Don’t let the darkness from your past block the light of joy in your present.

Don’t let the darkness from your past block the light of joy in your present. – Karen Salmansohn What does that mean? This quote, to me, is about keeping the past in the past. It warns us against allowing the darkness, presumably a metaphor for less than helpful feelings, thoughts and emotions, to encroach on […]

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Be here now. Be somewhere else later. Is that so complicated?

Be here now. Be somewhere else later. Is that so complicated? – David Bader What does that mean? This quote is about the fundamentals of Zen, at least as I understand it. Being present. Where are you and where is your mind, your focus and your energy? This quote reminds us to be here in […]

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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa What does that mean? Hello. Thank you. That’s nice. I’m happy for you. You’re welcome. All these are kind words, as are many others. It costs you next to nothing to share such kindness with another person. […]

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Being concerned about others does not mean you forgo fulfilling your own needs, but that if you do help others there is mutual benefit.

Being concerned about others does not mean you forgo fulfilling your own needs, but that if you do help others there is mutual benefit. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts out by reminding us that being concerned with others, and the action implied therein, isn’t supposed to be to the exclusion […]

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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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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? While this appears to be an interesting German to English translation, the core of the quote remains the same, and a longer version is included at the bottom of the post. […]

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Those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to mediocrity.

Those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to mediocrity. – Robin Sharma What does that mean? While I am not usually fond of dichotomies, this could be easily be rephrased as “those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to be something less.” In either case, your choice is clear, you either […]

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

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard What does that mean? Too many people seem to take life so very seriously. This quote advises us against that path, urging us to loosen up a little bit and have some fun. Why, you ask? The quote […]

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One kind word can warm three winter months.

One kind word can warm three winter months. – Japanese Proverb What does that mean? This quote, like many metaphors, has much to imply. Starting with the core of it, the one kind word. The one kind word is the nice thing you say to a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, or even a […]

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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. – Ovid What does that mean? This Latin verse has also translated as “Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.” I have been unable to locate a more complete section of the work from which to gather more context. […]

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Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions. – Hafez of Persia What does that mean? While the English versions of Hafez’s verses are often considered more an approximation than a translation, I found this one to be quite interesting, and worthy of consideration, even if […]

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The truth can make people angrier than a lie. Tell it anyway.

The truth can make people angrier than a lie. Tell it anyway. – Teresa Carpenter What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, and quite appropriate, considering the source is an editor and investigative writer. While she probably learned the hard way, I hope we can muster the strength to benefit from her experience […]

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The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds.

The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? All that we do are our actions. We do this, we do that. We do it because we want to or believe that we […]

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If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience. – William James What does that mean? This quote is part of a larger discussion of the way we make decisions and determine what we think is good for us or the proper way to live. This quote specifically says that […]

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From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. – Socrates What does that mean? Sometimes seen as “Hatred arrives from deepest desires.” this quote, while not definitely sourced, is still quite interesting to me, and still applicable today. This quote is about very strong emotions. Deep desire is a powerful motivator, especially when thwarted. […]

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