does that mean? This is the measure of human ingenuity. So many things which were once considered impossible are now routinely done. The word impossible is almost a punch-line in a barely funny joke. We humans seem to […]

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Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen.

Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. – Ralph Marston What does that mean? This is a line from a much longer text, about 6 tweets long. The full text will be attached at the bottom of the post, and this is the […]

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If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past. – Spinoza What does that mean? There are plenty of ways to look at this quote, but at the heart of it is a simple thought. Learn from experiences. We can learn from our own experiences, and by studying the past, from […]

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You must decide what it is you believe in and take steps towards achieving it and creating the universe and world you want to see.

You must decide what it is you believe in and take steps towards achieving it and creating the universe and world you want to see. – Forest Whitaker What does that mean? This is a bit of a departure from the norm, as this is a quote from just a few days ago. It doesn’t exist in […]

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt What does that mean? This is a quote, taken from a speech by a sitting American President, so I hope you can understand his focus on Americans. This longer version of the quote is from […]

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To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? Another classically brief quote. But it is packed with meaning. It is talking about revenge and how to best achieve it. However, it doesn’t say to serve it cold, or when they aren’t looking for it. The quote is about restraint. […]

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A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness.

A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Anyone who has been in the school yard knows of this, even if they never thought of it in this manner. This is a fairly common truth in life, which probably […]

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I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.

I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability. – Confucius What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as it discusses our want, or lack, of ability. At least that is how I understand the quote. The first part says we shouldn’t […]

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Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill.

Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? There is a longer version of this quote (see confirmation section at the bottom of the post), but for the purposes of this post, I will confine myself to this portion of the quote. It talks about the marketplace, and […]

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The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured. – Cicero What does that mean? This is another saying based on the concepts of agriculture. Harvesting is what you do at the end of the season, as winter approaches. This is the basis of the quote. It says as we come […]

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Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is the longer version of the quote: “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their […]

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A problem is a question you haven’t yet answered to a level that has fulfilled you.

A problem is a question you haven’t yet answered to a level that has fulfilled you. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is about being done. As long as you aren’t fulfilled, as long as you are not satisfied, you aren’t done. You still have a problem (his term) and need to refine your […]

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If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.

If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment. – Lao Tzu also attributed to Junia Bretas (see comments for details) What does that mean? This quote is a favorite of mine, even if I can’t find a solid […]

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Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment.

Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? This quote is also frequently seen as “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he […]

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