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Examine men’s ruling principles, even those of the wise, what kind of things they avoid, and what kind they pursue.

Examine men’s ruling principles, even those of the wise, what kind of things they avoid, and what kind they pursue. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? To me, this is about choosing friends, acquaintances and associates. It asks who they are, and by extension, if they are the kind of people you want to […]

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Money is human happiness in the abstract.

Money is human happiness in the abstract. – Schopenhauer What does that mean? The longer version of the quote (included at the bottom of the post) goes on to state that once one can no longer be happy, in concrete form, the person will focus solely on money. Happiness comes to humans in many forms. […]

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The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds.

The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? All that we do are our actions. We do this, we do that. We do it because we want to or believe that we […]

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The higher our position the more modestly we should behave.

The higher our position the more modestly we should behave. – Cicero What does that mean? This was an interesting quote to source, as it had variant wording. And while attributed to Cicero, he claims it was said by King Philip of Macedonia (Alexander the Great’s father). The difference is probably due to translation, but both of […]

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Success and rest don’t sleep together.

Success and rest don’t sleep together. – Russian Proverb What does that mean? When we think of successful people, we often think of their lives of leisure. The act of achieving success gives one the chance to relax and take it easy. But how true is that, really? How many ‘successful’ people do you see […]

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Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? Everybody has problems. That’s a fact. Some problems are tougher than others, others are easy. Some are worse to have, and some problems are not so bad. But identifying that you have a problem is only the […]

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Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide. – Cicero What does that mean? Excess is often synonymous with too much of something. But you can also have an excess of caution, or in other words, you can also have too little of something. The quote asks us to consider a middle path, […]

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There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.

There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. – Hugh Laurie What does that mean? This is a very short version of a longer (but still abbreviated) quote: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is […]

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Ability without honor is useless.

Ability without honor is useless. – Cicero What does that mean? A similar quote is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said “Ability without honor has no value,” so it appears to be a popular thought. Ability, in this quote, is talking about the capacity to do something. It doesn’t matter how impressive it is, […]

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Never confuse movement with action.

Never confuse movement with action. – Ernest Hemingway What does that mean? This quote was related in the book by Marlene Dietrich, who added “In those five words he gave me a whole philosophy.” Let’s start with movement. Movement can be anything which causes a change in the situation, whether it’s the deck chairs on […]

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The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? I find this is an interesting quote, as in my life I have been both a doer and a watcher. And when I was a doing things, I could feel the envy of those who […]

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If you wish to be a writer, write.

If you wish to be a writer, write. – Epictetus What does that mean? While it is usually hard to find these quotes, I have managed to find a precise source for this quote of Epictetus. It is in his Discourses, in a section talking about how Habits are Formed. The meaning is both simple […]

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Idealistic as it may sound, altruism should be the driving force in business, not just competition and a desire for wealth.

Idealistic as it may sound, altruism should be the driving force in business, not just competition and a desire for wealth. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Let’s start with a definition of altruism. From dictionary.com, we get “the principle or practice of unselfish concern for the welfare of others.” But how does this […]

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It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another.

It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? Inflicting pain on others. The vast majority of us do not do inflict pain on others deliberately. In the heat of passion, perhaps we might. But then we […]

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How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.

How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This is a shorter, Twiter-friendly version of a passage from his book Meditations regarding time, and the efficient use thereof. The more complete quote is listed below: “How much […]

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