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You don’t have to try, you just have to be.

You don’t have to try, you just have to be. – David Viscott What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the age-old struggle. On one hand, we feel a need to excel, to do something, to be someone, to be important, or to matter in some way, shape or form. Yet it […]

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The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened. – Saki aka H.H.Munro What does that mean? While this may have been a comment about human foibles of memory and imagination, it is a very precise description of those who do not live in the present. The young, […]

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No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the end of excuses. “I couldn’t help myself.” Or “I knew it was wrong, but I was over-whelmed and did it anyway.” These are the excuses of people […]

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Daylight’s precious when you’re a youngin’

Daylight’s precious when you’re a youngin’ – Andy Griffith What does that mean? This quote is about what matters when you’re young and how that changes as we age. In this quote, Andy’s son is outside, playing. He want’s to stay out just a little longer, because it’s almost dark, and once it’s dark, bedtime is […]

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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? To live, so many of us believe we do it, yet if we examine what we are doing, it is rarely so. Most of us live only briefly, and between those bright spots, simply […]

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Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr What does that mean? Roses, one of the more popular (and, arguably one of the most beautiful) European flowers, have large, sharp, and painful thorns. The thorns will even puncture most general purpose gardening gloves. Special gloves, […]

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If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.

If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future. – Blaise Pascal What does that mean? I don’t know about you, but this quote is very true for me. I am either busy learning from past mistakes, or applying those lessons to future plans. Only rarely am […]

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A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. – Harry S Truman What does that mean? There are two kinds of people in the world, those who divide everything into two groups, and everyone else. But seriously, while we may slip between camps from […]

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It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This quote is straight to the point. It says that being busy isn’t enough. Even ants are busy. How many people do you know who are always busy? […]

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Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.

Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration. – Andrew Carnegie What does that mean? He starts his business strategy with honesty and industry, but after that, concentration is his big point, his motto. Honesty is first in business, that should be obvious. Industry, in this context is to be usefully busy, the […]

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