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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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When we develop care and concern by thinking of others not as ‘them’ but ‘us’, there is no room for bullying, exploitation or deceit.

When we develop care and concern by thinking of others not as ‘them’ but ‘us’, there is no room for bullying, exploitation or deceit. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is another ‘Big Family’ quote. It starts by urging us to develop more care and concern for others. The quote implores us to think of […]

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Peace can only be achieved through non-violence. This is something we have to train and educate our children to put into effect.

Peace can only be achieved through non-violence. This is something we have to train and educate our children to put into effect. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, because talks about the history of mankind and the inability of violence to settle differences. This is with one exception: the wars which […]

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A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness.

A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Anyone who has been in the school yard knows of this, even if they never thought of it in this manner. This is a fairly common truth in life, which probably […]

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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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Serving and helping others out of compassion is non-violence in action.

Serving and helping others out of compassion is non-violence in action. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote defines non-violence in terms of compassion. Non-violence includes a lack of aggression and a lack of ill will. It precludes deliberate actions which harm others or causes them pain and anguish. Service to others, and helping […]

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My heart is ever at your service.

My heart is ever at your service. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? In the play, the words are spoken by Captain Alcibiades, who first pleads for Timon’s life, then (having been banished from Athens for trying save Timon) later revenges himself on those who exiled him, and conspired against Timon. (Timon of Athens [date uncertain, […]

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If we can cultivate a concern for others, keeping in mind the oneness of humanity, we can build a more compassionate world.

If we can cultivate a concern for others, keeping in mind the oneness of humanity, we can build a more compassionate world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about how we might build a more compassionate world. It starts with the oneness of humanity. We are all one group, one people, one […]

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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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Education is the way to achieve far-reaching results, it is the proper way to promote compassion and tolerance in society.

Education is the way to achieve far-reaching results, it is the proper way to promote compassion and tolerance in society. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts out discussing education as a great way to achieve long lasting and far reaching results. A formal education system allows a society to reach pretty much everyone […]

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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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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? And that is quite the challenge. Many people, too many in my opinion, place themselves and their advantage first. They will lie and walk away from honesty in order to […]

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Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is attributed both to Cicero and as a Swedish Proverb. Not sure how those go together, but I have to agree with the idea. Having friends, and having them with me […]

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Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. – St. Augustine of Hippo What does that mean? To me, this quote is the explanation why pregnant women are said to glow with beauty. The same goes for brides on their wedding day. While men may also glow, I […]

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Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.

Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? This is another age-old truth. It is easy to be benevolent when things are going your way. It’s easy to be happy, to be generous, gregarious, and all those other fun things, so long as the […]

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