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The whole is more than the sum of its parts

The whole is more than the sum of its parts – Aristotle What does that mean? Also translated as “The whole is greater than the part,” this quote is about how much better things are together than as pieces. The idea is used heavily in Synergy and Gestalt as well as in non-linear fields. It […]

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What is permissible is not always honorable.

What is permissible is not always honorable. – Cicero What does that mean? As many large societies are based on laws, we tend to focus on what is permissible and what is proscribed, without much thought in regards to why. Yet all groups within any society have things they adhere to because of their beliefs […]

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I am responsible for what I spoke, but not for what you understood.

I am responsible for what I spoke, but not for what you understood. – Unknown What does that mean? To me, this is a tale of responsibility, and to whom it belongs. We are responsible for the words we say, but not for how others choose to hear them. Others might hear what you say, […]

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Living your life honestly and truthfully will create trust and friendship.

Living your life honestly and truthfully will create trust and friendship. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? How do you define your friends or the people you trust? Do the words honest and truthful show up very often? What about the words dishonest and untruthful? Not everyone is perfect. We all have our flaws. Most […]

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He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. – Elbert Hubbard What does that mean? Life isn’t just about talking. Sometimes, we just sit in silence. Sometimes it’s in the library, other times it is at home. But silence often speaks louder than words. And I’m not talking only about […]

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It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. – Nietzsche What does that mean? This quote is about nothing less than the curious situation where there is love, even passion, but nothing deeper to hold a pair of people together. Friends are often friends for life, or at […]

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Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb.

Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb. – Seneca What does that mean? In the play, the speaker has a great desire, but cannot bring themselves to speak of it. It is in this pained situation that the quote was born. We have all been there at some point in time. We want to say […]

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Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.

Whenever the speech is corrupted so is the mind. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is a cold hard truth, and one that is recognized by many people. It is a method which is regularly used to manipulate people all over the world. It was one of the core concepts of a book by […]

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Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is something most of us forget as we grow up. Little kids ask some of the best questions. That’s why they are so successful, that and they try harder and more often. Success means different things […]

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You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. – Sam Keen What does that mean? This quote is widely circulated, and in minor variations. I like this one the best: “We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person […]

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You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. – John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn What does that mean? This quote is about debates and how they appear to end. There are many reasons one might be silent in an argument, debate, or other exchange of ideas. The other person could be absolutely […]

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If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito. – Anonymous What does that mean? If you have never been hectored by a small flying insect, this quote probably have no idea what this quote means. For everyone else, it is probably pretty obvious. Mosquitoes are […]

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Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, argument is an exchange of ignorance.

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, argument is an exchange of ignorance. – Robert Quillen What does that mean? I have always had a soft spot for witticisms, and this is certainly one of my favorites. Sadly, this is also a very true saying, as you have probably experienced yourself. While you can’t always persuade someone […]

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The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. – Norman Peale What does that mean? This is a sad truth about far too many of us. If we have a bad hair day, do we want to hear that we looked like a scarecrow, […]

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To make this a century of dialogue we need to find ways to promote a greater awareness of the oneness of humanity.

To make this a century of dialogue we need to find ways to promote a greater awareness of the oneness of humanity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote means that before we can have peace, before we can end strife, before we can solve all of the problems this world of ours […]

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