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Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. – Douglas MacArthur What does that mean? This was another neat quote. I think it is a bit odd, but makes it’s point quite well. It’s also not the most appealing analogy I had ever heard, either. A wrinkled what? But if you consider wrinkles in the […]

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Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? To forgive is defined at theFreeDictionary.com as “To excuse for a fault or an offense; pardon.” or “To renounce anger or resentment against.” This quote urges us not to just engage in this great act of compassion on a […]

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Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? To me, the first part of the quote is the essence of enthusiasm. If you are ready, willing and able, nothing will be able to withstand your efforts for very long. Your willingness becomes the core of the effort, allowing […]

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It is my hope that the twenty-first century will be a century when a more caring, responsible, and compassionate humanity will emerge

It is my hope that the twenty-first century will be a century when a more caring, responsible, and compassionate humanity will emerge. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? As we start a New Year, it’s a great time to renew our callings as humans. While the 21st century is over 1/10th of the way through, […]

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We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope. – Epictetus What does that mean? Back in the days of this quote, almost everything about a ship was organic. Organic compounds and water are not the best mix, and frequently end in some form of rot or degradation. Eventually, […]

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Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? To me this speaks to the root of charity, and charity is part of giving with love. We all have areas where we have more than we need, and areas where […]

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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens What does that mean? This is a slightly shortened quote from Our Mutual Friend, Book 2, Chapter 8. However, the missing portions are not necessary for the purposes of discussing this quote, in my […]

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Follow your hopes and not your fears.

Follow your hopes and not your fears. – Unknown Also similarly stated by Pope John XXIII as “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.” This is part of a larger quote: “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern […]

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For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. – Vincent Van Gogh What does that mean? What do you know with certainty?  Have you checked with Socrates about that? (that’s a joke – if you don’t get it, I’ll get around to it shortly)  More […]

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