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The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.

The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts. – Virgil What does that mean? To me, this quote is about contribution. It does not matter what a person knows or does not know. It is, instead, about what […]

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder What does that mean? That is profound. It posits that there is one time when we are truly alive, and feel the full vigor and vibrancy of the life of the world around us. The […]

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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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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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Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.

Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money. – Anonymous What does that mean? This one hits consumerism below the belt. This quote is a call-out to all those who pride themselves in what they have acquired. It asks them to take […]

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It is expressions of affection rather than money and power that attract real friends.

It is expressions of affection rather than money and power that attract real friends. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? People try all different ways to attract friends. The desire to be admired is strong within us all. This is the basis of friendship, the admiration of another. How we go about attaining friends is […]

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Great wealth and contentment seldom live together.

Great wealth and contentment seldom live together. – Anonymous What does that mean? To me, the key to this quote is the word seldom. Not never but seldom. There are people who have been able to amass great wealth and remain contented, but that is not the general condition. The truth of the quote is seen daily […]

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The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. –  Seneca What does that mean? To me, this quote is about our focus and about what is truly important in our lives. The quote contrasts the definition of ‘good things’ in times of […]

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Life isn’t about getting more. It’s about becoming more.

Life isn’t about getting more. It’s about becoming more. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote, to me, is all about our human obsession with more. More money, more power, more influence, more toys, more stuff in general. In my opinion, too many people fall into this trap and spend their lives chasing after getting […]

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If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.

If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable. – Thomas More What does that mean? I like this quote, for both what it says, and what it does not say. It states that were honorable deeds held as quite valuable, everyone would be honorable and acting as if they were of great value, or had great […]

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An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin What does that mean? As is often the case on Twitter, there is a longer version of this quote available: “If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” […]

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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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When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? Once again, we have another Twitter-friendly shortened quote. The more complete version is “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs […]

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There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.

There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote implies that there is something about people that makes them rich or poor besides their worldly possessions, or lack thereof. It says that there is something noble about being […]

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It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.

It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times. – Rutherford B. Hayes What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly quote which has been shortened from the original: “Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and State, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It […]

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