Archive | June, 2014

Even people opposed to religion need calm minds and compassion to make their work more effective.

Even people opposed to religion need calm minds and compassion to make their work more effective. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote talks about how calm minds and compassion is useful to everyone, even those who do not have religious beliefs or are opposed to religion. Compassion does not require religion to […]

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As one falling headlong has no control over his body… so with the mind when it plunges into anger, love or the other passions.

As one falling headlong has no control over his body… so with the mind when it plunges into anger, love or the other passions. – Seneca What does that mean? While the quote is from a section where he discusses anger in specific, this passage, and quote, talks about the power of strong emotions or […]

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There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. – Spinoza What does that mean? To me, this quote describes the simple duality of the future. Hope and fear, they are the two sides of the same coin. Anticipation, expectation, or our view of the future; that is at the heart […]

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Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic.

Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? While I believe every goal can be achieved, eventually, there are limits to what can be done in the time available to us. To me, this quote says […]

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I cannot tell you that I lose nothing, but whatever I do lose I can tell you how and why the loss occurred.

I cannot tell you that I lose nothing, but whatever I do lose I can tell you how and why the loss occurred. – Seneca What does that mean? In the original text, he is moving between discussing the value of time and money, but the title of the section is on saving time. In […]

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Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. – Plato What does that mean? This is an interesting quote about knowledge and how it is applied. It is in the application that knowledge becomes evil or virtuous. Some of the same chemicals used to kill and maim millions in World War One are now […]

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We have to try to solve local problems keeping global interests in mind.

We have to try to solve local problems keeping global interests in mind. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about solving problems. We all have problems, issues, troubles, or whatever word you prefer to use. And we all need to solve them. It is not about the actual mechanics of the solution, […]

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I never spend a day in idleness. I set aside even part of the night for study.

I never spend a day in idleness. I set aside even part of the night for study. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is from a longer passage in which he talks about his dedication to his art, and more importantly, why he does so. He talks about withdrawing from the business of […]

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Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.

Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can. – Ashleigh Brilliant What does that mean? This is a neat quote, and is almost in a chiastic form. It starts by stating that you should not use something as an excuse. What is that thing? The thing it says is […]

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The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails.

The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the futility of force and violence. Those are never durable or enduring solutions. They may be a […]

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It’s the quality of books, not the quantity, that matters. Careful selections benefit; great and varied assortments serve only for delight.

It’s the quality of books, not the quantity, that matters. Careful selections benefit; great and varied assortments serve only for delight. – Seneca What does that mean? This was a very interesting post to me, given my love for books. The quote is one about the difference between quality and quantity. The quote doesn’t say […]

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The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.

The distance between your dreams and reality is called action. – Unknown What does that mean? This quote is about making your dreams a reality. We all have them, although we might call them aspirations or plans. But we all want to accomplish things. These things start as ideas in our minds. We develop them, […]

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We all need basic human values rooted in trust and affection.

We all need basic human values rooted in trust and affection. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote starts by stating that we all have needs. The basic needs are for human values. These values are rooted or based in trust an affection. Unless you are doing far better than most of us, […]

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