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Fortune gives us nothing which we can really own.

Fortune gives us nothing which we can really own. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote makes me wonder what we really own. According to the quote, nothing gained from fortune (luck) is really ours to own. That makes sense, because what comes by chance can just as easily be lost by chance. Ask […]

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If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. – Eldridge Cleaver What does that mean? This quote, and variations of it, shows up attributed to a couple people, including as an African Proverb, but the longer version is his, and goes as follows: ‘There is no more neutrality in the world. You […]

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Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell. – Unknown What does that mean? I like this quote; it is so sassy! I could have sworn this was a quote from Mae West or one of her contem-poraries. But all the sourcing I have seen says that it is unknown. For those who don’t […]

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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? We all have days when we like ourselves, and then there are days when we don’t. But if, on average, we don’t really like ourselves, it would be hard to consider ourselves a success. We all […]

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Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.

Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones. – John Lennon What does that mean? This quote is about a quality which I have fairly strong feelings: honesty. I believe that anyone who expects you to lie to them has at least an ego problem, […]

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A man should be upright, not be kept upright.

A man should be upright, not be kept upright. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? At it’s heart, this quote is about a person and their character. It is a reminder that what we are on the inside is what we are seen as by others on the outside. The quote is usually interpreted […]

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Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.

Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. – Ogden Nash What does that mean? This is a variation on a quote about silence and wisdom. It is even more apparent in the longer version of the quote: “To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever […]

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The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others.

The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? And that is quite the challenge. Many people, too many in my opinion, place themselves and their advantage first. They will lie and walk away from honesty in order to […]

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There is a difference between knowing the path & walking the path.

There is a difference between knowing the path & walking the path. – Morpheus What does that mean? This is a modern version of a very old quote. The basics of the quote is twofold. It is one thing to know the path to take. It is another thing to actually walk that path. How many […]

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A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. – Seneca What does that mean? This is similar to other quotes that urge us to look beyond the gift, and consider the motive or motivation of the giver. Was the gift given to place you under […]

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If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is all about our morals, our values, and the potential for a dichotomy between how we act and how we think. Is it fine to wish someone dead in your mind, […]

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Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. – Elvis Presley What does that mean? I’m not sure if he invented this one, or if it’s a bit of folk wisdom, handed down for generations. But it is catchy, and it is quite true. Many people have […]

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Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?

Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends? – Robert Lewis Stevenson What does that mean? To me, this quote is about who you hang with. Who are your friends? Are you proud of them? Are there some among your friends you would be embarrassed to be seen with, […]

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Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor?

Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor? – Virgil What does that mean? I have seen this quote translated a number of different ways, but basic thrust is the same. They all ask the same question “who cares?” about how the enemy was defeated. Were they defeated by a clever strategy? […]

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I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.

I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets. – D.H. Lawrence What does that mean? Have you ever spent a portion of an evening not sleeping, but going over recent events? How often was that event viewed with joy, and how often was it viewed with regret? This is […]

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