Archive | May, 2014

Wisdom and Folly are taking opposite sides. Which shall I join?

Wisdom and Folly are taking opposite sides. Which shall I join? – Seneca What does that mean? In the letter from which this quote is taken, Seneca is discussing the difference between Stoics and others when it comes to defining man and friend. To a Stoic, all of humanity is a friend, as the motivation […]

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Luck is probability taken personally.

Luck is probability taken personally. – Penn Jillette, who attributes this quote to Chip Denman What does that mean? Think about that for a moment. Were you lucky, or did statistics simply favor you that one time? Or, perhaps, for several times in a row? Is that really luck, or are you reading more into […]

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When you face problems in your lives, don’t resort to the use of force, try to employ dialogue to find a solution.

When you face problems in your lives, don’t resort to the use of force, try to employ dialogue to find a solution. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Everyone faces issues or problems at some point in their life. The question is what do you do when you find yourself in such a situation. […]

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Disaster is Virtue’s opportunity.

Disaster is Virtue’s opportunity. – Seneca What does that mean? Also translated as Calamity is Virtue’s opportunity, it is a call to us to not shrink from the unpleasant things which fall our way in life. This quote is a call to bear what-ever happens, and to encourage others as well. Without a change in […]

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You can outlast those who are lucky and out-work those who are lazy.

You can outlast those who are lucky and out-work those who are lazy. – Jeff Goins What does that mean? This quote talks briefly about the two primary ways to get ahead in life. You can work hard, or you can get lucky. This quote gives us some ideas how to do even better than […]

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We must design education that provides for both knowledge and a healthy mind, creating a sense of compassion that responds to all humanity.

We must design education that provides for both knowledge and a healthy mind, creating a sense of compassion that responds to all humanity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Education is the term we use to describe how we instill the values of the present generation into the next generation. That is simple enough. […]

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Philosophy did not find Plato already a noble man; it made him one.

Philosophy did not find Plato already a noble man; it made him one. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a neat quote, as it gives us a thought on what the study of Philosophy can do for a person. In this case, Plato is the subject of interest. According to the quote, other […]

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Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. – Vern Law What does that mean? This is the testing method of the School of Hard Knocks, otherwise known as learning as you go.  Put another way, Experience is how you figure things out by trial and error. When you […]

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It is important to appreciate the contribution compassion and warm-heartedness make to happiness.

It is important to appreciate the contribution compassion and warm-heartedness make to happiness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote addresses a portion of the sources of happiness. It lists compassion and warm-heartedness as significant contributors to our happiness. If you have read any of his ‘The Art of Happiness’ books, you know that he […]

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Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands. – Seneca What does that mean? This is not the best citation ever, but that’s all I have. I find this interesting due to the way it is stated, which is mostly backwards. Reversed, the quote states “Whatever the situation demands, we should train […]

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Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own. – Arthur Schopenhauer What does that mean? Many of us will, from time to time, try to imagine what someone is thinking, or how they came up with an idea. If they’re nearby, you can ask. If not, you could read […]

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It would help if there were greater understanding that anger never helps to solve a problem.

It would help if there were greater understanding that anger never helps to solve a problem. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote, to me, is about the futility of anger. Anger is many things to many people, but it is rarely useful in solving problems. More precisely, if anger is used in the […]

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No man can swim ashore and take his baggage with him.

No man can swim ashore and take his baggage with him. – Seneca What does that mean? While this quote has a slightly different meaning in the context of the letter to Lucilius, the basic topic was the of the futility of half-measures. The image of someone swimming to shore from a sinking boat trying […]

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