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Those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to mediocrity.

Those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to mediocrity. – Robin Sharma What does that mean? While I am not usually fond of dichotomies, this could be easily be rephrased as “those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to be something less.” In either case, your choice is clear, you either […]

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Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.

Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself. – Baruch Spinoza What does that mean? I have heard many definitions of the less-useful version of pride before, but I believe this one is about as short and sweet as it could possibly be. The less-useful version of pride does indeed give pleasure to […]

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The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow.

The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow. – Rick Barnes (also attributed to E. P. Atkins) What does that mean? This quote seems to have been around for quite some time, but the theme remains the same. Top of the world one day, mundane cleaning implement the next. A usual […]

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A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a reminder that it takes Two to Tango. Just walk away. There is no rule in life that says you must take on all who disagree with you. Your […]

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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? As is so often is the case, this Twitter friendly quote is just part of a longer quote. This is a slightly longer version of the quote: “In meeting men, in many places, I have […]

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The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us.

The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? I like this quote, because it is so true. As misery loves company, pride seems to despise it. And we have seen it around us, and even within us. Yes, someone over there is prideful. How does […]

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The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity. – Henri Bergson What does that mean? Taking this quote from the second half, the quote says the only fault which is laughable, or mockable, is vanity. In other words, it deserves to be mocked or laughed at. Vanity […]

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Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.

Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful. – John Wooden What does that mean? This is a caution against ego, from a coach who knew a few players who had one. It starts by saying that whatever talents you may have, they are a gift. It asks […]

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Despite the superficial differences between us, we need to have a sense that all 7 billion human beings belong to one human family.

Despite the superficial differences between us, we need to have a sense that all 7 billion human beings belong to one human family. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote acknowledges that there are differences between each of us. Both as individuals, and as groups. Different DNA at the base of it all, and then […]

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It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a classic quote, and explains the futility of comparing yourself to others. Yes, we need a yard-stick against which to measure ourselves, but trying to “keep up with the […]

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Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.

Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. – Ogden Nash What does that mean? This is a variation on a quote about silence and wisdom. It is even more apparent in the longer version of the quote: “To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever […]

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We must exchange the philosophy of excuse, what I am is beyond my control, for the philosophy of responsibility.

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse, what I am is beyond my control, for the philosophy of responsibility. – Barbara Jordan What does that mean? This is a fairly straight-forward quote. It urges us to quit making excuses. There is always a reason, something outside ourselves, that caused things to not work out. It’s never our […]

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Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. – Elvis Presley What does that mean? I’m not sure if he invented this one, or if it’s a bit of folk wisdom, handed down for generations. But it is catchy, and it is quite true. Many people have […]

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I didn’t play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel.

I didn’t play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. – Ryne Sandburg What does that mean? I like this quote, because it’s about the work ethic. If you do something simply because you get paid, you don’t have it. If you do just the minimum to get by, […]

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If you conduct your life on the basis of truth and honesty, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence.

If you conduct your life on the basis of truth and honesty, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Let’s start by looking at this from the other direction. What satisfaction do you get from telling a lie, or being dishonest? Perhaps there’s a momentary thrill of not […]

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