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Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. – Robert Schuller What does that mean? This quote is urging us to go against a basic force of human nature. If you drop one thing, what do you look at, the one you dropped, or all the things you didn’t drop? Just […]

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Asking “Is this possible?” is rarely relevant. The real question is, “Is this worth doing?”

Asking “Is this possible?” is rarely relevant. The real question is, “Is this worth doing?” – Andrew Sliwinski What does that mean? This is the measure of human ingenuity. So many things which were once considered impossible are now routinely done. The word impossible is almost a punch-line in a barely funny joke. We humans seem to […]

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Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.

Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones. – John Lennon What does that mean? This quote is about a quality which I have fairly strong feelings: honesty. I believe that anyone who expects you to lie to them has at least an ego problem, […]

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Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. – Unknown What does that mean? That is the real question of life, isn’t it? “Who are you?” How are you defined and how do you define yourself? It’s hard to know in the quiet times. It is only […]

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Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is something most of us forget as we grow up. Little kids ask some of the best questions. That’s why they are so successful, that and they try harder and more often. Success means different things […]

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To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard often misattributed to Aristotle What does that mean? This quote is often misattributed to Aristotle, but is actually by writer Elbert Hubbard, from his book “John North Willys” : “Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you’ll never be criticized.“ This is the […]

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It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.

It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well. – René Descartes What does that mean? This is a quote from the same guy who said that because he thought, he was (that he existed). He obviously thought he had good mind. And I would imagine he thought he […]

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If we can refrain from harming others in our everyday actions and words, we can start to give more serious attention to actively doing good.

If we can refrain from harming others in our everyday actions and words, we can start to give more serious attention to actively doing good. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote starts by asking us to consider how we act in our everyday life. What do we do, and what do we say? We […]

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A problem is a question you haven’t yet answered to a level that has fulfilled you.

A problem is a question you haven’t yet answered to a level that has fulfilled you. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is about being done. As long as you aren’t fulfilled, as long as you are not satisfied, you aren’t done. You still have a problem (his term) and need to refine your […]

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Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.

Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is attributed to Marcus Aurelius in the movie Gladiator, however I couldn’t find it in his surviving written works*. Somehow, I doubt he actually said it, but it does sound Stoic, doesn’t […]

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If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.

If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment. – Lao Tzu also attributed to Junia Bretas (see comments for details) What does that mean? This quote is a favorite of mine, even if I can’t find a solid […]

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A window stuck open is just as bad as a window stuck shut. Either way, you’ve lost its use. Ditto for a mind.

A window stuck open is just as bad as a window stuck shut. Either way, you’ve lost its use. Ditto for a mind. – Dr Tayo Adeyemi What does that mean? A window that is stuck open isn’t so much a window as it is a hole in the wall. Since the purpose of a window is […]

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Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. – Clarence Darrow What does that mean? Imagine a situation where children don’t ever doubt an adult. All is well, until that adult is a predator, right? Yes, there are times when a child should listen without question or doubt to what an adult says, but […]

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Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse. – African Proverb What does that mean? This quote talks about curiosity, knowledge, and the lack of either. It is one thing to not know. That can be fixed with a little effort and a little curiosity. For those who are insatiably curious, this […]

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Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is saying there is good within us. Each of us. Every one of us. This good could bubble up like a fountain, if only we could find it. […]

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