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One thing that I don’t think my critics realize about me is that I’ve been trained to look adversity in the face.

One thing that I don’t think my critics realize about me is that I’ve been trained to look adversity in the face. – Reggie White What does that mean? I like this quote, and I also like the person who said it. This man played American Football for quite a few years, and was a […]

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Greatness acts it doesn’t wait to see what everyone else is going to do.

Greatness acts it doesn’t wait to see what everyone else is going to do. – Cornell Thomas What does that mean? This is a quote about following your own path. It is about the difference between leading and following. It is about knowing who you are and what you want from life. Sheep follow the leader. […]

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The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured. – Cicero What does that mean? This is another saying based on the concepts of agriculture. Harvesting is what you do at the end of the season, as winter approaches. This is the basis of the quote. It says as we come […]

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If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. – John Irving What does that mean? We each have this life of ours to live. We have the ability to make choices (I won’t get into free will here). Our lives are largely […]

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Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues.

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues. – Ida Cox What does that mean? This is a line from one of her blues songs, of the same title. A slightly longer chunk of lyrics are included at the end of the post. It’s a song from the 1920’s, and is about the difference between the ‘nice girls’ […]

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An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin What does that mean? As is often the case on Twitter, there is a longer version of this quote available: “If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” […]

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Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. – L. Frank Baum (as spoken by Dorothy in his masterpiece The Wizard of Oz) What does that mean? This saying has become a cultural metaphor in English speaking countries (and perhaps other places as well) which means we are not in a place with which we are […]

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? Historically, the reference to being in the gutter usually refers to a drunk who is so drunk and unable to control their body that they literally, as well as figuratively, fall down, roll […]

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I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.

I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. – Susan B. Anthony What does that mean? While this quote is from a famous suffragette, I believe it is still applicable today. In the time of the saying, […]

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You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there

You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there. – George Burns What does that mean? This is another light-hearted quote, in honor of George Burns’ birthday. The quote talks about how you know you’re getting old. Coming from a gentleman […]

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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time. – Goethe What does that mean? To me, this quote talks about preparation, planning, and foresight. Or more precisely, the complete lack of it. If you had been doing […]

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I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.

I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart What does that mean? He’s marching to the beat of his own drummer. He’s doing what seems appropriate to him at the time. He doesn’t change to try to please others, he doesn’t change to […]

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If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. – Henry Ford What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly short quote. The full quote is : “If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve […]

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