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The higher our position the more modestly we should behave.

The higher our position the more modestly we should behave. – Cicero What does that mean? This was an interesting quote to source, as it had variant wording. And while attributed to Cicero, he claims it was said by King Philip of Macedonia (Alexander the Great’s father). The difference is probably due to translation, but both of […]

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One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself.

One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself. – Nelson Mandela What does that mean? The basis of this quote is something which I have firmly believed for quite some time, having tried to change myself a few times over the years. In the mean time, I […]

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Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.

Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This quote is about attitude, and how it can impact our perception of the world around us. It also changes how we interpret the things which go on around us. It is quite a different […]

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Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?

Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display? – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is kind of hard to understand on it’s own, as the context is stripped by Twitter’s 140 limit. A longer version starts with the quote and continues: “These things that […]

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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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There aren’t shortcuts. Merely direct paths. Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us.

There aren’t shortcuts. Merely direct paths. Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us. – Seth Godin What does that mean? Here is a more complete version of the quote: “There aren’t many actual shortcuts. There are merely direct paths… Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us–too direct, I guess. It’s easy to […]

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I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning What does that mean? This is a quote often used to woo a lover, or to smooth things over with a loved one after an issue has been resolved. However, again, I believe […]

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If we make consistent effort, based on proper education, we can change the world.

If we make consistent effort, based on proper education, we can change the world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about changing the world. Not just one person, but as all of us together. I presume that because the quote isn’t about you, or about me, but about us, based on the use […]

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Education is the way to achieve far-reaching results, it is the proper way to promote compassion and tolerance in society.

Education is the way to achieve far-reaching results, it is the proper way to promote compassion and tolerance in society. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts out discussing education as a great way to achieve long lasting and far reaching results. A formal education system allows a society to reach pretty much everyone […]

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All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.

All the world’s a stage & all the men and women merely players. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? This is one of the more famous quotes of the Bard. It is said by Jaques: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, […]

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Each person must live their life as a model for others.

Each person must live their life as a model for others. – Rosa Parks What does that mean? Think about that for a moment. There are people who have famously said that they are not a role model, but they are exactly that, even if they don’t want the title. Someone out there, someone is watching. […]

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Modesty forbids what the law does not.

Modesty forbids what the law does not. – Seneca What does that mean? Whether you call it modesty, correct behavior, or something else, this quote is about doing the right thing. This is separate, or at least it is often different from what the law says we are required to do, or forbidden to do. And […]

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He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it. – Seneca What does that mean? This is the classic lesson from the origin of Spider Man. Whether from the comics or from the movies, Peter Parker (aka Spider Man) has the opportunity to stop a crime, but decides not to interfere. 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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There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit.

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. – Indira Gandhi What does that mean? As is so often the case, this is a longer quote, shortened for use on Twitter. “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work […]

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