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Be here now. Be somewhere else later. Is that so complicated?

Be here now. Be somewhere else later. Is that so complicated? – David Bader What does that mean? This quote is about the fundamentals of Zen, at least as I understand it. Being present. Where are you and where is your mind, your focus and your energy? This quote reminds us to be here in […]

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All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? This verse continues by detailing our places on the stage, as we grow and as we age. While it breaks things into seven steps (dare I say stages?), that is an arbitrary measure. To me, […]

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It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.

It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote speaks of the challenge we face when the going gets tough. What will we do, and what should we do? That is even more important to answer when the answers […]

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To have whatever one wants is in no man’s power. But it is within one’s power to not want what one does not have.

To have whatever one wants is in no man’s power. But it is within one’s power to not want what one does not have. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an quote from a passage where the discussion is about waiting to eat something nice, but only having unappetizing bread. Specifically, in the […]

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. – Pablo Picasso What does that mean? This quote reminds me of opportunity, both lost and found. Opportunity or inspiration comes on its own schedule, not yours. Have you ever had a great idea, but you were on the couch, watching your favorite show or sports […]

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You can outlast those who are lucky and out-work those who are lazy.

You can outlast those who are lucky and out-work those who are lazy. – Jeff Goins What does that mean? This quote talks briefly about the two primary ways to get ahead in life. You can work hard, or you can get lucky. This quote gives us some ideas how to do even better than […]

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Philosophy did not find Plato already a noble man; it made him one.

Philosophy did not find Plato already a noble man; it made him one. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a neat quote, as it gives us a thought on what the study of Philosophy can do for a person. In this case, Plato is the subject of interest. According to the quote, other […]

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Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. – Cicero What does that mean? A treasury is the place where you keep your treasures, all those things you value. The quote says, in part, that that is one of the jobs of our memory. It also says that our memory is the guardian of […]

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There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these. – Michael Nolan What does that mean? To me, the quote is about having ADD. Everything around me is shiny. Everything around me catches my eye. If I don’t keep it together, I get side tracked […]

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The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.

The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned. – Seneca What does that mean? This is the ‘old dog, new tricks’ quote. Most of us are creatures of habit. We learn something, we do it for a while, and it becomes second nature. Then comes the day we have to change that routine. Whether the […]

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No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.

No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius. – Anna Pavlova What does that mean? I heard versions of this quote when I was young. The basic idea is that there are plenty of people around with talent. However, some simply have some talent, nothing more. Others have some small […]

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Anger destroys our peace of mind and causes trouble. It also hampers our ability to function properly.

Anger destroys our peace of mind and causes trouble. It also hampers our ability to function properly. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? At the beginning of the quote, it talks about how anger destroys our peace of mind. I don’t know about you, but when I’m angry, my peace of mind goes away quickly. […]

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It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence. – Seneca What does that mean? Ah, the joys of youth. While often times described as misspent, if one both survives and manages to learn from it, then is it really misspent? That is true of most aspects of our growing and […]

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It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste. – Henry Ford What does that mean? This quote, as one might expect from one of the foremost industrialists of his era, is about work. Specifically how to get ahead, or to get more done than the next guy (or gal). […]

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To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? Another classically brief quote. But it is packed with meaning. It is talking about revenge and how to best achieve it. However, it doesn’t say to serve it cold, or when they aren’t looking for it. The quote is about restraint. […]

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