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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. – Ovid What does that mean? This Latin verse has also translated as “Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.” I have been unable to locate a more complete section of the work from which to gather more context. […]

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. – Pablo Picasso What does that mean? This quote reminds me of opportunity, both lost and found. Opportunity or inspiration comes on its own schedule, not yours. Have you ever had a great idea, but you were on the couch, watching your favorite show or sports […]

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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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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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Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. – Unknown What does that mean? Being happy with what you have, that is the core of happiness. When you can let go, when you can stop judging, when you can stop focusing on the imperfections, you […]

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How would you know what happy is if you’ve never been otherwise.

How would you know what happy is if you’ve never been otherwise. – Malcolm S. Forbes What does that mean? This is an interesting quote. On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you? Now define what a 10 means to you, and what a 1 means to you. Do you see how […]

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The most important things in life aren’t things.

The most important things in life aren’t things. – Anthony J. DeAngelo What does that mean? Think for a moment about what is most important to you. How many of them were things, rather than people or ideals? Did your cell phone, your car, your house, your job, or some other ‘thing’ make the list? If […]

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If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense making them.

If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense making them. – Laurence J. Peter (also seen as Anonymous) What does that mean? This is another humorous quote, but again, it has a serious point hidden within. The quote is by the author of the book The Peter Principle which is an interesting description of failing your way to […]

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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? To live, so many of us believe we do it, yet if we examine what we are doing, it is rarely so. Most of us live only briefly, and between those bright spots, simply […]

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? I really like this quote. It talks about being stuck in the past. What you are now is based on what has gone before. But if you stay where you are, you will find […]

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No man is happy who does not think himself so.

No man is happy who does not think himself so. – Publius Syrus What does that mean? This quote, if worded as a question, makes a little more sense to me. It would be: “From whom do you need permission in order to feel good about yourself?” I believe the quote itself answers the question. If you don’t give […]

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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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If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy. – Proverb What does that mean? Laughter. It’s one of the best sounds a human can make, and one of the best sounds a human can hear. It makes you feel better, both emotionally and biologically (due to chemicals produced by the body). Laughter […]

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Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? This quote is also listed in several places as “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” So, what do you call your mistakes? “My Ex” might work for some of them, but what about the rest? Does […]

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