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Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions. – Hafez of Persia What does that mean? While the English versions of Hafez’s verses are often considered more an approximation than a translation, I found this one to be quite interesting, and worthy of consideration, even if […]

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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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Beware of the person of one book.

Beware of the person of one book. – Thomas Aquinas What does that mean? These words have been used in many different ways, from a warning regarding the narrow nature of such a person (ie not broadly educated). But in the original sense, it is a warning about one who has devoted their life to […]

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You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. – Martin Luther What does that mean? Most of us are pretty clear on the idea that we are responsible for our own words, and that what we say, we own. The classic example is yelling FIRE in […]

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In order to escape from your comfort zone you have to escape the mindset that you led you there.

In order to escape from your comfort zone you have to escape the mindset that you led you there. – Cornell Thomas What does that mean? This quote urges us to consider our comfort zone, and to consider making the effort necessary to escape from its warm embrace. We are where we are because of […]

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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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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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Anger has this poor quality: It refuses to be ruled. Anger rages against truth itself if the truth is shown to be contrary to its own will.

Anger has this poor quality: It refuses to be ruled. Anger rages against truth itself if the truth is shown to be contrary to its own will. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote details but one of the many reasons why anger is not a very useful emotional state. Unless, of course, you’re […]

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About death: Whether it is a dispersion, or a resolution into atoms, or annihilation, it is either extinction or change.

About death: Whether it is a dispersion, or a resolution into atoms, or annihilation, it is either extinction or change. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? Well, that’s pretty straightforward. You either cease to exist, or you change into something else. Either way, you are no longer the same, right? Not that I’m that […]

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Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This is a slight misquote of what is in the book, but helps make it better understood for most people. And, given the age in which it was written, the word men should now be applied to all people. The […]

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We should make every effort to be of a grateful disposition.

We should make every effort to be of a grateful disposition. – Seneca What does that mean? This appears to be a misattribution of something which Epictetus said some time after Seneca was dead. Marcus Aurelius even references the quote as being by Epictetus. The longer version of the quote is: “From everything which is or happens […]

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If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly short quote. The longer version of the quote goes into the ultimate change, and why not fearing it leaves you free to do anything: “If you […]

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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. – Martin Luther King What does that mean? This is a great quote from a great man. It has three parts, each dealing with the difference between love and hatred and how it impacts our lives. In […]

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What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water.

What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft water. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a neat quote about the power of persistent, as well as consistent, effort. Over time, those drips can do some very amazing things. This quote is about how, […]

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Love and compassion are qualities that human beings require just to live together.

Love and compassion are qualities that human beings require just to live together. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote as it talks about a fundamental truth which we often ignore, despite knowing it to be true. Even as children, we understood this. We all live together on this planet. In the […]

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