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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. – Calvin Coolidge What does that mean? This, as is frequently the case, is a Twitter-friendly excerpt. The more complete quote is as follows: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with […]

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A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. – Elbert Hubbard What does that mean? A slightly longer version of the quote is as follows: “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. There is […]

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Men are born to succeed, not fail.

Men are born to succeed, not fail. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? While some might feel this quote is overly optimistic, I believe it is exactly right. When we are born, we can do nothing. We can hardly breathe. We can’t feed ourselves unless something is put in our mouths. We’re a […]

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. – Colin Powell What does that mean? Well, this one pretty much says it on the level. People are always looking for the magic bullet, the easy way, or the short cut. And for some reason, they think you cheated […]

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Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the human condition, and one of our primary jobs as a human being. While we can be kind to animals, plants and even minerals, the real point of our existence begins by being […]

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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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If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito. – Anonymous What does that mean? If you have never been hectored by a small flying insect, this quote probably have no idea what this quote means. For everyone else, it is probably pretty obvious. Mosquitoes are […]

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Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.

Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater. – Epictetus What does that mean? This quote is also stated in a slightly older English, but with better punctuation (see 2nd link at bottom of this post): “Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.” Let’s […]

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I can give you a six-word formula for success: “Think things through – then follow through.”

I can give you a six-word formula for success: “Think things through – then follow through.” – Edward (Eddie) Rickenbacker What does that mean? Success, it means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But the path provided in this quote is fairly universal. Think, then do. Does success mean a Million Bucks? […]

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If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb What does that mean? This quote is another really simple way of reminding us that it is wise to have a PlanB ready, just in case the first idea doesn’t work out. Back in Roman times (and well before), most ships carried […]

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The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. – Helen Keller What does that mean? As is often the case, this is a shortened version of a longer quote. “I long to accomplish a great and noble […]

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Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? – Abraham Lincoln What does that mean? This is an interesting take on beating, defeating, or even destroying enemies. Such dealings with enemies usually come from a position of violence, and that is the normal thought process for dealing with those we label as […]

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Failure is a part of success.

Failure is a part of success. – Hank Aaron What does that mean? This quote is from one of America’s leading baseball players in the mid 1950’s through the mid 1970’s. He made the All-Star team for 21 consecutive seasons. He won 3 Golden Glove awards for best fielder. He won the Most Valuable Player award. […]

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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso What does that mean? Well, that makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? If you don’t know how to do something you don’t have too many options. You can sit there and do nothing, but that’s […]

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Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is about the ‘never say die’ attitude. It means getting back up every time you get knocked down, fall down, or otherwise end up feeling down. Even if you start feeling like one of those inflatable […]

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