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In a race it’s right to want to win but not cheat. So in life; strive for what’s yours, but don’t take others have striven for.

In a race it’s right to want to win but not cheat. So in life; strive for what’s yours, but don’t take others have striven for. – Chrysippus What does that mean? This was another interesting quote to research, as it is quoted by Cicero to illustrate a point, and is paraphrased for use on […]

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Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. – Thomas Merton What does that mean? It’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day. Those who have someone rejoice that fact and those who do not lament it. But that’s not the […]

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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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No matter what our motivation may be, if we are not realistic we will not fulfill our goal.

No matter what our motivation may be, if we are not realistic we will not fulfill our goal. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Ah, the age old battle between reality and idealism. We all want something, and much of it is idealistic to some extent. The question is how realistic are they? It isn’t […]

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As human beings, we have a common responsibility to build a more peaceful society.

As human beings, we have a common responsibility to build a more peaceful society. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, as it is simple common sense. We wouldn’t run a family or a business the way we run the world. That just wouldn’t make sense. We have our own voice, and our […]

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In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. – János Arany What does that mean? This quote is from a poet and writer of ballads in Hungary in the 1800s. Given the way poets tend to write things, this makes perfect sense. Many things are impossible, given our present knowledge and technology. But dreams are not […]

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Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.

Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto. – Lope de Vega What does that mean? A concerto is music played by a soloist (or group of soloists) and a small orchestra. This allows for a great deal of interplay between both the soloist(s) and the orchestra. Doing so in a random manner would lead to […]

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It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence. – Seneca What does that mean? Ah, the joys of youth. While often times described as misspent, if one both survives and manages to learn from it, then is it really misspent? That is true of most aspects of our growing and […]

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller What does that mean? This quote begins by saying “the best and most beautiful things…” But what are the most beautiful things? That will be different for each person. Many will […]

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There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.

There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse. – Seneca What does that mean? The first thing to acknowledge with this quote is that there are people to whom this does not apply. People with broken spirits or minds can do terrible things, and think […]

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Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is saying there is good within us. Each of us. Every one of us. This good could bubble up like a fountain, if only we could find it. […]

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It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.

It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? There are many ways to divide people. By the color of their skin. By the value of their character. By their level adherence to our beliefs (good vs bad). By their ethnic or […]

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The sole source of peace in families, countries and the world is altruism – love and compassion.

The sole source of peace in families, countries and the world is altruism – love and compassion. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Altruism is an interesting word. According to TheFreeDictionary.com, it means “Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.” So, this ‘altruism’ is supposed to be the source of peace not only in families, […]

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There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice…

There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. – Kurt Huber What does that mean? This is an excerpt from one of the leaflets produced by The White Rose, a […]

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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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