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A window stuck open is just as bad as a window stuck shut. Either way, you’ve lost its use. Ditto for a mind.

A window stuck open is just as bad as a window stuck shut. Either way, you’ve lost its use. Ditto for a mind. – Dr Tayo Adeyemi What does that mean? A window that is stuck open isn’t so much a window as it is a hole in the wall. Since the purpose of a window is […]

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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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What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.

What orators lack in depth they make up for in length. – Montesquieu What does that mean? This is the unfortunate reality for many college and university students. And for many of the rest of us, during the political season. People with little useful to say, often take the longest time to get around to saying […]

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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about what a true friend is, and the qualities they bring to the relationship. Most of us are friends with someone because of how we feel when we are around them. […]

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Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? – Abraham Lincoln What does that mean? This is an interesting take on beating, defeating, or even destroying enemies. Such dealings with enemies usually come from a position of violence, and that is the normal thought process for dealing with those we label as […]

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The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves.

The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Recently, I was riding in a car when the driver criticized the driver we were following for their driving style. To me, that was exactly what this quote was about. They were criticising […]

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It would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82.

It would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82. – Dave Brubeck What does that mean? Once again, we have a nice, short, Twitter-friendly quote with which to work. The more complete version of this quote is “I’m beginning to understand myself. But it […]

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Daylight’s precious when you’re a youngin’

Daylight’s precious when you’re a youngin’ – Andy Griffith What does that mean? This quote is about what matters when you’re young and how that changes as we age. In this quote, Andy’s son is outside, playing. He want’s to stay out just a little longer, because it’s almost dark, and once it’s dark, bedtime is […]

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Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. – Jimi Hendrix What does that mean? I like this one. Not only is the quote spot-on, it’s from a Rock-n-Roll guitar god. Who would expect such an incredible bit of insight from such a source? Not too many, I would imagine. The quote says that knowledge speaks. Those with knowledge […]

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I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments.

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. – Dwight D. Eisenhower What does that mean? To me, this is a quote only a warrior could make. It is a twitter-friendly version of a longer quote: “I like to believe that people in […]

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Whenever I meet someone I try to look for their positive qualities, which immediately gives me a feeling of connectedness with them.

Whenever I meet someone I try to look for their positive qualities, which immediately gives me a feeling of connectedness with them.– Dalai Lama What does that mean? When you meet someone, either a new person, or a person you have known for some time, you have a choice. You can look for all their negative […]

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Having a more compassionate attitude helps you communicate more easily with your fellow human beings.

Having a more compassionate attitude helps you communicate more easily with your fellow human beings. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? How well do people without compassion communicate? They’re in editorial cartoons all the time, failing badly at communicating with others. Whether it’s because they are too aloof, too disconnected, or just plain mean, their lack […]

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? What do you see, or do you usually just look? It’s only human to not see everything. There is just too much to see and process, so our minds delete that which it believes to […]

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Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title. – Virginia Woolf What does that mean? To me, this quote speaks of the differences between our private lives and our public lives, those things we express and the things which remain hidden deep within us. How our friends can only read the […]

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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? This quote is about enemies, and one of the ways you accumulate them. Specifically, this quote talks about getting enemies by taking a stand for something. Standing for something tends to annoy those who stand […]

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