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Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A. A. Milne

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. (Christopher Robbin to Pooh) – A. A. Milne What does that mean? This quote, being spoken by a fictional character, might seem a little less weighty than might otherwise be expected, but I still find it […]

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The nature of our motivation determines the character of our work

The nature of our motivation determines the character of our work. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote warns us to be mindful of what we do, and what our motivation is when we do it. If we are doing something for the purpose of revenge, hate or anger, the result will not be beneficial […]

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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West What does that mean? As the naughty vixen of the early talkies (movies with sound), she used this line as a calling card for her sensual side. However, this is a valid quote absent the innuendo. We do only […]

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Arrogance is all about trying to prove yourself. Confidence is about improving yourself.

Arrogance is all about trying to prove yourself. Confidence is about improving yourself. – Sean Stephenson What does that mean? Well, it’s kind of self explanatory, isn’t it? If you have something to prove, then it’s all about you, and you are being arrogant. If you are trying to improve yourself, then it’s not about […]

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Wonderful spiritual qualities, such as unbounded love and compassion, are present as potentials in all our minds.

Wonderful spiritual qualities, such as unbounded love and compassion, are present as potentials in all our minds. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Spiritual qualities, or just about anything else, exist in our minds as potential. We can be great or small in so many different aspects of our lives, spiritual or otherwise. We can […]

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Think of yourself as a seed patiently wintering in the earth, waiting to come up a flower.

Think of yourself as a seed patiently wintering in the earth, waiting to come up a flower. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? This guy was fairly religious, so this might originally have had something to do with this life and the next life. However, I find this saying quite useful in this life. To me, it talks […]

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Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.

Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is. – George Lucas What does that mean? To me, he is saying “We’re all good at something.”  The trick, he continues, is to figure out what it is.  How many of you tried any number of things before you […]

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Let him that would move the world first move himself.

Let him that would move the world first move himself. – Socrates What does that mean? I considered the word “move” to be the equivalent of “change.”  Someone who has a degree in Ancient Greek Language and Literature can feel free to correct me if I am wrong.  Also note that the Ancient Greeks were […]

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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. – Confucius What does that mean? To me, he is saying that excellence comes from your desires.  The desire to win, to succeed, to extend yourself to reach your full potential.  […]

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Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.

Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. – Golda Meir A longer version of the quote: “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of […]

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about. – Benjamin Franklin What does that mean? To me, it means (paraphrasing here) “get up off the couch and make something of yourself” or something to that end.  Either that, or you need to write something… not like this blog, something really interesting, something […]

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