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To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as I have been discussing the definition of success with someone recently. This quote has a very simple and easy to measure definition of success. […]

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The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. – Ben Stein What does that mean? Well, that doesn’t sound like rocket science, does it? I mean how obvious can a quote be? If you want something, the first step is to figure out what it […]

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Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. – Marian Anderson What does that mean? Fear. The very word scares some people. That isn’t so bad. However, sometimes, that fear causes them to act in a way that’s not particularly appropriate. Usually it is quite illogical. Sometimes, though, the fear really […]

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Past history clearly shows that violence cannot solve problems.

Past history clearly shows that violence cannot solve problems. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? With the world suffering from war in nearly every corner, the quote is pretty obviously true. It has been true through out history. War and civil unrest in the Middle East. Can you name a recent century where that headline would […]

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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? A garden with all the flowers dead. That sounds bleak. Then add a lack of sunshine, and it becomes truly dreary. That is the closest match that the quote could […]

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mohandas Gandhi What does that mean? To me, this is a beautiful quote. It reminds us to stay focused on the good of humanity, as it far outweighs all the […]

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Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle What does that mean? This is another neat quote, being based on mythology written about by Aristotle’s mentor, Plato (in his work, Symposium). The story goes that humans were originally made with four arms, four legs and were half male and half female. […]

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No other way to guard self against flattery than by making people understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.

No other way to guard self against flattery than by making people understand that telling U the truth DO NOT offend U. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is another quote that’s just a little longer than what easily fits on Twitter. “There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making […]

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Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.

Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote a condensed version of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, tailored to match the ruthlessness of the times Machiavelli lived in, and the audience he was addressing. Once a Prince […]

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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? Love is a very imprecise word in English. Would a person who “loves” a particular type of food (as an example) do any of the things listed in the […]

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This is a great quote, from someone who knew both the suffering and the overcoming of suffering, a more complete listing of which can be found in her bio (click on her name, above). […]

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If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope What does that mean? To me, this is a quote about the condition of your heart. Not the actual physical condition of the heart, but the spiritual and emotional state of your heart, and therefore, by […]

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If you can dream it, you can do it.

If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney What does that mean? To me, this means pretty much what it says. Now like most simple quotes, there’s a lot more going on. But on the surface, it’s pretty straight forward. The first part, “If you can dream it,” to me says […]

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What is right and what is practicable are two different things.

What is right and what is practicable are two different things. – James Buchanan What does that mean? Let’s start with the definition of practicable, as it is not a commonly used word anymore. At theFreeDictionary.com, practicable is defined (in short form) as “feasible”, which differs subtly from practical, which is defined as “useful.” Therefore […]

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While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength.

While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts by saying that revenge weakens society. Think about all those angry people, all looking to take revenge on those they feel have done wrong to them. How cohesive would that society be? Will people be looking to lend […]

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