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I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.

I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time. – Charles Schultz What does that mean? This is a great quote from Charlie Brown, one of the author’s more famous characters from the Peanuts comic strip. He always seems to have the worst possible luck. Nothing ever seems to work out […]

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Many people die with their music still in them.

Many people die with their music still in them. – Oliver Wendell Holmes What does that mean? As is often the case, this is a twitter-friendly version of a longer quote: “Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. […]

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It is idle to dread what you cannot avoid.

It is idle to dread what you cannot avoid. – Publius Syrus What does that mean? Most of us have dreaded or worried about the coming of something that was inevitable, at one time or another in our lives. Whether it was waiting for dad to get home to dispense justice after an afternoon of dubious […]

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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote describes a lot of human interactions. When bad news arrives, it is usually told first to someone who does not inspire fear. When something that would be considered offensive to a ‘Prince’ (a […]

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Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have

Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have. – Unknown What does that mean? To me, this says that we should quit worrying. The quote goes on to point out that the problem you are worrying about might not even happen. The quote implies that we should focus our time and energy […]

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Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them. – Seneca What does that mean? I’m not exactly sure how the Latin was translated to English, but contempt presently means to treat with dislike and scorn. I would imagine that this quote is similar to the phrase “familiarity breeds contempt” and implies that the perceived threat […]

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Don’t worry about the world…

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. – Charles Schulz What does that mean? To me, this is a reminder that too many people worry about too many things. How can the world end today? It’s already tomorrow in Australia, and quite a number of other […]

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It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.

It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. – Muhammad Ali What does that mean? To me, it talks of one of humankind’s greatest fears, the fear of the new, the unknown.  He talks about people being afraid to meet challenges, and states that he wasn’t. He […]

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Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. – Aristotle What does that mean? Fear.  That’s a powerful word, if you let it be.  Think of the things you are afraid of.  Not all are “evil” in the classic good/evil viewpoint.  If we go with that, it really does fall apart pretty quickly, as […]

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