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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa What does that mean? Hello. Thank you. That’s nice. I’m happy for you. You’re welcome. All these are kind words, as are many others. It costs you next to nothing to share such kindness with another person. […]

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If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience. – William James What does that mean? This quote is part of a larger discussion of the way we make decisions and determine what we think is good for us or the proper way to live. This quote specifically says that […]

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To you all you have appears small; to me all I have appears great.

To you all you have appears small; to me all I have appears great. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as he was born a Roman slave. He learned from an early age that he would not be permitted nice things nor would he have abundance. Rather than become bitter, […]

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In order to escape from your comfort zone you have to escape the mindset that you led you there.

In order to escape from your comfort zone you have to escape the mindset that you led you there. – Cornell Thomas What does that mean? This quote urges us to consider our comfort zone, and to consider making the effort necessary to escape from its warm embrace. We are where we are because of […]

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Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? To me, this quote is a bit of a double edged sword. If your soul (to me, this means our inner self, our mind) isn’t calm, then it might not be an ideal […]

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For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a meta-quote, with Seneca quoting Epicurus : “The acquisition of riches has been for many men, not an end, but a change, of troubles.” In the quote, he is talking about […]

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If we are lashed and torn by Fortune, let us bear it; it is not cruelty but a struggle, and the oftener we engage in it, the stronger we shall be.

If we are lashed and torn by Fortune, let us bear it; it is not cruelty but a struggle, and the oftener we engage in it, the stronger we shall be. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote has a variety of translations, and is part of a much longer discussion on being tough […]

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Therefore the wise man will lose nothing which he will be able to regard as loss; for the only possession he has is virtue, and of this he can never be robbed.

Therefore the wise man will lose nothing which he will be able to regard as loss; for the only possession he has is virtue, and of this he can never be robbed. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an interesting quote in that it teaches you a new way to look at what […]

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The events of life bear most harshly upon the inexperienced; the yoke is heavy to the tender neck.

The events of life bear most harshly upon the inexperienced; the yoke is heavy to the tender neck. – Seneca What does that mean? This is another great quote, but which had to be trimmed substantially in order to fit on Twitter. Based on a slightly different translation, a longer version is: “Cruel fortune bears […]

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Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts – something to think about!

Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts – something to think about! – Unknown What does that mean? Based on the image from the confirmation site listed at the bottom of the post, this quote has been around since at least the 1950’s. However, the original author is lost to time. What I find interesting is that […]

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Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? This is similar to a quote attributed to Confucius, where perseverance is stressed. That quote is about remembering that you need to keep going and don’t ever stop. This quote mentions being afraid of not achieving […]

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In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of the things not meant for you.

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of the things not meant for you. – Buddhist saying What does that mean? As far as anyone can tell, this is a fake quote, modified from Jack Kornfield’s “Buddha’s Little Instruction Book.” But […]

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You don’t have to try, you just have to be.

You don’t have to try, you just have to be. – David Viscott What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the age-old struggle. On one hand, we feel a need to excel, to do something, to be someone, to be important, or to matter in some way, shape or form. Yet it […]

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Even though I am limited by my resources I am never limited by my resourcefulness.

Even though I am limited by my resources I am never limited by my resourcefulness. – Andrew G. Warby What does that mean? I like this quote, as it reminds us that we don’t need to ever be stuck and unable to get things done. There are ways to move forward, if we can just think […]

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Be loving. And if you don’t feel loving, then simply be kind. Kindness is just love in her daily clothes.

Be loving. And if you don’t feel loving, then simply be kind. Kindness is just love in her daily clothes. – Alexandra K. Trenfor – still no bio 8( What does that mean? I like this quote in general, but with Valentines Day fast approaching, it seems even more interesting. Not everyone has a special […]

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