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The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured. – Cicero What does that mean? This is another saying based on the concepts of agriculture. Harvesting is what you do at the end of the season, as winter approaches. This is the basis of the quote. It says as we come […]

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Gratitude is heaven itself.

Gratitude is heaven itself. – William Blake What does that mean? I have seen this quote also attributed to Laura Huxley (as well as to her husband, author Aldous Huxley), Matt Cutts and others. Of the list of people to whom this quote is attributed, William Blake is the oldest, and I believe therefore likely to […]

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Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.

Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater. – Epictetus What does that mean? This quote is also stated in a slightly older English, but with better punctuation (see 2nd link at bottom of this post): “Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.” Let’s […]

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That which you resist, stays.

That which you resist, stays. – David R. Hawkins What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, suggested by a reader. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the quote in context, so I’m not sure exactly what it means. However, it is similar to other quotes I have heard, and I’ll use that as a basis […]

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False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. – Socrates What does that mean? This quote is about the slippery slope of lies. First, false words, as the quote calls them, are evil and destructive in their own right. Saying them causes harm to others, and often to oneself. […]

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Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.

Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive. – Wilbur Wright What does that mean? This quote makes an interesting analogy between riches and wisdom. The quote says we become wise in the same manner as we become rich. How do we become rich? The tweet says […]

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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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Drugs are in every walk of life – doctors, lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM, teenagers on the street, teenagers in school.

Drugs are in every walk of life – doctors, lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM, teenagers on the street, teenagers in school. – Smokey Robinson What does that mean? This is the witness of human nature by a Rock and Roll, as well as Rhythm and Blues legend. He’s seen it all, the highs […]

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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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No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the end of excuses. “I couldn’t help myself.” Or “I knew it was wrong, but I was over-whelmed and did it anyway.” These are the excuses of people […]

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The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi What does that mean? This quote, by a well known American Football coach, is all about motivation, and if you have enough of it or not. In the sport, […]

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Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.

Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a bit of ancient wisdom regarding time management. It has been seen in many cultures throughout time. In this version, expectation is held up as a terrible waste of our lives. It is […]

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Practice, work hard, and give it everything you have.

Practice, work hard, and give it everything you have. – Dizzy Dean What does that mean? I’m sure you’ve heard something like this at some point in your life. Perhaps from a parent or perhaps from your boss. It’s the workman’s credo. It’s how stuff gets done. This version was said by one of baseball’s great […]

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The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves.

The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Recently, I was riding in a car when the driver criticized the driver we were following for their driving style. To me, that was exactly what this quote was about. They were criticising […]

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Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson What does that mean? I love this quote, as it is all about short-cuts, or more precisely, the lack of them. While there may be some on a map, in real life there just aren’t any. So many people want a pill, a ‘magic bullet,’ a […]

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