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The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails.

The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the futility of force and violence. Those are never durable or enduring solutions. They may be a […]

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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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Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious.

Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious. – Sun Tzu What does that mean? While this particular quote is about war in specific (see longer version, below), it applies to wisdom in all the different areas of our lives. The longer version: “It does not take […]

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When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt (also Thomas Jefferson & others) What does that mean? This quote is about not giving up. If all seems lost, and you are at the end of your rope, the quote says to hold […]

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A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a reminder that it takes Two to Tango. Just walk away. There is no rule in life that says you must take on all who disagree with you. Your […]

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It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win.

It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win. – Muhammad Ali What does that mean? This quote is about the reason why. We all have things we want to do, and the main difference is the reason why we are doing them. I once heard someone say […]

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There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.

There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. – Fred Rogers What does that mean? There is a triple scoop of kindness in this quote. There are many ways in which one can be successful, but […]

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Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. – Herbert Kaufman What does that mean? There is a lot packed into those two short lines. The very first part defines failure as step on the road to success, or as success postponed. The first […]

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If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.

If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. – Anonymous What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the eternal struggle between innovation and the establishment. Things have always been done a certain way, and no one sees a reason to change that. Until someone does. If they ask permission to try […]

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You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. – John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn What does that mean? This quote is about debates and how they appear to end. There are many reasons one might be silent in an argument, debate, or other exchange of ideas. The other person could be absolutely […]

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To win without risk is to triumph without glory.

To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille What does that mean? This quote is interesting, as it seems to imply different things, depending on what you value. If you value glory, then you will most likely look to seek out risk, while still winning. If you value safety over glory, you […]

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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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You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing.

You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. – Richard Nixon What does that mean? This is another Twitter-shortened version of a quote. A longer version is: “You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser […]

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If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.

If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.  – Zig Ziglar What does that mean? Also attributed to B.J. Marshall, this is more a truism than anything else. So many people, myself included, who just do things, without any real aim in the doing of it. If one has a plan, and a mission […]

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Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is about the ‘never say die’ attitude. It means getting back up every time you get knocked down, fall down, or otherwise end up feeling down. Even if you start feeling like one of those inflatable […]

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