Archive | March, 2013

We need material development, but we need to understand that by itself it doesn’t bring peace of mind.

We need material development, but we need to understand that by itself it doesn’t bring peace of mind. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote. Given the person speaking it, one usually presumes that there will be a noticeable bias against materialism. Yet that is not seen in this quote. I wonder if […]

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Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. – Seneca What does that mean? While I don’t know the exact situation in which this quote was originally used, I believe it has application in our lives today in many forms. This quote has special meaning to me today, as a distant friend is dying of […]

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Stimulate the heart to love, and all other virtues will rise of their own accord.

Stimulate the heart to love, and all other virtues will rise of their own accord. – W. T. Ussery This is a thinly sourced quote, apparently from a book titled Sermons, from the Baptist Publishing Company, Nashville, Tennessee, from 1912. I still don’t have a bio for him. Does anyone have any information on him? […]

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Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is attributed both to Cicero and as a Swedish Proverb. Not sure how those go together, but I have to agree with the idea. Having friends, and having them with me […]

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Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things.

Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things. – Edward Steichen What does that mean? This quote is by a world famous photographer, which is a very visual medium. The photographer sees something, but a good photographer shows the viewer something. That is a transition that is often missed as people […]

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Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. – St. Augustine of Hippo What does that mean? To me, this quote is the explanation why pregnant women are said to glow with beauty. The same goes for brides on their wedding day. While men may also glow, I […]

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It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.

It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? There are many ways to divide people. By the color of their skin. By the value of their character. By their level adherence to our beliefs (good vs bad). By their ethnic or […]

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If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy.

If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I see this quote as being about trust, how you get it, and what having it means when dealing with other people. The quote presupposes relatively normal […]

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If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the human spirit, and how support from strangers can make a difference. It asks us to admire people who try to do great things. Perhaps it’s something difficult, perhaps it’s something […]

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I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.

I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry What does that mean? This is another version of the Ugly Duckling story. Caterpillars aren’t usually all that cute or interesting. Neither are ugly ducklings. However, that’s where butterflies and swans start out. If […]

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What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.

What orators lack in depth they make up for in length. – Montesquieu What does that mean? This is the unfortunate reality for many college and university students. And for many of the rest of us, during the political season. People with little useful to say, often take the longest time to get around to saying […]

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There is a difference between knowing the path & walking the path.

There is a difference between knowing the path & walking the path. – Morpheus What does that mean? This is a modern version of a very old quote. The basics of the quote is twofold. It is one thing to know the path to take. It is another thing to actually walk that path. How many […]

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When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. – Confucius What does that mean? This is an interesting quote about trying to master yourself by interaction with other people. It is the second half of a longer quote, often stated as: “When we see men of worth, we should […]

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You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? This quote is about the power of time. If you’re going in an undesired direction, you’re going to end up where you don’t want to be. While changing where you are isn’t going to be instant, […]

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