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If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.

If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. – Elaine S. Dalton What does that mean? How much change will happen if everyone is the same? If everyone thinks the same, acts the same, and no one is different, how can change happen at all? That […]

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One kind word can warm three winter months.

One kind word can warm three winter months. – Japanese Proverb What does that mean? This quote, like many metaphors, has much to imply. Starting with the core of it, the one kind word. The one kind word is the nice thing you say to a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, or even a […]

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Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau What does that mean? This quote starts describing patience, and assigning it a flavor. A very strong and not very pleasant flavor. A flavor to which we can relate. Bitter, in tiny amounts, can provide contrast, but it isn’t usually something you would want […]

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In order to escape from your comfort zone you have to escape the mindset that you led you there.

In order to escape from your comfort zone you have to escape the mindset that you led you there. – Cornell Thomas What does that mean? This quote urges us to consider our comfort zone, and to consider making the effort necessary to escape from its warm embrace. We are where we are because of […]

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The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? I find this is an interesting quote, as in my life I have been both a doer and a watcher. And when I was a doing things, I could feel the envy of those who […]

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A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.

A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men – English Proverb   What does that mean? Also seen as “worth 10 pressed men” and other numeric ratios. A ‘press gang’ was a term for people conscripted, usually informally, by military units to do work for them. While technically legal, formalities were often ignored in the interest […]

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All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? This verse continues by detailing our places on the stage, as we grow and as we age. While it breaks things into seven steps (dare I say stages?), that is an arbitrary measure. To me, […]

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To have whatever one wants is in no man’s power. But it is within one’s power to not want what one does not have.

To have whatever one wants is in no man’s power. But it is within one’s power to not want what one does not have. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an quote from a passage where the discussion is about waiting to eat something nice, but only having unappetizing bread. Specifically, in the […]

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Even people opposed to religion need calm minds and compassion to make their work more effective.

Even people opposed to religion need calm minds and compassion to make their work more effective. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote talks about how calm minds and compassion is useful to everyone, even those who do not have religious beliefs or are opposed to religion. Compassion does not require religion to […]

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No man can swim ashore and take his baggage with him.

No man can swim ashore and take his baggage with him. – Seneca What does that mean? While this quote has a slightly different meaning in the context of the letter to Lucilius, the basic topic was the of the futility of half-measures. The image of someone swimming to shore from a sinking boat trying […]

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You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise Hay What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, in that it describes so many of us, at least at some point in our lives. Sadly, this behavior seems to be part of human nature. We are […]

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Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? This is similar to a quote attributed to Confucius, where perseverance is stressed. That quote is about remembering that you need to keep going and don’t ever stop. This quote mentions being afraid of not achieving […]

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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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If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. – Epicurus What does that mean? This is a description of an age old battle. Do we become happy by adding to our riches, or by reducing our desires? It appears in our nature to choose the […]

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It’s harmful to employ technology fired by anger and hatred. It can only be beneficial if we’re motivated to seek the welfare of all beings.

It’s harmful to employ technology fired by anger and hatred. It can only be beneficial if we’re motivated to seek the welfare of all beings. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is a very interesting quote, in that it pits our morals and values against the immense power and capability of […]

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