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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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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Anonymous, more recently attributed to Vivian Greene What does that mean? This quote is about living our lives, not simply waiting around for a good time to start. Too many people wait for the right moment before starting to […]

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There is no remedy for love but to love more.

There is no remedy for love but to love more. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This quote is about love. Deep and intense, possibly even romantic. While some might hide from love after a loss, this quote posits that the proper solution is more love. A remedy for something is a way […]

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If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. – John Irving What does that mean? We each have this life of ours to live. We have the ability to make choices (I won’t get into free will here). Our lives are largely […]

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There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about what the author of the quote thinks is one of the most admirable traits a person can demonstrate. Specifically, he admires those who can bear unhappiness […]

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere! – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? This quote makes an obvious point, but too many people don’t understand it. When an injustice is done to one person, everyone else has to wonder what it would take for that same injustice to be done to me. Sadly, that is […]

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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. – Aristotle What does that mean? While the word ‘anything’ is an absolute, and I try to avoid absolutes when I can, this is a case of dramatic license. Does breathing count as anything? […]

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Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. – Seneca What does that mean? While I don’t know the exact situation in which this quote was originally used, I believe it has application in our lives today in many forms. This quote has special meaning to me today, as a distant friend is dying of […]

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Stimulate the heart to love, and all other virtues will rise of their own accord.

Stimulate the heart to love, and all other virtues will rise of their own accord. – W. T. Ussery This is a thinly sourced quote, apparently from a book titled Sermons, from the Baptist Publishing Company, Nashville, Tennessee, from 1912. I still don’t have a bio for him. Does anyone have any information on him? […]

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Remember: courage, unused, diminishes. Commitment, unexercised, wanes. Love, unshared, dissipates.

Remember: courage, unused, diminishes. Commitment, unexercised, wanes. Love, unshared, dissipates. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote reminds me of how fleeting the moment can be. It’s like the expression “strike while the iron is hot” for iron cools quickly and is more easily worked while hot. It’s fairly easy to be brave for a […]

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Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.

Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can. – Christa McAuliffe What does that mean? This quote, I believe, is fairly straight forward. It is urging us not to settle, not to wait, not to hesitate. It says to reach for it, where ‘it’ is anything and everything you might want in life. It […]

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If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, let’s go.

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, let’s go. – Lemony Snicket, nom de plume of Daniel Handler, from ‘The Ersatz Elevator’ What does that mean? This is the eternal question. When do you do something? If you start too soon, you are likely to fail. If you […]

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? To me, this quote is about a fundamental truth of the universe, and the corresponding relationship in the human heart. It starts out stating the obvious. Darkness is […]

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Where fear is, happiness is not.

Where fear is, happiness is not. – Seneca What does that mean? This is another of those terse sayings that is fairly self-explanatory. However, for completeness, I believe the quote is reminding us that it is hard to be happy when we are afraid. Even when at a scary movie, where we expect to feel fear, […]

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The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. What does that mean? I was reminded of this quote in a recent e-mail exchange. The discussion included the many tough choices that the person being discussed made, and how they […]

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