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Worry is a misuse of imagination.

Worry is a misuse of imagination. – Dan Zadra What does that mean? This quote, sometimes with a “the” in place of “a,” is about the close relationship between worry and imagination, and the implications of that closeness. Our imaginations are wonderful and powerful forces in our lives. As kids, we use our imaginations to […]

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The whole is more than the sum of its parts

The whole is more than the sum of its parts – Aristotle What does that mean? Also translated as “The whole is greater than the part,” this quote is about how much better things are together than as pieces. The idea is used heavily in Synergy and Gestalt as well as in non-linear fields. It […]

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He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? This, like most ancient proverbs, was difficult to source, but quite interesting to contemplate. In this case, we have all been there, right? You have a […]

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The moment you think it’s out of reach, it will be.

The moment you think it’s out of reach, it will be. – Cornell Thomas What does that mean? Pardon me for answering a question with another question, but when is anything truly out of reach? As long as you are trying, there is always a chance, right? You might get lucky. It might fall into […]

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We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.

We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them. – Rousseau What does that mean? This quote interested me as I was taught this way as a child. Books to read, ideas and demon-strations provided, but not actually taught to me. For a kid with curiosity, that was certainly the […]

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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot What does that mean? I like this quote, as it says something perfectly logical, but which few people have actually considered. That something is the answer to the question, “How far can you go?” To […]

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Knowledge is not power…it’s potential power. Execution will trump knowledge any day.

Knowledge is not power…it’s potential power. Execution will trump knowledge any day. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? I truly love this quote. How many people have you seen, sitting there doing something they KNOW they shouldn’t be doing, but do it anyway? Even worse is when they see you looking at them, and they say […]

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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand. – Seneca What does that mean? This concept is always a heated topic, but one that I believe should be addressed. This quote simply states a simple truth of basic physics. An object at rest remains at rest until acted on by […]

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Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?”

Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?” – Johnny Carson What does that mean? This is a classic statement of the true nature of success. There are plenty of talented people. There are plenty […]

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It is better to be impetuous than cautious, because fortune is a woman.

It is better to be impetuous than cautious, because fortune is a woman. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? The original quote says much about the treatment of women in that age. The explanation of impetuous (later in the paragraph) was more about what we would call mistreatment and domination, rather than what is presently considered […]

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Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr What does that mean? Roses, one of the more popular (and, arguably one of the most beautiful) European flowers, have large, sharp, and painful thorns. The thorns will even puncture most general purpose gardening gloves. Special gloves, […]

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? I really like this quote. It talks about being stuck in the past. What you are now is based on what has gone before. But if you stay where you are, you will find […]

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The man who has no imagination has no wings.

The man who has no imagination has no wings. – Muhammad Ali What does that mean? To me, this quote is all about possibility. If you can’t imagine it, how are you ever going to actually do it? Imagination is all about seeing the possibilities when all the others can see is are problems. Imagination is […]

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All good qualities must be sown and cultivated. We can’t expect to change overnight from an ordinary person into one with high realizations.

All good qualities must be sown and cultivated. We can’t expect to change overnight from an ordinary person into one with high realizations. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? It means nothing in life is easy. If you want something, you have to work for it. Yes, things come easier to some than others, but the […]

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Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.

Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men. – W. E. B. Du Bois What does that mean? Allowing for the anachronism of the generic term ‘men’ (he lived in a less politically correct time), this quote is about education of the people of the […]

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