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I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.

I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability. – Confucius What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as it discusses our want, or lack, of ability. At least that is how I understand the quote. The first part says we shouldn’t […]

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When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence. To help others takes courage and inner strength.

When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence. To help others takes courage and inner strength. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote has an interesting way of looking at self-confidence. We normally think of self-confidence coming from accomplishing things, things we can see and measure. Ran a mile? Yep! […]

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I shall never allow myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.

I shall never allow myself to stoop so low as to hate any man. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? This is something he said a lot. It has been recorded in slight variants, including substituting ‘permit’ for ‘allow’ as well as “I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate […]

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Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.

Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater. – Epictetus What does that mean? This quote is also stated in a slightly older English, but with better punctuation (see 2nd link at bottom of this post): “Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.” Let’s […]

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Esteem is earned. Esteem for yourself only comes by pushing yourself to do difficult things.

Esteem is earned. Esteem for yourself only comes by pushing yourself to do difficult things. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? Esteem isn’t something they hand out at pep rallies. It’s not something that you can get as a prize in the bottom of a box of tasty snacks. It’s not something others can bestow […]

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If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.

If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs. – Tony Gaskins What does that mean? This quote is about your future, and what your plans for it might be. If you have no specific plan, or aren’t working on your dreams, what will you be doing? According to this quote, […]

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Life isn’t about getting more. It’s about becoming more.

Life isn’t about getting more. It’s about becoming more. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote, to me, is all about our human obsession with more. More money, more power, more influence, more toys, more stuff in general. In my opinion, too many people fall into this trap and spend their lives chasing after getting […]

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I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.

I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry What does that mean? This is another version of the Ugly Duckling story. Caterpillars aren’t usually all that cute or interesting. Neither are ugly ducklings. However, that’s where butterflies and swans start out. If […]

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We feel most small, we feel most challenged when we’re only focusing on ourselves.

We feel most small, we feel most challenged when we’re only focusing on ourselves. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote caught my attention as it reminded me of some of the discussions on one of my other posts. Some of them were feeling very sorry for themselves, and that was a big part […]

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A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. – Michalangelo What does that mean? But, I wondered, how does your brain hold the brushes? All silliness aside, this quote is about seeing what you want to create in your head, before even picking up the brushes. It would also apply to those flashes […]

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For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.”

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.” – John Greenleaf Whittier What does that mean? This quote is about regret and sadness. It is about what might have been, if only action had been taken. It comes from the poem “Maud Muller,” which is about a young and […]

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The real source of inner strength and self-confidence is warm-heartedness.

The real source of inner strength and self-confidence is warm-heartedness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about the ideas of a very wise man for attaining both inner strength, and self-confidence. To me, those are both very important things to have. Inner strength gives you the ability to do what must be […]

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The difficulty, the ordeal, is to start.

The difficulty, the ordeal, is to start. – Zane Grey What does that mean? The author of today’s quote was also the author of more than 90 books, so I would dare say he knows of which he speaks. The thought of writing a book, a whole book, is quite daunting to me, even though I […]

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Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, mostly due to the differences in cultures. In the US, looking someone in the eye is a sign of confidence. To not do so, is to look weak or […]

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I don’t consider myself bald, I’m just taller than my hair.

I don’t consider myself bald, I’m just taller than my hair. – Seneca What does that mean? While this may seem a flippant quote, to me, it has deeper meaning. To me this quote is about being at ease with who you are and your physical condition. While many people complain about aspects of themselves, this […]

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