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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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From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. – Socrates What does that mean? Sometimes seen as “Hatred arrives from deepest desires.” this quote, while not definitely sourced, is still quite interesting to me, and still applicable today. This quote is about very strong emotions. Deep desire is a powerful motivator, especially when thwarted. […]

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Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.

Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? The world is a big place. There are many things to do, and many places to visit. But what if you don’t know about it, or have fears or worries about what you do know? This is […]

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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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Silence is safer than speech.

Silence is safer than speech. – Epictetus What does that mean? The longer version of the quote says “Silence is safer than speech; refrain from saying what shall be void of sense and open to blame.” Speaking when no speech is necessary or useful leads to saying things which are not always very bright, or […]

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Success and rest don’t sleep together.

Success and rest don’t sleep together. – Russian Proverb What does that mean? When we think of successful people, we often think of their lives of leisure. The act of achieving success gives one the chance to relax and take it easy. But how true is that, really? How many ‘successful’ people do you see […]

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Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. – Proverbs 12-16 NIV What does that mean? In this translation, it is all about keeping your head about you when things become difficult. What you do in such moments helps people determine what kind of person you are. Fools, as it says, will […]

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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? In the longer version of the quote, the balance between giving and taking is mentioned, as well as a direction for the giving (that what you make and give not to […]

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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 always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.

It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote speaks of the challenge we face when the going gets tough. What will we do, and what should we do? That is even more important to answer when the answers […]

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I never spend a day in idleness. I set aside even part of the night for study.

I never spend a day in idleness. I set aside even part of the night for study. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is from a longer passage in which he talks about his dedication to his art, and more importantly, why he does so. He talks about withdrawing from the business of […]

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It’s the quality of books, not the quantity, that matters. Careful selections benefit; great and varied assortments serve only for delight.

It’s the quality of books, not the quantity, that matters. Careful selections benefit; great and varied assortments serve only for delight. – Seneca What does that mean? This was a very interesting post to me, given my love for books. The quote is one about the difference between quality and quantity. The quote doesn’t say […]

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Disaster is Virtue’s opportunity.

Disaster is Virtue’s opportunity. – Seneca What does that mean? Also translated as Calamity is Virtue’s opportunity, it is a call to us to not shrink from the unpleasant things which fall our way in life. This quote is a call to bear what-ever happens, and to encourage others as well. Without a change in […]

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Now we’re so interdependent, we need to build trust and confidence. On a national or personal level self-centeredness is a source of trouble.

Now we’re so interdependent, we need to build trust and confidence. On a national or personal level self-centeredness is a source of trouble. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Are you an island onto yourself? Do you need no one, and interact with no one? Very few people are that independent that they stand truly […]

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