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The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.

The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune. – Charles Dickens (speaking as Ebenezer Scrooge) What does that mean? On this day in 1842, Charles Dickens published his famous book “A Christmas Carol.” This quote is by Ebenezer Scrooge, reflecting on his younger self. He is speaking about his boss when […]

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If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. – Eldridge Cleaver What does that mean? This quote, and variations of it, shows up attributed to a couple people, including as an African Proverb, but the longer version is his, and goes as follows: ‘There is no more neutrality in the world. You […]

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The beginning is the most important part of the work.

The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato What does that mean? The wikiquote translation of the quote is “the beginning in every task is the chief thing” which I consider to be close enough to be the same thing. This quote is accurate in so many ways, it’s hard to know […]

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As human beings, we have a common responsibility to build a more peaceful society.

As human beings, we have a common responsibility to build a more peaceful society. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is simple common sense. We wouldn’t run a family or a business the way we run the world. That just wouldn’t make sense. We have our own voice, and our […]

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No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.

No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius. – Anna Pavlova What does that mean? I heard versions of this quote when I was young. The basic idea is that there are plenty of people around with talent. However, some simply have some talent, nothing more. Others have some small […]

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. – Colin Powell What does that mean? Well, this one pretty much says it on the level. People are always looking for the magic bullet, the easy way, or the short cut. And for some reason, they think you cheated […]

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Control thy passions lest they take vengeance on thee.

Control thy passions lest they take vengeance on thee. – Epictetus What does that mean? This quote is about passions and how too much of a good thing can be a real problem for some people. The quote urges us to control our passions. That is, to reign them in, and to not let them rule […]

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You must decide what it is you believe in and take steps towards achieving it and creating the universe and world you want to see.

You must decide what it is you believe in and take steps towards achieving it and creating the universe and world you want to see. – Forest Whitaker What does that mean? This is a bit of a departure from the norm, as this is a quote from just a few days ago. It doesn’t exist in […]

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt What does that mean? This is a quote, taken from a speech by a sitting American President, so I hope you can understand his focus on Americans. This longer version of the quote is from […]

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If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is a classic of introspection. It says that people will speak ill of you. It’s going to happen. Unless you’re really young, it’s probably already happened, right? The quote […]

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I feel that each of us has the potential to make some contribution and together, working with a clear aim, we can change our world.

I feel that each of us has the potential to make some contribution and together, working with a clear aim, we can change our world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is a great quote, and says quite a bit in just a few words. It starts by saying we all matter, we […]

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We work for praise, and dawdle once we have it.

We work for praise, and dawdle once we have it. – Mignon McLaughlin What does that mean? While this is a bit of witticism from a book, it still is far more true than we might want to admit. Whether it’s an approving parent when we take our first steps or a boss telling us […]

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Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.

Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it. – Tom Lehrer What does that mean? This quote is from a professor who is known for his ability to write songs, sing, and yes, play piano. And that is fitting, as we are most likely to use an example […]

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Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. – Washington Irving What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly quote. A slightly longer version of the quote goes like this: “Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.” This quote is reminding us that our […]

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The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. – Ben Stein What does that mean? Well, that doesn’t sound like rocket science, does it? I mean how obvious can a quote be? If you want something, the first step is to figure out what it […]

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