Monthly Archives: September 2011

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.


Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. – Aeschylus What does that mean? From the Father of the Greek Tragedy, this is an interesting quote. He states that happiness is a choice. I believe this to be true. … Continue reading

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Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.


Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. – Frank Tyger What does that mean? This one has been said many times by many people. Two ears, one mouth; use in proper proportions. I’m fairly certain … Continue reading

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A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.


A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for. – Grace Hopper (Rear Admiral, USN) – Also seen as attributed to William Shedd. What does that mean? Well, this one is fairly self explanatory. A ship may be safe … Continue reading

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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.


When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius What does that mean? To me, this says when the going gets tough, don’t give up. The toughness is a … Continue reading

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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.


You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West What does that mean? As the naughty vixen of the early talkies (movies with sound), she used this line as a calling card for … Continue reading

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Today, when we face problems or disagreements, we have to arrive at solutions through dialogue.


Today, when we face problems or disagreements, we have to arrive at solutions through dialogue. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a variation of “violence begets more violence” but is stated from the opposite direction. He is calling … Continue reading

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A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.


A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners. – Seneca What does that mean? To me, this speaks of the envy and bitterness that is part of the lives of so many people. They aren’t … Continue reading

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