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Worry is a misuse of imagination.

Worry is a misuse of imagination. – Dan Zadra What does that mean? This quote, sometimes with a “the” in place of “a,” is about the close relationship between worry and imagination, and the implications of that closeness. Our imaginations are wonderful and powerful forces in our lives. As kids, we use our imaginations to […]

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Be proud of who you are and not ashamed of how someone else sees you.

Be proud of who you are and not ashamed of how someone else sees you. – Unknown What does that mean? This is a quote I wish I’d heard more of when I was little. It’s reassuring and hopeful for all those who aren’t the same as everyone else. It is a reminder for all […]

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We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is “good,” because it is good, if “bad” because it works in us patience, humility, and hope.

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is “good,” because it is good, if “bad” because it works in us patience, humility, & hope. – C. S. Lewis What does that mean? This quote is a great example of finding the silver lining in any situation. Far too many people live in […]

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The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This is an interesting quote from a blind person about the difference between having sight, and having vision. Sight is a function of the eyes, and allows us to see. This is something a blind person […]

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If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better.

If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a great quote about our attitude. Bad things happen to good people. But what do we do when things go badly for us? Some lose hope, others use the event as […]

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There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. – Spinoza What does that mean? To me, this quote describes the simple duality of the future. Hope and fear, they are the two sides of the same coin. Anticipation, expectation, or our view of the future; that is at the heart […]

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Luck is probability taken personally.

Luck is probability taken personally. – Penn Jillette, who attributes this quote to Chip Denman What does that mean? Think about that for a moment. Were you lucky, or did statistics simply favor you that one time? Or, perhaps, for several times in a row? Is that really luck, or are you reading more into […]

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Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This is a slight misquote of what is in the book, but helps make it better understood for most people. And, given the age in which it was written, the word men should now be applied to all people. The […]

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Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.

Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This is about being the rock in the storm. It is about being stable and strong while the world goes crazy around you. It is […]

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A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. – Elbert Hubbard What does that mean? A slightly longer version of the quote is as follows: “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. There is […]

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After all, tomorrow is another day.

After all, tomorrow is another day. – Margaret Mitchell What does that mean? The line, from her novel ‘Gone with the Wind,’ is spoken by Scarlet O’Hara. While we never know how many days we have left, tomorrow is always going to be coming. This quote talks about tomorrow as a new opportunity, a new chance […]

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There is no remedy for love but to love more.

There is no remedy for love but to love more. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This quote is about love. Deep and intense, possibly even romantic. While some might hide from love after a loss, this quote posits that the proper solution is more love. A remedy for something is a way […]

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To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard often misattributed to Aristotle What does that mean? This quote is often misattributed to Aristotle, but is actually by writer Elbert Hubbard, from his book “John North Willys” : “Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you’ll never be criticized.“ This is the […]

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Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. – Washington Irving What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly quote. A slightly longer version of the quote goes like this: “Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.” This quote is reminding us that our […]

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Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom.

Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom. – Giacomo Casanova What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, and it is about the end result of a lifetime of hatred. As you might guess, it doesn’t end well for the hater. The interesting twist […]

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