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The higher our position the more modestly we should behave.

The higher our position the more modestly we should behave. – Cicero What does that mean? This was an interesting quote to source, as it had variant wording. And while attributed to Cicero, he claims it was said by King Philip of Macedonia (Alexander the Great’s father). The difference is probably due to translation, but both of […]

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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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Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.

Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself. – Baruch Spinoza What does that mean? I have heard many definitions of the less-useful version of pride before, but I believe this one is about as short and sweet as it could possibly be. The less-useful version of pride does indeed give pleasure to […]

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It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. – Epictetus What does that mean? As is common with the limits on length on Twitter, the quote loses a little flavor from being shortened. The longer version is as follows: “What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? […]

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The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow.

The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow. – Rick Barnes (also attributed to E. P. Atkins) What does that mean? This quote seems to have been around for quite some time, but the theme remains the same. Top of the world one day, mundane cleaning implement the next. A usual […]

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It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.

It ain’t bragging if you can back it up. – Dizzy Dean What does that mean? As there is pride, there is also confidence. And with pride, there can be a good and useful version of confidence, as well as an unhelpful version. In the case of this quote, the old term bragging is used to […]

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These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us.

These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us. – Seneca What does that mean? As frequently happens, the Twitter quote is just a tiny bit of the full quote. In context, the quote makes a bit more sense: “For as far as those persons are […]

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Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.

Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful. – John Wooden What does that mean? This is a caution against ego, from a coach who knew a few players who had one. It starts by saying that whatever talents you may have, they are a gift. It asks […]

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There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.

There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it. – Seneca What does that mean? The act of doing something nice for someone else, a good turn as it is described in the quote, is an act of kindness. The acknowledge-ment of that kindness is a response of kindness. […]

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Give what you can, share what you have, and receive the love and kindness returned with a open heart, a smile and a kind word.

Give what you can, share what you have, and receive the love and kindness returned with a open heart, a smile and a kind word. – Mala Shah What does that mean? This appears to be an original quote from MDS, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful, or any less impactful. It’s a sentence my […]

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By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. – Charles Wadsworth What does that mean? I can imagine this being said with a bit of a wry smile. While my parents were fairly old when they had me, and I waited even longer […]

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Whenever I meet someone I try to look for their positive qualities, which immediately gives me a feeling of connectedness with them.

Whenever I meet someone I try to look for their positive qualities, which immediately gives me a feeling of connectedness with them.– Dalai Lama What does that mean? When you meet someone, either a new person, or a person you have known for some time, you have a choice. You can look for all their negative […]

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Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.– Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? Kind of scathing, wouldn’t you say? I’m sure he wasn’t talking about us, specifically. Those other guys, yeah, that’s who he was talking about. Not to put too fine a point on it, that’s a […]

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The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. – Confucius What does that mean? This quote reminds me to be wary of the boastful and the prideful. These people are not modest in their speech. Some may have accomplished much, but there are ways of letting the world know of your […]

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There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? Humility, or the act of being humble, is about being modest, and is the antithesis of arrogance and pride. Acting in a humble manner does bring a powerful level of emotion with it, at least in my experience. As […]

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