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To make this a century of dialogue we need to find ways to promote a greater awareness of the oneness of humanity.

To make this a century of dialogue we need to find ways to promote a greater awareness of the oneness of humanity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote means that before we can have peace, before we can end strife, before we can solve all of the problems this world of ours […]

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If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy.

If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I see this quote as being about trust, how you get it, and what having it means when dealing with other people. The quote presupposes relatively normal […]

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For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.”

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.” – John Greenleaf Whittier What does that mean? This quote is about regret and sadness. It is about what might have been, if only action had been taken. It comes from the poem “Maud Muller,” which is about a young and […]

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Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. – Marian Anderson What does that mean? Fear. The very word scares some people. That isn’t so bad. However, sometimes, that fear causes them to act in a way that’s not particularly appropriate. Usually it is quite illogical. Sometimes, though, the fear really […]

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Communication is hearing what’s not being said.

Communication is hearing what’s not being said. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This is a quote that has been said in many ways by many people, but the basic point is always the same. There are always two parts to everything that is communicated. The part that is said, and the part that is […]

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If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.

If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable. – Thomas More What does that mean? I like this quote, for both what it says, and what it does not say. It states that were honorable deeds held as quite valuable, everyone would be honorable and acting as if they were of great value, or had great […]

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A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. – Seneca What does that mean? This is similar to other quotes that urge us to look beyond the gift, and consider the motive or motivation of the giver. Was the gift given to place you under […]

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If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is all about our morals, our values, and the potential for a dichotomy between how we act and how we think. Is it fine to wish someone dead in your mind, […]

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Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. – Elvis Presley What does that mean? I’m not sure if he invented this one, or if it’s a bit of folk wisdom, handed down for generations. But it is catchy, and it is quite true. Many people have […]

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The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. – Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. What does that mean? I was reminded of this quote in a recent e-mail exchange. The discussion included the many tough choices that the person being discussed made, and how they […]

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There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit.

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. – Indira Gandhi What does that mean? As is so often the case, this is a longer quote, shortened for use on Twitter. “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work […]

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Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes. – Jawaharlal Nehru What does that mean? This is a great quote, said many times and in many ways by a great many people. I imagine even Confucius and Mark Twain actually said something like this at some point in their lives. Facts are […]

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Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?”

Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?” – Johnny Carson What does that mean? This is a classic statement of the true nature of success. There are plenty of talented people. There are plenty […]

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Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there’s no room for cheating, bullying or exploitation.

Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there’s no room for cheating, bullying or exploitation. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? In the last two weeks, we discussed how concern for others helped quell anger inside ourselves, and how concern for others could help us make our corner of the world a more […]

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A prince is also respected when he is a true friend and a true enemy.

A prince is also respected when he is a true friend and a true enemy. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? In this passage, he is talking about how a Prince should conduct himself in a manner to gain renown, or a good kind of fame. He urges the Prince to set a fine example, to […]

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