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We should not only cease our negative activities, but also the motivation that gives rise to them.

We should not only cease our negative activities, but also the motivation that gives rise to them. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? We tend, from time to time, do things that aren’t the best for us, or for others. These are the negative actions or activities are what the quote is urging us to stop […]

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I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. – Harold S. Kushner What does that mean? To me, it sounds like the story of my life. When I started out, I knew nothing. 8) Since then I’ve learned a few things about […]

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Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have

Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have. – Unknown What does that mean? To me, this says that we should quit worrying. The quote goes on to point out that the problem you are worrying about might not even happen. The quote implies that we should focus our time and energy […]

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One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others

One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? While this quote is almost certainly about political change, and how a ruler might use this to their advantage, I believe it also works well for us as individuals. When you change one habit, what happens […]

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Nobody who ever gave his best, regretted it.

Nobody who ever gave his best, regretted it. – George Halas What does that mean? Having done a Vince Lombardi quote about 2 weeks ago, I thought it time to give Papa Bear equal time. (I’m a Bears fan, what can I say!). I don’t think I have ever heard of anyone who, on their death-bed, […]

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True love is like a pair of socks: you gotta have two and they’ve gotta match.

True love is like a pair of socks: you gotta have two and they’ve gotta match. – Erich Fromm What does that mean? Well, as a nerd an the antithesis of a snappy dresser, I might argue with having to have two that match, but two does seem to be a good number. Seriously, though, having […]

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? To me, this quote is about individuality and uniqueness of each of us. We are each unique, even identical twins. While they may act like each other, each one has their own wants and desires, making them different. Everyone else is […]

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In war there is no prize for runner-up

In war there is no prize for runner-up. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as time is showing this quote to have a few cracks in it. It used to be that in wars, there were two sides and when it was done, there was a clear winner and a clear […]

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Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. – Frank Tyger What does that mean? This one has been said many times by many people. Two ears, one mouth; use in proper proportions. I’m fairly certain that all of you have something like this at some point in your lives, and […]

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The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? This is a slightly abbreviated version of a longer quote:  The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are: that good fortune I […]

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Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. – Socrates What does that mean? Everyone has experiences. Some write them down in a manner that is useful to others. Some write books about what happened. Others write books about how to achieve […]

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The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it.

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? This the first half of a longer quote (which is too long for Twitter) : “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What […]

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Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things.

Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things. – Chinese Proverbs What does that mean? I just love the Chinese quotes, it seems that they are always translated into such odd English. I’ll take a stab at rewording it into two sentences and see […]

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A man should choose a friend who is better than himself.

A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. – Chinese Proverbs What does that mean? A person should try to improve themselves. That can be done in many ways, but this saying promotes finding a friend who is better than you are. Better at what, you might ask. Better at whatever you are striving […]

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Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. – Aristotle What does that mean? Like anything that travels, setting a proper course at the beginning is critical.  If the airplane you are in is off course by 30 degrees, and stays that way for an hour or two, you are going to end up […]

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