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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa What does that mean? Hello. Thank you. That’s nice. I’m happy for you. You’re welcome. All these are kind words, as are many others. It costs you next to nothing to share such kindness with another person. […]

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One kind word can warm three winter months.

One kind word can warm three winter months. – Japanese Proverb What does that mean? This quote, like many metaphors, has much to imply. Starting with the core of it, the one kind word. The one kind word is the nice thing you say to a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, or even a […]

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The higher our position the more modestly we should behave.

The higher our position the more modestly we should behave. – Cicero What does that mean? This was an interesting quote to source, as it had variant wording. And while attributed to Cicero, he claims it was said by King Philip of Macedonia (Alexander the Great’s father). The difference is probably due to translation, but both of […]

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Silence is safer than speech.

Silence is safer than speech. – Epictetus What does that mean? The longer version of the quote says “Silence is safer than speech; refrain from saying what shall be void of sense and open to blame.” Speaking when no speech is necessary or useful leads to saying things which are not always very bright, or […]

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Idealistic as it may sound, altruism should be the driving force in business, not just competition and a desire for wealth.

Idealistic as it may sound, altruism should be the driving force in business, not just competition and a desire for wealth. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Let’s start with a definition of altruism. From dictionary.com, we get “the principle or practice of unselfish concern for the welfare of others.” But how does this […]

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Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.

Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a translator’s version of “And so each man will find in his own breast the fault which he censures in another.” Yet, however one chooses to word it, the blame or fault […]

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It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another.

It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? Inflicting pain on others. The vast majority of us do not do inflict pain on others deliberately. In the heat of passion, perhaps we might. But then we […]

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Compassion is a source of happiness, while self-centerdness can lead ultimately to violence.

Compassion is a source of happiness, while self-centerdness can lead ultimately to violence. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the dichotomy of life. In it we have a pair of polar opposites, with self-centeredness in opposition to compassion, or selflessness. Compassion is the sympathy we feel when others […]

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Now we’re so interdependent, we need to build trust and confidence. On a national or personal level self-centeredness is a source of trouble.

Now we’re so interdependent, we need to build trust and confidence. On a national or personal level self-centeredness is a source of trouble. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Are you an island onto yourself? Do you need no one, and interact with no one? Very few people are that independent that they stand truly […]

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Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Not because they are nice, but because you are.

Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Not because they are nice, but because you are. – Unknown What does that mean? If we waited until others were nice to us before we are nice to them, it might be a long wait. Especially if they are waiting for us to be nice to them first. […]

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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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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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Half a loaf is better than no bread.

Half a loaf is better than no bread. – English Proverb What does that mean? Sometimes we want it all. Sometimes we just don’t want to compromise. Sometimes we won’t take no for an answer. And we risk losing it all. This quote is about being sensitive to the situation. There will be times when […]

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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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Be loving. And if you don’t feel loving, then simply be kind. Kindness is just love in her daily clothes.

Be loving. And if you don’t feel loving, then simply be kind. Kindness is just love in her daily clothes. – Alexandra K. Trenfor – still no bio 8( What does that mean? I like this quote in general, but with Valentines Day fast approaching, it seems even more interesting. Not everyone has a special […]

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