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Half a loaf is better than no bread.

Half a loaf is better than no bread. – English Proverb What does that mean? Sometimes we want it all. Sometimes we just don’t want to compromise. Sometimes we won’t take no for an answer. And we risk losing it all. This quote is about being sensitive to the situation. There will be times when […]

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Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. – Jean-Paul Sartre What does that mean? If you have ever rowed a boat, you know it’s a pretty intense job. Even something as simple as paddling a canoe keeps you busy most of the time. To ‘rock the boat’ is both a literal […]

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Don’t find fault, find a remedy.

Don’t find fault, find a remedy. – Henry Ford What does that mean? As an engineer, this is my pet peeve. People bring me things, and say “It’s broken,” and walk away. That’s not very helpful, is it? I don’t think so. The basic premise of the quote is that if you are bright enough to […]

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That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.

That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned. – Seneca What does that mean? Let’s start by unwinding the negatives and reversing the halves. That brings us to “That which hasn’t been learned, hasn’t been repeated often enough.” In short, I believe this quote is the basis of the phrase “repetition is […]

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Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that.

Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote answers the problem it poses by stating the opposites for each of the deficiencies. Anger can be countered with affection. Hatred can be countered with concern. Jealousy can be countered with respect. Each […]

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Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. – George Orwell What does that mean? To me, this is the eternal deceit of humankind. Starting in the teenage years, they are more intelligent and better equipped to make decisions than […]

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Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you.

Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you. – Dr Wil Rose What does that mean? I like quotes that challenge the usual thought process. Many, perhaps most, score how successful a person is based on what the person has managed to accumulate in […]

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One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Ashe What does that mean? This is a quote that seems so obvious, but so many people haven’t thought it out. While I have thought similar things, I was never able to put it so eloquently. It starts by […]

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It is my hope that the twenty-first century will be a century when a more caring, responsible, and compassionate humanity will emerge

It is my hope that the twenty-first century will be a century when a more caring, responsible, and compassionate humanity will emerge. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? As we start a New Year, it’s a great time to renew our callings as humans. While the 21st century is over 1/10th of the way through, […]

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There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? Without going deep into the history of the Italian Renaissance City State era, the quote was a useful tool for the Princes of the era. It helped them spot the […]

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The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred

The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote lauds those who can conquer their inner demons of anger and hatred. In doing so, the quote says that it is both a rare accomplishment and a worthy goal. The term hero is often overused in […]

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One can acquire everything in solitude, except character

One can acquire everything in solitude, except character. – Stendahl What does that mean? It means you can read books, you can meditate, you can pray, you can sing, you can learn to dance (solo) and you can practice all kinds of personal skills. All of these things you can do in solitude, whether on a […]

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You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.

You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims. – Harriet Woods What does that mean? This quote sounds like it’s promoting win-win methods over win-lose methods, which I call cooperation. Most of us are familiar with win-lose. War, competitive sports, card games, anything with one victor and […]

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Today, when we face problems or disagreements, we have to arrive at solutions through dialogue.

Today, when we face problems or disagreements, we have to arrive at solutions through dialogue. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a variation of “violence begets more violence” but is stated from the opposite direction. He is calling for dialogue, or discussion, as the peaceful path to the resolution of our differences. I […]

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There is no delight in owning anything unshared.

There is no delight in owning anything unshared. – Seneca What does that mean? This seems fairly straight forward, doesn’t it? How many things have you ever purchased that you deliberately hid from the world, that nobody else knew about? We tend to get stuff to either share or to show off. Some people go […]

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