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There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley What does that mean? The only thing you can be certain of your ability to change is yourself, or so the quote says. While we may have some influence with others, ultimately, they have the […]

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If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope What does that mean? To me, this is a quote about the condition of your heart. Not the actual physical condition of the heart, but the spiritual and emotional state of your heart, and therefore, by […]

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It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law. – Thomas Hobbes What does that mean? Think about that for a moment. It would be nice if wisdom wrote the law, wouldn’t it? How many of you can think of some silly law that might have had a reason for existing, but is just […]

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America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain.

America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. – Ralph Ellison What does that mean? This is another of a series of Twitter-shortened quotes. The full text is: “America is woven of many strands; I would recognize them and let it so remain. It’s ‘winner take nothing’ that […]

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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. – Muhammad Ali What does that mean? Service to others is a great idea. I’m not talking about “Would you like fries with that?” but actually doing something that helps other people with their lives. Helping someone learn to read. Helping […]

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The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a polite way of saying that old people rule! Seriously, it is a call to everyone to listen to their experience and use it to become wise. As we age, […]

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The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. – William James What does that mean? What do we do with our lives? Yes, we eat and work and sleep and play, but when it is all said and done, what do we leave behind? To me, this is […]

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A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. – Jackie Robinson What does that mean? It can be kind of hard to admit, but with over 6 Billion other humans on the planet, we’re not all that significant in the overall scheme of things. To me, that is what the quote is saying. We don’t matter, we’re not important, with one significant […]

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One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.

One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving. – Amy Carmichael Similarly stated as “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” to Robert Louis Stevenson. What does that mean? The first half of the quote says that one give without loving. I would agree with that. How […]

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Any man may easily do harm…

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. – Plato What does that mean? Well, I’m afraid I have to disagree slightly with him.  It’s a quibble, but :  Anyone CAN do good.  Many will choose not to do good, but they have the capability to do good. That […]

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