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I’m optimistic that there is a growing appetite for peace in the world. Many young people are fed up with war and violence.

I’m optimistic that there is a growing appetite for peace in the world. Many young people are fed up with war and violence. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? There have always been people against war. There have always been people in favor of war. But in today’s democracies, with a willing press, it is easy […]

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Anger destroys our peace of mind and causes trouble. It also hampers our ability to function properly.

Anger destroys our peace of mind and causes trouble. It also hampers our ability to function properly. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? At the beginning of the quote, it talks about how anger destroys our peace of mind. I don’t know about you, but when I’m angry, my peace of mind goes away quickly. […]

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Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about how mad a person should, or should not, become. This is something many of us, as humans, do from time to time. We have all done […]

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Our real guide is our own mind, our sense of reason.

Our real guide is our own mind, our sense of reason. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote covers nearly all of humanity. Yes, there are some who have issues, and who cannot behave or be reasonable. But they are few and far between, no matter how often they show up in the news. […]

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It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence. – Seneca What does that mean? Ah, the joys of youth. While often times described as misspent, if one both survives and manages to learn from it, then is it really misspent? That is true of most aspects of our growing and […]

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It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. – Epictetus What does that mean? I like this quote. It has an interesting perspective on things, and that is what the quote is all about. Someone shouts an insult at you, and you believe […]

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Anybody can become angry. But to be angry… at the right time and for the right purpose is not within everybody’s power.

Anybody can become angry. But to be angry… at the right time and for the right purpose is not within everybody’s power. – Aristotle What does that mean? This is a popular quote, but shortened for twitter. The longer version is: “Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right […]

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I shall never allow myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.

I shall never allow myself to stoop so low as to hate any man. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? This is something he said a lot. It has been recorded in slight variants, including substituting ‘permit’ for ‘allow’ as well as “I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate […]

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If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? This quote is a variant on an ancient Mongolian Proverb: “A Man About To Tell The Truth Should Keep One Foot In The Stirrup.” And that’s for the same reason. Telling the truth can be […]

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Most of our problems are related to the mind, so we have to work to reduce our destructive emotions.

Most of our problems are related to the mind, so we have to work to reduce our destructive emotions. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote attempts to take aim at the most easily understood difficulty humans have, the mind. Unfortunately, it isn’t always the easiest thing to understand, much less fix. However, it is […]

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Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that.

Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote answers the problem it poses by stating the opposites for each of the deficiencies. Anger can be countered with affection. Hatred can be countered with concern. Jealousy can be countered with respect. Each […]

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Whether we are happy or not depends on our attitude; compassion, for instance, leads to a calmer mind.

Whether we are happy or not depends on our attitude; compassion, for instance, leads to a calmer mind. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a quote about the link between our attitude and our mood. It’s hard to feel happy when you are angry. The emotion of angry isn’t really compatible with the […]

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He who has great power should use it lightly.

He who has great power should use it lightly.  ~ Seneca What does that mean? Consider what the opposite would be like. Imagine a ruler who ruled with an iron fist, what would that be like? Even at the level of a city or town council, that’s not going to work out very will, will […]

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Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom.

Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch who delights in nursing it in his bosom. – Giacomo Casanova What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, and it is about the end result of a lifetime of hatred. As you might guess, it doesn’t end well for the hater. The interesting twist […]

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Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. – Seneca What does that mean? While I don’t know the exact situation in which this quote was originally used, I believe it has application in our lives today in many forms. This quote has special meaning to me today, as a distant friend is dying of […]

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