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You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. – Jon Kabat-Zinn What does that mean? Waves are unstoppable. They are a force of nature. They may change heights and intensity, but still they come. We can brace against them, but they are as unstoppable as anything on this Earth. However, while […]

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It ain’t over till it’s over.

It ain’t over till it’s over. – Yogi Berra What does that mean? This is a strongly sourced quote: “In July 1969, Berra’s Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East. The Mets rallied to win the division title on the final day of the season.” The quote is about […]

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It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.

It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote speaks of the challenge we face when the going gets tough. What will we do, and what should we do? That is even more important to answer when the answers […]

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We all need basic human values rooted in trust and affection.

We all need basic human values rooted in trust and affection. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote starts by stating that we all have needs. The basic needs are for human values. These values are rooted or based in trust an affection. Unless you are doing far better than most of us, […]

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Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.

Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared. – George S. Clason What does that mean? This is a quote from a vintage book, which was published just before the Great Depression, called “The Richest Man In Babylon,” on page 14. The book, initially a series of pamphlets, tell […]

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What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water.

What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a neat quote about the power of persistent, as well as consistent, effort. Over time, those drips can do some very amazing things. This quote is about how, […]

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It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win.

It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win. – Muhammad Ali What does that mean? This quote is about the reason why. We all have things we want to do, and the main difference is the reason why we are doing them. I once heard someone say […]

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We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.

We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public. – Walt Disney What does that mean? I think this is a great way to live our lives. No matter what we do, there will always be critics, people who don’t like what we are doing. So what. The most certain […]

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It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as anyone who as argued with someone may well have found out the hard way. Sometimes, their mind is just unconquerable. However true that may be, I believe the quote is more of a reference […]

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Arrogance requires advertising. Confidence speaks for itself.

Arrogance requires advertising. Confidence speaks for itself. – Dr. Farrah Gray What does that mean? This one, while hard to source, is worth some thought. Think of arrogance, and then think of confidence. Which one needs help, and which stands alone? While most people fall somewhere between those extremes, we have all known a few of […]

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Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.

Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful. – John Wooden What does that mean? This is a caution against ego, from a coach who knew a few players who had one. It starts by saying that whatever talents you may have, they are a gift. It asks […]

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He who can not endure the bad will not live to see the good.

He who can not endure the bad will not live to see the good. – Jewish Proverb What does that mean? This is a bit of practical wisdom, from a people who have known the bad times. To me, this quote is about having the toughness to survive, because life isn’t always kind. It seems […]

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Genius is one of the many forms of insanity.

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. – Cesare Lombroso What does that mean? There are people with normal minds, and there are those who are not exactly normal. Most of us think of the people on one side of normal when we think of abnormal minds. But there are people on the other side […]

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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? Many aspects of our life and our actions are linked. This quote describes how kindness impacts our lives in many different ways. It starts by drawing a comparison between kind words, and the building […]

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In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.

In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy. – Cicero What does that mean? I’m not an expert in how Latin is translated, and I was unable to find the exact source of the quote, so I’m going to have to guess a little. The quote, read as written, sounds awkward. I’m going to put […]

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