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The best revenge is to be unlike the one who performed the injustice.

The best revenge is to be unlike the one who performed the injustice. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is translated in many forms, including “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” which is very close to what my paper copy of Meditations says. This is something you have […]

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A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.

A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts. – Seneca What does that mean? This is also alternately translated in the following manner: “Unjust rule never abides continually.” This quote is an interesting observation of the basics of human nature. Humans are a resilient bunch, and we are often willing to put up with a great […]

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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? – Saint Augustine What does that mean? In a much longer passage, this quote has an example of a pirate who has been captured and brought before Alexander The Great. The pirate said in his defense that the only difference between himself and Alexander […]

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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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Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. – Thomas Fuller What does that mean? This quote, in my mind, is about how someone who is in love reacts to both absence and pretense of their loved one. This quote helps me define who is, and who is not, truly in love. The quote starts with the […]

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere! – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? This quote makes an obvious point, but too many people don’t understand it. When an injustice is done to one person, everyone else has to wonder what it would take for that same injustice to be done to me. Sadly, that is […]

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Love is when you don’t have to be with another person to touch their heart!

Love is when you don’t have to be with another person to touch their heart! – Torquato Tasso What does that mean? Most of us have been there. Even if it is from loss, perhaps the passing of a beloved grandparent, we feel them in our heart, even though they are not there. While this quote […]

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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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The most important things in life aren’t things.

The most important things in life aren’t things. – Anthony J. DeAngelo What does that mean? Think for a moment about what is most important to you. How many of them were things, rather than people or ideals? Did your cell phone, your car, your house, your job, or some other ‘thing’ make the list? If […]

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It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.

It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it. – Douglas MacArthur What does that mean? This quote is from one of the great Generals of the last hundred years. His exploits and his motivational speeches, and his ability to analyze a problem are all well known. This quote is a fairly […]

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For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. – Baruch Spinoza What does that mean? This quote is just a little long for use on Twitter, and is often changed slightly or tightened up a bit. I have presented […]

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When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. – Thomas Jefferson What does that mean? With all the present turmoil across the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and into the Arabian Peninsula, this quote seems to be appropriate.  There has been a great deal of debate between […]

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