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Person who chases two rabbits catches neither.

Person who chases two rabbits catches neither. – Confucius or Romanian Proverb What does that mean? I was surprised that I hadn’t covered this quote yet, when I tried to reference this quote in a recent blog, but couldn’t. The reason might have been the attribution, given by many as Confucius, but only sourced to a […]

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Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different? – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? This is about things moving slowly but relentlessly. A day doesn’t seem very long, but changes do happen. Each day, a little different. A little bit of drift this way or that. […]

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It is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves.

It is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is a reminder of something we all know, and have experienced, yet so often forget. This quote is a reminder of all the days […]

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I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.

I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? Things happen in life. Some of those things change our path in life. Some of them even change our lives. These changes could be for the better, or they could be for the […]

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You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is about finding a fundamental truth of life. While many quotes focus on happiness coming from within, this covers the rest of the game, as we live in our mind. […]

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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a great quote for the weekend. Consider the pleasure, as some call it, of a few drinks. That can be fun, even pleasurable. Now consider making the mistake of trusting your judgement while intoxicated. How […]

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It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. – Epictetus What does that mean? I like this quote. It has an interesting perspective on things, and that is what the quote is all about. Someone shouts an insult at you, and you believe […]

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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson What does that mean? This is another one of those classic quotes. Short but sweet, and exactly on point. This quote starts by saying what we all know. “Knowledge comes” it says. Knowledge is everywhere. We learn all kinds of things, or at least we are exposed to […]

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If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? To me, this quote is about action. It reminds us that we can stand there and do nothing, or we can try to change things. What do you tend to do when things are not how […]

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False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. – Socrates What does that mean? This quote is about the slippery slope of lies. First, false words, as the quote calls them, are evil and destructive in their own right. Saying them causes harm to others, and often to oneself. […]

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All is in the course of change; and you yourself are constantly changing and, in a sense, passing away; and so too is the entire universe.

All is in the course of change; and you yourself are constantly changing and, in a sense, passing away; and so too is the entire universe. – Marcus Aurelius, from the book Meditations, IX. 19 What does that mean? The sad thing about the quote is that it is absent of context. It exists in Meditations as […]

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What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat. – Seneca What does that mean? This one is so true, it almost hurts. It is especially this time of year, when it is all too easy to get caught up in materialism or consumerism. Do you require a big […]

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Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do. – Elvis Presley What does that mean? Think what you will of the King of Rock and Roll, but he did have a way of turning a phrase. We leave a little bit of ourselves in or on everything […]

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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand. – Seneca What does that mean? This concept is always a heated topic, but one that I believe should be addressed. This quote simply states a simple truth of basic physics. An object at rest remains at rest until acted on by […]

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The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. – John Maxwell, also attributed to William Arthur Ward What does that mean? This is a fun quote, because it breaks the usual dichotomy of the glass is half full, glass is half empty paradigm. It adds a third […]

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