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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W. T. Purkiser What does that mean? In the USA, this will post on Thanksgiving day. Initially it was the celebration of actually having survived the year, with enough food to last the winter. Since then […]

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If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever. – Alfred Lord Tennyson What does that mean? While I couldn’t find the book or poem this is from, nor the words missing from the middle, if the BBC says it’s one of Tennyson’s best quotes, it can’t […]

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Winning as a team is better than anything. It’s great to share success.

Winning as a team is better than anything. It’s great to share success. – Jim Harbaugh What does that mean? This quote is by a sports legend in American Football. As a player, he is known for a great college career, being a first round draft pick, a Pro Bowl honoree, and a winner of a […]

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Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger.

Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? The more complete quote is “Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger. Fear is why we don’t take action and anger is why we get stuck. You can’t […]

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Through education we have to lead people to see that concern for others is actually in their own interest.

Through education we have to lead people to see that concern for others is actually in their own interest. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote starts by recognizing one of the primary truths of life. We cannot force people to do or understand anything. We can only educate them and lead them to the […]

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For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. – Judy Garland What does that mean? Trying to logically explain a quote about love… This is going to be fun! What the quote is saying is that there is a special connection […]

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Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly shortened quote. The more complete quote is “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate […]

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When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? Once again, we have another Twitter-friendly shortened quote. The more complete version is “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs […]

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There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.

There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote implies that there is something about people that makes them rich or poor besides their worldly possessions, or lack thereof. It says that there is something noble about being […]

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Altruism is not merely a religious ideal; it is an indispensable requirement for humanity at large.

Altruism is not merely a religious ideal; it is an indispensable requirement for humanity at large. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote reminds us that while altruism is associated with religious orders and organizations, it is an attitude and behavior for all of us. Even those who have no particular religious affiliation or tendencies. Altruism […]

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Meet hostility and suspicion with kindness. Helping others out of love is always the best option.

Meet hostility and suspicion with kindness. Helping others out of love is always the best option. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The world is full of all kinds of people. Not all are as kind as you are. You are kind, at least some of the time, right? Many of the people you will encounter […]

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Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. – Charlie Chaplin What does that mean? As this quote is from a movie star, the term close-up means the camera (and therefore, the observer) is close to the subject and the details are very apparent. A long-shot is when the camera (and […]

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The human capacity to care for others isn’t something trivial or something to be taken for granted. Rather it is something we should cherish.

The human capacity to care for others isn’t something trivial or something to be taken for granted. Rather it is something we should cherish. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about the gentle side of human nature. It urges us to cherish the ability we have to care for others. It asks us […]

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Genuine friendship can only be based on trust and affection, which can only arise when there is a mutual sense of concern and respect.

Genuine friendship can only be based on trust and affection, which can only arise when there is a mutual sense of concern and respect. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Can you call someone “my friend” if you don’t trust them? Do you really want to call someone “my friend” if you don’t have some […]

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy What does that mean? This quote is about walking the walk. It’s about doing and being, or becoming, what we say we admire. If you say you are […]

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