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No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. – Voltaire What does that mean? The preeminent trait of humankind is our ability to think. Yes, some other creatures can do some basic problem solving, but humans are still the best at it. It’s what got us organized, took us from sharpened sticks to missiles, […]

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Tough times never last, but tough people do

Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Dr. Robert Schuller What does that mean? Given the current economic situation, this seemed an interesting quote to tackle. It reminds us that the tough times come and go. Even if things seem bleak today, in a few years it will likely be very different. The quote […]

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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? It means that you need to check your results regularly! Even the best laid plans, with all probable contingencies accounted for, can go pear-shaped in the blink of an eye. In fact, it’s been that way for […]

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Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. ― Thomas Jefferson What does that mean? Did you ever wonder what kind of person you are or wish to be? Did you ever wonder what you want to be when you grow up, or at least when you […]

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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself. – Galileo What does that mean? It’s kind of like the Old West saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” You can only go so far when attempting to help someone learn. […]

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Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it. – Rousseau What does that mean? To me, this is as much a cautionary statement as anything. It cautions us to be wary of those who would quickly make promises, as they may back out of them […]

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Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research.

Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research. ~ Wilson Mizner What does that mean? Also quoted as “If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.” and sometimes attributed to John Burke. And with the right accent, it almost sounds Russian… This is the age old challenge […]

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It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.

It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. – Seneca What does that mean? I’m sure you’ve met someone who spends more time complaining about things than they do working to make things better. Their lamentations do them no good, as nothing productive can come from that course of […]

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There is nothing as remarkable as…

There is nothing as remarkable as learning how to think better. – Anonymous What does that mean? When one learns how to think better, one begins to see the world in a different light.  Solutions become easier, and better.  They are more thorough, more robust and more practical.  Better thinking leads to a better quality […]

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Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile.

Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? To me, this old saying is all about having the proper attitude for a situation.  If you’re going to open a shop, you had better be prepared to make your customers feel welcome in your shop, or you won’t […]

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Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. – Brian Tracy What does that mean? To me, this speaks of the mental image or picture that helps keep you moving until you achieve the end you had in mind.  Without a goal, without a mental image or a picture of where you want to […]

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When we are motivated by wisdom and compassion, the results of our actions benefit everyone.

When we are motivated by wisdom and compassion, the results of our actions benefit everyone… – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is fairly straight forward.  When we act from a place of compassion, with wisdom as our guide, it is very hard to do something that doesn’t also benefit others.  In other words, […]

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As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. – Socrates What does that mean? This is probably one of the most famous quotes in all the world, as it was the one that caused Socrates to be declared by the Oracle at Delphi as the wisest man in the world.  In a […]

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