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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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The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. – Arthur Schopenhauer What does that mean? As I am past that point of inflection, I find this quote fascinating. Personally, I might put that point back a few years, but it still is good. By the age […]

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“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” – Robert Burns What does that mean? This is a line from an old Scottish poem and song. It is a traditional ‘ending’ song, asking the rhetorical question “what if we forgot our old friends?” The usual answer is that we won’t, we’ll remember them, and raise […]

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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. – John Locke What does that mean? The longer, twitter unfriendly version is as follows: This is that which I think great readers are apt to be mistaken in; those who have read of everything, are thought to understand […]

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He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. – Socrates What does that mean? This quote is a variant of a few other of his quotes, so I imagine it is possible he said this at some point in his life. There just wasn’t […]

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If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? – Confucius What does that mean? To me, this quote isn’t about the fear of a tiger eating you, but about the much more insidious fears we have. The fear of not having […]

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I’m optimistic that there is a growing appetite for peace in the world. Many young people are fed up with war and violence.

I’m optimistic that there is a growing appetite for peace in the world. Many young people are fed up with war and violence. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? There have always been people against war. There have always been people in favor of war. But in today’s democracies, with a willing press, it is easy […]

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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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We are more often frightened than hurt: and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

We are more often frightened than hurt: and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. – Seneca What does that mean? Given that this is October, and the scariest night of the year is just a few weeks away, this is a very appropriate quote. This is what being frightened is all about, for those who […]

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Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about how mad a person should, or should not, become. This is something many of us, as humans, do from time to time. We have all done […]

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To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. – Karen Sunde What does that mean? I find this to be a very interesting quote. It doesn’t (by itself) state that it is specifically about romantic love, although it isn’t difficult to come to that conclusion. Yet I firmly believe that it can be applied to […]

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It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste. – Henry Ford What does that mean? This quote, as one might expect from one of the foremost industrialists of his era, is about work. Specifically how to get ahead, or to get more done than the next guy (or gal). […]

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Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. – Oliver Wendell Holmes What does that mean? This quote is, to me, about the difference between a physical location and an emotion. The quote says that where we love, that is our home. Put another way : “Home is where the […]

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Take away love, and our earth is a tomb.

Take away love, and our earth is a tomb. – Robert Browning A tomb, as you probably know, is a place where the dead are placed. And without passion, our lives would be as dull and dreary as the lives of the dead. I guess that would make us Zombies, which would fit, wouldn’t it? Imagine, […]

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Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill.

Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? There is a longer version of this quote (see confirmation section at the bottom of the post), but for the purposes of this post, I will confine myself to this portion of the quote. It talks about the marketplace, and […]

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