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If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.

If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. – Elaine S. Dalton What does that mean? How much change will happen if everyone is the same? If everyone thinks the same, acts the same, and no one is different, how can change happen at all? That […]

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To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid; you must also be well-mannered.

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid; you must also be well-mannered. – Voltaire What does that mean? This is another example of the biting wit of Voltaire. He was also showing us how little things have changed since his day, roughly 300 years ago. The quote talks about the two […]

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This quote begins by saying “the best and most beautiful things…” But what are the most beautiful things? That will be different for each person. Many will […]

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There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about what the author of the quote thinks is one of the most admirable traits a person can demonstrate. Specifically, he admires those who can bear unhappiness […]

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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. – Aristotle What does that mean? While the word ‘anything’ is an absolute, and I try to avoid absolutes when I can, this is a case of dramatic license. Does breathing count as anything? […]

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All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.

All the world’s a stage & all the men and women merely players. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? This is one of the more famous quotes of the Bard. It is said by Jaques: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, […]

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The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. – Helen Keller What does that mean? As is often the case, this is a shortened version of a longer quote. “I long to accomplish a great and noble […]

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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? I find this quote interesting due to how it turns the outside (the universe) to the inside (within one’s self). To me, the quote makes the universe a mirror of ourselves. When we are at harmony […]

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The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? This is an interesting way of making an analogy. One page of a book will only give you so much information. You will never know about what happens in the next chapter, much less […]

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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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My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.

My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here. – Jim Henson What does that mean? This is another Twitter shortened version of a quote. The more complete quote is: “When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in […]

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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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Generate great compassion, and you become a friend to the world.

Generate great compassion, and you become a friend to the world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a quote that is interesting to me, as the person who said it, lives it. He spends a great deal of his time being compassionate, and also spends time inspiring others to be compassionate. These actions […]

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This is a great quote, from someone who knew both the suffering and the overcoming of suffering, a more complete listing of which can be found in her bio (click on her name, above). […]

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What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. – Pearl Bailey What does that mean? To me, this quote is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but still worth the effort to examine. With the advent of the computer and the so-called “paperless society,” we seem to have more and more paperwork everywhere we […]

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