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Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. – German proverb What does that mean? To me, this quote is reminding us that our emotions are powerful, and can be used to help us or to hurt us. A wolf is not a good thing to run into, especially since they rarely come alone. Even […]

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Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is about fear, and duty. Fear is a powerful motivator, but a brief one. Once the danger or threat is gone, so is the motivation. If the only reason you do something you should be doing (a duty) is […]

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War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms

War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms.– Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? I know this quote, and my explanation of it, will rub some the wrong way, but I sincerely believe we have a right to self defense. If we are forced to defend […]

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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote describes a lot of human interactions. When bad news arrives, it is usually told first to someone who does not inspire fear. When something that would be considered offensive to a ‘Prince’ (a […]

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Once your mind is calm and full of love, there is no room for hatred or fear. Others will trust you because of your open heart.

Once your mind is calm and full of love, there is no room for hatred or fear. Others will trust you because of your open heart. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote has two parts. The first part talks about how to achieve an open heart, the second part talks about what will […]

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. – Dale Carnegie This is a twitter-friendly quote, part of a longer quote: “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” What does that […]

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A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.

A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for. – Grace Hopper (Rear Admiral, USN) – Also seen as attributed to William Shedd. What does that mean? Well, this one is fairly self explanatory. A ship may be safe in a harbor, but if you wanted something safe, you would have built a fortress, […]

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Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain What does that mean? This quote is admonishing us to face our fears. And not just face them, but to do the very thing we fear. With that action, fear dies, it dissolves because it is just an illusion […]

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Remember, fear doesn’t exist…

You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. – Dale Carnegie Shortened for Twitter to : “For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” What does that mean? This basic truth has been said […]

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Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true. – Yogi Berra What does that mean? I love this guy, he has a problem with thinking so much faster than he speaks, and sometimes crossing his wires.  I have the same problem, but not to the same extent as he does (or at least I […]

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One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked.

One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked. – Chinese Proverbs What does that mean? To me, this speaks to fear – a fear that paralyzes, a fear that stops us dead in our tracks.  What would happen to us if we were to stop eating?  You’d die pretty […]

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When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. – Thomas Jefferson What does that mean? With all the present turmoil across the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and into the Arabian Peninsula, this quote seems to be appropriate.  There has been a great deal of debate between […]

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Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. – Aristotle What does that mean? Fear.  That’s a powerful word, if you let it be.  Think of the things you are afraid of.  Not all are “evil” in the classic good/evil viewpoint.  If we go with that, it really does fall apart pretty quickly, as […]

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