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If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.

If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time. – Billy Joel What does that mean? Face it, you’re either doing something you love, or you aren’t. Actually, for most of us, it’s a mix, and some days are better than others. For those who aren’t loving what they are doing, most of […]

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I praise loudly; I blame softly.

I praise loudly; I blame softly. – Catherine II (the Great) What does that mean? This quote would help make the world a better place in which to live, if we could all agree to live in it’s spirit. By praising loudly, all can hear, notice, and be motivated in a positive manner. The person […]

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An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it.

An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. – Maurice Maeterlinck What does that mean? This quote says what I believe is a fundamental truth of life. Acts of goodness are a tremendous source of happiness. Every […]

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Dream. Let nothing dim the light that shines within you.

Dream. Let nothing dim the light that shines within you. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? To me, this quote says that we all have an inner light, a dream, within us. This is something important for each of us to know, nurture, and empower. What is a dream, if not a heartfelt desire to achieve an outcome? We all have dreams, but how […]

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What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. – Pearl Bailey What does that mean? To me, this quote is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but still worth the effort to examine. With the advent of the computer and the so-called “paperless society,” we seem to have more and more paperwork everywhere we […]

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The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.

The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow. – Marian Anderson What does that mean? This quote is about influence, and the courage to use it. It says that the moment a person of influence takes a stand, people will […]

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The capacity to devote yourself to the welfare of others yields otherwise unobtainable power and potential for good.

The capacity to devote yourself to the welfare of others yields otherwise unobtainable power and potential for good. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about one of the most powerful forces on the planet, the human capacity for love. Isn’t that a good definition for why people will put effort into the welfare […]

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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? This quote reminds us that we cannot change the past. What has happened is done and gone, there is no changing it. However happy, however painful, it has happened and […]

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Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden What does that mean? Is the glass half empty or half full?  Do you cry and complain about how things worked out, or do you play the hand you are dealt to the best of […]

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Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. – Plato What does that mean? To me, this quote is about leading by doing.  Do good deeds.  In doing so, repeatedly, we begin to strengthen ourselves.  The strength will be from both the repetition of doing (like building a muscle), and by […]

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When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. – Thomas Jefferson What does that mean? With all the present turmoil across the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and into the Arabian Peninsula, this quote seems to be appropriate.  There has been a great deal of debate between […]

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about. – Benjamin Franklin What does that mean? To me, it means (paraphrasing here) “get up off the couch and make something of yourself” or something to that end.  Either that, or you need to write something… not like this blog, something really interesting, something […]

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