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Worry is a misuse of imagination.

Worry is a misuse of imagination. – Dan Zadra What does that mean? This quote, sometimes with a “the” in place of “a,” is about the close relationship between worry and imagination, and the implications of that closeness. Our imaginations are wonderful and powerful forces in our lives. As kids, we use our imaginations to […]

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Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. – Swedish Proverb What does that mean? This quote is, in case you hadn’t figured it out yet, about worry and the troubles which can come from it. It is one of the smallest forms of fear. Small things can often have disproportionately large shadows. Shadows […]

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If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? – Confucius What does that mean? To me, this quote isn’t about the fear of a tiger eating you, but about the much more insidious fears we have. The fear of not having […]

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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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