Archive | July, 2014

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? This is an interesting quote. Can you do just a little? Do you know what is the correct amount for you, and for the situation? Conversely, do you avoid the issue altogether and simply abstain? But is your will-power […]

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It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.

It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote speaks of the challenge we face when the going gets tough. What will we do, and what should we do? That is even more important to answer when the answers […]

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Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou What does that mean? Courage is a powerful word. Whether it is one man standing against a line of tanks, or simply resisting your own personal temptation. Courage is a foundational virtue, without […]

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In addition to modern education, there is a need to learn how to achieve inner peace.

In addition to modern education, there is a need to learn how to achieve inner peace. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? There are not many people left in this world who would argue against a modern education for the children of the world. Yet as many people as there are who call out […]

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But [Injury] does not give Virtue; therefore she cannot take it away.

But [Injury] does not give Virtue; therefore she cannot take it away. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is especially interesting in the translation. The longer excerpt (which I have included at the bottom of the post) doesn’t talk of injury having or giving virtue. Instead it says that virtue doesn’t give or […]

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States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.

States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. – Plato What does that mean? Consider your national identity. It might not be true for you, but at one point it was a sufficiently common trait to label a whole group. But the state, being a group of people, will reflect their common […]

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Pay more attention to compassion and you’ll find you’re happier. It’s that practical and simple.

Pay more attention to compassion and you’ll find you’re happier. It’s that practical and simple. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? While I will acknowledge that some people are wired differently, this is the truth for the greater portion of humanity. Happiness, the emotion, has many sources, most of which are temporary at best. […]

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To have whatever one wants is in no man’s power. But it is within one’s power to not want what one does not have.

To have whatever one wants is in no man’s power. But it is within one’s power to not want what one does not have. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an quote from a passage where the discussion is about waiting to eat something nice, but only having unappetizing bread. Specifically, in the […]

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Ab uno disce omnes. – From one, learn all.

Ab uno disce omnes. – From one, learn all. – Virgil What does that mean? This has usually been translated to mean that we would be well served to learn the general rule which governs most situations. We must also remember that where there is a rule, there is always an exception, and that we […]

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If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better.

If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a great quote about our attitude. Bad things happen to good people. But what do we do when things go badly for us? Some lose hope, others use the event as […]

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. – Pablo Picasso What does that mean? This quote reminds me of opportunity, both lost and found. Opportunity or inspiration comes on its own schedule, not yours. Have you ever had a great idea, but you were on the couch, watching your favorite show or sports […]

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