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71. Draconian

Draco was an Ancient Athenian politician who introduced a code of laws according to which a startling number of crimes were punishable by death. The adjective derived from his name therefore means exceedingly strict, severe. It’s most often used to describe such things as discipline, punishment, rules and regulations, but if a person whose views on these things were harsh they could be accused of having draconian attitudes, or indeed of being draconian himself.

72. Effrontery

Cheek, insolence, as in ‘He had the effrontery to say I never give him anything after I paid for his whole family to go on holiday last year’. Not to be confused with affronted, meaning offended, which is how the person uttering that last complaint might feel. 

73. Enormity

A commonly misused word, this does not mean enormousness. It means appallingness, great wickedness, ‘He seemed not to realize the enormity of his crime’ means he didn’t acknowledge he had done something dreadful, but not necessarily that he had wiped out an entire city.

74. Ersatz

From the German for ‘replacement’ this is an adjective describing an inferior imitation of something more valuable or attractive: ‘It was one of those twee little hotels with ersatz Victorian furniture’ or ‘Ersatz lemon meringue pie, made with some awful artificial lemon substitute.’

75. Etiolated

In the plant world, this describes a green plant that has gone pale through lack of sunlight; in human terms it means pale and weak: ‘His skin had that etiolated look of a video-game player who has spent his youth on his game console’.

76. Excoriate

This means literally to take the skin off, so metaphorically to flay someone alive, to criticize very severely. A critic might, for example, write an excoriating review of a film or play he loathed, while an angry politician might make an excoriating criticism of government policy.

77. Extravaganza

An Italian word, this time related to extravagance and meaning a very showy and elaborate performance, the sort of thing that might have been put on by Hollywood director Busby Berkeley. Special effects, fancy costumes, fireworks – you name it, an extravaganza has it. Expense is no object and taste is rarely a consideration.

78. Facile

An extract from the Atlantic Monthly dated 1900 gives a particularly damning use of this word: “The English drawing master did not teach art, but facile tricks of the brush.’ Facile comes from the Latin for easy and did once mean just that. In  modern usage, however, it has the added sense of being just a bit too easy and thus having little value: a facile victory is more or less a walkover; a facile remark is a glib one, easy to make but not requiring much thought.

79. Fallacious

In logic a fallacy is an error of reasoning that produces a misleading conclusion; fallacious therefore means illogical, misleading, as in a fallacious argument or a fallacious news report. It’s also worth being aware of what philosophers call the fallacy of many questions, of which ‘When did you stop beating your wife?’ is the most frequently given example. It means that the question presupposes something that may be false, but you can’t answer it without acknowledging the accusation. Lose-lose. 

80. Fastidious

This means picky, critical, hard to please and the Latin roots conjure up its connotations beautifully: they are the words for pride and weariness (the second part of fastidious is related to tedious and tedium). So the fastidious person looks down on something as being beneath her and manages to be bored with it at the same time. You might pick fastidiously at your food if it didn’t appeal to you or lift your trouser legs fastidiously so as not to get them wet on a rainy day. 

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25 Extremely Inspirational Quotes With Beautiful HD Images To Remember

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Here I put together 25 different quotes with detailed explanation to go with each one to remember why it is so important. Hope you enjoy reading through them 🙂

1. Everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything. And that's the only time everything will be okay.

Nothing will be okay until you come to terms with who you are, what you want and what your ultimate goal in your life is. You need to set your priorities straight, and then each day wake up with the determination to achieve them all.

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2. One thing I have learned in life is that it is important to be comfortable with uncertainty.

Life is undoubtedly a scary thing for us all. But what's the point in living the rest of our lives if we stay stuck in our comfort zones? We must therefore learn to take risks, and be brave enough to face life, fearless and strong. After all, uncertainty is what makes life that much more interesting and adventurous, to discover.

3. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We receive from the world what we give to the world...

When you do good things in your life, good things will come back to you. The same applies to your thoughts. Think good, receive good. Actions and thoughts are equally important, because they shape your ultimate reality. Never underestimate the power of you. You have the power to be something great, or something not so great. At the end of the day, it's all in your hands - and once you realize this, you will understand why it's so much better to just be on the good side of things.

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4. Hurting someone can be as easy as throwing a stone in the sea. But do you have any idea how deep that stone can go?

As human beings we often make mistakes and one of them includes causing hurt to others out of negative emotions such as anger and sadness. We may do this intentionally or unintentionally. But we hurt others when we are hurt, and sometimes we don't realize how deeply it can wound someone else.

5. Learning never exhausts the mind.

Learning is what keeps the human mind active. It makes you wonder and think about different possibilities, answers and solutions to life. It makes you question what life is all about. It's a big world out there and life is too short, and there's just so much to learn. So go and explore. You will never get tired of learning when you begin to see the reality and beauty of the world.

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6. What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colourful.

