Archive | June, 2013

If we can refrain from harming others in our everyday actions and words, we can start to give more serious attention to actively doing good.

If we can refrain from harming others in our everyday actions and words, we can start to give more serious attention to actively doing good. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote starts by asking us to consider how we act in our everyday life. What do we do, and what do we say? We […]

Continue Reading

Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.

Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing. – Seneca What does that mean? This is one of the most powerful truths of nature. No matter how poorly the harvest turned out, if you wish to have another crop, you must first sow your field. This is at the core of the old saying […]

Continue Reading

A problem is a question you haven’t yet answered to a level that has fulfilled you.

A problem is a question you haven’t yet answered to a level that has fulfilled you. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is about being done. As long as you aren’t fulfilled, as long as you are not satisfied, you aren’t done. You still have a problem (his term) and need to refine your […]

Continue Reading

Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.

Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction. – Kenichi Ohmae What does that mean? This is quote is about understanding the nature of the challenge you face. If you don’t understand what you are up against, you can give it all you have, and end up worse off than when you […]

Continue Reading

Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.

Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is attributed to Marcus Aurelius in the movie Gladiator, however I couldn’t find it in his surviving written works*. Somehow, I doubt he actually said it, but it does sound Stoic, doesn’t […]

Continue Reading

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. – Herbert Spencer What does that mean? This one is a fairly simple truth. If there are no consequences for our actions, there is no incentive to learn. The wise and the foolish both make mistakes. The […]

Continue Reading

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry What does that mean? I have heard a lot of variants of this quote, but many seem to take it in a different direction. To me, this is about the end-game of love, where you end up, and how you get there. […]

Continue Reading

Everybody wants a happy life and a peaceful mind, but we have to produce peace of mind through our own practice.

Everybody wants a happy life and a peaceful mind, but we have to produce peace of mind through our own practice. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote starts out with a fairly straight-forward premise. We all want to be happy, however we might define that state. We also want a peaceful mind, free from […]

Continue Reading

To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.

To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself. – Seneca What does that mean? Even dare-devils have a need to feel safe. We all have that need. We each might express it in a different manner, but we all have it. But is hiding the proper way to go about feeling safe? The quote […]

Continue Reading

What’s talked about is a dream. What’s envisioned is exciting. What’s planned becomes possible. What’s scheduled is real.

What’s talked about is a dream. What’s envisioned is exciting. What’s planned becomes possible. What’s scheduled is real. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is about the steps one goes through on the path from an idea to a result. It starts with you talking about it. To yourself, to a friend, just out […]

Continue Reading

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. – Edward Bulwar-Lytton What does that mean? Lets start with a definition. Dogma is defined as an authoritarian set of principles, usually considered unassailable truth. So when the quote says that the best teachers […]

Continue Reading

If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.

If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment. – Lao Tzu also attributed to Junia Bretas (see comments for details) What does that mean? This quote is a favorite of mine, even if I can’t find a solid […]

Continue Reading

Sanctity… the treasure that none discover because they suppose it to be too far away to be sought.

Sanctity… the treasure that none discover because they suppose it to be too far away to be sought. – Jean Pierre de Caussade What does that mean? This quote is from a French Priest in the period known as the Age of Reason or Age of Enlightenment (from mid 1600s until the late 1700s). The […]

Continue Reading

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. – Thomas Fuller What does that mean? This quote, in my mind, is about how someone who is in love reacts to both absence and pretense of their loved one. This quote helps me define who is, and who is not, truly in love. The quote starts with the […]

Continue Reading

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, because I have seen it in action. It says that when we do something, there are consequences. These consequences spread like the ripples from a […]

Continue Reading

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers:

%d bloggers like this: