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Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. – Saint Thomas Aquinas What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the difference between sense (sensations), and reason (logic). Living according to sense is about feelings, and the sensations which provide pleasure. This is, according to the quote’s observation of the […]

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There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.

There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. – Hugh Laurie What does that mean? This is a very short version of a longer (but still abbreviated) quote: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is […]

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My mind is an infinity of possibilities. This can be good or bad, but the choice is mine.

My mind is an infinity of possibilities. This can be good or bad, but the choice is mine. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? While this quote is a bit of a paraphrasing of a very large paragraph, it still has some power to it. In the paragraph, he speaks of both the soul […]

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A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a reminder that it takes Two to Tango. Just walk away. There is no rule in life that says you must take on all who disagree with you. Your […]

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Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.

Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the eternal battle between the bright idea, blurted out and the measured and thoughtful response, given after careful con-sideration. This web page gives a massive lecture on the definition, use and value of prudence. It […]

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Our real guide is our own mind, our sense of reason.

Our real guide is our own mind, our sense of reason. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote covers nearly all of humanity. Yes, there are some who have issues, and who cannot behave or be reasonable. But they are few and far between, no matter how often they show up in the news. […]

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You can’t make footprints on the sands of time by sitting on your butt… and who wants to make butt-prints?

You can’t make footprints on the sands of time by sitting on your butt… and who wants to make butt-prints? – Bob Moawad What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, talking about making footprints in the sands of time. The sands of time is another way of saying making history, and you can’t leave […]

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Love what is. Appreciate what is. Accept what is, or use what is! There is only power in what we do with what we have.

Love what is. Appreciate what is. Accept what is, or use what is! There is only power in what we do with what we have. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? How many times have you said that you’d do something if only you had one more thing, which you didn’t have? To me, that’s […]

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You may delay, but time will not.

You may delay, but time will not. – Benjamin Franklin What does that mean? This quote is about the unrelenting nature of time. It just keeps coming and coming and coming. That’s just the nature of time. It flows on, it keeps going. Whether you like it or not, here it comes. Again. More. We can, […]

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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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Inspirational quotes are sweet and feel good for about 3 seconds after you read them. But a Quote is worthless without action.

Inspirational quotes are sweet and feel good for about 3 seconds after you read them. But a Quote is worthless without action. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is the whole point of this blog. Quotes on Twitter are the junk food of the modern mind. As the quote says, the sayings are […]

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It is as natural to die as to be born.

It is as natural to die as to be born. – Francis Bacon What does that mean? While some lament death as the end, others welcome it as a new beginning. I’m not sure what it actually is, but I believe it is, as the quote says, as natural as being born. A similar saying is […]

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It is better to be impetuous than cautious, because fortune is a woman.

It is better to be impetuous than cautious, because fortune is a woman. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? The original quote says much about the treatment of women in that age. The explanation of impetuous (later in the paragraph) was more about what we would call mistreatment and domination, rather than what is presently considered […]

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I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.

I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time. – Charles Schultz What does that mean? This is a great quote from Charlie Brown, one of the author’s more famous characters from the Peanuts comic strip. He always seems to have the worst possible luck. Nothing ever seems to work out […]

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You have problems, you think drink helps, then you have two problems.

You have problems, you think drink helps, then you have two problems. – George Peppard What does that mean? To me, this is just the cold, sober truth. Drinking doesn’t make problems go away, it multiplies them, or at the very least, it adds to them. Whether you’re drinking to forget someone, to drown your sorrows, […]

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