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After your death you will be what you were before your birth

After your death you will be what you were before your birth. – Arthur Schopenhauer What does that mean? This is one of the most logically true discussions of spirituality I am familiar with. It takes no position on what that condition might be, but addresses the issue in an almost circular reference. Those who […]

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Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become.

Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Wow, you’d think he’d been reading my posts or something. I could go the route of vanity and claim that great minds think alike. But somehow, I doubt he is copying […]

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The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune. – Plutarch What does that mean? I would imagine most of us could put up with good fortune without too much trouble. Really good fortune might test us (look at the history of lottery winners to get an idea of what could […]

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson What does that mean? Here, the emphasis isn’t on enjoying collecting of the results at the end, but in the joy of getting things started. The form is agricultural, and notes that it takes time to […]

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There are two things a person should never be angry at; what they can help, and what they cannot

There are two things a person should never be angry at; what they can help, and what they cannot. – Plato What does that mean? This reminds me of the old saying “There are two kinds of people in this world; those who divide everything into two camps and those who don’t.” Here we have […]

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To see the right and not to do it is cowardice

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice. ~ Confucius What does that mean? To me, this quote sounds a little clunky. I presume it has to do with how and when it was translated. I would reword it to say “To see and know what the correct thing to do is […]

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Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi What does that mean? Perfection is one of those words we use too lightly. Almost nothing is perfect. We look at something we like (perhaps a great work of art) and call it perfection. A pitcher throws a perfect game […]

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Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. – Aeschylus What does that mean? From the Father of the Greek Tragedy, this is an interesting quote. He states that happiness is a choice. I believe this to be true. Things happen which we apply labels to, depending on how the event impacts us. Sometimes we […]

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Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. – Frank Tyger What does that mean? This one has been said many times by many people. Two ears, one mouth; use in proper proportions. I’m fairly certain that all of you have something like this at some point in your lives, and […]

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Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? Ordinary riches are the things we buy, keep, hoard, hide and treasure. Those can be protected, but they can still be stolen. The riches of your soul, […]

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The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

The greatest remedy for anger is delay. – Seneca What does that mean? Anger, when delayed or deferred, is weakened. This, he believes, is the best course, to allow anger to fade away before it is acted out. In his case, I believe ‘remedy’ is used to mean cure, making delay the cure for anger. This makes […]

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Time heals what reason cannot.

Time heals what reason cannot. – Seneca What does that mean? “Be reasonable about it.” You’ve heard this before, I’d imagine. Something has happened, and you are upset. You eventually calm down and think through the problem. Most of the time you can come to an understanding of what happened and reason prevails. Perhaps it […]

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Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. – Aristotle What does that mean? Like anything that travels, setting a proper course at the beginning is critical.  If the airplane you are in is off course by 30 degrees, and stays that way for an hour or two, you are going to end up […]

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I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. – Plato What does that mean? I have also seen this quote attributed to Thomas Edison, but I think Plato said it first. Most of us have done something interesting, even spectacular, on accident.  […]

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Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. – Thomas Jefferson What does that mean? This seemed like an appropriate saying to start things off with, as I am starting two full months behind schedule. I had initially planned for this blog to start at the first of the year, but kept putting […]

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