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The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us.

The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? I like this quote, because it is so true. As misery loves company, pride seems to despise it. And we have seen it around us, and even within us. Yes, someone over there is prideful. How does […]

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The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity. – Henri Bergson What does that mean? Taking this quote from the second half, the quote says the only fault which is laughable, or mockable, is vanity. In other words, it deserves to be mocked or laughed at. Vanity […]

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If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is a classic of introspection. It says that people will speak ill of you. It’s going to happen. Unless you’re really young, it’s probably already happened, right? The quote […]

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If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? This quote is a variant on an ancient Mongolian Proverb: “A Man About To Tell The Truth Should Keep One Foot In The Stirrup.” And that’s for the same reason. Telling the truth can be […]

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I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza What does that mean? I like this quote, and have tried to live by it even before I heard it, at least as I understand it. To me, this quote is […]

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In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. – Mignon McLaughlin What does that mean? It means love is Non-Euclidean (that’s a math joke, for those who don’t get the reference). That said, what the quote is talking about is how love doesn’t follow the normal rules of […]

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Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. – Yakov Smirnoff What does that mean? Have you ever noticed that everyone laughs the same? Well, some laughs are a little peculiar, but everyone on the planet knows what a laugh is. Even if you don’t know how to ask were the […]

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To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. – Reba McEntire What does that mean? This is a neat quote about achieving success in life, and who doesn’t want some of that in their life? The quote cites three things that are needed to achieve that success. It […]

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If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy. – Proverb What does that mean? Laughter. It’s one of the best sounds a human can make, and one of the best sounds a human can hear. It makes you feel better, both emotionally and biologically (due to chemicals produced by the body). Laughter […]

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Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing

Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? You might be able to bum a cigarette, invite yourself over to a friend’s house for a free lunch, or even get some free advice from a web site. But experience, it doesn’t come that cheap. Experience, by definition, […]

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It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.

It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. – Seneca What does that mean? I’m sure you’ve met someone who spends more time complaining about things than they do working to make things better. Their lamentations do them no good, as nothing productive can come from that course of […]

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The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.

The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. – Will Rogers What does that mean? This is a quote from the cowboy, aviator, humorist, columnist and movie star from the early 20th century.  One of his favorite targets for skewering was the government.  This is probably one of […]

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There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.

There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? This saying goes back to the definition of “friend” vs that of “acquaintances.”  And, despite the existence of a textbook definition, everyone has a personal definition, which will differ slightly from person to person. At […]

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. – Socrates What does that mean? To me, this saying has real meaning.  I tend to be overly busy, with too many projects working at the same time.  It’s kind of like the saying about taking time to smell the roses.  If you’re too busy, you don’t see […]

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Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. – Mark Twain What does that mean? To me, it means that the ability to laugh is the best part of being human, the big difference between humans and all the other creatures of the earth.  It is a great way to relieve stress, unless you take it personally.  I […]

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