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The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey What does that mean? This witty quote uses a chiasmus to point out the importance of how something is done. In this case, the subject is schedules and priorities, and which should be driving the other. The phrase ‘prioritize your […]

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If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb What does that mean? This quote is another really simple way of reminding us that it is wise to have a PlanB ready, just in case the first idea doesn’t work out. Back in Roman times (and well before), most ships carried […]

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I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.

I criticize by creation, not by finding fault. – Cicero What does that mean? In this case, the phrase “by creation” means to form or create something new. In other words, the quote is implying that it is better to criticize something by creating a solution which solves the problem, or is otherwise better, rather than by […]

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All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. – Walt Disney What does that mean? This is yet another Twitter-friendly of a slightly longer quote: “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, […]

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It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you.

It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is a shout-out to all the self-made people of the world. Not everyone starts life with money, privilege, or connections. Some people make their fortunes by finding a need and filling it. For some, […]

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Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. – Unknown What does that mean? Being happy with what you have, that is the core of happiness. When you can let go, when you can stop judging, when you can stop focusing on the imperfections, you […]

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Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.

Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow. – Margaret Fuller What does that mean? This is a very interesting quote from a fascinating person. From her biography, she was taught by her father (a well educated man), and could read and write by the time she was three and […]

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It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.

It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table. – Johannes Brahms What does that mean? This is a classic. Not just by age, but by it’s nature. Humankind has always been building things, it’s part of our nature. And there is always the urge […]

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No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.– Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? “They never saw it coming!” That is the root of this quote. Whether it’s an unexpected hostile takeover in the business world, or a surprise popping of “the question,” nothing is […]

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The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. – Carl Jung What does that mean? Let’s face facts. One size most emphatically does not fit all! I’ve known that my entire life, as I have always been on the tall side. From this, we know […]

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One must emulate both the fox and the lion, because a lion cannot defy a snare, while a fox cannot defy a pack of wolves.

One must emulate both the fox and the lion, because a lion cannot defy a snare, while a fox cannot defy a pack of wolves. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is another Twitter shortened quote, which is stated more completely as: “A Prince must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot […]

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I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.

I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile. – Walter Chrysler What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as it talks about excitement and satisfaction and how they relate to work. I don’t know […]

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Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. – Jawaharlal Nehru What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, in that it attempts to place both determinism and free will in play simultaneously. In this case, I would estimate […]

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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt What does that mean? This is a quote about the author’s definition of happiness. The quote says that the joy of achievement is one pathway to happiness. How do you feel when you achieve something? It tends to help […]

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Men almost always walk in paths beaten by others and act by imitation

Men almost always walk in paths beaten by others and act by imitation. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a Twitter friendly version of the full quote. However, I believe that it stands well on it’s own, and it shall be addressed in this blog as it stands. This quote talks about originality, or […]

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