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You can’t buy inner peace or wisdom with money. You have to create them within yourself.

You can’t buy inner peace or wisdom with money. You have to create them within yourself. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote talks about two of the biggest fallacies in the modern developed world. Inner Peace and Wisdom are driving desires for most of us, but so many have no idea how […]

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Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands and then eat just one of those pieces.

Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands and then eat just one of those pieces. – Judith Viorst What does that mean? This quote is not about the strength of our arms or of our backs. This quote, when speaking of strength is speaking of restraint […]

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The best revenge is to be unlike the one who performed the injustice.

The best revenge is to be unlike the one who performed the injustice. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is translated in many forms, including “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” which is very close to what my paper copy of Meditations says. This is something you have […]

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Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. – Swedish Proverb What does that mean? This quote is, in case you hadn’t figured it out yet, about worry and the troubles which can come from it. It is one of the smallest forms of fear. Small things can often have disproportionately large shadows. Shadows […]

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Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau What does that mean? This quote starts describing patience, and assigning it a flavor. A very strong and not very pleasant flavor. A flavor to which we can relate. Bitter, in tiny amounts, can provide contrast, but it isn’t usually something you would want […]

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You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. – Jon Kabat-Zinn What does that mean? Waves are unstoppable. They are a force of nature. They may change heights and intensity, but still they come. We can brace against them, but they are as unstoppable as anything on this Earth. However, while […]

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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? What is it with us, that we pursue happiness in so many of the wrong ways? To be happy should be easy, simple and not even remotely confusing. Yet somehow, we manage […]

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Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. – Saint Thomas Aquinas What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the difference between sense (sensations), and reason (logic). Living according to sense is about feelings, and the sensations which provide pleasure. This is, according to the quote’s observation of the […]

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If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. – Stephen Covey What does that mean? This quote comes from the difference between management and leadership. A leader has the vision to see the ladder is leaned up against the wrong wall. […]

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Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.

Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice. – William James What does that mean? This is a paraphrasing of a longer quote, wherein we are urged to practice doing things we would rather not do, so that in an emergency, we are better prepared to […]

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Never confuse movement with action.

Never confuse movement with action. – Ernest Hemingway What does that mean? This quote was related in the book by Marlene Dietrich, who added “In those five words he gave me a whole philosophy.” Let’s start with movement. Movement can be anything which causes a change in the situation, whether it’s the deck chairs on […]

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Buy only what is necessary, not what is convenient. What is unnecessary, even if it costs one cent, it is expensive.

Buy only what is necessary, not what is convenient. What is unnecessary, even if it costs one cent, it is expensive. – Seneca * What does that mean? While widely attributed to Seneca, I couldn’t find it in his works. Either it’s a ‘traditional’ attribution, or a very freely translated phrase. In any case, I […]

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Price your anger so expensive until no one can pay to see it.

Price your anger so expensive until no one can pay to see it. – HereTheQuotess What does that mean? There are times when others push us towards anger. In my opinion, this quote is asking us to raise the price of our anger. Not in a sense of increasing the repercussions or the cost of […]

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And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.

And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared. – Homer What does that mean? This quote is spoken to the son of Odysseus (Ulysses) by Athena (Minerva) in the guise of an old and trusted friend, as the son considered undertaking a long and difficult journey. In context, the quote is part of the goddess […]

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It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another.

It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? Inflicting pain on others. The vast majority of us do not do inflict pain on others deliberately. In the heat of passion, perhaps we might. But then we […]

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