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Only the educated are free.

Only the educated are free – Epictetus What does that mean? This is an interesting quote from a person born a slave and with the permission of his owner, studied philosophy and became quite good at it. Back then, slaves weren’t educated as much as trained for the use the owner needed of them. Without […]

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But [Injury] does not give Virtue; therefore she cannot take it away.

But [Injury] does not give Virtue; therefore she cannot take it away. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is especially interesting in the translation. The longer excerpt (which I have included at the bottom of the post) doesn’t talk of injury having or giving virtue. Instead it says that virtue doesn’t give or […]

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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? – Saint Augustine What does that mean? In a much longer passage, this quote has an example of a pirate who has been captured and brought before Alexander The Great. The pirate said in his defense that the only difference between himself and Alexander […]

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All beings want to live in peace and happiness, undisturbed. Therefore the concept of human rights is universal.

All beings want to live in peace and happiness, undisturbed. Therefore the concept of human rights is universal. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Unfortunately, the “all” needs the usual caveat about the people who aren’t quite normal, and don’t want these things. But the vast majority of all human beings do want to […]

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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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In order to exercise creativity, freedom of thought is essential.

In order to exercise creativity, freedom of thought is essential. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about one aspect of the creative process. How are you creative, and what are some of the essential parts of it? The quote says that freedom of thought is required. I don’t know about you, but […]

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It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as anyone who as argued with someone may well have found out the hard way. Sometimes, their mind is just unconquerable. However true that may be, I believe the quote is more of a reference […]

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is Love.

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is Love. – Sophocles What does that mean? This quote is not from a philosopher, but from a ground-breaking Greek playwright, from his play Oedipus at Colonus (line 1616). And it, while a little bit artsy, encapsulates a basic truth of life. […]

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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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Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. – Thomas Fuller What does that mean? This quote, in my mind, is about how someone who is in love reacts to both absence and pretense of their loved one. This quote helps me define who is, and who is not, truly in love. The quote starts with the […]

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Love is when you don’t have to be with another person to touch their heart!

Love is when you don’t have to be with another person to touch their heart! – Torquato Tasso What does that mean? Most of us have been there. Even if it is from loss, perhaps the passing of a beloved grandparent, we feel them in our heart, even though they are not there. While this quote […]

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Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.

Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. – Ralph Waldo Emerson What does that mean? I don’t want to debate the deeper philosophical meaning of free will in this post. Whole forests have been laid waste to fill libraries with tomes from the great minds of this argument. I have neither […]

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The most important things in life aren’t things.

The most important things in life aren’t things. – Anthony J. DeAngelo What does that mean? Think for a moment about what is most important to you. How many of them were things, rather than people or ideals? Did your cell phone, your car, your house, your job, or some other ‘thing’ make the list? If […]

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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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It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. – David Hume What does that mean? This is a quote about small steps. Excepting the violent overthrow of a government, the erosion of liberty tends to move slowly. While this quote is about politics, I believe it applies to many other […]

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