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Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. – Seneca What does that mean? I think this is a great topic for the weekend, don’t you? We all have our issues and our troubles in life. For those who have an issue with substance abuse, that can be real trouble. That said, a glass of wine with a […]

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No person is free who is not master of himself.

No person is free who is not master of himself. – Pythagoras What does that mean? This quote is usually attributed to Epictetus, but found in works attributed to Pythagoras, and stated as: “None can be free who is a slave to, and ruled by, his passions.” That makes the usual quote a little easier […]

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Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.

Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself. – Baruch Spinoza What does that mean? I have heard many definitions of the less-useful version of pride before, but I believe this one is about as short and sweet as it could possibly be. The less-useful version of pride does indeed give pleasure to […]

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Be loving. And if you don’t feel loving, then simply be kind. Kindness is just love in her daily clothes.

Be loving. And if you don’t feel loving, then simply be kind. Kindness is just love in her daily clothes. – Alexandra K. Trenfor – still no bio 8( What does that mean? I like this quote in general, but with Valentines Day fast approaching, it seems even more interesting. Not everyone has a special […]

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A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a reminder that it takes Two to Tango. Just walk away. There is no rule in life that says you must take on all who disagree with you. Your […]

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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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Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are.

Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a great minimalist quote. Not in that it is as brief as some of the famous ancient quotes, but because of what it implies. So much of what we have, we […]

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Fear that makes us run from a mad dog is useful and necessary, whereas fear rooted in mistrust is unhelpful and needs to be overcome.

Fear that makes us run from a mad dog is useful and necessary, whereas fear rooted in mistrust is unhelpful and needs to be overcome. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote about fear. It differentiates fear based on a real and possible danger from that which is based primarily on […]

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Forgiveness is how we put a stop to anger, ill-will and a desire for revenge.

Forgiveness is how we put a stop to anger, ill-will and a desire for revenge. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote, as you might imagine is about forgiveness and the power that one simple act has to change our lives, and to change the lives of others. The quote mentions just a few of […]

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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. – John Locke What does that mean? The longer, twitter unfriendly version is as follows: This is that which I think great readers are apt to be mistaken in; those who have read of everything, are thought to understand […]

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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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To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. – Karen Sunde What does that mean? I find this to be a very interesting quote. It doesn’t (by itself) state that it is specifically about romantic love, although it isn’t difficult to come to that conclusion. Yet I firmly believe that it can be applied to […]

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Our real guide is our own mind, our sense of reason.

Our real guide is our own mind, our sense of reason. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote covers nearly all of humanity. Yes, there are some who have issues, and who cannot behave or be reasonable. But they are few and far between, no matter how often they show up in the news. […]

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It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence. – Seneca What does that mean? Ah, the joys of youth. While often times described as misspent, if one both survives and manages to learn from it, then is it really misspent? That is true of most aspects of our growing and […]

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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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