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Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. – Dale Carnegie What does that mean? The heart of this quote has been said many times, and in many different ways. This is the take on it from a businessman and personal excellence trainer. Far […]

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People are rewarded in public for what they practice for years in private.

People are rewarded in public for what they practice for years in private. – Tony Robbins   What does that mean? This is another straight forward observation of human life. When people get rewarded in public, it is rarely for something they did the very first time. Instead, people are rewarded for things they do well, and […]

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Improvement begins with I.

Improvement begins with I. – Arnold H. Glasgow also seen spelled as Glasow What does that mean? This is just one of those obvious quotes, isn’t it? How are you going to improve? Will random chance cause a spontaneous improve-ment? Or will you have to do some work on it? Change happens, you don’t need […]

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First we make our habits, then our habits make us.

First we make our habits, then our habits make us. – Charles C. Noble What does that mean? This is another excellent chiasmus. It reminds us of the power of repeated actions, of our habits and what they can do to us, or for us. It starts with the obvious. We do things over and over, […]

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Use your human intelligence in the best way you can; transform your emotions in a positive way.

Use your human intelligence in the best way you can; transform your emotions in a positive way. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? We all have a level of intelligence which we can use to change our nature and our attitudes. The question is how often do we think or attempt to do so? We can […]

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Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are.

Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a great minimalist quote. Not in that it is as brief as some of the famous ancient quotes, but because of what it implies. So much of what we have, we […]

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The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.

The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned. – Seneca What does that mean? This is the ‘old dog, new tricks’ quote. Most of us are creatures of habit. We learn something, we do it for a while, and it becomes second nature. Then comes the day we have to change that routine. Whether the […]

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe What does that mean? While some might state that we are shaped by what we hate, I believe that not everyone is motivated primarily by hate. Hate is an ‘away’ emotion. You don’t choose to have burgers because you hate tacos. It’s […]

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He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. – Socrates What does that mean? This quote is a variant of a few other of his quotes, so I imagine it is possible he said this at some point in his life. There just wasn’t […]

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In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. – János Arany What does that mean? This quote is from a poet and writer of ballads in Hungary in the 1800s. Given the way poets tend to write things, this makes perfect sense. Many things are impossible, given our present knowledge and technology. But dreams are not […]

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Asking “Is this possible?” is rarely relevant. The real question is, “Is this worth doing?”

Asking “Is this possible?” is rarely relevant. The real question is, “Is this worth doing?” – Andrew Sliwinski What does that mean? This is the measure of human ingenuity. So many things which were once considered impossible are now routinely done. The word impossible is almost a punch-line in a barely funny joke. We humans seem to […]

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Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen.

Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. – Ralph Marston What does that mean? This is a line from a much longer text, about 6 tweets long. The full text will be attached at the bottom of the post, and this is the […]

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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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Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. – Herbert Kaufman What does that mean? There is a lot packed into those two short lines. The very first part defines failure as step on the road to success, or as success postponed. The first […]

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Among human beings trust comes about, not from expressions of wealth or fame, but from our showing affection.

Among human beings trust comes about, not from expressions of wealth or fame, but from our showing affection. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about trust, and how we go about earning it. Animals may have a different method, but for we humans, it is pretty straight forward. The quote lists a few […]

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