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Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.

Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it. – Tom Lehrer What does that mean? This quote is from a professor who is known for his ability to write songs, sing, and yes, play piano. And that is fitting, as we are most likely to use an example […]

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If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the human spirit, and how support from strangers can make a difference. It asks us to admire people who try to do great things. Perhaps it’s something difficult, perhaps it’s something […]

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Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. – Seneca What does that mean? To me, this quote is all about the circle of life, and the circular nature of our lives. Things start, things end. The end of one thing leads to the beginning of another. This quote states it from the opposite […]

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More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.

More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? To me, this quote is saying that we have the power to change our lives with our decisions. We can chose to do something stupid. We can chose to do something […]

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At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.

At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable. – Christopher Reeve What does that mean? As is so often the case, this is a Twitter friendly version of a longer quote: “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” […]

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Sunshine all the time makes a desert.

Sunshine all the time makes a desert. – Arab Proverb What does that mean? This is a fairly straight forward quote. If all you have is sunshine, you’re going to have problems with plants life. Water, in the form of rain, is necessary for them to live. Rain, which comes from clouds, sometimes blot out […]

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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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When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky.

When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky. – Armand Hammer What does that mean? While the exact circumstance of the quote is unknown to me, the work ethic of Armand and his brothers. That is well known to many. As the quote says, he worked very long hours, and rarely took time off. If he did at least twice as well as […]

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When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.

When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself. – Pierce Brosnan What does that mean? Our belief in ourselves, our ability to get things done, is central to our self worth and key to our ability to remain motivated when times get tough. It’s not uncommon for others to not believe in […]

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You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.

You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead. –  George Lucas What does that mean? Life is an interesting thing. By that, I mean that there is always something interesting going on. Plenty of distractions. “Ooooh! Something Shiny!” and “Squirrel!” they are all around […]

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The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces. ― Will Rogers What does that mean? I like this quote, and am familiar with more than a few of the parking spaces it mentions. However, I try to think of them more as ‘rest areas’ than parking spaces. The term used by the […]

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Doing the show was like painting the George Washington Bridge. As soon as you finished one end, you started right in on the other.

Doing the show was like painting the George Washington Bridge. As soon as you finished one end, you started right in on the other. – Jack Paar What does that mean? This quote is from the early days of The Tonight Show (then called “Tonight, starring Jack Parr”), which was then based in Studio 6B, […]

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Whatever steps, however small, one can take towards learning to reduce the influence of the negative emotions can be very helpful.

Whatever steps, however small, one can take towards learning to reduce the influence of the negative emotions can be very helpful. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote. This quote says that even small steps help. I believe that is a great attitude to have. This quote reminds us that it’s OK […]

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? Historically, the reference to being in the gutter usually refers to a drunk who is so drunk and unable to control their body that they literally, as well as figuratively, fall down, roll […]

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No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? How true is that! The person who isn’t trying is going nowhere, by definition. They aren’t doing what it takes to plan the task, they aren’t getting […]

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