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We need values based on common sense, experience and scientific findings, what I refer to as secular ethics.

We need values based on common sense, experience and scientific findings, what I refer to as secular ethics. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, coming from a person considered very spiritual. It is the practical side of ethics. No theory, no belief, just rock solid ethics. Many religious based ethics […]

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No man was ever wise by chance.

No man was ever wise by chance. – Seneca What does that mean? Another brutally short and compact quote. I guess he expected people would have to chisel it into stone or something. But seriously, I always like a quote that examines the roots of wisdom. This quote says that wisdom doesn’t come by chance. […]

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The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others.

The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others. –Dalai Lama What does that mean? This, sadly, is true far too often. Yes, there are stand-up people out there, those who value at least three of the items in the quote, some even support all […]

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If you want change, create the causes.

If you want change, create the causes. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is another of those ‘Doh!’ kind of quotes. It is so simple and so obvious, you wonder why you didn’t think of it first. But that makes it all the better. Change, at least the kind you actually want, rarely happens on […]

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Use your human intelligence in the best way you can; transform your emotions in a positive way.

Use your human intelligence in the best way you can; transform your emotions in a positive way. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? We all have a level of intelligence which we can use to change our nature and our attitudes. The question is how often do we think or attempt to do so? We can […]

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If we have peace of mind, we’ll always feel happy. Deceiving ourselves that money is the source of happiness, we won’t.

If we have peace of mind, we’ll always feel happy. Deceiving ourselves that money is the source of happiness, we won’t. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is specifically about the relationship between happiness and peace of mind. In fact, that is the first part of the quote in a nutshell. If we can […]

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw What does that mean? This quote is about the one certain thing in life; change. Change will happen. The question is will you allow your mind to change as the new facts are revealed? To move […]

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We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. – Marie Curie What does that mean? This is another quote which has been abbreviated due to the constraints of Twitter. A more complete version of the quote is as follows: Life is not easy for any of us. But […]

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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? We all have days when we like ourselves, and then there are days when we don’t. But if, on average, we don’t really like ourselves, it would be hard to consider ourselves a success. We all […]

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In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. – János Arany What does that mean? This quote is from a poet and writer of ballads in Hungary in the 1800s. Given the way poets tend to write things, this makes perfect sense. Many things are impossible, given our present knowledge and technology. But dreams are not […]

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If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is an interesting way of putting forward the question. How would you find ways to become better if you didn’t think you had imper-fections? To find a way to improve, the first step should be the declaration […]

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I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a variant translation of a longer quote, which talks about being the bearer of bad news, and his willingness to do so, in a good cause. The example used was telling sailors about […]

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We are more often frightened than hurt: and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

We are more often frightened than hurt: and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. – Seneca What does that mean? Given that this is October, and the scariest night of the year is just a few weeks away, this is a very appropriate quote. This is what being frightened is all about, for those who […]

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You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is about finding a fundamental truth of life. While many quotes focus on happiness coming from within, this covers the rest of the game, as we live in our mind. […]

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You must decide what it is you believe in and take steps towards achieving it and creating the universe and world you want to see.

You must decide what it is you believe in and take steps towards achieving it and creating the universe and world you want to see. – Forest Whitaker What does that mean? This is a bit of a departure from the norm, as this is a quote from just a few days ago. It doesn’t exist in […]

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