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Compassion is a source of happiness, while self-centerdness can lead ultimately to violence.

Compassion is a source of happiness, while self-centerdness can lead ultimately to violence. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the dichotomy of life. In it we have a pair of polar opposites, with self-centeredness in opposition to compassion, or selflessness. Compassion is the sympathy we feel when others […]

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Be who you are & feel the love of all those who accept you for your true essence!

Be who you are & feel the love of all those who accept you for your true essence! – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is a great quote, as it is all about being authentic. You have to be who you are. You can’t be someone else, even if you wanted to. It […]

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Half a loaf is better than no bread.

Half a loaf is better than no bread. – English Proverb What does that mean? Sometimes we want it all. Sometimes we just don’t want to compromise. Sometimes we won’t take no for an answer. And we risk losing it all. This quote is about being sensitive to the situation. There will be times when […]

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I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.

I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being. – Confucius What does that mean? Ever feel like you should be doing something else? Ever feel like something inside of you desperately wants to get out? I know that I have. To me, that is what this quote is […]

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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right. – Thomas Paine What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly quote, a longer version is as follows: “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises […]

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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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Each moment of the happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life.

Each moment of the happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life. – Aphra Behn What does that mean? I laughed when I saw this quote. I know that this applies to loves other than romantic, which is the root of the quote. There have been times when my computer has been called […]

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Life is an echo. What you send out comes back.

Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. – Zig Ziglar What does that mean? This is a neat quote, and it is a twitter-friendly version of a longer quote, which goes like this: “Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow you reap. What you give you get. […]

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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King, Jr What does that mean? This quote is about the totality of humanity. While it was spoken specifically about the racial divide then present in the United States of America, I believe it also applies to all of us. […]

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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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Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply. – Euripides What does that mean? This quote is kind of short and out of context. That makes it very dependent on the situation. What I have experienced (from both sides of the quote) is that often times offering advice simply leads to an argument. You have a suggestion, a […]

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Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things.

Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things. – Edward Steichen What does that mean? This quote is by a world famous photographer, which is a very visual medium. The photographer sees something, but a good photographer shows the viewer something. That is a transition that is often missed as people […]

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If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the human spirit, and how support from strangers can make a difference. It asks us to admire people who try to do great things. Perhaps it’s something difficult, perhaps it’s something […]

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We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. – Ronald Reagan What does that mean? This is a simple truism stated with a slight twist. The quote starts by reminding us that we can’t help everyone, as not everyone wants help. There are also those who are beyond help. What can we do for them? […]

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What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. Scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. Scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. – Joseph Addison What does that mean? As is so often the case, this is a slightly longer quote trimmed down for the sake of sharing on Twitter. The more complete version is: “What sunshine is to […]

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