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It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.

It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours. – Sam Ewing What does that mean? How many of you have seen people who were present at their jobs (they were putting in the hours), but who weren’t really getting all that much done (but were […]

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It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.

It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to. W. C. Fields What does that mean? This quote is quite moving, and touches me deeply. It’s also interesting, as the character portrayed by the actor was always quite the rascal, praising his favorite alcoholic drinks, and being less than kind in his talk […]

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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt What does that mean? This is a quote about the author’s definition of happiness. The quote says that the joy of achievement is one pathway to happiness. How do you feel when you achieve something? It tends to help […]

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Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse

Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse. – Humphrey Bogart What does that mean? This quote is listed as being from the motion picture “The African Queen,” where he is the Captain of an ill-fated little steamer. Without going into the details, his ship gets banged up, shot up, sunk, suffers attacks by wild animals, and he almost gets himself hung. It […]

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There’s nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self

There’s nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self. – Hemingway What does that mean? This quote is also attributed to Elijah Wood, who is a bit younger than the Ernest Hemingway. When I find a quote with multiple attributions, I usually go with the […]

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It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.  – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote is a little petty, but there is a certain satisfaction in putting something over on someone who regularly tries to deceive others. Successfully lying to a habitual liar would fall into this same category. While the quote is specifically about […]

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None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not. – Baruch Spinoza What does that mean? This quote talks about flattery and why it works better on some people than on others. Those most easily influenced by flattery, the quote says, are the proud. Their pride really […]

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There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? Humility, or the act of being humble, is about being modest, and is the antithesis of arrogance and pride. Acting in a humble manner does bring a powerful level of emotion with it, at least in my experience. As […]

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It is easy to be proud and harsh and selfish – so easy. But we have been created for better things

It is easy to be proud and harsh and selfish – so easy. But we have been created for better things. – Mother Teresa What does that mean? To me, this quote starts out with a very prudent warning. It says to be careful of how easy it is to be proud, harsh and selfish. These […]

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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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The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow.

The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow. – Chinese Proverb Also: The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. – Sun Tzu And: To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. – Sun Tzu What […]

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Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. – Margaret Thatcher What does that mean? To my ears, there is an “of” missing before “importance,” so I believe the quote should have read”: “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is […]

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Its amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit.

Its amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry S. Truman What does that mean? One of the things that seems to matter to important people, is the very status of being a very important person.  Tautological, yes, but true.  To some people, the idea that someone […]

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