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The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. – Seneca What does that mean? There are always troubles in our lives. We are all, at times, great. And we all have the opportunity to be brave at some point. Together, it is an awesome sight to see. When adversity […]

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First we make our habits, then our habits make us.

First we make our habits, then our habits make us. – Charles C. Noble What does that mean? This is another excellent chiasmus. It reminds us of the power of repeated actions, of our habits and what they can do to us, or for us. It starts with the obvious. We do things over and over, […]

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Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell. – Unknown What does that mean? I like this quote; it is so sassy! I could have sworn this was a quote from Mae West or one of her contem-poraries. But all the sourcing I have seen says that it is unknown. For those who don’t […]

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He who can not endure the bad will not live to see the good.

He who can not endure the bad will not live to see the good. – Jewish Proverb What does that mean? This is a bit of practical wisdom, from a people who have known the bad times. To me, this quote is about having the toughness to survive, because life isn’t always kind. It seems […]

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The only problem we really have is we think we’re not supposed to have problems! Problems call us to higher level – face & solve them now!

The only problem we really have is we think we’re not supposed to have problems! Problems call us to higher level – face & solve them now! – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This quote is saying that our biggest problem is that, for whatever reason, we believe that we are supposed to live a […]

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Genius is one of the many forms of insanity.

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. – Cesare Lombroso What does that mean? There are people with normal minds, and there are those who are not exactly normal. Most of us think of the people on one side of normal when we think of abnormal minds. But there are people on the other side […]

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Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.

Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums. – Peter De Vries What does that mean? This is a quote with a dry sense of humor, which is something I like quite a bit. Many restaurants have all kinds of artwork in them, sometimes murals which cover entire walls. Sometimes the art […]

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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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It is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves.

It is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is a reminder of something we all know, and have experienced, yet so often forget. This quote is a reminder of all the days […]

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You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is about finding a fundamental truth of life. While many quotes focus on happiness coming from within, this covers the rest of the game, as we live in our mind. […]

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In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.

In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy. – Cicero What does that mean? I’m not an expert in how Latin is translated, and I was unable to find the exact source of the quote, so I’m going to have to guess a little. The quote, read as written, sounds awkward. I’m going to put […]

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Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher What does that mean? This quote is interesting, as it draws an analogy which I would never have considered. But that’s probably because I’m a guy. The quote starts off talking about being a lady. In this […]

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Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them.

Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them. – Unknown What does that mean? I’ve heard a number of variants on this one, but the most common has been “you can’t outrun trouble.” And even as fast as I once was, it’s always […]

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It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. – Epictetus What does that mean? I like this quote. It has an interesting perspective on things, and that is what the quote is all about. Someone shouts an insult at you, and you believe […]

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To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? Another classically brief quote. But it is packed with meaning. It is talking about revenge and how to best achieve it. However, it doesn’t say to serve it cold, or when they aren’t looking for it. The quote is about restraint. […]

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