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You can’t help someone just by making a wish to do so, you have to take action.

You can’t help someone just by making a wish to do so, you have to take action. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote, to me, is about the difference between thinking about doing something and taking action. Wishing for something to happen is thought without action. It is action which gets things […]

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It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.

It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it. – Epictetus What does that mean? He might have had an ulterior motive for this quote, presuming he actually said it, given he was lame or injured and used a crutch or walking aid […]

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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop What does that mean? This quote is from the famous story, The Lion and the Mouse, wherein a small Mouse, caught by the Lion, is released rather than eaten, as a kindness. Later, the Mouse comes across the Lion, trapped in a […]

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It’s harmful to employ technology fired by anger and hatred. It can only be beneficial if we’re motivated to seek the welfare of all beings.

It’s harmful to employ technology fired by anger and hatred. It can only be beneficial if we’re motivated to seek the welfare of all beings. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is a very interesting quote, in that it pits our morals and values against the immense power and capability of […]

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Not only is your happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be.

Not only is your happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a fundamental truth in life. If you think about some of your happiest moments in life, rarely are they solely about you. Even when you win […]

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Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. – Henry van Dyke What does that mean? Think about that for a moment. Imagine how quiet the world would be if only the best of the birds sang? What if only the best […]

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We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. – Selena Quintanilla Perez and Chuck Palahniuk What does that mean? This quote is often credited to Selena, who died before Chuck wrote his book, but I can’t find a definitive citation for Selena having said it. Either way, […]

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The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity. – Henri Bergson What does that mean? Taking this quote from the second half, the quote says the only fault which is laughable, or mockable, is vanity. In other words, it deserves to be mocked or laughed at. Vanity […]

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Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?

Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display? – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is kind of hard to understand on it’s own, as the context is stripped by Twitter’s 140 limit. A longer version starts with the quote and continues: “These things that […]

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In order to derive the maximum benefit the wise thing is to take care of others.

In order to derive the maximum benefit the wise thing is to take care of others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I was unable to find the context for this quote, so I will presume that the quote is about the difference, and the conflict, between selfish and selfless. We all have wants and needs. […]

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Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.

Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world. – Nelson Mandela and Joel A. Barker What does that mean? This quote apparently has some dispute regarding the proper attribution. Regardless of who said it, I believe it is an interesting quote […]

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There is no wisdom without love.

There is no wisdom without love. – Sri Ram What does that mean? This is kind of a cryptic quote, and can be taken a number of ways. I want to focus on the difference between knowledge and wisdom. It takes action to move from simple knowledge to wisdom. Sometime it takes a lack of […]

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Don’t find fault, find a remedy.

Don’t find fault, find a remedy. – Henry Ford What does that mean? As an engineer, this is my pet peeve. People bring me things, and say “It’s broken,” and walk away. That’s not very helpful, is it? I don’t think so. The basic premise of the quote is that if you are bright enough to […]

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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W. T. Purkiser What does that mean? In the USA, this will post on Thanksgiving day. Initially it was the celebration of actually having survived the year, with enough food to last the winter. Since then […]

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Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.

Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most. – Ashleigh Brilliant What does that mean? This quote is beautiful in the simplicity of it. We tend to be kind to those who are kind to us. That’s nice, but does it help those who are most in need of kindness? But the people most […]

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