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The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey What does that mean? This witty quote uses a chiasmus to point out the importance of how something is done. In this case, the subject is schedules and priorities, and which should be driving the other. The phrase ‘prioritize your […]

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If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb What does that mean? This quote is another really simple way of reminding us that it is wise to have a PlanB ready, just in case the first idea doesn’t work out. Back in Roman times (and well before), most ships carried […]

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Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.

Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity. – Will Smith What does that mean? That’s quite a slap in the face, isn’t it? Being real has just been equated with mediocrity, with not really doing much or making much of a difference. But is it true? I found this quote interesting, because after a […]

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The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. – John Maxwell, also attributed to William Arthur Ward What does that mean? This is a fun quote, because it breaks the usual dichotomy of the glass is half full, glass is half empty paradigm. It adds a third […]

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Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. – Unknown What does that mean? Being happy with what you have, that is the core of happiness. When you can let go, when you can stop judging, when you can stop focusing on the imperfections, you […]

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Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? Have any of you waited until you knew everything you needed to know before you started something? Or at least were reluctant to start until you could […]

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He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great. Failure is the test of greatness.

He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great. Failure is the test of greatness. – Herman Melville What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, but it does make sense. It’s not put the way I am used to thinking about it, how about you? It says that failure is a requirement […]

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The innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions.

The innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote is about the difficulties faced by a new ruler. With a new ruler come new rules, and the status quo is overturned. Those who have been doing well, the quote says, are going […]

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Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. – Jawaharlal Nehru What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, in that it attempts to place both determinism and free will in play simultaneously. In this case, I would estimate […]

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The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. – William James What does that mean? What do we do with our lives? Yes, we eat and work and sleep and play, but when it is all said and done, what do we leave behind? To me, this is […]

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke What does that mean? This is the age-old truth of mankind. Was the horseless carriage powered by magic, or a small steam engine? What kind of magic made the telegraph work? What about the magic box that repeated what others said miles away (radio or […]

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More gold has been mined from…

More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the Earth. – Napoleon Hill What does that mean? I’d heard this stated as “there was more wealth in one grave-yard than all the gold-mines of the planet.”  Not the buried loot, but the ideas left unexploited, hidden, held secret […]

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As human beings we have intelligence and courage. Provided we use these qualities, we will be able to achieve what we set out to do.

As human beings we have intelligence and courage. Provided we use these qualities, we will be able to achieve what we set out to do. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, it reminds us that we are able to do whatever we set out to do, that we can achieve anything in […]

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