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Being concerned about others does not mean you forgo fulfilling your own needs, but that if you do help others there is mutual benefit.

Being concerned about others does not mean you forgo fulfilling your own needs, but that if you do help others there is mutual benefit. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts out by reminding us that being concerned with others, and the action implied therein, isn’t supposed to be to the exclusion […]

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Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic.

Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? While I believe every goal can be achieved, eventually, there are limits to what can be done in the time available to us. To me, this quote says […]

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Because of the risks involved in indulging in unrestrained desire and greed we need to cultivate contentment and simplicity.

Because of the risks involved in indulging in unrestrained desire and greed we need to cultivate contentment and simplicity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is about the individual, and how individuals interact. At one end, if everyone indulged in unrestrained desires and greed, everything would be a mess. At the other end, if […]

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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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He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. – Socrates What does that mean? This quote is a variant of a few other of his quotes, so I imagine it is possible he said this at some point in his life. There just wasn’t […]

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What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. – Seneca and Aulus Gellius What does that mean? This is a quote about perspective. We all have something, even if it is only ourselves or our minds. Yes, I know, perhaps not. But that’s deeper into philosophy […]

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It is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves.

It is important to let people know that they have the source of contentment and happiness within themselves. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is a reminder of something we all know, and have experienced, yet so often forget. This quote is a reminder of all the days […]

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A problem is a question you haven’t yet answered to a level that has fulfilled you.

A problem is a question you haven’t yet answered to a level that has fulfilled you. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is about being done. As long as you aren’t fulfilled, as long as you are not satisfied, you aren’t done. You still have a problem (his term) and need to refine your […]

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Great wealth and contentment seldom live together.

Great wealth and contentment seldom live together. – Anonymous What does that mean? To me, the key to this quote is the word seldom. Not never but seldom. There are people who have been able to amass great wealth and remain contented, but that is not the general condition. The truth of the quote is seen daily […]

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Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. – Thomas Edison What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly quote, taken from a longer passage in his diary. “Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will […]

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What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat. – Seneca What does that mean? This one is so true, it almost hurts. It is especially this time of year, when it is all too easy to get caught up in materialism or consumerism. Do you require a big […]

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When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? Once again, we have another Twitter-friendly shortened quote. The more complete version is “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs […]

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There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.

There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote implies that there is something about people that makes them rich or poor besides their worldly possessions, or lack thereof. It says that there is something noble about being […]

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All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor. – Walt Whitman What does that mean? I like this quote because it gives me hope. I have many faults, but I also try to strive for transparency and honesty. The quote says that people are far more willing to forgive a person who admits […]

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The key to human happiness lies within our own state of mind, and so too do the primary obstacles to that happiness

The key to human happiness lies within our own state of mind, and so too do the primary obstacles to that happiness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote says it’s all in your mind. To be happy, or to not be happy. Happiness already exists within you, in your state of mind and in […]

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