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The universe is change; life is what thinking makes of it.

The universe is change; life is what thinking makes of it. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is about how life works, and one way of looking at it. Change happens. There is no way around it, change will happen. Get used to it. The universe is full of change, and we […]

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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right. – Thomas Paine What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly quote, a longer version is as follows: “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises […]

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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot What does that mean? I like this quote, as it says something perfectly logical, but which few people have actually considered. That something is the answer to the question, “How far can you go?” To […]

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw What does that mean? This quote is about the one certain thing in life; change. Change will happen. The question is will you allow your mind to change as the new facts are revealed? To move […]

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After all, tomorrow is another day.

After all, tomorrow is another day. – Margaret Mitchell What does that mean? The line, from her novel ‘Gone with the Wind,’ is spoken by Scarlet O’Hara. While we never know how many days we have left, tomorrow is always going to be coming. This quote talks about tomorrow as a new opportunity, a new chance […]

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A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. – Mark Twain What does that mean? While this quote shows up on many quote sites, I couldn’t find a definitive source for the quote, so it’s probably one of the “Twain-isms” floating around the internet. Even so, it’s an interesting quote, […]

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If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. – John Irving What does that mean? We each have this life of ours to live. We have the ability to make choices (I won’t get into free will here). Our lives are largely […]

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The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. – Edward Bulwar-Lytton What does that mean? Lets start with a definition. Dogma is defined as an authoritarian set of principles, usually considered unassailable truth. So when the quote says that the best teachers […]

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By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. – Charles Wadsworth What does that mean? I can imagine this being said with a bit of a wry smile. While my parents were fairly old when they had me, and I waited even longer […]

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The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. – Julius Erving What does that mean? This quote is from one of greats of Basketball. And he understood that success isn’t just in your chosen field of endeavor. He probably knew many other […]

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The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey What does that mean? This witty quote uses a chiasmus to point out the importance of how something is done. In this case, the subject is schedules and priorities, and which should be driving the other. The phrase ‘prioritize your […]

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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. – Aristotle What does that mean? When you are enjoying what you are doing, you tend to do a little better work than when you don’t. Perhaps you work a little longer, pay a little more attention to the details. It may not be exactly perfection in each […]

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Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson What does that mean? I love this quote, as it is all about short-cuts, or more precisely, the lack of them. While there may be some on a map, in real life there just aren’t any. So many people want a pill, a ‘magic bullet,’ a […]

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Absence diminished mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and kindles fire.

Absence diminished mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and kindles fire. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld What does that mean? In this season of holiday celebration, there are many who are away from the ones they love and whom they care about. This quote is about the power of absence on a […]

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Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.

Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it. – Gordon R. Dickson What does that mean? While this is another commonly associated quote that has not yet been sourced, it is so true that I couldn’t pass it up. How many of you have seen the […]

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