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Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. – Swedish Proverb What does that mean? This quote is, in case you hadn’t figured it out yet, about worry and the troubles which can come from it. It is one of the smallest forms of fear. Small things can often have disproportionately large shadows. Shadows […]

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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? In the longer version of the quote, the balance between giving and taking is mentioned, as well as a direction for the giving (that what you make and give not to […]

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A meaningful life isn’t about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can.

A meaningful life isn’t about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is interesting to me because it discusses what makes life meaningful. We usually worry about happiness or success instead. The quote starts by […]

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Now we’re so interdependent, we need to build trust and confidence. On a national or personal level self-centeredness is a source of trouble.

Now we’re so interdependent, we need to build trust and confidence. On a national or personal level self-centeredness is a source of trouble. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Are you an island onto yourself? Do you need no one, and interact with no one? Very few people are that independent that they stand truly […]

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Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.

Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? Life isn’t easy. There are problems, or as I prefer, obstacles, challenges, and difficulties. Or if you prefer to stand cowering beneath them, you can call them PROBLEMS! Our problems are an impetus to grow. Most […]

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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop What does that mean? This quote is from the famous story, The Lion and the Mouse, wherein a small Mouse, caught by the Lion, is released rather than eaten, as a kindness. Later, the Mouse comes across the Lion, trapped in a […]

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Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold.

Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? This is a quote about preparation. Whether it is a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, or even a friend of the family, a skill is a gift which will last them […]

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Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. – Joaquín Setantí What does that mean? Often cited to Seneca, it appears to actually be from an Early Renaissance Spanish Philosopher. But either way, it is a useful quote to consider. What happens when you take action? You […]

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The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.

The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts. – Virgil What does that mean? To me, this quote is about contribution. It does not matter what a person knows or does not know. It is, instead, about what […]

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If you want change, create the causes.

If you want change, create the causes. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is another of those ‘Doh!’ kind of quotes. It is so simple and so obvious, you wonder why you didn’t think of it first. But that makes it all the better. Change, at least the kind you actually want, rarely happens on […]

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The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.

The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune. – Charles Dickens (speaking as Ebenezer Scrooge) What does that mean? On this day in 1842, Charles Dickens published his famous book “A Christmas Carol.” This quote is by Ebenezer Scrooge, reflecting on his younger self. He is speaking about his boss when […]

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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W. T. Purkiser What does that mean? In the USA, this will post on Thanksgiving day. Initially it was the celebration of actually having survived the year, with enough food to last the winter. Since then […]

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Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.

Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most. – Ashleigh Brilliant What does that mean? This quote is beautiful in the simplicity of it. We tend to be kind to those who are kind to us. That’s nice, but does it help those who are most in need of kindness? But the people most […]

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The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.

The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? A slightly more complete version of the quote is as follows: My love as deep [as the sea]; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. While this is […]

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Warm-heartedness is the key factor that allows me to smile and be happy, even in the company of strangers.

Warm-heartedness is the key factor that allows me to smile and be happy, even in the company of strangers. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? If you are feeling all mean and spiteful, how happy are you going to be? And it won’t matter if you are with strangers or not, because you simply won’t like […]

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