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The truth can make people angrier than a lie. Tell it anyway.

The truth can make people angrier than a lie. Tell it anyway. – Teresa Carpenter What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, and quite appropriate, considering the source is an editor and investigative writer. While she probably learned the hard way, I hope we can muster the strength to benefit from her experience […]

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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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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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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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See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse.

See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse. – Seneca What does that mean? To me, this quote is about perspective. It also shows that ‘Keeping up with the Joneses‘ has been going on for quite a number of centuries. The quote starts by implying that looking at how […]

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Communication is hearing what’s not being said.

Communication is hearing what’s not being said. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This is a quote that has been said in many ways by many people, but the basic point is always the same. There are always two parts to everything that is communicated. The part that is said, and the part that is […]

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Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes. – Jawaharlal Nehru What does that mean? This is a great quote, said many times and in many ways by a great many people. I imagine even Confucius and Mark Twain actually said something like this at some point in their lives. Facts are […]

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He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation.

He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? Back in the day when Machiavelli was writing, there were plenty of others who were trying to sell their services as political analysts. They were trying to advise the Princes on […]

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Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand

Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is another Twitter-shortened quote. The longer version is: “There is nothing more necessary to appear to have than this last quality (appearing to be religious), inasmuch as men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, […]

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First feelings are always the most natural.

First feelings are always the most natural. – Louis XIV What does that mean? This is so true, in my experience. Be it emotional, intellectual, or social, the first feeling has always been my greatest ally. Before I learned to trust it, I frequently goofed things up by second-guessing myself. Now I know better, and […]

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… and if indeed sometimes I happen to tell the truth, I hide it among so many lies that it is hard to find.

… and if indeed sometimes I happen to tell the truth, I hide it among so many lies that it is hard to find. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a twitter friendly version of a longer quote: “For a long time I have not said what I believed nor do I ever […]

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A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners or “slaves” of their own concepts and ideas.

A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners or “slaves” of their own concepts and ideas. – Maharaji (Prem Rawat) What does that mean? This quote, to me, is about being slaves of convention. A slave to a habit or regular action. A slave to a concept, […]

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Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? While the translation I used wasn’t exactly the same, it’s close enough for what we are doing. This quote was from The Prince, where the author is giving advice for how a Prince should craft his […]

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A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently

A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? Think about that, about how those who lie easily and smoothly use their ability to speak to deceive us. They have spoken magnificently, yet they have spoken falsely. However, that is one of our natural […]

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The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is

The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? This quote says that the truth is a stubborn thing. It says that people won’t always appreciate the truth. It says that some will attack it with malice in […]

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