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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. – Ovid What does that mean? This Latin verse has also translated as “Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.” I have been unable to locate a more complete section of the work from which to gather more context. […]

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When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs.

When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs – Thomas à Kempis What does that mean? Anger. In moderation it can be somewhat useful as a motivator. But how rarely is it used in moderation? It seems to run past moderation rather quickly, on the path to excess far too often. That is the warning of […]

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I am responsible for what I spoke, but not for what you understood.

I am responsible for what I spoke, but not for what you understood. – Unknown What does that mean? To me, this is a tale of responsibility, and to whom it belongs. We are responsible for the words we say, but not for how others choose to hear them. Others might hear what you say, […]

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The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This is an interesting quote from a blind person about the difference between having sight, and having vision. Sight is a function of the eyes, and allows us to see. This is something a blind person […]

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Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious.

Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious. – Sun Tzu What does that mean? While this particular quote is about war in specific (see longer version, below), it applies to wisdom in all the different areas of our lives. The longer version: “It does not take […]

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One thing that I don’t think my critics realize about me is that I’ve been trained to look adversity in the face.

One thing that I don’t think my critics realize about me is that I’ve been trained to look adversity in the face. – Reggie White What does that mean? I like this quote, and I also like the person who said it. This man played American Football for quite a few years, and was a […]

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain What does that mean? While this has not been definitively sourced to the late, great Mark Twain, I believe that it is a great thought. Until we are born, there isn’t much to […]

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer What does that mean? This is another twisted quote chiastic. It says change the look, and how you look will change. We all see things through our own filters. We often see what we expect to see. If […]

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Don’t fall into the trap of prioritizing a busy life over a truly fulfilled one! Make the choices that have deeper meaning and life is sweet.

Don’t fall into the trap of prioritizing a busy life over a truly fulfilled one! Make the choices that have deeper meaning and life is sweet. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? Quick! What do you need to get done? Are you filling your schedule with a list of things which you “need to do” or […]

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought. – Albert Szent-Györgyi (also attributed to Jonathan Swift) What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as it is from a Nobel-laureate. The quote is about the process of discovery, and his very simple definition of the term. Discovery starts out by […]

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Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things.

Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things. – Edward Steichen What does that mean? This quote is by a world famous photographer, which is a very visual medium. The photographer sees something, but a good photographer shows the viewer something. That is a transition that is often missed as people […]

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Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. – Seneca What does that mean? To me, this quote is all about the circle of life, and the circular nature of our lives. Things start, things end. The end of one thing leads to the beginning of another. This quote states it from the opposite […]

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There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice…

There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. – Kurt Huber What does that mean? This is an excerpt from one of the leaflets produced by The White Rose, a […]

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It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you.

It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is a shout-out to all the self-made people of the world. Not everyone starts life with money, privilege, or connections. Some people make their fortunes by finding a need and filling it. For some, […]

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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe What does that mean? Trust yourself? That is the crux of this quote. Of course we trust ourselves, don’t we? Or do we? How many of us have, at one point in time or another, chosen to imitate […]

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