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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens What does that mean? This is a slightly shortened quote from Our Mutual Friend, Book 2, Chapter 8. However, the missing portions are not necessary for the purposes of discussing this quote, in my […]

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Public behavior is merely private character writ large.

Public behavior is merely private character writ large. – Stephen Covey What does that mean? How you behave is based on your rules, beliefs and values. These are also key components of your character. Thus what your have as your character will be a huge influence on your behavior. Some people try to keep parts of […]

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Do not want others to know…

Do not want others to know what you have done?  Better not have done it anyways. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? Translations are such fun.  This saying almost sounds like a stereotypical movie character is saying it.  To put it in (what I consider to be) cleaner English, I would rephrase it as […]

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First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win. – Mohandas Gandhi What does that mean? This is the block diagram for the path of peaceful resistance. They start by pretending you are insignificant. Then they make fun of you, trying to demean or dismiss your movement and/or objective. […]

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Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on. – Les Brown What does that mean? To me, it talks of the futility of reliving the past.  Dragging the anchors of your failures with you as you try to move into the future is not going to let you get very far. After […]

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Let him that would move the world first move himself.

Let him that would move the world first move himself. – Socrates What does that mean? I considered the word “move” to be the equivalent of “change.”  Someone who has a degree in Ancient Greek Language and Literature can feel free to correct me if I am wrong.  Also note that the Ancient Greeks were […]

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I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. – Plato What does that mean? I have also seen this quote attributed to Thomas Edison, but I think Plato said it first. Most of us have done something interesting, even spectacular, on accident.  […]

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Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true. – Yogi Berra What does that mean? I love this guy, he has a problem with thinking so much faster than he speaks, and sometimes crossing his wires.  I have the same problem, but not to the same extent as he does (or at least I […]

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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe What does that mean? Well, most people are really nice to the people who can help them.  Weather it’s buttering them up or brown-nosing, there are a plethora of terms […]

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Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? To me, this talks of acquiescence to greater and greater ills.  Weakness in attitude: attitude towards what?  The second half, speaking of character, points to the weakness being in moral attitude. But how does this weakness apply to character?  My view […]

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You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. – Plato What does that mean? I don’t know about you, but I don’t rush into friendships.  I tend to be guarded in my speech, cautious around topics that are controversial, and fairly mellow in public company.  […]

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