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If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience. – William James What does that mean? This quote is part of a larger discussion of the way we make decisions and determine what we think is good for us or the proper way to live. This quote specifically says that […]

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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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What does it mean to be slandered? Stand by a stone and slander it. If a man listens like a stone, what effect has the slanderer?

What does it mean to be slandered? Stand by a stone and slander it. If a man listens like a stone, what effect has the slanderer? – Epictetus What does that mean? This quote is part of a longer discussion regarding why people do seemingly senseless things, specifically to squeeze into a play to get […]

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Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience often comes from bad judgement. – Mulla Nasrudin What does that mean? This quote about judgement is hard to source, having been attributed to dozens of people all the way back to the 13th century. But through the centuries, it rings true. The quote, usually in two parts, says […]

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We have to try to solve local problems keeping global interests in mind.

We have to try to solve local problems keeping global interests in mind. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about solving problems. We all have problems, issues, troubles, or whatever word you prefer to use. And we all need to solve them. It is not about the actual mechanics of the solution, […]

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Each man, in corrupting others, corrupts himself.

Each man, in corrupting others, corrupts himself. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is part of a larger discussion of patterns of corruption. It talks about how entire communities and even countries have a pattern of what is acceptable. That pattern is usually impressed on the population as they grow up. They become […]

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We need a sense of belonging to one humanity, respecting the rights and views of others.

We need a sense of belonging to one humanity, respecting the rights and views of others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote is about not being a jerk. On the individual level, this is especially important. Being human often means having to decide what is important. It’s easy to choose […]

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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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Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold.

Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? This is a quote about preparation. Whether it is a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, or even a friend of the family, a skill is a gift which will last them […]

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I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.

I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others. – Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi What does that mean? I like this quote, because I don’t like others prying into my business. Usually people who ignore this quote are busy-bodies and a bit […]

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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right. – Thomas Paine What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly quote, a longer version is as follows: “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises […]

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The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow.

The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow. – Rick Barnes (also attributed to E. P. Atkins) What does that mean? This quote seems to have been around for quite some time, but the theme remains the same. Top of the world one day, mundane cleaning implement the next. A usual […]

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The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us.

The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? I like this quote, because it is so true. As misery loves company, pride seems to despise it. And we have seen it around us, and even within us. Yes, someone over there is prideful. How does […]

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These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us.

These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us. – Seneca What does that mean? As frequently happens, the Twitter quote is just a tiny bit of the full quote. In context, the quote makes a bit more sense: “For as far as those persons are […]

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The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. – Arthur Schopenhauer What does that mean? As I am past that point of inflection, I find this quote fascinating. Personally, I might put that point back a few years, but it still is good. By the age […]

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