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What does “run for” mean? [closed]

"I ran for Congress, just once." -- Shirley Temple What does "run for" mean? What does this quote mean?
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Meaning of “I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to.”

"I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to." -- Elvis Presley What does "In my line" mean? What does this quote mean?
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“The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.” - What? Happy or Busy?

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/ “The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.” William Feather I didn't get what are they too busy to notice out of the ...
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Meaning of these two quotes

Following are the two quotes which I received from Hike daily services. "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." - Theodore Roosevelt "Each time I free a child, I feel it is ...
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What is the meaning of this quote by Hannibal?

Before the Battle of Cannae, in which Hannibal defeated a larger Roman army, Hannibal made the following quip: Reportedly, a Carthaginian officer named Gisgo commented on how much larger the ...
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Apostrophe Usage Around Words?

"The Canadian smiled at his opponent as they went to their corners. It was not a smile that said, ‘I got this now.’" In ‘I got this now.’, what seems a grammatical reason for this (apostrophes)? Why, ...
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What does the quote 'Those things that hurt, instruct' mean?

"Those things that hurt, instruct" is a famous Benjamin Franklin quote. I googled its meaning and many forums say that it means that challenges make you stronger. But I cannot find how the words in ...
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What does the line, “In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls” mean?

This is a famous Lenny Bruce quote but I am unable to understand it. What does it mean? The only justice is in the halls, i.e. outside the courtroom. There is no justice inside the courtroom; it'...
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Meaning of this quote from the book The Great Gatsby?

Here's a famous quote from the book that says: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. Could someone please explain it in easy words? Here's the full ...
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What does `almost any how` mean?

Here is the quote from Friedrich Nietzsche: He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. I don't quite understand it, especially this phrase almost any how. Can somebody please shed light ...
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Could someone explain a quote?

Could someone explain this quote ? I do understand the words used in this quote but I just do not really understand what exactly does it say.. One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to ...
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the comfort of opinion and the discomfort of thought

Please rephrase the last sentence from the quote of John F. Kennedy Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy ...
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'I', I said, 'am not amused'

I've not seen; 'I', I said,.... often. Is it OK? Does anyone have any examples? ('She', she shouted, 'goes to Hell')
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Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else

"Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else...". What does this quote mean? I think it has the meaning like this: "Nobody remembers the guy who gave up". Is it accurate?
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What does “Never do yesterday what should be done tomorrow” mean?

I heard a quote Never Do Yesterday What Should Be Done Tomorrow. I assume that this means Whatever you do, there will be tomorrow, so don't do it. Am I right?
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The answer “I don't think so” to the question “How is he?”

Haram finds a person who lies down on the street. Haram looks the person over if he's fine as Linda comes up to him and says, "How is he?" "I don't think so." Haram answered. Do you think ...
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Help me understand this quote: “There are two kinds of leaders, cowboys and shepherds. Cowboys drive and shepherds lead.”

I came across a quote by JP Warren There are two kinds of leaders, cowboys and shepherds. Cowboys drive and shepherds lead. Question 1: Why are cowboys called leaders in the very first clause ...
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What does “quote unquote” mean?

I understand the need to quote someone without using your hands. Example: Alice said Bob quote intervened unquote. This, I understand. Her use of the word "intervened" was a direct quote. My ...
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What does “Earthly knowledge is but shadow” mean? [closed]

What does "Earthly knowledge is but shadow" mean? It is a quote from the famous philosopher Plato.
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Beginning quotes with square brackets

I have difficulty understanding why in this article approximately half of the quotes start with a letter in square brackets. What is the reason? Some examples: "[S]ame-sex segregation is a group ...
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can anyone explain the quote in simple way?

I came across a quote Life isn't too funny, to be too serious Unfortunately, I can't get the right meaning out of it, even though I'm familiar with all of the words. Can anyone explain in a much ...
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Should I always use a comma before a quote?

When quoting something said by someone else, should I use a comma before the quote? Suppose I quote the definition given in a dictionary. Am I correctly using the the punctuation marks in the ...
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Quoting a sentence containing a quote: Which quotation mark should I use?

In American English, the quotation mark normally used is the double quotation mark. Edema asked, "Am I an alliteration addict?" When quoting text, which quotation marks should I use? Single ...
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Punctuation inside quotes: Should I put the period inside quotes, if the sentence ends with a question mark or an exclamation point?

In American English, a period is not added at the end of a sentence if it ends with a quote whose last letter is a quotation mark or an exclamation point. Edema asked, "Am I an alliteration addict?"...