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Be proud of who you are and not ashamed of how someone else sees you.

Be proud of who you are and not ashamed of how someone else sees you. – Unknown What does that mean? This is a quote I wish I’d heard more of when I was little. It’s reassuring and hopeful for all those who aren’t the same as everyone else. It is a reminder for all […]

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The best revenge is to be unlike the one who performed the injustice.

The best revenge is to be unlike the one who performed the injustice. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is translated in many forms, including “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” which is very close to what my paper copy of Meditations says. This is something you have […]

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You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise Hay What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, in that it describes so many of us, at least at some point in our lives. Sadly, this behavior seems to be part of human nature. We are […]

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Be who you are & feel the love of all those who accept you for your true essence!

Be who you are & feel the love of all those who accept you for your true essence! – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is a great quote, as it is all about being authentic. You have to be who you are. You can’t be someone else, even if you wanted to. It […]

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Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. – Oliver Wendel Holmes What does that mean? This is another romantic quote which I believe can also be applied to other situations in our lives. As we have discussed before, the word “love” has a very wide range of meanings. Yes, I believe that […]

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There is no remedy for love but to love more.

There is no remedy for love but to love more. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This quote is about love. Deep and intense, possibly even romantic. While some might hide from love after a loss, this quote posits that the proper solution is more love. A remedy for something is a way […]

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We work for praise, and dawdle once we have it.

We work for praise, and dawdle once we have it. – Mignon McLaughlin What does that mean? While this is a bit of witticism from a book, it still is far more true than we might want to admit. Whether it’s an approving parent when we take our first steps or a boss telling us […]

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Esteem is earned. Esteem for yourself only comes by pushing yourself to do difficult things.

Esteem is earned. Esteem for yourself only comes by pushing yourself to do difficult things. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? Esteem isn’t something they hand out at pep rallies. It’s not something that you can get as a prize in the bottom of a box of tasty snacks. It’s not something others can bestow […]

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I don’t consider myself bald, I’m just taller than my hair.

I don’t consider myself bald, I’m just taller than my hair. – Seneca What does that mean? While this may seem a flippant quote, to me, it has deeper meaning. To me this quote is about being at ease with who you are and your physical condition. While many people complain about aspects of themselves, this […]

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote tries to differentiate between the things we are afraid to do because they are hard and the things that are hard because we are […]

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Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. – Thomas Carlyle What does that mean? This quote explains my dislike of the “everyone’s a winner” mentality in a nutshell. Yes, it has it’s place for the kinder-gardeners, but at some point, kids have to realize that in life, sometimes things just don’t go their way. This quote explains […]

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A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. – Alexandre Dumas (and also Ambrose Bierce) What does that mean? As is often the case with Twitter, this is the shorter version of the a longer quote. “A person who doubts […]

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No man is happy who does not think himself so.

No man is happy who does not think himself so. – Publius Syrus What does that mean? This quote, if worded as a question, makes a little more sense to me. It would be: “From whom do you need permission in order to feel good about yourself?” I believe the quote itself answers the question. If you don’t give […]

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Whatever steps, however small, one can take towards learning to reduce the influence of the negative emotions can be very helpful.

Whatever steps, however small, one can take towards learning to reduce the influence of the negative emotions can be very helpful. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote. This quote says that even small steps help. I believe that is a great attitude to have. This quote reminds us that it’s OK […]

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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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