When you're in a dark place or bad mood in your life, don't you tend to remember things that add colour to your life? Perhaps a funny joke or someone who inspires you? Or perhaps, a meaningful hobby that you love to do because it distracts you, it helps you convert your sadness to happiness? Well, these things we remember more because they make us forget our tough times. They make life much easier for us. We can never forget such things; they are our escape, when there is no other escape. We value these things because they add value to our own life. We remember these things as the light in our dark times.

7. In order to really write, one has to sink deep into the self and become lost there.

In life so much happens that we as human beings will lose touch with reality, including ourselves. Sometimes when you lose yourself, you can't quite figure out who you are. You try to understand yourself, but you can't, because you're so lost and buried deep into some kind of mess. You find it hard to express yourself to other people because you think that nobody understands you - but the truth is how can they understand you if you can't understand you? and so... you eventually discover that the easiest way to express yourself is through self-expression in some form of art, maybe writing. You write to express your raw emotions, feelings and thoughts in words, on paper. And in this way, you begin to find yourself. You finally start to understand that you were born to be a writer.

8. Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

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9. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

10. Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.

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11. Everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

12. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

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13. There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

14. The grass is not 'greener' on the other side - it is just another shade of green.

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15. The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.

16. If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.

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17. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

18. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

19. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

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20. Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness. But as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also make music.

21. Until you realize how easily it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else's game.

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22. It is better to have a short meaningful life and make a difference than to have a useless long life and do absolutely nothing good or worthy.

23. Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.

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24. Yes, time flies, but sometimes you should also take your time.

25. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go...

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39 Inspirational Quotes On Determination To Help You Power Up

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When you wake up with determination to accomplish your goals, you are able to go to sleep with satisfaction. It's the feeling that you have done what you set out to do which makes you feel good about yourself. Here are 39 quotes to help you stay determined! Hope you enjoy reading through them. 🙂

1. The barrier during self-improvement is not so much that we hate learning, rather we hate being taught. To learn entails that the knowledge was achieved on one's own accord - it feels great - but to be taught often leaves a feeling of inferiority. Thus it takes a bit of determination and a lot of humility in order for one to fully develop.

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2. Your ability to shape your destiny is directly proportional to your belief that it is a matter of will and determination - however much or little that belief may be.

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3. Are you desperate or determined? With desperation comes frustration. With determination comes purpose, achievement, and peace...

4. Most of life's actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.

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5. Life's trials will test you, and shape you, but don't let them change your values.

6. What you perceive as a failure today may actually be a crucial step towards the success you seek. Never give up

7. You don't have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.

8. Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then... find the way.

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9. No one can pull anyone back from anywhere. You save yourself or remain unsaved.

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10. There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the sun will rise again tomorrow.

11. Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

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12. The world's greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focussed on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.

13. The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.

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14. Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

15. The thing that contributes to anyone's reaching the goal he wants is simple wanting that goal badly enough.

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16. Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.

17. Impossible situations can become possible miracles.

18. Tough times never last but tough people do.

19. Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

20. The only lack or limitation is in your own mind.

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21. Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then you shall find the way.

22. All limits are self imposed.

23. It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

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24. Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

25. Determination that just won't quit - that's what it takes.

26. Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.

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27. You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the Gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.

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28. You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.

29. if someone says can't, that shows you what to do.

30. Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.

31. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.

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32. Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.

33. Practice easing your way along...do your best; take it as it comes. You can handle anything if you think you can. Just keep your cool.

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34. To the timid soul, nothing is possible.

35. In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of effort is the measure of the results.

36. Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.

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37. There is nothing impossible to him who will try.

38. The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.

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39. When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you're trudging seems all uphill, when the funds are low and the debts are high and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest! If you must - but never quit.

What does determination mean to you? Leave a comment below!

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31 Deep Quotes About Power That Will Make You Think Differently

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We live in a world which is controlled by power. Sometimes power is very much abused yet people don't know this. Everyone possesses some kind of power within them. Are you using your power correctly? Here are 31 quotes about power which will help you reflect on your own power, enjoy. : )

1. Self-control is true power.

2. The pen and the written word hold a great deal of power.

3. We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again.

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4. Knowledge is power: if you know how to take care of yourself, you can be a better version of yourself.

5. You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

6. Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: the potential for greatness lives within each of us.

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7. The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

8. This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.

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9. Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.

10. Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.

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11. Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless.

12. No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you just keep working at it.

13. Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.

14. Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.

15. The root of all evil is abuse of power.

16. Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.

17. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.

18. Words, without power, is mere philosophy.

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19. No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for 'we' are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.

20. No one is you and that is your power.

21. Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare.

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22. Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

23. It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

24. To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.

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25. Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

26. Never underestimate the power of confidence. If you believe you're the dopest thing walking, you might convince people of the same just because you're so headstrong about it as a fact.

27. You will never know the power of yourself until life burns you.

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28. If you want to know the real character of a person, give them power and see what they do...

29. The measure of a man is what he does with power.

30. Knowledge is power, understanding is using it, wisdom is controlling it, magic is knowing how.

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31. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.

What are your thoughts on power. Let me know in the comments below

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