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Examine men’s ruling principles, even those of the wise, what kind of things they avoid, and what kind they pursue.

Examine men’s ruling principles, even those of the wise, what kind of things they avoid, and what kind they pursue. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? To me, this is about choosing friends, acquaintances and associates. It asks who they are, and by extension, if they are the kind of people you want to […]

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Money is human happiness in the abstract.

Money is human happiness in the abstract. – Schopenhauer What does that mean? The longer version of the quote (included at the bottom of the post) goes on to state that once one can no longer be happy, in concrete form, the person will focus solely on money. Happiness comes to humans in many forms. […]

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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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Those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to mediocrity.

Those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to mediocrity. – Robin Sharma What does that mean? While I am not usually fond of dichotomies, this could be easily be rephrased as “those who haven’t committed to mastery have resigned themselves to be something less.” In either case, your choice is clear, you either […]

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Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard What does that mean? Too many people seem to take life so very seriously. This quote advises us against that path, urging us to loosen up a little bit and have some fun. Why, you ask? The quote […]

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One kind word can warm three winter months.

One kind word can warm three winter months. – Japanese Proverb What does that mean? This quote, like many metaphors, has much to imply. Starting with the core of it, the one kind word. The one kind word is the nice thing you say to a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, or even a […]

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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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The whole is more than the sum of its parts

The whole is more than the sum of its parts – Aristotle What does that mean? Also translated as “The whole is greater than the part,” this quote is about how much better things are together than as pieces. The idea is used heavily in Synergy and Gestalt as well as in non-linear fields. It […]

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Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. – Thomas Merton What does that mean? It’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day. Those who have someone rejoice that fact and those who do not lament it. But that’s not the […]

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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? The quote urges us to consider that what others say is their opinion, not fact. It may be a respected and well informed opinion, but still it is an opinion. […]

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The more we are concerned for the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.

The more we are concerned for the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? He has many quotes about our relationship within the greater humanity, but this one is about our connection to our neighbor, our friend, and even our enemy. To me, this […]

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A meaningful life isn’t about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can.

A meaningful life isn’t about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is interesting to me because it discusses what makes life meaningful. We usually worry about happiness or success instead. The quote starts by […]

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It is important to appreciate the contribution compassion and warm-heartedness make to happiness.

It is important to appreciate the contribution compassion and warm-heartedness make to happiness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote addresses a portion of the sources of happiness. It lists compassion and warm-heartedness as significant contributors to our happiness. If you have read any of his ‘The Art of Happiness’ books, you know that he […]

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Whether we follow a religious path or not, as human beings we all need affection.

Whether we follow a religious path or not, as human beings we all need affection. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Even tough guys need a little affection. Sometimes very little, but they’ve got a soft spot somewhere. Even Hollywood knows it. And they use it in their movies. But how many people do you […]

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Living your life honestly and truthfully will create trust and friendship.

Living your life honestly and truthfully will create trust and friendship. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? How do you define your friends or the people you trust? Do the words honest and truthful show up very often? What about the words dishonest and untruthful? Not everyone is perfect. We all have our flaws. Most […]

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