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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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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. – Ovid What does that mean? This Latin verse has also translated as “Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.” I have been unable to locate a more complete section of the work from which to gather more context. […]

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To you all you have appears small; to me all I have appears great.

To you all you have appears small; to me all I have appears great. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as he was born a Roman slave. He learned from an early age that he would not be permitted nice things nor would he have abundance. Rather than become bitter, […]

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We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is “good,” because it is good, if “bad” because it works in us patience, humility, and hope.

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is “good,” because it is good, if “bad” because it works in us patience, humility, & hope. – C. S. Lewis What does that mean? This quote is a great example of finding the silver lining in any situation. Far too many people live in […]

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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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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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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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Pay more attention to compassion and you’ll find you’re happier. It’s that practical and simple.

Pay more attention to compassion and you’ll find you’re happier. It’s that practical and simple. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? While I will acknowledge that some people are wired differently, this is the truth for the greater portion of humanity. Happiness, the emotion, has many sources, most of which are temporary at best. […]

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Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic.

Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? While I believe every goal can be achieved, eventually, there are limits to what can be done in the time available to us. To me, this quote says […]

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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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Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands. – Seneca What does that mean? This is not the best citation ever, but that’s all I have. I find this interesting due to the way it is stated, which is mostly backwards. Reversed, the quote states “Whatever the situation demands, we should train […]

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Therefore the wise man will lose nothing which he will be able to regard as loss; for the only possession he has is virtue, and of this he can never be robbed.

Therefore the wise man will lose nothing which he will be able to regard as loss; for the only possession he has is virtue, and of this he can never be robbed. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an interesting quote in that it teaches you a new way to look at what […]

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We cannot change the past, but we can reshape the future. Young people have the opportunity to create a happier, better future.

We cannot change the past, but we can reshape the future. Young people have the opportunity to create a happier, better future. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a nice, simple, honest quote. Clean and refreshing. What is done is done. That’s how it starts. The past is what it is. All we can […]

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If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. – Epicurus What does that mean? This is a description of an age old battle. Do we become happy by adding to our riches, or by reducing our desires? It appears in our nature to choose the […]

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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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